Pak briefs foreign envoys on HR abuses in Kashmir Summons India's deputy HC over LoC firing

Islamabad, Feb 8:
Pakistan Wednesday said it has briefed the envoys of foreign missions on human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in a statement that Additional Secretary (UN & EC) Tasnim Aslam briefed ambassadors of foreign missions in the Foreign Office here.

The briefing focused on the continuously aggravating human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the backdrop of ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’, which was observed in Pakistan on February 5, the statement said.

Zakaria said the Additional Secretary highlighted that the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ is observed every year on February 5 to express Pakistan’s unwavering diplomatic, moral and political support to the Kashmiris in their legitimate struggle for the realisation of the right to self- determination in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

Aslam stressed that the Kashmir dispute is one of the oldest items on the agenda of the UN Security Council.
“The Additional Secretary urged the international community to take up with India its gross human rights violations perpetrated at all levels to ensure the misery and suffering of the innocent people” of Kashmir is alleviated and to play its role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in line with the UNSC resolutions, the spokesperson said.
It was the second briefing after a similar one was held for the envoys of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries this week.

Meanwhile, Pakistan today summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner and condemned unprovoked firing by Indian troops on the Line of Control.
Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in a statement that Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh.
“(Pakistan) condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation on February 7, 2017,” by the Indian forces on the LoC in Khui Ratta sector, Zakaria said.
He said the Indian firing resulted in the death of a 25-year-old civilian who was working as a labourer for the construction of a house.
“The Director General deplored the deliberate targeting of civilians, which is a crime as well as violation of international human rights and humanitarian laws,” Zakaria said.
The Director General also urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire understanding and investigate this and other incidents of “ceasefire violations”.
Pakistan also asked India to instruct the forces to respect the ceasefire in the letter and spirit and stop
targeting villages and civilians, the statement said. (PTI)