Pakistan rejects false Indian propaganda

Indian troops practice torture in Kashmir, Pakistan tells UN rights expert

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan has strongly condemned the extrajudicial killings of five innocent Kashmiris in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) on Tuesday.

“The Hindutva-inspired BJP-RSS combine is carrying on its campaign of brutal repression and collective punishment of Kashmiris in IIOJK. Simultaneously, a false propaganda war against Kashmiris and Pakistan continues unabated,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said in a statement.

“The allegations surrounding the arrest of an allegedly Pakistani individual in New Delhi today are part of India’s well known efforts to divert the world attention from its egregious human rights violations and illegal actions in IIOJK, and well-documented oppression of Muslims and other minorities in India,” he added.

“The Indian propaganda based on lies and deceit only reconfirms Pakistan’s apprehensions that, as it has done in the past, India is plotting false flag operations to blame Pakistan and Kashmiris,” the Spokesperson said. “Neither Pakistan nor Kashmiris can be deterred by propagation of falsehood,” he maintained.

Pakistan will continue to stand with Kashmiris in their just struggle for the right to self-determination, as promised to them by the United Nations through various Security Council Resolutions, the Spokesperson concluded. Pakistan has told an independent UN human rights expert that Indian security forces in occupied Jammu and Kashmir indulge in torture and ill-treatment, but they deny facts, responsibility and wrongfulness. During an interactive dialogue with the expert, Nils Melzer, who is Special Rapporteur on torture, Pakistani delegate Saima Saleem pointedly asked him how the Indian occupying forces can be held accountable for the breach of the prohibition of torture. She also posed the question whether an international commission of inquiry, proposed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for Jammu and Kashmir, could help end the culture of impunity to prevent endemic torture. In response, Melzer said that human rights experts could not answer that question, rather the “Security Council should deal with this.” While the normative and institutional mechanisms were there for accountability, due to power politics and the lack of will, these are not utilized, he went to say.

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