PM envoys brief Pak-Kashmiri diaspora in Washington on HR violations in IOK

PM envoys brief Pak-Kashmiri diaspora in Washington on HR violations in IOK

ISLAMABAD: (APP) Special envoys of the Prime Minister Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and Dr Shazra Mansab Ali have briefed the Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora residing in Washington on massive human rights violations being committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

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Addressing the diaspora at Pakistani Embassy in Washington, they took them into confidence and apprised about the current situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and brutal human rights violations by Indian security forces, said a press release received here Thursday.

They briefed the audience about their extensive meetings with think tanks and various officials of US State Department promoting awareness about the latest freedom movement in IOK, which is indigenous, popular, spontaneous and widespread.

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Dr Shazra Mansab Ali said that Kashmir was the core dispute between India and Pakistan which could not be denied under any circumstances, adding "in fact, it is an internationally recognized disputed territory as per UNSC resolutions."

She demanded a right to fair and free plebiscite in IOK to ascertain will of the Kashmiri people.

She mentioned that all the political parties were united in raising voice for innocent Kashmiris under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, who pleaded the case of Kashmir during 71st session of UNGA.

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Senator Mushahid Hussain in his well-articulated address asserted that Kashmir dispute was not at all about territory but about giving innocent Kashmiris their due rights who are suffering in the hands of oppressive Indian forces.

He added that situation had become worse following the extra-judicial killing of a young Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani on July 8,2016 which infused new vigour among young Kashmiri youth.

While highlighting US role in helping oppressed Muslims of Kosovo and Bosnia, Senator Mushahid Hussain called upon US to mediate for peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue as per aspirations of innocent Kashmiris.

Both the envoys urged Pakistani and Kashmiri communities to play an extremely important role in this regard.