UN Human Rights Council flags Kashmir lockdown, NRC impact

Pakistan rejects Kashmir normalcy reports

She pointed among other things to "restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists".

Describing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir as a "looming catastrophe", Qureshi said the UNHRC should ensure that New Delhi stop the use of pellet guns by Indian security forces, ends the "curfew" and restores fundamental rights and liberties, releases political prisoners and ends the "bloodshed" in the region.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, asked India and Pakistan to uphold the rights of Kashmiris as the two nations continued their diplomatic standoff over the region they govern separately.

Pakistan wrote to the United Nations last month, flagging what it called "massive violations of International Human Rights Law" in Jammu and Kashmir.

"I get along with both countries very well", Trump said, adding "I am willing to help them if they want".

Geneva: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi being received by Pakistan's Ambassador to Germany Ahmad Warraich upon his arrival here on Monday.

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.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir's mostly Muslim population and most people support the rebels' cause against Indian rule. "We are ready." On August 28, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had hit out at Pakistan for instigating violence in Jammu and Kashmir asserting that matters related to the region are India's internal issues with no room for interference by Pakistan.

"The forlorn, traumatized towns, mountains, plains and valleys of Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir reverberate today, with the grim reminders of Rwanda, Srebrenica, the Rohingya, and the pogrom of Gujarat", Qureshi told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

The UNHRC chief also raised the issue of the National Register of Citizens or NRC that has been instituted by the union government in Assam, aimed at removing illegal immigrants, with the final list excluding some 19 lakh people. The Indian side, led by Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry Vijay Thakur Singh and expelled Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria will counter Pakistan's propaganda and block any adverse comments by the UNHRC.

Throughout a gathering with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in July, Donald Trump had provided to mediate between the 2 worldwide locations on the problem of Kashmir.

Trump said he would do his best "to meditate or do something" regarding the tensions between India and Pakistan long-running source of conflict.

The foreign minister urged focused discussions on the two Reports of UNHCR, in the Human Rights Council (LoC) and a unanimous decision by this House to implement their recommendations made to India, Pakistan and foremost to the Human Rights Council.



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