Minister lashes out at top babus for ignoring Kashmir issue - Pakistan Today

Minister lashes out at top babus for ignoring Kashmir issue

-Barrister Usman Ibrahim calls International Human Rights Conference in Islamabad a complete failure

ISLAMABAD: In a rare show of fury over the performance of his ministry, a sitting Minister of the incumbent government lashed out at the top babus of his own ministry over poor performance and lack of seriousness regarding the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Today learned on Sunday.

In a letter, Minister of State for Human Rights Barrister Usman Ibrahim has stated that the International Human Rights Conference held on February 19-21 was a “complete failure” as it did not serve the national cause.

“It was doomed to be a failure due to non-inclusion of Kashmir issue in the agenda which was a big blunder. It was appreciated or acknowledged by international or diplomatic circles because it might have served their agenda,” the minister wrote in a note referred to Federal Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights, Ms Rabia Javeri Agha and Director General (DG) Kamran Azam Khan, asking both to explain why Kashmir Issue was not included in the agenda of the international conference.

The detailed note is also being submitted to the federal minister of Human Rights for information by the minister of state arguing why Kashmir issue was not included in the Agenda. Usman Ibrahim also declared the ignorance either a big blunder or intentional move and asked the concerned officers to clear their position in this regard.

Ministry of Human Rights (MOHR) had reportedly spent Rs 30 million for holding the International Human Rights Conference on February 19-21, 2018. Interestingly, the human rights violation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and brutality was not included in the conference agenda. The minister declared it either a big blunder or deliberate attempt owing to international pressures. “The conference was appreciated and acknowledged by international or diplomatic circle because it might have served their agenda,” the paper reads. A detailed note on it is being submitted to Federal Minister separately, he said.

According to the document available with Pakistan Today, the Minister of State for Human Rights Barrister Usman Ibrahim also sought out the details of the expenses worth Rs 30 million during the International Human Rights Conference. A source at the ministry told this scribe that Usman Ibrahim might move the matter to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for investigation on grounds of possible corruption charges.

When contacted, the minister said that public money was misused and hence he had sought an explanation from concerned officials and directed them to submit a detailed reply why Kashmir issue was not included on agenda. He further alleged that top ranking bureaucrats had tried to fulfill western and Indian agenda in this regard.

The state minister asserted that this was injustice with freedom-loving Kashmiri people and the Human Rights Ministry being a focal ministry should have also played a pro-active role and support Kashmiri brothers and sisters.

Mian Abrar

The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He can be reached at [email protected]



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