ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Tuesday strongly condemned the arrest of Kashmiri human rights activist Khuram Parvez in occupied Kashmir.
“Arbitrary arrests of human rights activists on orchestrated charges by Indian occupation forces is clear evidence of New Delhi’s state-terrorism and trampling of fundamental human rights in Indian occupied Kashmir,” said the FO statement.
“The reprehensible unwarranted searches by Indian National Investigation Agency at the offices and residence of KhuramParvez, have also been condemned by international human rights activists and organisations,” it added
Further adding that the world was aware that it has become increasingly difficult for human rights organisations and activists to continue their work in India and Indian occupied Kashmir due to incessant witch hunt by the Hindutva driven RSS- BJP combine over unfounded and motivated allegations.
“Amnesty International had to shut all its operations in India in September 2020 when its bank accounts were frozen by India in an act of reprisal because of their independent reporting on IIOJK,” it added.
“The UN human rights machinery, independent NGOs and global media have regularly reported on and expressed concerns over increasing intimidation, harassment and reprisal attacks by Indian occupation forces against Kashmiri human rights defenders, journalists and civil society actors since 5 August 2019,” the statement said.
It concluded by stating that Pakistan call on the international community to hold India accountable for continued clamp down against human rights organizations and activists for undertaking their duty to expose gross and systematic human rights violations of Kashmiris, and the minorities, especially Muslims, in India.