Participants of a seminar held during 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council at United Nations headquarters have urged Pakistan to stop human rights violations in its administrated Kashmir and Gilgit Balitistan regions.
“This new form of indirect control started in the form of Interim Act of 1974, authored by Pakistan and implemented by its political outfits, has completely marginalized the role of people and POK Assembly, he added.
Noted author Mr. Tarek Fateh said that Pakistan’s presence in Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan was violation of UN resolutions, no matter what Pakistan government and its media claims; but text of UNCIP resolutions cannot be changed that clearly asked Pakistan to vacate the territory and India to keep its some forces there.
He said that a country that discriminated its own citizens based on color, language and ethnicity has no moral, political and legal claim on any part of Kashmir. He said that two-nation theory had buried with the independence of Bangladesh those were pioneer in making Pakistan but suppressed by Punjabis and Urdu speaking elite and humiliated and killed them for demanding rightful place and role in then Pakistan.
He said that Pakistan is in illegal occupation of Gilgit Baltistan and has to comply with UNCIP resolutions to resolve this issue. He was critical to the so-called Gilgit government that has no role or powers to make any decsion regarding the Gilgit Baltistan since all powers lie with Islamabad.
He opined that rule of law and democracy go hand in hand and without one other cannot be achieved. He said that Gilgit Baltistan lacks democratic structure and rule of law that needs to be strengthened and encouraged but only by empowering the local people in decision-making and government making.