UNHRC Session Begins With Commissioner's Concerns Over Kashmir and NRC

Khan had also said that before his Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf government came into power the governments did not have the ‘political will’ to disarm militant groups operating on their soil

UN Human Rights Council flags Kashmir lockdown, NRC impact

"The foreign minister also stressed the need to declare health emergency in IOJK [Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir]", the statement said after a meeting on the sidelines of the 42nd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

"India should release political prisoners, stop targeting human rights defenders and fulfil obligations under the UN Security Council resolutions and various human rights instruments", Qureshi said, adding the Indian draconian emergency laws in occupied Kashmir can not be allowed to stand. "I appeal to the government to ensure due process during the appeals process, prevent deportation or detention, and ensure people are protected from statelessness", she stated.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under a near-complete lockdown since August 5, after India scrapped its special status as the government has blocked communication access and imposed restrictions to thwart any protests in the region.

Voicing serious concerns over the situation in occupied Kashmir, Qureshi said we must not remain indifferent to the tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes.

India figured twice in the United Nations high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet's laundry list of areas of concerns, with Kashmir lockdown and the exclusion of lakhs of people from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam eliciting expressions of deep concern from the senior official.

"India and Pakistan are with a battle over Kashmir as you understand. I think (it) is a little bit less heated right now than (what) was two weeks ago", President Trump instructed reporters on the White Home on Monday.

US President Donald Trump on Monday said he is willing to "help" India and Pakistan resolve the Kashmir issue if "they want" but did not, significantly, use words such as "mediate" or "intervene" that he has several times in recent weeks to much irritation in New Delhi and elation in Islamabad. But its efforts fell flat as on the closed-door meeting held at UN, the collaborating nations - barring China - had sided with India, agreeing that the adjustments in Jammu and Kashmir had been an interior topic.

"I have every fear that India will once again resort to "false-flag" operations, and use the bogey of "terrorism" as a red herring, to divert worldwide opinion, even attack Pakistan", said FM Qureshi. He is expected to lead the Pakistani charge over Kashmir issue at the UNHRC session.

The update to the report published in July this year under Bachelet was equally critical about alleged human rights violations in Kashmir. The Human Rights Council on first day discussed the security clampdown, restoration of basic rights, lifting the curfew in Occupied Kashmir and demanded to terminate communications blackout there, he added.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Chilean Michelle Bachelet has expressed "deep concern" at the communication shutdown and detention of political leadership in J&K.

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