United Nations human rights body concerned over NRC, Kashmir

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The minister urged the council to heed recommendations by United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet and her predecessor Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein to launch a so-called worldwide Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the Kashmir situation.

India, while asserting that its decision is pure internal in nature, is expected to assert on Tuesday its well-articulated position that restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir were imposed to save human lives.

However, he claimed that once the curfew is lifted the reality comes out the world would wake to the "catastrophe that is underway right now". "We must act decisively and with conviction", he said.

He also met with Group of Ambassadors of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation at UNHCR and briefed them on the grave human rights violations and humanitarian emergency in the occupied valley. "This is not a situation where any country, any institution, any policymaker can stand on the sidelines".

He said the medical staff is facing great difficulties to provide medical facilities to pregnant women, children and elderly people. Asked by The Associated Press to respond to those comments, she declined to comment.

Describing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir as a "looming catastrophe", Qureshi said the UNHRC should ensure that New Delhi stop the use of pellet guns by Indian security forces, ends the "curfew" and restores fundamental rights and liberties, releases political prisoners and ends the "bloodshed" in the region.

Meanwhile, India and Pakistan are set the clash at the UNHRC today with both nations set to make statements regarding Kashmir.

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She cited a recent increase in demolitions of homes under an Israeli zoning and planning framework "which discriminates heavily against Palestinians". And they actually said, 'Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?' I said, 'Where?' (Modi said) 'Kashmir.

While welcoming the opening statement of the UN Human Rights Commissioner on Kashmir, Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the global body to constitute an independent investigation commission to record human rights abuses in India-held Kashmir.

Ms Bachelet also voiced concern over India's controversial citizenship register in Assam state that critics fear is a cover for the ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to expel Muslims.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi was speaking to reporters after his speech at UNHRC.

Earlier on Saturday, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had said that 92.5 per cent of the geographical area of Jammu and Kashmir is free of restrictions.

"The people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are apprehending the worst", Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, adding "I shudder to mention the word genocide here, but I must".

Upon his arrival, the minister was received by Special Representative of Prime Minister on Diplomatic Outreach Tehmina Janjua and other senior officials.

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