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Pakistan exposes Indian atrocities in IOJK with another dossier

FM Qureshi presents dossier at a joint press conference with Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, NSA Moeed Yusuf

By Web Desk
September 12, 2021
Screengrab from the press conference via Geo News Live
Screengrab from the press conference via Geo News Live

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has presented another dossier exposing Indian atrocities in India Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK), Geo News reported Sunday.

The 131-page report was presented during a joint press conference of FM Qureshi with Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari and National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf.

While explaining the contents of the report prepared by Pakistan, Qureshi said that it outlines the Indian aggression and barbarism in IOJK.

The dossier comprises incriminating audio, video and documentary evidence on gross human rights violations, war crimes, genocide and torture against the Kashmiris by India in IIOJK.

Detailing the contents of the dossier, Qureshi said that it contains three chapters and 113 references, 26 of which are international media review reports, and 41 are reports from Indian media and think tanks.

He added that it also contains 32 references to international human rights organisations and 14 references from Pakistan.

Speaking on Indian atrocities, Qureshi said that 900,000 Indian troops are stationed within IIOJK, likening the situation in the restive region to an open-air prison.

Recalling Syed Ali Geelani's funeral, Qureshi added that his own family members were not allowed to attend the funeral and were instead tortured and Geelani's body forcibly buried.

He further said that independent observers are not allowed within IIOJK and the realities from Kashmir are distorted.

Qureshi proclaimed that the Indian atrocities will be exposed in the dossier as it contains solid evidence of "fake encounters" and India's tactic of framing Kashmiri freedom fighters as "terrorists".

He added that weapons are planted in the homes of innocent Kashmiris.

Qureshi also talked about the Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019 which merged Jammu and Kashmir within the Indian Union, removing its autonomy.

He further told the media that since 2014, India has conducted 15,495 sieges and search operations in IIOJK.

Speaking on Indian laws in IIOJK, Qureshi said that India has six draconian laws which can declare any Kashmiri a terrorist.

Accusing India of terrorist activities, Qureshi said India is training five Daesh camps, which is a matter of concern.

Detailing the atrocities committed by India, the Foreign Office showed multiple examples of "fake encounters", it was reported that at least 13,000 Kashmiri children have been detained by India.

Foreign Office Spokesperson referred to an incident in December 2020 where Indian police had killed 3 youths and declared them terrorists.

It was reported that since 2014 India has continued to violate the ceasefire which has killed 198 people.

Mazari digs at EU, West for 'pontificating' on human rights

Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari referred to the mass rapes in Kunan and Poshpora in February 1991, adding that perpetrators have still not been brought to book for the heinous crimes.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Mazari mentioned UNSC resolution 1325 which protects women and children in armed conflicts and puts sanctions on countries that violate the resolution.

She wondered why the UN is not imposing any sanctions on India for its blatant disregard for human rights violations in IIOJK.

She further questioned the international community and UN for why are they not probing into being given special access into IIOJK.

She added that these are rules as per the Geneva convention and India has "violated all of them".

She criticised the UN and the West for their silence on attempted annexation of occupied Kashmir, adding that the EU and the international community cannot "cherry-pick" sanctions.

Speaking about the use of pellet guns by Indian soldiers on innocent Kashmiri men, women and children, she said pellet guns were used on animals. She lamented how Indian soldiers, flouting human rights, were using them on people in the occupied region.

Qureshi added that protecting fundamental human rights is not just the state's responsibility but there are international instruments and mechanisms that ensure human rights are protected.

He concluded the press conference by making a list of demands which are listed as follows:

  •  India must stop human rights violations of Kashmiris.
  •  Proceed (actions) against the perpetrators who have been highlighted in the dossier.
  •  Put an end to demographic change.
  • Lift the military and digital siege of IIOJK.
  •  Release all political prisoners
  •  Allow unhindered access to the UN, Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), independent journalists, human rights organisations, and civil society organisations in IIOJK.

— With additional input from APP.