Chairman of National Equality Party Jammu Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan & Ladakh (NEP JKGBL) Sajjad Raja has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to establish a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the human rights violations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit-Baltistan.
“I have demanded UNHRC to establish a Commission of Inquiry to conduct an investigation into human rights violations and abuses, to identify the perpetrators and to formulate recommendations for PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan so that authors of these violations are held accountable,” said Raja, speaking at a session of the UNHRC.
While speaking at 44th session of the UNHRC on July 9, Raja highlighted that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) carries out extensive surveillance operations on the press and pro-independence groups.
He said that the Imran Khan led Pakistan government and the military have carried out arbitrary arrests in which people have been tortured and several killed.
“According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, ISI carries out extensive surveillance operations on the press and pro-independence groups. They have carried out arbitrary arrests in which people have been tortured and several have died,” he said.
“I request this august council, that the Pakistani government be put on notice on specific cases of extrajudicial killings and summary executions such as Arif Shahid, Sayed Haider Shah Rizvi, Ali Murtaza, Sher Khan, Qazi Khushal and Raja Nazim to name a few,” he added.
Pakistan has a long history of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings, many of which have targeted human rights and minority defenders critical of the government and the military.
The experts stressed that there can be no justification for the Pakistan government’s failure to end enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings and that any such violation must be investigated, prosecuted and punished.