November 2001 News

Pak responsible for making Kashmir issue dreadful: JKCHR

25 November 2001
The Indian Express

New Delhi: A human rights group having special consultative status with UN''s economic and social council, has accused Islamabad of ''hypocrisy'' over the Kashmir issue and said it has carried the case ''far away from a solvable position to a dreadful fate of unending misery''. The Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) has termed as ''legitimate'', questions raised by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on the ''condition'', ''democracy'', ''rights of the people'', ''elections'' and transfer of ''power'' in the areas occupied by Pakistan. ''...Indian concern in Azad Kashmir (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) is more direct and immediate than the general concern under (UN) charter obligations,'' JKCHR secretary general Nazir Geelani said in a report. Quoting the UN resolutions on Kashmir, often cited by Pakistan when referring to the issue, it said Islamabad''s ''poise in relation to the resolutions raises many questions''. ''(As per the resolution) government of Pakistan has agreed to withdraw its troops from the state... Why is it that Pakistan decided not to allow the UN to take its course in the territory called Azad Kashmir (Pakistan- occupied Kashmir),'' Geelani said in the report on “the condition of the area occupied by Pakistan”.


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