ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Wednesday said Pakistan should take up the matter of human rights violation in Indian occupied Kashmir at all international forums.
Addressing on second day of the joint parliament session on Kashmir in Islamabad, Dr Shireen Mazari said her ministry had written to the president United Nations Security Council and UN secretary general apprising them of the deteriorating situation in Kashmir. She said she had urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to form an inquiry commission on human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir.
“Voice of Kashmiris is voice of Pakistanis. We will extend all out support to our brethren of the Himalayan valley,” she said.
She said the Indian Supreme Court had in 2016 given verdict that Kashmir’s special status could not be changed. She said India had trampled the UNSC resolution and its own constitution.
The minister reminded that it was clearly stated in Simla Agreement that India could not change Kashmir’s status unilaterally, so India had committed an international crime through announcement of abrogating Article 370. She said India could easily be described as a rogue state.
She said India had itself accepted that Kashmir was a disputed territory.
Leader of the Opposition in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq pointed out that if any member of the UN violated its charter then it could no more be a member of the world body.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F leader Maulana Asad said Prime Minister Imran Khan did not take the parliament into confidence on his visit to China and the US. He asked why the government did not approach the world to stop India’s illegitimate measures.
Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan Siraj ul Haq said Pakistanis would support the prime minister’s any bold step in this regard. In short span of time more than 0.1 million Kashmiris had been martyred, he said.