ISLAMABAD: Azad Jammu Kashmir President Masood Khan on Friday met Caretaker Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Defence Productions Abdullah Hussain Haroon here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and discussed the current Kashmir situation.
The president congratulated him on assuming his new position in the caretaker federal cabinet. Foreign Affairs Secretary Tehmina Janjua was also present on the occasion. President Masood exchanged views with the foreign minister about the human rights situation, including killings, arbitrary arrests, and other crimes in the Indian-held Kashmir by the occupation forces.
He said that the recent imposition of the governor’s rule in the disputed Kashmiri state has led to an intensification of repression. The foreign minister said that the report of the office of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has established gross and consistent human right violations in the disputed Kashmiri state.
He welcomed the offer of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to constitute a commission of inquiry to investigate those abuses. He said that India must give access to such a commission to ascertain facts and determine responsibility for the human right violations. He said that the government and the people of Pakistan would continue to give full moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people in their legitimate struggle to attain their inalienable right to self-determination.
President Masood said that the high commissioner’s report on Jammu Kashmir especially expressed concern about mass graves, enforced or involuntary disappearances, sexual violence and use of pellet guns which was blinding Kashmiri youth. He said that the report has criticised a culture of impunity that enables occupation forces to commit heinous crimes against Kashmiris.
He said that recent cold-blooded murder of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari had exposed the true face of India. He informed the foreign minister that the Indian forces were committing massive ceasefire violations across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary. He said that this year alone, India has committed 1577 violations resulting in the death of 48 civilians and seriously injuring 256.