PM’s Special Envoy Awais Leghari briefs Geneva international community on human rights situation in IOK
Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, Chairman Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly who is currently visiting Geneva as the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister, on 06 September 2016 briefed the Geneva international community on the grave human rights situation in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
Mr. Leghari met the President of the Human Rights Council, President ICRC and other Ambassadors to brief them about the atrocities being committed by the Indian occupation forces on the defencesless people of Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. The alarming impact of pellet gun injuries leading to “dead eyes” phenomenon on the peaceful protesters was also highlighted. He emphasized the importance of implementation of UN Security Council’s resolutions that recognize Jammu & Kashmir as disputed territory and call for a free and fair plebiscite for the realization of the right to self-determination of Kashmiris.
Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee referred to the Prime Minister’s letters addressed to the UN Secretary General and the High commissioner for Human Rights to stop the grievous brutalities of Indian security forces and to investigate the accesses committed against the people of Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
The Special Envoy of the Prime Minister would continue to meet important dignitaries in Geneva and apprise them of the plight of the helpless Kashmiris, who demand of the international community to end the terror and violence being unleashed on them.
PM’s Special Envoy Awais Leghari meets UN High Commissioner for Human Right
Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister on Jammu & Kashmir and Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Foreign Affairs met Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and briefed him about the ongoing critical human rights situation in IOK (Indian occupied Kashmir), underscoring that the matter was of great concern to all Pakistanis.
With reference to Prime Minister’s letters addressed to the UN Secretary General and the High Commissioner, the Special Envoy asked the Human Rights High Commissioner to take concrete measures to immediately end violence in IoK. These actions include:
a) Immediate investigation of the atrocities committed by Indian occupation forces against peaceful Kashmiri protestors.
b) A fair, transparent and independent inquiry into the martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani and to help bring to justice those responsible for it;
c) Assure the right of self determination and freedom to the Kashmiri people and end India’s oppressive measures against the Kashmiri people;
d) Demand India to fulfill it human rights commitments under the UNSC resolutions and international human rights obligations;
e) End immediately the use of pellet guns or other lethal substitutes against innocent Kashmiris and also end human rights abuses including mass killings, forced disappearances, illegal detentions, torture, rapes and sexual molestation;
f) Abrogate immediately the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and other draconian laws.
g) Withdraw the forces from IOK that have unleashed a terror on Kashmiris.
High Commissioner Zeid thanked the Special Envoy for his visit to Geneva and for briefing him on the grave human rights situation in IoK. He assured the Special Envoy that his Office was carefully observing the situation in the area and was in contact with both India and Pakistan in this regard.