*ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights proposal to establish a commission of inquiry for international investigation into human rights violations in occupied Kashmir .*
Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal in a statement on Thursday said this.
“The proposal is consistent with Pakistan’s several calls to this effect since 2016. The report is a reminder of this internationally recognized dispute and the urgency of its settlement both to protect human lives and promote peace,” he said.
He pointed out that India continued to ignore legitimate demands for probe into gross and systematic violations in the held valley.
The spokesperson said the contents, scale and the narrative of killings, maiming, abuse and impunity articulated in the report is a reaffirmation of what Pakistan has long been highlighting.
He said the lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was an essential imperative for peace, security and stability of South Asia and beyond.
“India’s continued denial of this imperative, its unwillingness to engage in a dialogue process with Pakistan and suppression of Kashmiris’ aspirations for freedom continued to endanger regional and international peace and security,” he said.
Dr Faisal said the UN had a key role to play in the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.