According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office of Pakistan which termed a reported Indian plan to guided visit of diplomats based in New Delhi to Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) as part of its efforts to mislead the international community.
The Foreign Office Spokesperson, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhari said that such guided visit are a smokescreen, aimed at diverting world attention from India`s egregious human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K), and creating a false impression of ‘normalcy’.
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhari said that the tour Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) would mean nothing if there is no access to all the localities and the possibility to freely interact with the people of Kashmir and the civil society in an atmosphere free of intimidation.
The FO spokesperson further added that “Equally, meeting the senior Hurriyat leadership including those incarcerated on trumped-up charges alone would enable an objective assessment of the ground realities,” adding that the Indian notion of so-called normalcy in the IIOJ&K has no feet to stand on and the world can clearly see that the illegal and inhuman military siege continues for over 18 months now.
The press release of Foreign Office of Pakistan reads that “Extra-judicial killings of people of Kashmir in fake ‘encounters’, and so called preplaned ‘cordon-and-search’ operations have become rampant; arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances and custodial torture have increased; Kashmiri leadership remain incarcerated; journalists, human rights activists and international human rights organizations are being harassed; and the Kashmiris’ fundamental rights, including the right to express themselves, continue to be denied,” FO added
The foreign office of Pakistan demanded that India must also allow the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); the United Nations Observers; the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC); international human rights and civil society organizations; and international media to visit the occupied Kashmir and assess the situation on the ground.
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