Mazari urges UN to form inquiry commission on India’s exploitation of Kashmir

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ISLAMABAD: Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari on Tuesday requested the United Nations (UN) to form a commission of inquiry on India’s violations in Indian occupied Kashmir by using cluster bombs on innocent civilians across the Line of Control (LoC).

The Human Rights Ministry wrote a letter in condemnation of India’s revoking of the special status to the Indian-held Kashmir under Article 370 of its constitution— stating that the move was against the international law along the UNSC resolutions.

“I would like to bring to your attention the use of cluster bombs by the State of India on July 30 and 31, targeting civilians in Neelum Valley, across the LoC, in violation of international law. A four-year-old boy was one of the four reported casualties of the attack, while at least eleven others were injured.

“Pakistan and India are both States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects, without any reservations. From the very design of cluster bombs, it is clear that these weapons are intended to be used against broader military targets,” Mazari said in her letter.

The letter further outlined that the OHCHR must remember its obligations under humanitarian law and its duties to protect civilians and raise concern over combatants and military objectives in India’s act of violation.

Mazari called on the Human Rights Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry on Kashmir— seeking a comprehensive independent investigation into human rights violation in the troubled region.

The minister asked the UHCHR to take immediate action on the new Indian government’s policy of increasing the military action against Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir.

I request your Office to immediately take note and act on the new Indian government’s policy of increasing the military action against Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir,” the letter concluded.

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