Pakistan mulls legal options to raise HRs violations in IIOJK: Dr Mazari

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 12 (APP): Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari Sunday said that Pakistan was mulling to explore different legal options to take up the issue of gross human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) at the relevant forums.

Addressing a press conference along with Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and PM’s Adviser on National Security Dr. Moeed Yusuf at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she said the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and other international fora could be approached over the Indian illegal steps aimed at demographic changes in the IIOJK.

The ICJ had already given its advisory opinion over the issue of Israeli occupation, she said, adding they were studying certain options which could be helpful in further presenting the issue before the world.

She said the Indian occupation forces started using rape as a weapon of war against the Kashmiri women during the 90s and since then the issue had remained unresolved and uninvestigated.

She referred to the mass rapes in Kunan and Poshpora during February 1991 and said that no criminal proceedings were initiated against the culprits.

The UN resolutions called for the protection of women and children in war and conflict zones and any defiance to these conventions could lead to the slapping of sanctions, she said.

Dr. Mazari further demanded of the European Union (EU) to implement its policy doctrine over human rights in the IIOJK as well by immediately holding India accountable for the ongoing gross rights violations.

What Indian forces were committing in IIOJK were clear violations of the 4th Geneva Convention and the international community must take immediate notice, she added.

“The EU should demand that human rights violations in IIOJK are unacceptable,” she said, adding that dual standards on human rights violations should be discarded, and ‘irresponsible and rouge India must be held accountable.

The minister referred to the recent prolonging of the EU’s sanctions on Russian over the territorial issue of Ukraine and questioned why it was not imposing such sanctions against India.

Drawing a parallel between German Nazis and the fascist policies of Modi’s government, she questioned whether the international community could allow India to hold the office of the president of the UNSC.

Dr. Mazari further reiterated that the UN should compel India to hold an investigation and identifying perpetrators who had been directly involved in these gross human rights violations in IIOJK. India had been using cluster bombs in IIOJK with impunity, she added.

To a query, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said any international organization had the mandate to question and demand India to provide details about the disappeared Kashmiris.

He said that IIOJK was not a new issue as it had been unresolved in the past seventy years. The world community had rejected the Indian stance that IIOJK was its internal issue. The UN secretary-general during his visit to Pakistan had reiterated its position over the issue, he added.

The foreign minister said that IIOJK had been a strong legal case and ‘Pakistan would continue to do which it ought to do’.

Qureshi added that protecting fundamental human rights was not just the state’s responsibility but there were international instruments and mechanisms that ensured rights protection.

He further stressed that the IIOJK issue could be taken up at several human rights fora and said that India’s image as the democratic country had undergone a sea change not only at the international level but within its society.

Qureshi said further informed that Pakistani missions and ambassadors across the world would disseminate the evidence and information contained in the dossier throughout the world so that the real face of India could be exposed.

PM’s Adviser on National Security Dr. Moeed Yousuf, to a query, replied that the world had realized what India was committing in IIOJK and nobody now defended what India was doing. “There is a clear shift in the thinking of the international community,” he added.

Dr. Moeed said that Pakistan’s stance over the fake news was vindicated with busting of the international Indian network by EU DisInfo Lab; and reiterated that Pakistan would continue bringing forth evidence of what India had been doing in IIOJK.

He cautioned that Indian fascists policies were posing real threats to regional and global peace and stability.

He said that unveiling of dossier over Indian atrocities and gross human rights violations with evidence also meant paying tributes to the struggle of late Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani.

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