Kashmiri students rally in support of Kashmiris in Islamabad on Tuesday. Agence France-Presse
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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan has achieved a biggest success at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as over 50 countries supported Pakistan’s stance on the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).
A joint statement delivered at the UNHRC in Geneva by Pakistan on behalf of over 50 countries from across various regions says it shares the concern expressed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet regarding the impact of recent actions of the Narendra Modi government on the human rights of people of occupied Kashmir.
The statement added that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Special Procedures in their joint press release of Aug.22, 2019, civil society organisations and international media have repeatedly expressed serious concerns about the unprecedented restrictions and on the continuous curfew imposed since Aug.5, curbing of fundamental freedoms, communications blackout and reports of wide spread torture, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, molestation of women, and enforced disappearances.
It quoted Guterres’ statement on 8th of last month that said the position of the United Nations on this region is governed by the Charter of the United Nations and applicable Security Council resolutions. This position of the UN Secretary-General has also been corroborated by OHCHR’s Kashmir Reports.
The statement adds that consistent with the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions, and human rights standards and international law, the international community should ask for: Respect and protection of fundamental human rights of the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, especially the right to life, liberty and security; immediate lifting of curfew, ending the communications shutdown and release of arbitrarily detained people; immediate halt to the excessive use of force, especially the use of pellet guns; access of human rights organisations and international media; implementation of the recommendations of OHCHR’s Kashmir Reports including the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate egregious human rights violations; regular reporting by the UN High Commissioner for human rights on Jammu and Kashmir; and it also supports a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through the implementation of the UNSC resolutions.
Meanwhile, Pakistan expressed its gratitude to the countries which became part of this joint statement in support of the people of Kashmir, reinforcing serious concerns of the international community about the unprecedented restrictions, continued curfew and curtailment of fundamental rights and freedom of the Kashmiri population.
Pakistan appreciated the joint call by these countries for removal of restrictions, respect and protection of the Kashmiri people, implementation of the recommendations of UN’s Kashmir reports and peaceful resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute through the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions.
In a separate development, Pakistan has left India behind in terms of Internet download speed, claimed a report in the Pakistani media on Wednesday.
According to “Roznama Duniya,” Internet speed mapping firm Ookla has issued a report about mobile and broadband Internet speeds in the world. In the mobile Internet download list of 144 countries, India got the 130th place while Pakistan stood at 116th place while South Korea topped the list with 97.44 mbps average mobile Internet download speed. These apart, Australia (63.34 mbps) and Qatar (61.27 mbps) begged the second and third places, respectively.
As per the report, the UAE was at fourth place with 61.24 mbps speed, and Norway got the fifth place with 60.90 mbps.
The average mobile Internet download speed in Pakistan was recorded at 13.55 mbps.
In terms of broadband Internet speed, Singapore topped the list with 191.93 mbps.
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