Kathmandu : Pakistan Embassy organized a talk programme on ‘Recent developments in Jammu Kashmir; human rights dimension’. The programme was attended by some thirty writers and analysts as well as representatives of human rights organizations.
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.
Ambassador Mazhar Javed mentioned several recent statements by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights asking India to lift the curfew and other restrictions. He also referred to the serious concerns expressed by the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Both had in their repeated statements called upon India to respect the human rights of the Kashmiri people. The Ambassador recalled that earlier UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights had, in its two reports, asked for establishing a Commission of Inquiry into the human rights violations committed by the Indian security forces.
Several speakers expressed the view that resolution of this long standing dispute was the only way to lasting peace and stability in the region. The unresolved nature of the dispute had impeded the development and economic uplift of South Asia, now for over seven decades.
Participants thanked the Embassy of Pakistan for organizing the event.