The Government of Pakistan strongly condemned the killing of the innocent people and blatant human rights violations in IoK. The actions taken so far, as a part of the campaign, fall in three categories:
i. Highlight the human rights violations by India in the Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, at the international level.
ii. Highlight the importance of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute and urgency of addressing the underlying causes.
iii. To persuade the international community to prevail upon India to accept the centrality of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute and agree to a dialogue.
To achieve the above, the Government has taken following actions:
10 July 2016:
· The Prime Minister issued a strongly worded statement expressing “deep shock” at the killings and deploring the “excessive” and “unlawful” use of force against civilians.
· Press Release was issued by the Foreign Office condemning Indian brutalities.
11 July 2016:
· The Foreign Secretary summoned the Indian High Commissioner and lodged a strong protest condemning killings and human rights violations in IoK.
12 July 2016:
· Ambassadors of the permanent members of the Security Council were briefed by the Foreign Secretary.
· All Pakistani Missions abroad have been instructed to approach the host governments and highlight the human rights violations in the IoK. Our Missions have raised the brutal use of force by the Indian forces with the host governments and local NGOs. They also organized different events on Black Day on 20 July, 2016.
13 July 2016:
· The Foreign Secretary briefed the ambassador of the European Union and OIC Contact Group members on Jammu and Kashmir (Azerbaijan, Niger-through Niamey, Saudi Arabia and Turkey)
15 July 2016:
· Prime Minister Muhammad presided over a meeting of the Federal Cabinet in Lahore on 15 July, 2016. The Cabinet reviewed the situation in IoK and condemned the human rights violations. The cabinet has decided to observe 20 July, 2016 as a Black Day (inadvertently it was earlier mentioned 19 July i.e. Kashmiris celebrate as Accession Day) in order to draw attention of the international community towards the brutalities and human rights violations being committed by the Indian forces in IoK.
· Ambassadors of the African Union and the Middle East were briefed.
· In line with Cabinet’s decision, the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs wrote letters to the UN Secretary General, President of the Security Council, OIC Secretary General, High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Foreign Ministers of the members of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir (Azerbaijan, Niger, Saudi Arabia and Turkey).
20 July 2016:
· Kashmir Black Day is observed in the whole country and Pakistan missions abroad.
· Prime Minister gave a message on Black Day
22 July 2016:
· Our Permanent Representative in Geneva addressed letters to the Director General WHO and the Director General ICRC.
04 August 2016:
· The Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs has addressed a letter to the President of Medicins Sans Frontiers for the treatment of injured persons.
05 August 2016:
· The Prime Minister wrote letters to UN Secretary General and the UN Hugh Commissioner on Human Rights on the Indian atrocities in IOK.
06 August, 2016:
· Through a press statement, the Prime Minister has again called upon the international community to provide medical treatment to the victims of Indian brutalities, especially for eye injuries. The Prime Minister has conveyed Pakistan’s unequivocal support in arranging best available medical facilities to these injured people, anywhere in the world.
· Pakistan has approached key countries to play their role for the provision of medical treatment especially to victims of pellet guns.
Role of Parliament:
· Senate, National Assembly and the Kashmir Committee have adopted resolutions, condemning the killings and brutal use of force in the IoK.
08 August 2016:
· The Adviser has also written a letter to the Secretary General of Arab League inviting the attention of Arab countries towards the deteriorating situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
11 August 2016:
· The international community has been called to extend medical help to the injured in IOK.
15 August 2016:
· The Foreign Secretary invited his Indian counterpart for talks exclusively on Jammu & Kashmir dispute.
19-21 August 2016:
· The OIC Secretary General visited Pakistan and expressed his unequivocal support to the oppressed people of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. He strongly condemned the Indian brutalities in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
26 August 2016:
· The Adviser briefed the Ambassadors of P-5 counties and the EU on Indian brutalities in IOK.
27 August 2016:
· The Prime Minister approved the proposal of sending envoys in important world capitals to highlight the Indian atrocities and to lobby for the Kashmir cause.
29 August 2016:
· The Prime Minister wrote a letter to the UN Secretary General and welcomed his offer of good offices and invited him to visit the region at his earliest convenience. The Prime Minister also urged the Secretary General to send a Fact Finding Mission to the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir to investigate the grave violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Laws being perpetrated by the Indian forces.
33rd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (13 to 30 September 2016):
· Pakistan forcefully highlighted the grave human rights violations in IoK during the ongoing 33rd Human Rights Council Session in Geneva.
17 September 2016:
· The Prime Minister addressed letters to heads of governments/states of permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russian Federation, UK and the USA) over grave human rights violations in IoK and highlighted the responsibility of the UN Security Council to fulfill its commitment with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
19 September 2016:
· The OIC Contact Group meeting was held on the sidelines of 71st UNGA session. Meeting was chaired by the OIC Secretary General and attended by the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Turkish and Azerbaijan Foreign Ministers and senior officials of Saudi Arabia and Niger. The President of AJK and the True Representative of the Kashmiri people also attended the meeting. The meeting expressed deep concern at the grave human rights violations in IoK and expressed complete solidarity with the people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir in their valiant struggle.
21 September 2016:
· The Prime Minister of Pakistan addressed the 71st session of UN General Assembly on 21st September, 2016 and presented a very strong case on Jammu & Kashmir dispute in front of the international community and highlighted grave human rights violations being perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
· The Prime Minister also highlighted the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in all his bilateral meetings in New York and handed over a dossier on grave human rights violations in IoK to UN Secretary General and others
3 October 2016:
· An All Parties Conference of the Parliamentary Parties was held which reiterated Pakistan’s principled position to continue to support the promised and inalienable right to self-determination of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. The session condemned the Indian brutalities in IoK and reiterated to continue to extend Pakistan’s unflinching political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmir cause.
5 October 2016:
A joint Parliamentary session was held to discuss the grave situation in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. All political parties vowed to extend all cooperation to the Government on Kashmir dispute. The session adopted a resolution condemning the Indian brutalities in IoK and reiterated to continue to extend Pakistan’s unflinching political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmir cause.