US State Department concerned about human rights situation in Pakistan-held Kashmir


New Delhi: The United States of America’s State Department on Wednesday raised concerns about the violation of human rights in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir region. The department has called for fair and valid elections in the region and urged all the political parties in Pakistan to work out their differences in a peaceful manner. 

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"We do have concerns about the human rights situation there (PoK), have reported it for several years in our Human Rights report," State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.

"We are always urging all parties in Pakistan to work out their differences peaceably and through a valid political process," he said when asked about the human rights situation in PoK.

Earlier this month, protesters took to streets in the Gilgit-Baltistan region against human rights abuses and brutality by the Pakistani security forces.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his Independence Day address to the nation, had also talked about the violation of Human rights in the PoK, warning the neighbours to expose them on an international forum. Many leaders in the region have been arrested by the Pakistani forces after they came out openly supporting Indian Prime Minister.

 The region has been in trouble since Pakistan took over and has been neglected by the authorities ever since. The elections have been reported to be rigged by the ruling party in Pakistan. The people in the region, have time and again come out in protest of the same.

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