World community, US must intervene in Kashmir issue; urges Aizaz Chaudhry

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WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry called on the international community, including the United States, to urge India to respect the fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people and demanded that New Delhi must immediately allow human rights organizations’ access to the occupied valley.

Ambassador of Pakistan to US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry received a representative delegation of Kashmiri Americans at the embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC.

He was speaking to a representative delegation of Kashmiri Americans at the Embassy to brief them about the continuing grave human rights situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), especially since the simultaneous extra-judicial murders of 20 Kashmiri youths in various parts of South Kashmir on April 1.
The ambassador also separately met US and Pakistani media persons to brief them on Pakistan’s position and the need for the international community to fulfill their responsibility to ensure fundamental rights to the Kashmiri people.
He reiterated demands by the Pakistan government that India must immediately halt its campaign of torture against civilians in the occupied territory and allow international human rights organizations access to the held valley
to determine the extent of brutalities in various parts of Kashmir.
He reminded the international community including the United States, of their responsibility to unequivocally urge India to respect the fundamental human rights of the people living under its occupation.
The ambassador paid tribute to Kashmiris who, despite India’s ongoing campaign of brutality, came out in large number on the streets of Kashmir for peaceful protest and raised their voice against indiscriminate killings of Kashmiri young men in fake encounters.
He regretted that instead of listening to these protesters, the Indian government had resorted to indiscriminate use of force. As had happened in the recent past, the ambassador said, occupying Indian security forces used live munitions and blinding pellet guns to silence the peaceful protest against their unbridled violence.
Ambassador Chaudhry said that India refused to learn from the past that its unrelenting violence against Kashmiris had only strengthened their resolve to stand up for their rights.