US concerned about human rights situation in Pakistan-held Kashmir….reports Asian Lite News
The US is concerned about human rights situation in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the country’s Balochistan province, the State Department has said.
US State Department spokesperson Mark C. Toner said the US was concerned about the “human rights situation” there and had “reported it for several years in our Human Rights Report”.
He made the remarks while responding to a question about Pakistan Army’s oppression in Pakistan-held Kashmir and Balochistan, during a press briefing here.
Toner also said the US had always urged Pakistan to work out differences in its region peacefully and through a political process.
“We’ve obviously — are always urging all parties in Pakistan to work out their differences peaceably and through a valid political process,” Toner said.
He also said that Pakistan was well aware of the US policy on the Kashmir issue.
Baloch leaders face charges
Cases have been registered against separatist Baloch leaders Brahamdagh Bugti, Harbiyar Marri and Banuk Karima Baloch for supporting Prime Minister Modi’s statements on Balochistan, police said.
The five separate cases were registered on the complaints of petitioners Munir Ahmed, Maulana Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Hussain, Ghulam Yaseen Jatak and Muhammad Rahim in the province’s Khuzdar area, Dawn online reported.
Acting District Police Officer Khuzdar Muhammad Ashraf Jatak said the petitioners claimed that Bugti, Marri and Baloch had “supported” Modi’s August 15 remarks.
Modi in his Independence Day speech said the people of Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ had “thanked him a lot in the past few days”.
Ahmed alleged that the Baloch leaders had asked Modi to commit aggression against Pakistan.
Modi’s statement sparked protests across Balochistan, with large numbers of tribesmen taking to the streets in protest in Dera Bugti, Khuzdar, Quetta, Chaman and other parts of the province.
Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri, in a speech last week, slammed Modi’s statements, alleging that the Indian government “fully supports the ongoing insurgency in Balochistan”.
Zehri’s speech came days after a video showing exiled Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti appreciating “support” given to the Baloch people by Modi began circulating on social media.
He also alleged that the Indian government “is deeply involved in sponsoring elements like Brahamdagh Bugti, Harbiyar Marri, Zamran Marri and Allah Nazar”.
He accused Bugti of “getting funds from Indians”, alleging “that’s why he supported Modi’s statement”.