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45th Session UNHRC: Intervention by Mr. Junaid Qureshi - Director EFSAS

25-09-2020, Geneva

Text and video of Mr. Junaid Qureshi's Intervention on Item 4 (Human rights situations that require the Council's attention) during the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.


Video of Mr. Junaid Qureshi's Intervention on General Debate Item 4 during the 45th Session of the UNHRC


"Madam President,

I would like to draw the council’s attention to the fact, that legally, Pakistan has no locus standi on Jammu & Kashmir.

Yet, since the late 1980s, Pakistan’s military establishment has used youth from Indian Administered Jammu & Kashmir to join its various terrorist proxies like Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taibah and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Rejection of India was the slogan dictated to these youth.

Islamic Caliphate and merger of Jammu & Kashmir with Pakistan, the aims.

Thousands of Kashmiris who did not agree, were killed by these terrorist proxies.

Those who subscribed to the Indian Constitution, were specifically targeted.

Today, led by its Foreign Minister, Pakistan is demanding a return of the autonomy that Jammu & Kashmir had earlier enjoyed under the Indian Constitution.

The same Constitution against which, it started this proxy war in which Kashmiris were massacred.

Madam President,

Will Pakistan be allowed to get away just like that?

Even after it ruptured our social fabric, ordered the killing of thousands of my fellow Kashmiris, exploited our youth as pawns in its proxy war, and was majorly responsible for getting our autonomy diluted through unleashing its terror-policy?

I humbly urge this Council to summon the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for an audit.

And hold it, accountable for the destruction of my homeland.  

Thank you".

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