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Pakistan condemns arrest of human rights activist Khurram Parvez in Indian Occupied Kashmir

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has strongly condemned the arrest of human rights activist Mr. Khurram Parvez in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

In a statement on Tuesday, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said that the arbitrary arrests of human rights activists on orchestrated charges by Indian occupation forces is clear evidence of New Delhi’s state-terrorism and trampling of fundamental human rights in IIOJK.

The Spokesperson said that the reprehensible unwarranted searches by the Indian National Investigation Agency at the offices and residence of Mr. Khurram Parvez have also been condemned by international human rights activists and organizations.

Asim Iftikhar said that the world is aware that it has become increasingly difficult for human rights organizations and activists to continue their work in India and IIOJK due to incessant witch hunt by the Hindutva-driven RSS-BJP combine over unfounded and motivated allegations.

The Amnesty International had to shut all its operations in India in September 2020 when its bank accounts were frozen by India in an act of reprisal because of their independent reporting on IIOJK, he said.

The Spokesperson said that the UN human rights machinery, independent NGOs, and global media have regularly reported on and expressed concerns over increasing intimidation, harassment, and reprisal attacks by Indian occupation forces against Kashmiri human rights defenders, journalists, and civil society actors since August 5, 2019.

“We call on the international community to hold India accountable for continued clamp down against human rights organizations and activists for undertaking their duty to expose gross and systematic human rights violations of Kashmiris in IIOJK, and the minorities, especially Muslims, in India,” he added.

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