Exiled Chairman UKPNP Sardar Shaukat ali Kashmiri along with UKPNP Spokesman Nasir Aziz Khan, Baloch-Sindhi nationalists met with UN's Working Group on Enforced Disappearance WGEID on 20th June 2016 in Geneva Switzerland.
United Nations Human Rights Council 34th Session 15th March 2017
Item 4: General Debate: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention
NGO: (AIPD) Intervention by: Jamil Maqsood
Thank you Mr. Chairman,
Our organization is deeply concerned about state of human rights and security situation in so-called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. People of Pakistani administered Kashmir still live in a pathetic condition and don’t have any freedom to exercise their fundamental rights.
Exploitation of natural resources in Gilgit-Baltistan and so-called Azad Kashmir has deprived the natives of the region from their own natural wealth. Pakistan is plundering natural resources of both regions without the consultation of local population. Islamabad is constructing mega dames, through proposed China Pakistan Economic Corridor project which runs across our region before it enters Pakistan. Mega projects in a disputed territory of erstwhile state are a sheer violation of international laws and UNCIP resolutions on Kashmir. The sexual exploitation of the young girls of Pakistani Administered Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan has created massive anxiety in the local population which need urgent heed of this council. Civil society activists and nationalist political workers and their families are constantly under harassment by the state agents and members of the banned outfits like Lashker-e-Tayyaba. The region is continuously governed by undemocratic institutions like Ministry of Kashmir affairs and Kashmir council and lent officers.
Recently nationalist leaders have been arrested in Gilgit Baltistan who were peacefully protesting for the restoration of fundamental human rights and were demanding ownership o their natural resources. Baba Jan, Iftikhar Hussain and other political activists, who were charged under anti terrorist act (ATA) are facing 40 years life imprisonment.
Kashmir history books have been banned under so called national action plan in Pakistani administered Kashmir and right of assembly and association has barred in Pakistani peripheries. We urge upon the HRC to take serious note against these and other serious human rights violations and to put pressure on Pakistan for immediate release all political prisoners and guarantee freedom of expression and thoughts under its administered parts of Kashmir.
In 1960’s Pakistan constructed Mangla Dam in Mirpur Pakistani Administered Kashmir. Pakistan had agreed to provide free electricity to natives and pay royalty for the use of the water and electricity generated by the dam. But this commitment never fulfilled. Kashmiri are denied of royalty because Islamabad says Kashmir is not a province of Pakistan, and royalty is only paid to provinces. Out of 1300 Mega watts locally produced only 330 Megawatts aren’t provided for the local consumption... But the region has been enormously facing electricity shortage routinely. Hence I on behalf of my NGO and my native countrymen request the UN commission to take note of this unfortunate situation and flagrant human rights abuses by Islamabad and its local cronies.
I thank you Mr. Chairman
United Nations Human Rights Council 34th Session 15th March 2017
Human Rights Situations that Requires the Council’s Attention.
General Debate: Item-4 NGO: CIRAC
Intervention by Nasir Aziz Khan
I am privileged to share with the world community the concerns regarding human rights violation in Pakistani administrated Kashmir and Gilgit Balistan. The people of these areas are living in a pathetic condition where life itself is a burden and Azadi or (freedom) is a long standing desire.
So called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan are part of the erstwhile Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir, has been illegally held by Pakistan since 1947. For the last 70 years, the Government has not only neglected this area’s development, it has systematically indulged in politically repressing the people. Though so called Azad Kashmir is supposed to be a self-governing state, it really has remained a colony of Islamabad, with central government taking all decisions.
Human Rights Watch reported that the Government represses democratic freedoms, muzzles the press and practices routine torture. Tight controls on freedom of expression have been a hallmark of Government policy in the area. Islamabad has prevented the creation of independent media in the territory through bureaucratic restrictions and coercion. Under the interim constitution of ‘Azad Kashmir’, which enforced in 1974, aspiring candidates are “pre-screened” to ensure that only those who support Kashmir’s annexation with Pakistan can contest elections.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has reported that hundreds of young political workers and rights activists are behind bars under Anti-Terrorist Act, which was enacted primarily to eliminate dangerous terrorist activities. Any voice for Rights in Gilgit-Baltistan is suppressed by law enforcement agencies.
We urge upon HRC to take serious note on Pakistan’s human rights situation and put pressure on government to repeal all discriminatory clauses from constitution , stop victimization of political opponents and protect the life and liberty of people under its administration.
I thank you Mr.Chairman
United Nations Human Rights Council 33rd Session
19 September 2016 at Geneva
Item 4: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention
Intervention by:Jamil MAQSOOD NGO AIPD-GL
Item 4 General Debate
The area of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (referred to as ‘Azad Kashmir’ by Pakistan) and Gilgit Baltistan all parts of the erstwhile principality of Jammu and Kashmir has been illegally held by Pakistan since 1947. For the last 70 years, the Government of Pakistan has not only neglected this area’s development, it has systematically indulged in politically repressing the people. Though Pakistan Administered Kashmir is supposed to be a self-governing state, it really has remained a colony of Pakistan, with Pakistan’s central government taking all decisions.
