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Dossier on Human Rights Violations in Kashmir handed over to President of UN General Assembly

08:59 AM | 12 Oct, 2016
Dossier on Human Rights Violations in Kashmir handed over to President of UN General Assembly
UNITED NATIONS - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Special Envoys have handed over a dossier to the President of UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, raising concerns over human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The Prime Minister’s Envoys on Kashmir—Senator Mushahid Hussain and Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali, MNA — arrived in New York from Washington over the weekend.

They were accompanied by Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, during their call on the 193-member Assembly’s president, according to a press release issued by the Pakistan Mission to the UN.

The Envoys briefed Thomson about the grave threat to peace and security posed by the deteriorating human rights situation in Jammu & Kashmir as a result of Indias suppression of the Kashmiri freedom movement. Dr. Ali detailed the killings of innocent and peaceful Kashmiri demonstrators and injuries caused by the use of brute force by Indian occupation forces.

She also told the pGeneral Assembly President that the use of pellet guns, blinding hundreds including children, women and men, was a particularly barbaric manifestation of the use of force.

Senator Mushahid Hussain briefed President Thompson about the war hysteria stoked by India to distract world attention from its brutal action to suppress the legitimate demand of the Kashmiri people for self determination. He stressed that the ongoing movement was indigenous and was sparked by the extra-judicial killing of youth leader and icon, Burhan Wani.

He also said that India has closed all doors to bilateral dialogue, scuttled a regional summit and at the international level, refused to implement Security Council resolutions. All this, Senator Hussain said, posed an imminent threat to peace and security in the region.

The President of the General Assembly expressed concern at the situation and assured the visiting Envoys that he would do everything possible to foster peace. He also said that he would get an update on the current situation from the UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations.

Senator Mushahid told the General Assembly President that one-fifth of humanity resides in South Asia and therefore peace and security and the future of the region should concern the international community.

He also said that India has raised the temperature on the line of control and this escalation confronted the region with an increasing danger to peace.

The two Special Envoys also briefed officials of the Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) on accelerating tensions along the Line of Control. They reiterated Prime Ministers proposal to expand operations of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to avoid such situations.

DPKO officials briefed the Special Envoys on the continued non-cooperation by the Indian side, hampering the mandated work of the UN Mission. They were greatly appreciative of Pakistans cooperation with the Mission, and its role as one of the worlds top troop contributors to UN Peace Keeping Missions.

The two Parliamentarians earlier had an interactive session with representatives of the Kashmiri Diaspora.

Senator Hussain assured them of Pakistans continued moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri cause in their quest for their right to self-determination.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had dispatched Special envoys to major capitals of the world to apprise the international community of the deplorable human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir and to garner support for the Kashmiri struggle for their right to self-determination.


Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.


PKR rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 16 April forex rates

Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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