PM’s Envoy Raises Rights Violations in Kashmir at Geneva

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pm’s envoy raises rights violations in kashmir at genevaThe Prime Minister’s special envoy on Kashmir, Awais Leghari, visited Geneva on Wednesday to highlight the ever-growing human rights violations by security forces in India-held Kashmir (IHK). Addressing the international community, the envoy highlighted the impact pellet gun injuries leading to “dead eyes” phenomenon among Kashmiri protesters and stressed that injured civilians be provided medical treatment.

PM Nawaz Sharif has tasked 22 members of parliament as special envoys to lobby the Kashmir cause in important world capitals since last month. In his remarks, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria mentioned in his remarks that “atrocities being committed by Indian occupation forces on the defenceless people of held Kashmir.” The National Assembly committee on foreign affairs Chairman, Leghari, recounted the prime minister’s letters addressed to the UN secretary general and the high commissioner for human rights “to stop the grievous brutalities of Indian security forces.” According to Leghari, he will continue to meet important dignitaries in Geneva and apprise them of situation in held Kashmir.

The Indian government has come under immense pressure due to the astonishing number of casualties in the region during protests against Indian rule, which broke out after the death of a popular rebel leader on July 8 during a gunbattle with soldiers. So far, reports have confirmed death of over 70 civilians and injuries to thousands in the worst violence to hit the territory since 2010. Although the curfew was lifted in most parts of the territory late last month, schools, shops and many banks remain closed while residents struggle with a communications blackout.

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