Ambassador Tehmina Janjua shakes UN conscience over Kashmir
ISLAMABAD: (APP) Kashmiri people's right to self-determination was not only enshrined in the foundational documents of the United Nations, including the UN Charter, but had also been unequivocally endorsed in the UNSC resolutions.
This was impressed upon the UN Human Rights Council by Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua on Friday, a press release issued here by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
She said the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir had been struggling for over six decades to realize their right to self-determination. For that, they were paying a terrible cost. Over 100,000 Kashmiris had lost their lives since 1989, she added.
The International People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir (IPTK), a credible NGO, published a report of over 100 pages that not only confirmed the presence of unnamed and unmarked mass graves, but also through DNA tests confirming that the graves were of individuals who belonged to
Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
This was proof of fake encounters in which indigenous Kashmiris had been killed using the false pretext of infiltration.
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She informed the Human Rights Council that during over last two months since Burhan Wani's extrajudicial killing on July 8, more than 100 Kashmiris had been brutally killed, 10,000 were injured, and over 700 had sustained injuries in their eyes due to use of pellet guns, causing complete or partial blindness.
The Ambassador added that India was desperately seeking to deflect attention from its state terrorism by claiming that the uprising had no internal roots and equating the Kashmiri struggle with terrorism.
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She urged the international community to take immediate note of the rampant continuing human rights violations and make a clear call for ending the bloodshed in IOK.
A fair, independent and transparent investigation should be conducted for extrajudicial killings, including the ones that had surfaced in the form of unmarked mass graves, and other human rights violations by the Indian occupation forces.
The Human Rights Council should unequivocally support the High Commissioner's concern regarding the serious issue of the use of excessive force by Indian authorities against the civilian population in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and his call for a fact-finding mission to be sent to IOK, Ambassador Janjua said.