Arif Alvi asks UN to send fact-finding mission to J&K


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President Dr. Arif Alvi on Tuesday urged the United Nations to send a fact-finding mission to Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir to investigate ‘brutalities’ committed by Indian forces against Kashmiris.

President Dr Arif Alvi being presented Guard of Honour upon his arrival in Muzaffarabad on February 5, 2019.

The president was speaking at a seminar at President House, Islamabad jointly organized by the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan and the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) University.
The disputed Kashmir valley has been at the heart of seven decades of hostility between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Last year, the United Nations said in a report that Indian security forces had used excessive force in Kashmir and killed and wounded numerous civilians since 2016. It called for an international inquiry into alleged violations in the disputed territory. “People of Kashmir want Azadi (freedom) from India, and Pakistan will continue to extend all kind of diplomatic and political support to them,” the president said.
The President demanded India to immediately release all the political prisoners and abolish the black laws. He said India should lift restrictions on the media and internet in the occupied valley so that the Kashmiri people could exercise their right to expression.

President Dr Arif Alvi addressing the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day in Muzaffarabad on February 5, 2019.

The President also called upon the United Nations to send a fact finding mission to occupied Kashmir to ascertain the actual situation on the ground. Paying glowing tributes to the sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiri people, the President said India cannot suppress the freedom struggle through oppression or use of force.

Condemning the Indian atrocities, President ArifAlvi said India is not ready to hold dialogue with Pakistan in order to perpetuate its illegal occupation of Kashmir. The President, however, stressed that the solution of all disputes lies in peace dialogue.

President ArifAlvi said all resources will be provided to make Azad Kashmir a model region.

Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on the occasion thanked Pakistani leadership for consistently supporting the Kashmiri people in their struggle for right to self-determination. At the outset, the house also offered fateha for the martyrs Kashmir.