The recent exposure of Pakistan by an activist of Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK) in the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva session brings the situation in the PoJK, Gilgit and Baltistan before the world very aptly, said Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, senior BJP and Kashmiri Pandit leader and Incharge, Deptt of Political Affairs and Feedback, J&K-BJP.
“It creates new options for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to attract the attention of the world towards the worsening human rights situation in the area known as PoJK, Gilgit and Baltistan,” he said.
He in his response to the statement made in this connection by Amjad Ayub Mirza, a UK based activist from PoJK, told the United Nations that "people in the region are desperate for freedom from Pakistan government and want to join the union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh".
Chrungoo maintained that speaking during a dialogue on the 'Right of Development' in the UN Human Rights Council, Mirza, who heads the UK-based rights group, Center for Environmental and Management Studies, said that anti-terrorism laws imposed by Pakistan government are being used as a tool to crush any dissent.
"We have urged the United Nations to address the case of foreign occupation of Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir. But the world seems to have been hypnotised by the fake narrative spun by Pakistan government," he said.
Chrungoo expressed appreciation of the frontal statement of the activist in which he took a bold stand and declared in the session, "my people are desperate to take freedom from Pakistan and join Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. I request the United Nations to lend me an ear if it wants to end the desperation of my people".
"The Frank admission of Mirza regarding China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the multi-billion dollar project that rivers are being diverted for hydropower projects and this is leading to water shortages in PoJK is also alarming. The projects would forever destroy the ecology of the region. Scores of young men from Gilgit-Baltistan are serving 70-90 years of imprisonment for protesting against the plunder of our common national resources," Chrungoo said.
“The statement of Mirza that their women refuse to take cover in the bunkers during the cross-border firing in PoJK because Pakistan soldiers molest them is a serious pointer towards the grave human rights violations of the locals in the occupied areas under Pakistan control," he added.
Chrungoo also criticized the National Conference MP and the former Chief Minister of the state for his statement in the Lok Sabha favouring India Pakistan dialogue. It is absurd even to think of a dialogue with the neighbouring country responsible for cross-border terrorism in India.
He said, "the situation of China is not comparable to the situation pertaining to Pakistan. The state of Pakistan over the last four decades has miserably failed to keep its commitments regarding terrorism. It allowed the land under its control to be misused for terrorism against India, Afghanistan and other countries and gave these terror regimes arms, ammunition, funds and training".
“There is no question of any talks or dialogue with Pakistan as it goes against our consistent policy that the 'terror and talks cannot go together'. In order to be able to talk to India on serious issues of concern, Pakistan will have to prove itself equal to its commitments made to India for the last two decades on bilateral, regional and international forums,” Chrungoo further added.