Indian forces trampling human rights in IOK: SAPM tells IPU President

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant on National Security and Strategic Policy Planning has said that Indian forces have grossly trampled human rights in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and denying basic facilities to the people of the restive region.

Speaking with President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Ms Gabriela Cuevas Barron, he said that Pakistan wants a peaceful resolution to the long-standing issue through a peaceful and negotiated manner as per UN resolutions.

He said that Pakistan believes in peace and wants to settle the outstanding issues through a peaceful dialogue while ensuring respect for human rights. He said that the sufferings of the people of occupied Kashmir call upon the global bodies to take note of the prevailing human rights situation.

He said that the Indian government has unilaterally changed the constitutional status of Kashmir and opened up a new floodgate of atrocities and barbarism in occupied areas. He also drew attention of the IPU president towards Indian ceasefire violations.

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Dr Yusuf said that the Indian government was getting isolated and voices were rising from within India and across the world. He termed the IPU an important multilateral platform that can play a significant role in protecting human rights and ensuring a durable solution.

Regarding Afghan peace process, Dr Yusuf said that Pakistan continues to support an Afghan solution and emphasised that durable peace can only be achieved through dialogue and negotiations. He said that Pakistan has suffered immensely due to instability in the region and intends to support all efforts aimed at promoting regional peace.

The IPU President termed her visit to Pakistan a fascinating and memorable one. She underlined that Pakistan is an active and dynamic member of the forum and called for more collaboration to promote more understanding.

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