Kashmir situation serious after India revoked Article 370: Pak envoy

Published On: September 27, 2019 07:36 AM NPT

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Ambassador of Pakistan to Nepal, Mazhar Javed, has said that situation in Jammu and Kashmir had grown serious after the Indian government decided to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted autonomy to local people in these territories. 

Addressing a talk program organized by the embassy in the capital on Thursday, Ambassador Javed highlighted the human rights plight in the region. He mentioned that several statements issued recently by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights had urged the Indian authorities to lift the curfew and other restrictions. 

The envoy also referred to the serious concerns expressed by the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, calling upon India to respect the human rights of the Kashmiri people. Earlier, UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights had, in its two reports, had demanded to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the human rights violations allegedly committed by the Indian security forces. 

 Some 30 writers and analysts, as well as representatives of different human rights organizations, attended the program organized by the embassy on the theme “Recent Development in Jammu Kashmir: Human Rights Dimension”. 

Participants expressed serious concern on the worsening human rights situation in Kashmir especially on the total media/information blockade, use of pellet guns, torture, arbitrary detentions and continued curfew which had now been more than 52 days. 

Speaking on the occasion, the participants maintained that the resolution of this long-standing dispute was the only way to lasting peace and stability in the region. “The unresolved nature of the dispute has impeded the development and economic uplift of South Asia, now for over seven decades.”

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