Independent HR observers should be permitted to get first-hand view of IOJ&K situation: FO July 23, 2020

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Independent HR observers should be permitted to get first-hand view of IOJ&K situation: FO July 23, 2020

ISLAMABAD-Pakistan has demanded that independent human rights observers and international media should be permitted to get a first-hand view of the situation in the India-occupied Kashmir and along the LoC.

Addressing weekly news briefing in Islamabad today (Thursday), Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said Pakistan has consistently called upon India to allow UNMOGIP access into Indian Occupied Kashmir in order to fully discharge its mandate given by the UN Security Council.

For its part, she said, Pakistan has always provided unfettered access not only to UNMOGIP but to international media and independent observers.

Yesterday once again, the Spokesperson said, representatives from diverse international media outlets visited the LoC in the Chirikot Sector and witnessed for themselves the destruction and injuries caused to civilian population along the LoC.

She said they also witnessed the multi-layered surveillance and defence system along the LoC erected by India which completely negates the hollow allegations by senior most military and civilian officials of India and the constant propaganda by the Indian media against Pakistan on cross border infiltration and the so called launch pads.

Responding to a question, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said Pakistan has offered third consular access to detained Indian spy Commander Kulbushan Jadhav to fulfill its international obligation in light of the International Court of Justice judgment in the case.

She expressed the hope that rather than using dilatory tactics, India will cooperate with the Pakistani courts to give effect to the ICJ judgment.

She recalled that ICJ, in its judgment, had asked Pakistan to review and reconsider the conviction and sentence of Commander Kulbushan Jadhav.

The Spokesperson said Pakistan remains committed to implement the judgment of ICJ. She said necessary steps have been taken for the provision of unhindered and uninterrupted consular access to India. She said India, however, using various pretexts to hinder the review and reconsideration process.