UNHRC statement on IOK validated Pakistan view point on Kashmir: Ambassador

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UNHRC statement on IOK validated Pakistan view point on Kashmir: Ambassador

GENEVA (APP): Pakistan on Wednesday welcomed remarks by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the use of excessive force by Indian authorities against the civilian population in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

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Responding to the statement made by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Ambassador Tehmina Janjua said that Pakistan supported the position of the High Commissioner that a team of OHCHR (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) should visit the IOK to independently and impartially investigate the grave violations being perpetrated by Indian occupation

forces over the past two months.

The visit by the team would help address the culture of impunity which is prevailing in there, she added.

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She reminded the Human Rights Council that Jammu and Kashmir was an international issue recognized as such by a number of United Nationas Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

Despite the broad-based indigenous nature of the latest uprising which started with extra-judicial killing of 22-year old Burhan Muzaffar Wani, for whose funeral 200,000 people came out, India continues to cast aspersions on its indigenous nature, she said, adding, but this was hardly surprising as it was the characteristic of oppressive regimes to label those struggling for their rights as terrorists.

Ambassador Tehmina Janjua added that claims of restraint shown by India are preposterous.

In just six weeks, if this restraint has resulted in 90 deaths, 800 injured, with 160 being blinded due to deliberate targeting of civilians, then this is a definition of restraint which is unique to India only, she remarked.

Also Indian obduracy is disallowing outside observers to OIK is testimony to the fact that the Indian government wishes to hide atrocities unleashed against the Kashmiri people, she added.