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Pakistan welcomes COI proposal

Pakistan welcomes COI proposal
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Islamabad: The Foreign Office (FO) Thursday welcomed the proposal by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a Commission of Inquiry for international investigation into human rights violations” in Kashmir.

“This proposal is consistent with Pakistan’s several calls to this effect since 2016, even as India has continued to ignore legitimate demands for probe into gross and systematic violations, including pellet guns, excessive use of force, arbitrary arrest and detentions as well as continued sexual violence as part of overall impunity enjoyed by Indian security forces,” a handout issued said.

The report’s main focus is on Kashmir, the FO noted, and the “contents, scale and the narrative of killings, maiming, abuse and impunity articulated in the report is a reaffirmation of what Pakistan has long highlighted for the international community.”

“References to human rights concerns in AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan should in no way be construed to create a false sense of equivalence with the gross and systematic human rights violations in Indian held Kashmir, the FO cautioned.

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