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Human rights situation in IoK unacceptable, PM Imran tells UN secretary general

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, while expressing deep shock and grave concern over human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), Thursday made it clear before the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres that the situation in the occupied valley was unacceptable.


The prime minister, during his telephonic conversation with UN secretary general, urged him to weigh in and stop India from perpetrating state repression, violence and brute force against the Kashmiri youth, women and children, a statement from PM’s office said.


Khan expressed deep shock and grave concern on the recent escalation in the continuing violence in occupied Kashmir, especially the recent killing of 15 innocent Kashmiris and injuries to more than 300 protestors.


He said the imposition of Presidential Rule in IoK had the danger of further aggravating the already serious situation.


The premier said Jammu and Kashmir dispute was not a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India, but an internationally recognised dispute and an outstanding agenda item in the UN Security Council.


In line with the recommendations of June 2018 report of the UN Human Rights Commissioner on human rights violations in Kashmir, Khan asked that a Commission of Inquiry should be dispatched urgently to investigate the grave situation in the occupied valley.


He reiterated the proposal of appointing a special UN representative for resolution of the longstanding dispute.

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