Appealing India and Pakistan to respect human rights of Kashmiris on both sides of LoC, AIP chief Er Rasheed Wednesday appealed both the countries “to stop blame game and address the humanitarian aspect of seventy year long dispute”.
He said rejecting UNHRC report was unfortunate.
In a statement issued, Er Rasheed said: “The way Indian Government is out rightly rejecting the revelations made in the UNHRC report does not make sense as facts speak for themselves. If Army claims to be so clean on human rights, one has a right to ask why army has been blocking justice in Pathribal encounter case, forced labor, forced disappearances, Kunan Poshpora incident and other incidents.” Respecting human rights of Kashmiris and punishing human rights offenders is not a favor to Kashmiris but duty of all parties, he said.
“By out rightly rejecting UNHRC’s report New Delhi is running away from harsh realities and if no violations have taken place, one has a right to know how nearly one lakh people lost their lives.”
Rasheed added that both India and Pakistan should allow neutral and credible organizations to visit on their respective sides and whatsoever observations and recommendations such organizations make from time to time need to be taken seriously.
He added that “how can UNHRC report be motivated if it has also raised valid concerns pertaining to human rights in Pak administered Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and has also criticized armed groups citing various examples”.
He appealed militant outfits also to show respect towards human rights and people’s right to disagree and freedom of expression should be followed in principal by all the parties.