By Ochiaka Ugwu
Pakistanis living in Nigeria under the auspices of Pakistan Community Association, Abuja Nigeria (PCAAN) has strongly called on United Nations (UN) to intervene in the activities of Indian government under Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
Speaking in a seminar organized to highlight Human Rights Violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) by the Association in Abuja, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Nigeria, Ghana and Ambassador to Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon & Benin, Maj-Gen. Waqar Ahmad Kingravi HI(M) said that recent developments in the disputed region of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) have taken an ominous turn due to the reckless action of Government of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Kingravi informed that on 5 August 2019, India, through a Presidential Order, abrogated Articles 370 and 35-A, from the Indian Constitution, which earlier granted special status to Indian Occupied Kashmir, saying the abrupt abrogation has altered the unique status of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that these Articles had been inserted in the Indian Constitution by the founding fathers of India as a mark of their commitment to the UN Security Council Resolutions of 1948, which promised a peaceful and negotiated settlement of Kashmir, as per the aspiration of its people through a free and fair plebiscite.
According him, “These Articles granted limited autonomy to the Indian Occupied State of Kashmir, with application of different laws of citizenship and property rights for its citizens. As per these Articles, Jammu & Kashmir State could have its own constitution, State laws and State flag” he said.
He said that the Presidential Order of 5 August changes the special status of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir as it supersedes Article 35-A which did not allow non-residents of Indian ‘ Occupied Kashmir to purchase property in the State and thus prevented any attempt to change the demography of Kashmir, which could have a direct impact on the UN-administered plebiscite, which is to be held as per the UNSC Resolutions.
He said that all attempts by Pakistan to resolve the tense situation in the Sub Continent through dialogue have been spurned by India.
He however, called on India to accept the recommendation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a UN Inquiry Commission to investigate human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and to provide unhindered access for the UN Inquiry Commission, and other human rights and humanitarian organizations and the media, to occupied Jammu and Kashmir to ascertain and report on the situation there.
Speaking also, a Pakistani Abuja based lawyer, Mr. Ahassan Ifzal Mughal said when it involves issue of human right violation, it becomes a global thing.
He said the siege on Kashmir has been the longest in history as it has existed for 70 years.
He said there have been barbaric arrests and even the dead cannot rest in peace given the fact that funeral procession are usually shot at by Indian security operatives.
Musa Salihu of National Human Right Commission said that human right is not a charity or privilege, but an inherent right given by God to be enjoyed by humans.
He said that as a human being, you must be dignified as every human being has right to identity.
The Programmes Manager of Amnesty International Nigeria, Mr. Seun Bakare said that Amnesty is compiling the human right abuses in Kashmir and will do the right thing.