ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed the joint statement by six international human rights organizations, calling on India to immediately release all arbitrarily detained prisoners and restore full high speed internet access in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said the joint statement rightly underlined that measures to combat Covid-19 must respect human rights of every individual.
Urgent release of political prisoners, human rights defenders and all those arrested in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir after August 5, 2019 is therefore imperative.
The spokesperson said expressing concern on isolation of inmates from outside world due to communication blackout and ban on prison visits, the statement underscores that allegations of torture against Kashmiri prisoners as part of a decades-long pattern of abuses have been repeatedly denounced by human rights and UN bodies.
UN chief adds voice to calls for release of Kashmiris
United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has called for a very close look at the continued confinement of Kashmiri prisoners in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir amid growing cases of the deadly Coronavirus.
The spokesman to Secretary General, Stephane Dujarris in a media briefing in New York said that all member states needed to take care of prisoners during the pandemic.
As for prevailing situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir, he said the UN Secretary General believed in political solution to the issue.
Earlier, six leading international human rights organizations while expressing concern on a very poor state of affairs in Indian jails, have jointly demanded the immediate release of Kashmiri prisoners.