HR violations unabated in PoK: Dr Jitendra
Jammu, Aug 4 : On the eve of the Parliament's Monsoon session beginning tomorrow, BJP National Executive Member and J&K Chief Spokesperson, Dr Jitendra Singh today released to the media, evidence from various sources including "Human Rights Commission of Pakistan" report to state that Human Right (HR) violations and oppression of minority community continue unabated in Pak occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Referring to instances of mysterious disappearances, torture, political repression, electoral fraud, religious conversion and suppression of freedom of speech, he said, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) also carries out arbitrary arrests in which people are tortured and several have died.
Pertinent to mention that BJP National President Rajnath Singh had last week, during his visit to the United States, raised the issue of human right violations in PoK and Gilgit Baltistan. The party has now decided to follow up the issue at different fora at all levels.
According to Dr Jitendra Singh, Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) report also indicates that several have disappeared while many reported dead after their arrests in Pakistan-held Kashmir. The report states, arrested persons often include those who refuse to join or try to leave forces engaged in so-called Jehad in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, he said.
Dr Jitendra Singh cited some examples with names of persons who had been arrested or had gone mysteriously missing after having refused to join the so-called Jehad against India. They included Jehangir, son of Sabir resident of Charhoi, Kotli sub district, Amjad, son of Mohammad Khan, resident of Leepa tehsil, Muzaffarabad district, Mohammad Aslam, son of Jan Mohammad, resident of Cherhoi, Kotli sub district, Akram, son of Abdullah, resident of Khoi Ratta and Kabir Hasan Shah, resident of Sandok, Neelum district.
The plight of minority Hindu community is even worse, said Dr Jitendra Singh and accused the Govt of Pakistan of having blatantly backed out of the bilateral pact signed by the then Pakistan Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan and his Indian counterpart Jawaharlal Nehru on 8 April,1950 pledging to ensure equal rights for minorities in their respective countries. He said, while in India Muslims have flourished in every walk of life, in Pakistan as a result of systematic oppression, the population of the Hindu minority has dwindled from 22 per cent in 1947 to less than 2 per cent today. This is a part of a larger calculated strategy of persecution of Hindus by religious zealots; a campaign that has the tacit support of the authorities and passive acquiescence of local general population, he explained.