Gilani condemns human rights violations in IoK

Prime Minister Yosuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday underlined importance of Kashmir issue and condemned human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir(IoK).

“We condemn violations of human rights in IoK. It is an important issue and Monday’s resolution has sensitized international community on these violations,” he said in National Assembly in response to a point raised by Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee, Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

He said it is for the first time that Chair kashmir Committee is going to United Nation on this issue.

The Prime Minister also expressed concerns on reporting regarding arrest of Maulana Fazlur Rehman. “What concern Maulana has raised is painful. He is honourable member of the House and Chair as custodian of the House should also take notice of it and protect rights of the members.”

He said Maulana Fazlur Rehman has been elected Chairman of Kashmir Committee unanimously by the House and he is a respectable member.

Gilani also asked Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs to take notice of this report and inform the House.

He also requested media to show responsibility in reporting on sensitive issues and said, we shall appreciate responsible reporting.

Deputy Speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi also included Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with other two ministries to investigate the report.

Earlier, Maulana Fazlur Rehman had informed the House about a report on a private channel regarding his arrest in Doha on way to United States saying, this report was baseless and concocted. “I have not yet been issued visa. I am here and the report is baseless and meant to tarnish my image.”

Fazl said he was going abroad as Chairman Kashmir Committee on an official visit and sought ruling from the Chair on this report.