ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged the international community particularly United Nations, OIC and human rights organizations to take notice of grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir. Responding to questions by newsmen at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Wednesday, Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said in the wake of brutal killing of Kashmiri leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz and other activists by Indian forces, Pakistan has set in motion the process to raise the issue at various levels.
He said Pakistan has already condemned the incident. The spokesman said that Pakistan is also concerned over attacks on the life and property of Muslim in Occupied Kashmir and their economic blockade by extremist elements, which have serious humanitarian implications. He called for immediate steps to end violence against innocent Kashmiris.
The spokesman hoped that the international community would take notice of unwarranted violence against Kashmir and their economic blockade perpetrated by extremist elements. He urged India to observe restraint and rein-in the extremist elements are seeking economic destruction of the Kashmiri people. The spokesman said it is important that an enabling environment, free of violence, is created to sustain the peace process and address the long standing dispute of Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesman rejected Indian criticism of Pakistan’s concern and protests over human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and said as per UN resolution Kashmir is a disputed territory and not part of India. He said international community also considers Kashmir as disputed territory. Similarly, inclusion of the issue in the composite dialogue process is also recognition of its disputed nature.
He told a questioner that neither Afghanistan nor India has provided any evidence in support of their allegations regarding Pakistan’s involvement in Indian embassy attack in Kabul despite Pakistan’s repeated demands. He said unsubstantiated allegations do not help the war on terror or promote regional peace and stability.
While Jamaat-e-Islami Azad Jammu Kashmir Amir Abdul Rashid Turabi on Wednesday termed Hurriyat leader Shaikh Abdul Aziz’s martyrdom as continuity of target killing by Indian army. Addressing a gathering at martyred leader’s brother Shaikh Abdul Yaqoob’s residence at here, he said that international community should play its role to stop target killing of Kashmiri leadership. He paid tribute to the leader, said, “Aziz’s role in the freedom struggle is etched in our minds and can never be forgotten” however, “his death created a vacuum which can never be filled”.
He condemned Indian government as it killed 35 Kashmiris when they were protesting peacefully against the economic blockade of Muslims. Turabi described silence of Pakistani government on economic blockade of Kashmiris as matter of concern. He demanded “present government to give up continuity of Musharraf’s Kashmir policy which harmed the freedom struggle”.-SANA