Sanjrani asks EU to play role for protecting rights of IIOJK people

Islamabad, September 20 (KMS): Chairman Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, Tuesday expressed the hope that European Union will play its due role in protecting the rights of the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and facilitate efforts for peace and stability in the region.

He expressed these views during a meeting with an EU delegation led by Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Human Rights of European Parliament Ms Maria Rena.

During the meeting, various issues including human rights violations by India in IIOJK, threats of climate change and ways to tackle it, enhancing economic ties, exploring investment opportunities and recent flash flood situation in Pakistan came under discussion.

Talking to Ms Maria Rena, Sadiq Sanjrani underlined that Pakistan had been badly affected by catastrophes of Climate change, adding that despite contribution of less than one percent in emitting the global greenhouse gases, Pakistan’s geographical location was making it extremely vulnerable to climate change. Due to the scale of the challenge, Pakistan needs help and support, he said.

Regarding the recent flood in Pakistan, he called for collective action to tackle the rehabilitation issues. “Pakistan continues to play an active role in international peace-building and conflict resolution to establish a free and fair world for all and hopes that the international community would also play its due role”, Sanjrani underscored.

He stressed that the innocent people of the IIOJK had been subjected to the worst form of human rights abuses following the illegal and unilateral actions of the Indian government to alter the special status of the region on August 5, 2019. The innocent people of the IOJK are looking towards the international champions of human rights, peacekeeping bodies and human rights watchdogs to take cognizance of this matter and raise voice of the voiceless Kashmiri people at international forums, he added.

Senators Bahramand Khan Tangi, Zarqa Suharwardy, Fawzia Arshad, Afnan Ullah, Pir Sabir Shah and Secretary Senate Qasim Samad Khan were also present during the meeting.

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