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Pakistan demands international probe into Uri attack

Calling on the United Nations to hold an independent inquiry into the Uri incident, the resolution also urged the international community to immediately take notice of the "grave human rights violations" in Kashmir.

By: PTI | Islamabad |
September 27, 2016 2:14:50 am
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Pakistan today demanded an international probe into the Uri terror attack with its Senate passing a resolution calling on the UN to conduct an independent inquiry into the incident. The resolution was moved in the Senate, the Upper House of the Parliament, by Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The resolution that was passed unanimously in the Senate said the House expresses its strong solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

Calling on the United Nations to hold an independent inquiry into the Uri incident, the resolution also urged the international community to immediately take notice of the “grave human rights violations” in Kashmir, Radio Pakistan reported. It also called upon the international community to make India “desist from war hysteria to distract attention away from Indian crimes against humanity” in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, during a discussion on the motion in the Senate regarding the present state of Indo-Pak relations especially after the recent statements by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Pakistan will provide support to a probe into the Uri attack provided such a probe was carried out by an international body.

Pakistan had not accepted the Indian “narratives” about the attack and during the investigation all the evidences should be produced before the investigators along with details of the incident, Aziz was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan. “Pakistan denies all the allegations leveled by the Indian Prime Minister,” he said. Earlier, while speaking to BBC, Aziz said, “An independent international commission should be constituted to unearth the facts.” “It is not the first time India has leveled baseless allegations against Pakistan,” he said. Any such attack neither benefits Pakistan, nor Kashmir, Aziz said, adding that the attack diverts the world’s attention from “human rights violations committed” by India in Kashmir.

Aziz, while speaking in the Senate, also claimed that Modi’s efforts to isolate Pakistan had been scuttled as 56 countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), UN Human Rights Council and world countries have supported Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir and did not pay any attention towards India’s blame.

Diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan have been rising since the September 18 attack on an army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 18 Indian soldiers.

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