Pakistan on Wednesday strongly condemned the extra-judicial killing of an innocent Kashmiri by the Indian occupation forces in a so-called “cordon-and-search” operation in the Munand area of the Kulgam district of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
“The further intensification of fake encounters in IIOJK is a matter of grave concern. Extra-judicial killings of young men, including teenage boys, and refusal to return human remains of those martyred is completely unlawful and reflects the moral bankruptcy of the Indian occupation forces,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
The FO pointed out that draconian military siege, extra-judicial killings, torture in custody, enforced disappearances and incarcerations continued in the IIOJK to suppress the Kashmiris.
“India must realize that despite applying all tools of oppression and using state terrorism as a policy, it has failed to subjugate the will of the Kashmiri people,” the statement added.
The FO said Pakistan once again called upon the international community to hold India accountable for the grave and systematic human rights violations of the Kashmiri people and work for peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people.
“The gross and systematic human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces in IIOJK warrant investigation by the UN Commission of inquiry as recommended by the OHCHR in its reports of 2018 and 2019,” it stressed.
Moreover, the FO rebuked Indian media’s claims that Pakistan’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus status was being withdrawn after Indian news agency ANI reported on July 26 that the European Parliament had moved to withdraw Pakistan’s GSP+ status over “abuse of blasphemy laws”.
FO spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudri called such reports “fabricated” and a continuation of New Delhi’s “malicious propaganda” against Islamabad, in a statement issued late on Tuesday, according to Dawn, adding that the news item was “fabricated and a continuation of the India’s malicious propaganda against Pakistan”.
“India’s malicious smear campaign against Pakistan is well-known and independent organisations, including EU DisinfoLab, have established India’s credentials as [a] purveyor of anti-Pakistan propaganda globally,” he said.
He said that the Indian state and “obliging” Indian media remained busy “concocting baseless stories against Pakistan” despite the unearthing of India’s disinformation campaign.
“The recent rumours are yet another demonstration of India’s nefarious designs,” he said.
The spokesman said that Pakistan and the European Union maintain close high-level engagement through multiple dialogue mechanisms, adding that the country remains committed to the full implementation of the 27 international conventions related to the preferential trade regime.
“Pakistan has successfully completed three biennial reviews of GSP+ and the fourth biennial review is currently under way.
“Currently, the European parliament is on summer recess till autumn and there has been no discussion on Pakistan since April,” the FO spokesman concluded.
The GSP+ is a special trading arrangement that provides developing countries preferential access to European markets by slashing tariffs to zero on most products.
The countries benefiting from the scheme have to implement 27 international conventions related to human rights, labour rights, protection of the environment and good governance.
Pakistan, which has ratified all 27 conventions, has been benefiting from the GSP+ status since January 2014. Its GSP+ status was extended for another two years in March 2020.
However, the European Parliament in April adopted a resolution calling for a review of the GSP+ status granted to Pakistan in view of an “alarming” increase in the use of blasphemy accusations in the country as well as rising number of online and offline attacks on journalists and civil society organisations.
The resolution also called on the government to “unequivocally condemn” incitement to violence and discrimination against religious minorities in the country.
with additional input from APP