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

Honourable Chairman

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.

Honourable Chairman
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

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

​​Freedom                             Democracy                        Equality

Freedom Democracy Equality United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) Press Release: (Brussels;10/04/2018) United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) is celebrating 33rd Foundation day on 10 April 2018 across the world.The UKPNP Party comrades along with party leaders are celebrating the Party's anniversary worldwide. Former Secretary Foreign Affairs UKPNP, Jamil Maqsood has celebrated Foundation Day of UKPNP on 10 April 2018 and delivered a Special message along with Party Chairman at Bern.The Exiled UKPNP Chairman, Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri in a message to party comrades on the renewal of their commitment to carry forward the ideology and mission of UKPNP to the next generations of former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir with zeal and vigour. Exiled UKPNP chairman further said that there are unjustified inequalities and discriminations with the people of Pakistani administrated Kashmir including Gilgit & Baltistan that need to be abolished like Act 74, Kashmir council, Lent officers including the ministry of Kashmir affairs. We want ownership of our Natural Resources and their royalties and Benefits including CPEC and on all mega Projects. Our demand is to release all the political prisoners and missing persons. we are striving hard for the deprived and oppressed nation and nationalities of the state of Jammu and kashmir.we are striving for the united states of Kashmir which actually address the miseries and deprivation of oppressed Nationalities of former princely state of Jamu and Kashmir. UKPNP is working to fight against all types of prejudices and narrow-mindedness at all stages. Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri also paid glowing tribute to the founder of the state, Mahrajah Gulab Singh. That it is he who has established this state that we unequivocally claim . our Party will continue its struggle to promote democratic and plural approach among the people of the state. We will continue our struggle for unity, integrity, fraternity, and friendship so that people of the state may achieve their higher ideals in an organized form. UKPNP activists and stalwarts in Europe Zone and across the world have organized different events on this occasion and on the renewal of their commitment to carry forward the ideology and mission of UKPNP. They have delivered speeches and strongly condemned all forms of fundamentalism and extremism in our region. We urge India and Pakistan to resume dialog for the peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kahmir conflict which is beneficial for the People of Pakistan and India as well as the citizen of Jammu and Kashmir. UKPNP is a Strong political force which is following the path of peace and non-violence struggle to achieve the ultimate goal of united and independent Jammu and Kashmir on National and International Level. UKPNP leaders, Members, activists, sympathizers across the world extend their gratitude, good wishes, and congratulations to Exiled Party Chairman for establishing a revolutionary Party 33rd years before which actually provides us a leadership and guidance to accelerate our movement for the unification and complete independence of Whole Jammu and Kashmir. Sajid Hussain Secretary Information, United Kashmir People's National Party Europe Zone. Pakistan has pushed the visionary leader of Jammu and Kashmir,the founder of the idealogy of United states of Kashmir and chairman UKPNP ,Sardar shaukat Ali Kashmiri into a forced infinite Exile since 1999....United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) Central Committee meeting was held on 30th September 2016 at Rawalpindi. As per the agenda, party organizational matters, ongoing tension between India and Pakistan on so called Line of Control, China’s involvement in so called Azad Kashmir affairs and other important matters were discussed. UKPNP Central committee has decided to dissolve its central, Zonal and overseas units in order to elect new office bearers. A central convention will be held within 90 days. Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri was elected as caretaker Chairman of party. Central committee also nominated its overseas organizers. 1. Sardar Zahid Khan Canada 2. Aftab Hussain Khan United Kingdom 3. Akhlaq Barlas United States 4. Iftikhar Ahmed Italy 5. Muhammad Zia Mustafa Switzerland 6. Sajid Abbasi Belgium 7.Engineer Touseef Muscat 8 Saalim Salam Ansari Sindh Zone 9. Israr Ahmed Greece 10. Sardar Rashid Hussain Punjab zone 11.Yasir Arafat Qureshi Spain 12.Sheikh Hammad Saudi Arabia 13.Anwar Hussain Khan Magray UAE UKPNP central committee has advised its zonal, districts, Tehsil, Local and overseas organizers to reorganize and restructure party units in their respective areas before forthcoming central convention. UKPNP CC members asked Pakistan and India to de-escalate ongoing tension between two countries on so called line of control and demanded that Kashmir issue should be resolved through dialogues and peaceful means as per wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people. United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) Central Committee also showed its deep concerns over recent announcement made by so called Azad Kashmir government that she has decided to hand over large area of disputed of Kashmir to China on lease. Jammu and Kashmir State subject rule dated 1927 do not allow foreigners to buy or lease property in Kashmir. So called AJK government has violated Jammu Kashmir State subject rule. UKPNP will not tolerate and allow any country to colonized our territory and natural resources.

​ United Kashmir People's National Party

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. 

