London, Mar.13: Pakistan continues to violate human rights of people living on its side of Kashmir as well of those residents living in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, a noted Kashmiri leader has claimed.
Addressing a recent seminar arranged by International Committee for the Respect and Application of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights during 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Dr. Shabbir Choudhry, Director Institute of Kashmir Affairs, London, said the lack of a vibrant media, human rights organisations and near absence of civil society were factors responsible for this.
Choudhry also claimed that the total lack of control of the local administration over army and secret agencies of Pakistan, has contributed to the existing malaise.
“These rulers of Pakistani Occupied Kashmir are no more than puppets and they are installed there to provide support to the colonial rule of Islamabad,” he told the participants.
He appealed to the NGO community and the United Nations to pay special attention to the plight of the people in this “unfortunate region”; and if possible, set up a commission to investigate issues related to human rights abuses. (ANI)