Islamabad, September 24, 2019 (PPI-OT): Spokesperson rejects baseless messages in the social media regarding Pakistan’s campaign in Geneva highlighting Indian atrocities in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJK) In reply to a question, the Spokesperson rejected the baseless messages in the social media that aim to undermine Pakistan’s successful campaign in Geneva to highlight the grave human rights violations committed by Indian forces in IoJK. The situation has become particularly dire since the imposition of the curfew in IoJK on 4th August.
The Spokesperson highlighted the Joint Statement (JS) by a cross-regional group of more than 50 countries which demanded India to immediately lift the curfew /lockdown; end the use of force including the use of pellet guns; release all political prisoners; and implement recommendations of UN Reports on Jammu and Kashmir released in 2018/2019. The Joint Statement is a mechanism which is being used in the Human Rights Council to express the collective voice of member and non-member states of the Human Rights Council.
In addition, a number of statements have been made by different regional/political groups, UN member states and INGOs on the worsening human rights situation in IoJK. The High Commissioner for Human Rights expressing her serious concern also reported on the current grave human rights situation in IoJK. From amongst the various options available to us, a considered decision was taken in favour of a Joint Statement with cross-regional wide support.
No voting has taken place at this session of the Human Rights Council to date. Any speculation in this regard is, therefore, completely specious and fictitious. Considering the actions taken by India in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir transgress all limits of legality, human rights and humanitarian norms, Pakistan will remain relentless in its efforts to seek measures to alleviate the suffering of the Kashmiri people. Due to Pakistan’s efforts Kashmir has today been acknowledged as the situation of immense concern at the Human Rights Council as it will at the UNGA.
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