The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Pakistan remains fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights, in line with its national legal framework and international obligations.

“A series of legislative, administrative and policy measures as well as institutional reforms have been introduced in the country with a special focus on vulnerable groups, to ensure the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by all Pakistani citizens, ” the Ministry stated.

In response to the recent US State Department Human Rights Report, the foreign office stated that the global human rights agenda is better served through “constructive engagement” and by following the principles of objectivity and non-politicization.

The Report’s findings of the “grave human rights” situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and the culture of “impunity” prevailing there, echoes the concerns of the UN human rights machinery especially the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Special Procedure Mandate Holders and others, said Zahid Chaudhri, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The international community must continue to closely monitor the situation in IIOJK and urge India to respect its international obligations,” he concluded.

Earlier this week, the US Department of State reported an increase in religious and sect based violence in India, identifying Muslims and lower caste groups as most targeted.

The report also identified India’s role in Kashmir, delineating the amount of violence and chaos that ensued.

“Killings by government and nongovernment forces, including insurgents and terrorists, were reported in Jammu and Kashmir, northeastern states, and Maoist-affected areas of the country (see section 1.g.). The South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) reported the deaths of 63 civilians, 89 security force members, and 284 insurgents countrywide as a result of terrorism or insurgency attacks,” it said.


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