UNHR slams Pak for atrocities

10/23/2019

Nov,23: Pakistan has been misusing Anti Terrorism Act to target locals who have been raising issues related to the rights of the people and has imprisoned hundreds of individuals in the region, reveals the 2018 UNHR report.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHR) underlined that those political parties in Pakistan that do not support the eventual accession of the Kashmir to Pakistan face threats and travel bans, and are subject to imprisonment and torture.
The UN body slammed Pakistan for having failed to address the main elements that restrict the full enjoyment of all human rights for people living in the PoK—also referred as Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
According to media reports, hundreds of people in the PoK, who were arrested by Pakistani intelligence agencies for holding protests against grave and widespread human rights violations, have gone missing.
Taking cognizance of the blatant enforced disappearance after taking people in police custody, the Supreme Court in Pakistan had directed to set up Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances.
The judicial commission received over 6,100 complaints of enforced disappearances till June this year. It have disposed over 3,800 cases and found that 743 “missing people” were traced in internment centres while 468 people were located in prisons and 189 people were found dead.
The UNHR has expressed great concerns over human rights concerns in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Mohammad Rafiq Khawaja, who is the Editor of the daily “Apna Dais in the PoK , was arrested for fighting for the rights of Kashmiris, have been arrested by Pakistani security agencies several times and tortured though there was no substantiated evidences against him, says Asian Human Rights Commission.
However, there are many from the PoK who never come home after they were picked up by the spy agency ISI and other security agencies, suggest news reports from Pakistani media.
The activists who organise and raise voices against disappearances are arrested, tortured and charged with terrorism or being Indian spies, says Asian Human Rights Commission, which is Hong Kong based organization that works towards the radical rethinking and fundamental redesigning of justice institutions in order to protect and promote human rights in Asia.
Persons in the PoK are arrested and disappeared if they refuse to join or try to leave the forces engaged in the "Jihad" inside Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir or do not provide information to the intelligence agencies about the movements of people across the border control line.
A significant number of cases point to the ISI's involvement in these disappearances, claimed the Asian Human Rights Commission.