PHC remembers Kashmiri girls, seeks world support to resolve dispute


LONDON: Maintaining the weekly solidarity programme with Kashmiri people, Pakistan High Commission in London on every Friday, the High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria appealed the gathering to continue raise the voice for their ‘oppressed’ brothers and sisters in Islam in Indian occupied Kashmir.

On Friday (October 11), the Kashmiri Girl Victims of Indian atrocities were remembered at the High Commission on the International Day of the Girl Child. On this occasion, solidarity with the Kashmiri people was expressed and a collective Dua was offered by hundreds of people assembled for the Friday prayer at the High Commission.

Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, in his address, reminded the audience of the plight of the Kashmiris in IOK, where over 8 million people are under siege for the last 68 days. Mr Zakaria particularly mentioned the Kashmiri Girl Victims of rape, pellet guns, abduction and torture in IOK.

The High Commissioner apprised the congregation of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Kashmir. Zakaria called upon the international community to play their role to end sufferings of the Kashmiri people. He said it is important to be aware and create awareness about the human sufferings in ‘IOK’.

Responding to media questions, he said that as international community observes International Day of the Girl Child today (Friday), it is important to remember the Kashmiri Child Girls who are victims of pellet guns and other atrocities. It is important to think of their future and delivery of justice to them, he added.

The High Commissioner recalled the Kunan Poshpora Mass Rape of Kashmiri women in 1991 by the Indian forces in which young Kashmiri girls were also the victims. As rightly noted in the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Office Geneva’s Report of 14 June 2018, even after 28 years the victims are still waiting for justice to be delivered, he highlighted.

At this occasion, exclusive photos of the Kashmiri Girl Victims of Indian atrocities were displayed. The photos of victims, as documented by various international institutions and human rights organisations, helped visitors understand the magnitude of the human rights abuses in IOK.