At UN, Pakistan demands compensating of victims of enforced disappearances in IIOJK

United Nations, October 20 (KMS): At the United Nations, Pakistan has called for providing reparation and compensation to the victims of enforced disappearances and their family members in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Thousands of people have disappeared in custody in IIOJK after they were picked up by Indian troops and police personnel since 1989 when the Kashmiris intensified their struggle for securing freedom from Indian illegal occupation. The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) says that over 8,000 Kashmiris have been subjected to custodial disappearance.

In a statement, during the interactive dialogue with Working Group on Enforced Disappearances in New York, Counsellor at the Pakistan Mission to the UN, Saima Saleem said thousands of unmarked and unknown graves of victims of enforced disappearances have surfaced in the Kashmir Valley for the last few years.

She said enforced disappearances in IIOJK have led to torture, custodial killings, rape and sexual molestations, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial killings and traumatizing victim’s families.

From the investigations held so far, these victims are first arrested by occupational forces and then tortured to death or summarily executed, Samina Saleem added.