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Pakistan considered raising the issue of Kashmir on the Human Rights Council

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said at the Human Rights Council on Wednesday that Pakistan is contemplating increasing the problem in occupied Kashmir.

During a briefing to the Senate Permanent Committee on Kashmir Dr Faisal said, in reply to the letter from Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the United Nations Security Council called for a meeting on Kashmir on 13 August.

“India had issues with the Security Council meeting being called following its actions in Kashmir,” he said. “They [India] took the stance that this was their internal issue and tried to make sure that the session did not happen.”

He also informed board participants that nearly a million individuals are under house arrest in the valley and that for the last 16 days there has been a curfew.

“There are reports of 2,000 to 4,000 Kashmiris being picked up Indian occupying forces. India is afraid if they lift the curfew there will be a strong reaction,” Dr Faisal said.

“We are fearful that the situation is heading towards Pulwama 2,” he said.

Dr Faisal added, Pakistan Army is ready and we are effectively responding. “We are planning to raise the issue at the Human Rights Council.”  

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