Urges UN to appoint special envoy to monitor Indian atrocities in Kashmir
New York, September 22(Agencies): Pakistan Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, while maintaining that India is suppressing the Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination through military might has urged the United Nations to appoint a special envoy for Jammu and Kashmir to keep a track on Indian atrocities on the people of occupied Kashmir.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressing the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York said that India had deployed nearly 700,000 troops in occupied Kashmir to suppress the Kashmiris and termed it as the most intense foreign military occupation in recent history. He pointed out that the peaceful protests of the people of occupied Kashmir were being responded with indiscriminative and massive force by the Indian government.
“Short-gun pallet has blinded thousand of Kashmiris’ including children. These brutalities clearly generate war crime and violate the Geneva Convention. I urge the international community to call on India to halt pallet-gun attack against unarmed demonstrators,” he maintained.
The Pakistan Prime Minister demanded an international investigation to look into the atrocities and crimes committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. “We ask the UNSC and the high commission of the human rights to send an enquiry commission in Kashmir to verify the nature and extent of India’s human right violations. Secure the punishment of those responsible. And provide justice and relief to the victims,” he said. “The international community should call on India to stop the use of rape as the instrument of state policy and media blackout and free all Kashmiri political leaders,” he added.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said, Pakistan is open for dialogue with India but, the dialogue must be accompanied by an end to “India’s campaign of state-sponsored terrorism against Pakistan including from across our western borders”. “A special UN envoy should be appointed for Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan remains open to resuming dialogue with India on all outstanding issues including on Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
He stated said that New Delhi refused to implement the UNSC resolutions, which mandated a UN-supervised plebiscite to enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to freely decide their destiny.
The Prime Minister pointed out that India was diverting world’s attention from its brutalities in the occupied territory by frequently violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and urged the world community to interfere in the matter before it escalates. “Despite over 600 violations since January this year, Pakistan has acted with restrain. But if India does venture across the LoC or acts against its doctrine of limited wars against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response. The international community must act decisively to prevent the situation from dangerous escalation. The Kashmir issue should be resolved justly, peacefully and expeditiously,” he said.
“As India is unwilling to resume peace process with Pakistan, we call on the UN Security Council to fulfill its obligation to secure the implementation of its own resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.