Pakistan Should Watch Human Rights Abuse in Gilgit and Baltistan Print
Written by Dr. Shabir Choudhry   
Thursday, 08 June 2006 00:00

We were deeply disappointed to hear that Pakistani agencies have started targeting and harassing Shafqat Inqilabi, a leader of Balwarstan National Front. Shafqat Inquilabi has not committed any crime by attending this conference which was organized by Institution for Conflict Management to find a workable solution to the Kashmir dispute.

Shafqat Inqilabi, as a representative of his people, has every right to speak on the issues related to their problems in Gilgit and Baltistan, and Pakistani agencies need to appreciate that we are no longer living in dark ages. They need to understand that a right to hold an opinion is a basic human right and we cannot trample human rights regime in the 21st Century global world.

Pakistan government is faced with plenty of problems already and its image abroad is not very positive, and in view of this, is it sensible to add to existing problems of Pakistan by tarnishing its image and by squashing basic human rights of people of these areas which are not even part of Pakistan.

I request the relevant authorities to take note of this and stop this practice of harassing those people who only want to project their grievances by peaceful method. Dr`Shabir Choudhry said heavy-handed approach of the authorities will only result in more resentment and more trouble, so let common sense prevail and let people of these areas, who are denied of their basic rights for the past 58 years to plead their case peacefully.

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