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Pakistan calls upon India to restore human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir

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Pakistan and India exchange lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen apprehended by both countries.

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Shotlist:  ISLAMABAD  , PAKISTAN  (JANUARY 02 , 2020)    (VNA   – ACCESS ALL)

  1. EXTERIOR OF PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING
  2.  PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, AISHA FAROOQUI,  ADDRESSING WEEKLY BRIEFING
  3. REPORTERS
  4. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, AISHA FAROOQUI, SAYING:
  5. “ Today is the 151st day of the humanitarian nightmare in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. It is characterized by a continued military lockdown and a complete communication block out. Pakistan calls upon the Indian government to immediately restore internet and mobile phone services , release all prisoners especially civil society members and the abducted young children. To remove Public Safety Act and other Draconian laws, and allow the independent media and the international human rights observers to visit the region to independently observe the situation on the Kashmiri people.”
  6. REPORTERS
  7. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, AISHA FAROOQUI, SAYING: 6:38
  8. “This exchange takes place in keeping with the provisions of the 2008 Agreement under which these lists are exchanged every First of January, and First  of July each year. The government of India handed over a list of 267 Pakistani civilian prisoners in Indian jails and 99 fisherman. Pakistan has handed over a list of 55 civilian Indian prisoners in Pakistan and 227 fishermen. “    
  9. REPORTER ASKING QUESTION
  10. CAMERAMEN FILMING
  11. END OF BRIEFING
 

 

 STORY: Pakistan on Thursday (January 02) rued the “humanitarian nightmare” that has continued in Indian Occupied Kashmir for 151 days , and called upon the Indian government to put an end to  the human rights violations in the occupied valley.
Addressing a weekly briefing in Islamabad , Foreign Office Spokesperson, Aisha Farooqui, asked India to allow international human rights observers to observe the situation in the occupied region that has been under lockdown since  August last  year.

“ Today is the 151st day of the humanitarian nightmare in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. It is characterized by a continued military lockdown and a complete communication block out. Pakistan calls upon the Indian government to immediately restore internet and mobile phone services , release all prisoners especially civil society members and the abducted young children. To remove Public Safety Act and other Draconian laws, and allow the independent media and the international human rights observers to visit the region to independently observe the situation on the Kashmiri people,” the  spokesperson said.

 

Last year, On August 5, the Indian government revoked the special status accorded to Indian-administered Kashmir in its constitution, the most far-reaching political move on the disputed region in nearly 70 years.

The presidential decree revoked Article 370 of India's constitution that guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority state, including the right to its own constitution and autonomy to make laws on all matters except defence, communications and foreign affairs.

India also sent thousands of additional troops to the disputed region, imposed a crippling curfew, shut down telecommunications and internet, and arrested political leaders.

 

The move has added to the already-heightened tensions with Pakistan, which downgraded its diplomatic relations with India.

 

Replying to a query, the spokesperson said a day earlier Pakistan and India had exchanged lists of civilian prisoners in each country 

 

“This exchange takes place in keeping with the provisions of the 2008 Agreement under which these lists are exchanged every First of January, and First  of July each year. The government of India handed over a list of 267 Pakistani civilian prisoners in Indian jails and 99 fisherman. Pakistan has handed over a list of 55 civilian Indian prisoners in Pakistan and 227 fishermen, “ she said.

   

The two sides exchange lists of each other’s prisoners in their custody twice a year under their bilateral Consular Access Agreement signed on May 21, 2008. The lists are exchanged on Jan 1 and July 1 every year,  mentioning the number of civilian prisoners and fishermen in the  custody of both countries.

Fishermen are often arrested when they inadvertently cross into each others territorial waters while fishing.

The agreement does not cover those held on charges of espionage or other military-related offences.

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