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Pak tells UN to send mission for probing human rights violations in Kashmir

india Updated: Nov 06, 2016 11:57 IST

Kashmiri protesters throw stones during a clash with police in Srinagar.(AFP File Photo)

Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, once again called on the UN to dispatch a fact-finding mission to Jammu and Kashmir, saying that India’s rejection to allow one was in fact acknowledgment of the “grave atrocities” being committed by its forces.

Ambassador Lodhi made the call when the UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein called on her at the Pakistan mission in New York, the Associated Press of Pakistan cited an official press release.

The Pakistani envoy commended the high commissioner for his effective leadership as an advocate of human rights and fundamental freedoms across the world.

Pakistan, she said, appreciated his repeated calls for grant of unconditional access for the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to both sides of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Lodhi said the calls by the high commissioner for sending a fact-finding mission to Jammu and Kashmir to independently assess the situation on ground was a source of solace for the people of Kashmir.

Their rejection by India only reinforced the need for the office of the high commissioner to monitor the situation on a sustained basis, she added.

The international community has an obligation to support the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination and act decisively to end human rights violations, she added.