Mr. Chairman,
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.

Mr. Chairman,

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 Nation Human Rights Council 36th Session September 2017 at Geneva

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 35th session June -2017

Item 4- General Debate. Human Rights Situation that required  Council Attention.

NGO:  (AIPD)      Intervention by Jamil Maqsood

Thank you Mr. President,

We are sadly concerned about deteriorating human rights situation in so-called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit- Baltistan. People of both regions living in the regrettable situation since long. They do not have the freedom to exercise their fundamental rights. Exploitation of natural resources in both peripheries of Pakistan is at its highest level. Both regions have systematically deprived of their natural resources including the right to development by the exploration of these resources.

Mr. President,

China Pakistan Economic Corridor has paved the way for biggest source of exploitation of our natural resources and it has created drastic environmental effects on the region. Simultaneously it has jeopardized natural habitat of wildlife and huge population. This project is a sheer violation of the international laws as well as United Nations resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir.

Mr. President,  In recent months, Pakistan has introduced draconian laws to press freedom of expression and freedom of thoughts to curtail its minorities and other ethnic groups under so-called security doctrine. Pakistan protection Ordinance (POPA) was termed by the ICJ as repressive and hastily drafted. That act was immediately come into effect in Pakistani peripheries and nationalists and progressive political workers have become its victim. Political leaders in Gilgit- Baltistan has been victimized under  Anti- Terror Laws and establishment of military courts as the parallel judicial system has further demonized fundamental freedoms of the people in Pakistan and Pakistani Administered parts of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Mr. President, The cybercrime act has inflicted damage to the civil society activists and human rights defenders. This act has barred human rights defenders to criticize undemocratic legislation of the state. Practically the state of Pakistan has become a hell for the progressive people, human rights defenders and journalists. Especially in the absence of indigenous media, the world community is very blind about human rights violations in these regions. The local culture and languages are on the verge of destruction by the oppressive regimes of Pakistan.

Mr. President, we urge you to take an urgent heed to these developments taking place in Pakistan so that the life of hundred thousand political workers, civil society and human rights defenders could be saved from Pakistan security apparatus,.

I thankyou Mr. President.

         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. 
Honourable Chairman,
 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.
Honourable Chairman,
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.

United Nations Human Rights Council 36th Session September- 2017

Item Agenda 4 General, Human Rights Situationthatrequire Council Attention.
                           NGO (AIPD) - Intervention by Jamil Maqsood

 Thank you, Mr. President.

Our Organization is deeply concerned about systematic abuse of human rights in so-called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit- Baltistan. People in both peripheries are living in constant state of uncertainty and deprivation. The state of freedom of expression and assembly has been limited. The extension of cybercrime laws into both regions have curtailed freedom of information and rights to free speech. The trade unions activities have also been controlled by introducing various legal instruments on behalf of Government of Pakistan. The press is not allowed to publish the reports concerning local development, corruption and liking and disliking and recruitment of local employees in various institutions.  Those who speak for the merit, justice, and development are constantly harassed and intimidated by the secret agencies of Pakistan and local police. Even former Prime Minister of Pakistan isn’t safe from the intimidation of secret agencies of his country.

Mr. President:  Our organization is constantly speaking for the right to development of Pakistani peripheries but no change has occurred yet. It is the responsibility of this council to monitor Human rights situation, freedom of expression, belief and opinion in Pakistan and its administered Kashmir regions. It is sad to inform you that in recent years’ thousands of progressive and secular political workers have been abducted by the secret agencies in various parts of Pakistan. Mr. Punhal Sario who was working on disappeared Sindhi political workers have gone missing since two months and no one knows about his whereabouts.  The religious minorities are continuously hunted by Blasphemy laws countrywide.

Mr. President:  Eights years old Saad Haroon was abducted three years back from Rawalpindi Pakistan. The police have arrested abductor and later he managed to escape from the police custody. It shows an overall failure of the law enforcement agencies dealing such criminal cases.  Another dreadful incident happened yesterday near Muzaffarabad where the personnel of Pakistani military has tortured local youth and their pictures and video of torture have been widely circulated on social media.  There is no redress against such gruesome violation of human rights.  The banned outfits like LeT and others are openly working by changing their names. In the recent election in Lahore known Terrorist Hafiz Saeed has launched Milli Muslim League (MML) that contested elections is exposing Pakistan’s deep statecraft of none cooperation with the world community to alter such activities of these groups. The training camps are still intact in our region and Pakistan didn’t 
to its so-called security doctrine with regard to Indian administered Kashmir.
Mr. President.  We urge you to take an urgent cognizance of human rights violations in Pakistan and its administered Kashmir and use your influence for the recovery ofPanhal Sario, Saad Haroon and release of Baba Jan and his colleagues.
I thank you.