Over the years, apart from a total lack of development and basic political rights, the people of Pakistan Administered Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan have suffered from human rights abuses, largely carried out by the Pakistani army and other security agencies. The voices of the Kashmiri people to free themselves from Pakistani rule have resulted in the state taking repressive action. This has resulted in regular instances of human rights abuses including forced disappearances, torture to political repression and electoral rigging and suppression of freedom of speech. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the country’s intelligence agency, the ISI carries out extensive surveillance operations on the press and pro-independence groups, they have carried out arbitrary arrests in which people have been tortured and several have died.
Further, the Pakistan army has used the area of Pakistan Administered Kashmir for the training purposes in areas bordering Indian Kashmir, to launch terror attacks or jihad against India. According to the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) persons are arrested and disappeared if they refuse to join or try to leave the forces engaged in “jihad” inside Jammu & Kashmir in India or fail to provide information to the intelligence agencies about the movements of people across the International Border/Line of Control. A significant number of cases point to the ISI’s involvement in these disappearances.
The local population of Pakistan Administered Kashmir does not enjoy fundamental social and political rights. As brought out by Human Rights Watch, the Pakistani Government represses democratic freedoms, muzzles the press, banned books and practices routine torture. Tight controls on freedom of expression have been a hallmark of Government policy in the area. Pakistan has prevented the creation of independent media in the territory through bureaucratic restrictions and coercion. Under the interim constitution of ‘Azad Kashmir’, which Pakistan enforced in 1974, aspiring candidates are “pre-screened” to ensure that only those who support Kashmir’s annexation with Pakistan can contest elections. Anyone who wants to take part in public life in Pakistan Administered Kashmir has to sign a “Pledge of loyalty to Pakistan”, while anyone who publicly supports or peacefully works for an independent Kashmir faces persecution. The electoral law undermines the basic political rights of Kashmiris’ by barring them from seeking office if they oppose Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan. Those who favorindependence invite the ire of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and military, and risk being beaten and jailed. Numerous political leaders of Kashmir have either been killed or are languishing in jail. In May 2013, Sardar ArifShahid was assassinated, one of the most prominent Kashmiri politicians for opposing the diktat of Pakistan.
Economically, Pakistan has ensured that this region is one of the most under-developed areas of the country, with all resources from this area being taken away for the development of other areas of Pakistan.
It is time that the International community focuses its attention on the rampant violation of human rights in Pakistan Administered Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. There is a need to hold Pakistan accountable for not only denying the Kashmiris their political rights but carrying out widespread human rights abuses against them.
United Nations Human Rights Council 31th Session
NGO: African Development Association (ADA) ECOSOC
Intervention by: Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri
Item 4 General Debate
Thank you Honourable Chairman,
So called Azad Kashmir is a land of strict curbs on political pluralism, freedom of expression, and freedom of association; a muzzled press; banned books; arbitrary arrest and detention and torture at the hands of the Pakistani military and police; and discrimination against refugees from Jammu and Kashmir state. Kashmiri nationalists are singled out for discrimination because they do not support the idea of Kashmir's accession to Pakistan.
Exploitation of natural resources in Gilgit-Baltistan and so-called Azad Kashmir has deprived the natives of the region of their own natural wealth. Pakistan is involved in plundering of natural resources of the region without consulting the local population. Islamabad is constructing mega dams. The proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project will cause environmental damage to air quality, water resources, soil erosion or contamination. Kashmiris are denied royalty because Islamabad says royalty is only paid to provinces and Kashmir is not a province of Pakistan. Mega projects in a disputed territory of Kashmir are a clear violation of international laws and UNCIP resolutions on Kashmir.
Pakistan's province of Punjab has recently passed the Women's Protection Act despite stiff opposition from conservative clerics, religious and feudal leaders. However, we appreciate it as it gives legal protection to women from domestic, psychological and sexual violence. Forced conversion of Christian and Hindu girls, rape, gang-rape, domestic violence, honour killing (Karo Kari), vani (exchange of women in settling the disputes), and forced/child marriages are some examples of women's rights violations in Pakistan. There is need to do more and abolish all evil practices and discriminations, violence against women and young girls in Pakistan.
We urge upon HRC to put pressure on Pakistan to stop victimization of nationalist leaders of Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. All political prisoners including Baba Jan and his colleagues should be released immediately and unconditionally who faced trial under Anti-Terrorist Acts (ATC) and are facing 40 years’ life imprisonment.
I thank you, honourable chairman.
Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri
Exiled Chairman UKPNP
addressing United Nations Human Rights Council`s General Assembly 32 Session at Geneva.
Speech of Exiled UKPNP Chairman ,Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri on the occasion of United Nations Human Rights Council 31th Session on 15 March 2016 in Geneva at UN Web TV
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