AJK ready to welcome international fact-finding missions: Masood Khan


ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that the report published by the UN Office of the High Commissioner has comprehensively listed massive and gross human rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir but this, he stressed, was just the tip of the iceberg and is only scratching the surface on the actual situation in the occupied territory.
The President made these remarks while speaking at a seminar on “UN Report: International Community awakens to Human Rights Violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir”, organized by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) here. Other speakers at the event included Ambassador Riaz Khokhar, former Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Imtiaz Ahmed, Additional Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ahmed Qureshi, Executive Director Youth Forum for Kashmir.  Ahmed Qureshi praised the magnanimous gesture by Pakistan to readily welcome fact-finding missions to Azad Kashmir. He said that even human rights organisations and civil society in India have acknowledged the fact that the issue of Kashmir has worsened due to the mistakes of both the Indian military and Indian foreign policy.
Riaz Khokhar complimented all the institutions for making it possible for releasing the report. He said despite the report being released by an official organisation of the UN, it has been rejected by India. He added that this was due to India’s delusion and trying to wriggle out of allowing fact-finding missions to J&K.
Sardar Masood praises Aizaz Chaudhry, Director General ISSI for organising the event and inviting such distinguished speakers to speak on this very important issue. The President said that we have yet to publicise this report.
He praised Zaid Raad Al Hussain for publishing this report and also commended Secretary general for owning this report. He said that this report has been published by a neutral body which is an official organization of the UN. He said that the report is comprehensive and is a product of remote monitoring as India denied access to the UN fact finding missions.

ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan addresses seminar organised by by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) in Islamabad.
He said that the report has comprehensively listed massive human rights violations including arbitrary arrests, detentions, enforced disappearances, use of lethal pellet guns resulting in the blinding of peaceful demonstrators, violations of freedom of speech and information, murders and use of sexual violence by Indian forces. He said that India has violated the norms of all the major international conventions and laws . and that too with impunity.
The President said that calling these acts as human rights violations is a euphemism as they constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.
President Masood Khan said that the report has presented weighty recommendations which need to be acted upon. These include allowing a commission of inquiry into these human rights violations. He added that the report has asked India to repeal draconian laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, which even Amnesty International has termed as lawless laws. He said that according to the recommendations by the OHCHR, India will never conduct an inquiry into the mass graves and the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, he said.