1. Pakistan urges international community to pay attention to Kashmir unrest

Pakistan urges international community to pay attention to Kashmir unrest

Pakistan today called on the international community to pay attention to end what it called a "constantly deteriorating humanitarian situation" in Kashmir, as it expressed "grave concern" on the unrest in the Valley.

By: | Islamabad | Published: October 15, 2016 10:05 PM
kashmir-l-ap Kashmir has witnessed violence and unrest since Wani’s death in an encounter with security forces. (Source: AP)

Pakistan today called on the international community to pay attention to end what it called a “constantly deteriorating humanitarian situation” in Kashmir, as it expressed “grave concern” on the unrest in the Valley.

The Foreign Office said that Pakistan calls “for attention of the International Community, particularly, the UN Secretary General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Secretary General OIC, and Permanent Members of UNSC for taking immediate measures” to stop violence and unrest in Kashmir.

In a statement issued on the eve of 100 days of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, the Foreign Office said the “constantly deteriorating humanitarian situation” in Kashmir is a matter of “grave concern” for Pakistan.

Kashmir has witnessed violence and unrest since Wani’s death in an encounter with security forces.

The situation has improved lately and curfew was today lifted across the Valley. At least 84 people, including two cops, have died in the clashes between protestors and security forces, that have also left thousands of people injured.

Pakistan has repeatedly raked up the Kashmir issue at the international fora, including at the UN General Asembly session in September. But its efforts have largely failed amid India’s diplomatic office to isolate the country globally.

The Pakistan Foreign Office also said that Pakistan government remains “extremely worried” over the continued detention of Hurriyat leaders, including that of Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

“We express serious concern over the mental torture being inflicted upon Mirwaiz Umar Farooq by keeping him in solitary confinement,” it said.

It said the detention of Hurriyat leaders is a “serious violation of the human rights as prisoners of conscience.”

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