PM Imran announces 'big jalsa' in Muzaffarabad on Friday

Published September 11, 2019
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday announced that he was going to hold a "big jalsa" (rally) in  Muzaffarabad on September 13 (Friday). — Photo courtesy New York Times/File
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday announced that he was going to hold a "big jalsa" (rally) in Muzaffarabad on September 13 (Friday). — Photo courtesy New York Times/File

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday announced that he was going to hold a "big jalsa" (rally) in Muzaffarabad on September 13 (Friday).

In a post shared on Twitter, the premier said that the jalsa was in order to "send a message to the world about the continuing siege of [Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir] IOJK by Indian Occupation forces; [and] to show the Kashmiris that Pakistan stands resolutely with them".

Since India unilaterally decided to annex occupied Kashmir on August 5 and enforce a lockdown, Prime Minister Imran has repeatedly raised concern about the situation in the disputed region.

Read: PM Imran lauds nation for coming out against 'fascist Modi govt's annexation' of occupied Kashmir

Earlier, he had also announced that an event would be held every week to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people, starting from August 30, when Pakistanis came out in droves to observe 'Kashmir Hour' from 12pm to 12:30pm to express solidarity with Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir.

Joint statement at the UN Human Rights Council

The premier's announcement of the Muzaffarabad jalsa today comes a day after Pakistan delivered a joint statement on behalf of over 50 countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

Addressing the president of the council, the statement said that the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in occupied Kashmir, particularly after India's action on August 5, required the "urgent attention of the Human Rights Council and human rights mechanisms".

"We share the concern expressed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Michelle Bachelet regarding the impact of recent actions on the human rights of Kashmiris."

Read: UN rights chief 'deeply concerned' about impact of Indian govt's actions on rights of Kashmiris

As per the statement, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Special Procedures in their joint press release on August 22 and civil society organisations as well international media had "repeatedly expressed serious concerns about the unprecedented restrictions and on the continuous curfew imposed since August 5, curbing of fundamental freedoms, communications blackout and reports of widespread torture, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, molestation of women, and enforced disappearances".

Additionally, it noted that in a statement on August 8, Guterres had said that the UN's position on the region was governed by the Charter of the UN and the applicable Security Council resolutions. The joint statement added that this had been corroborated by the OHCHR's Kashmir Reports.


According to the joint statement, the international community should ask for the following:

  • Respect and protection of fundamental human rights of the people of occupied Kashmir, especially the right to life, liberty and security
  • Immediate lifting of curfew, ending the communications shutdown and release of arbitrarily detained people
  • Immediate halt to the excessive use of force, especially the use of pellet guns
  • Access of human rights organisations and international media
  • Implementation of the recommendations of OHCHR’s Kashmir Reports including the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate egregious human rights violation
  • Regular reporting by the UN High Commissioner for human rights on occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

"We also support a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through the implementation of the UNSC resolutions," the statement added.

Meanwhile, in a press release issued by the Foreign Office spokesperson, Pakistan expressed gratitude towards countries that were part of the joint statement.

Read: World must not remain indifferent to tragedy unfolding in Kashmir, Qureshi tells UN Rights Council

The same day Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addressing the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva during which he that the international community "must not remain indifferent to the tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes" in occupied Kashmir.

Opinion

New engagement
Updated 19 Apr 2021

New engagement

Better Pak-India ties mean a better regional outcome.
Inequality and ideology
19 Apr 2021

Inequality and ideology

Hunger and want, and the constant reminder of inequality,may condition religious mobilisation, but they are not solely sufficient.
Ties of sentiment
19 Apr 2021

Ties of sentiment

Pakistan-UK relations have been remarkably stable and increasingly energised by the Pakistani diaspora.

Editorial

19 Apr 2021

Vaccine shortfall

THE hope that the slew of Covid-19 vaccinations approved for use since the end of last year would vanquish the ...
Another package
Updated 19 Apr 2021

Another package

Sindh has not seen much development worth the name during the PPP’s more than decade-long rule in the province.
19 Apr 2021

Cricket triumph

TEAM Pakistan have a number of reasons to rejoice after their 3-1 T20 series win over hosts South Africa on Friday....
18 Apr 2021

More cabinet changes

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan has reshuffled his cabinet yet again in what is obviously another attempt to shore up his...
Blocking social media
Updated 18 Apr 2021

Blocking social media

FOR four hours this week, all social media platforms in the country were shut down, a measure the government said ...
18 Apr 2021

Peasant rights in Sindh

IN a seminar held in Nawabshah recently, the Sindh Human Rights Commission and Hari Welfare Association reiterated a...