Dr Shireen Mazari Address to Joint Session on Kashmir Issue

Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen M Mazari said India’s actions in occupied Kashmir were tantamount to “War Crimes done by a rogue government”. She was addressing the second day of a joint session of the parliament held on Wednesday to discuss Pakistan’s future course of action in the wake of India’s decision to revoke Article 370-special constitutional status of IOK. She said the resolutions of UNSC, which recognizes Kashmir as a disputed territory, had been violated- India has committed an internationally recognized war crime, we are obligated to tell the whole world. Dr Mazari said the violence India is carrying out is clearly ethnic cleansing and genocide adding that International Community should be asked where the UN’s right to intervene had gone. Shireen Mazari referred the Simla agreement and said India cannot unilaterally change the status of Kashmir. Resolutions of UNSC, which recognises Kashmir as a disputed territory, had also been violated, she added.
We must make efforts to persuade the international community to take action and stop India from these massive human rights violations and war crimes in Indian Occupied Kashmir, Dr Mazari said. Federal Minister for Human Rights, Shireen Mazari said that abolishing status of Kashmir by India was a war crime act. She stated we have written a letter to United Nations Human Rights Commissioner regarding use of cluster bombs by India across the Line of Control and in Occupied Kashmir valley. As per UN charter and Geneva Convention, the Kashmir was a disputed territory between India and Pakistan, she said. India had already admitted that Kashmir was a disputed issue between the two states, the minister added. If India wanted war on Kashmir then Pakistan could never be a silent spectator, Shireen Mazari said. The Indian government had broken its constitution and we should request United Nations for emergency meeting regarding the matter of Kashmir, she said.

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