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Pakistan, 50 countries demand action to end Kashmir humanitarian crisis

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ISLAMABAD:Pakistan submitted a joint statement on Wednesday on behalf of 50 countries, from across various regions, expressing concern over the illegal annexation of occupied Kashmir.

Pakistan, in the joint statement delivered at the UN Human Rights Council, called for an immediate cease of brutality against the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir and the protection of human rights in a joint statement presented on behalf of 50 other countries at the Human Rights Council.

“The worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, especially following decisions taken on August 5, 2019, requires urgent attention by the Human Rights Council and human rights mechanisms,” the joint statement said.

It asked for the immediate lifting of the curfew and expressed concern over reports of rape, brutality and enforced disappearances coming from the region.

The statement added that it shared the concern expressed by High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet regarding the impact of recent actions on the rights of Kashmiris.

Pakistan asked for the immediate halt of force and pellet guns in the region along with access for human rights organisations as well as the international media.

Implementation of the recommendations of OHCHR’s Kashmir Reports including the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate egregious human rights violations were also asked for in the joint statement.

It requested for regular reporting by the UN high commissioner on human rights in occupied Kashmir, while it also said that a peaceful resolution was sought for IOK in line with the UNSC resolutions.

A statement from the Foreign Office also thanked the 50 countries that became a part of the joint statement in support of the people of occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a special meeting with UN Human Rights Council President Coly Seck in Geneva.

The two leaders discussed India’s unilateral step and the blatant violation of human rights in the region.

FM Qureshi said that the steps India took were illegal and were against UNSC’s resolution. He also deemed the decision an attempt to change the demographic composition of the population.

Seck expressed concern for the abuse of human rights and said the entire world is cautiously watching the situation and India’s moves.