MIRPUR (AJK) - AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider yesterday urged the European Union Commission on Human Rights to play its due role to prevent Indian brutalities against the innocent civilians in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

According to the statement released to media from Brussels, where the AJK premier is currently on an official trip to participate in Kashmir Week, he urged members of the commission to take notice of the massive human rights violations by Indian forces.

Raja Farooq Haider said that Kashmiris need world assistance for resolution of the issue, adding the European countries should come forward to stop the ongoing genocide of unarmed civilians in Indian Held Kashmir.

Regarding impression of world’s preference for commercial ties with India, Mr Haider emphasized that human rights violations cannot be compromised for commercial interests as human values remain preferred world over. “Uprising in Indian Held Kashmir is not a new phenomenon while Kashmiris have been suffering for seven decades,” he said, adding Uri incident is a farce to divert world attention from Indian atrocities in the IHK. He expressed his concerns over the brutalities being committed by of Indian forces, saying thousands of Kashmiris have been injured and many others have been killed during the ongoing assaults of Indian forces on peaceful people, especially the youth in the IHK. Use of pellet guns on protesting people has become a routine in the occupied territory, he regretted.

He also condemned the prevention of two human rights activists from the IHK to participate in Kashmir EU Week in Brussels. He also urged the EU commission to keep human rights situation in IHK in view while having free trade agreement with India.

He emphasised that Kashmiris’ right to self-determination should be accepted and human rights organisations of world should be allowed to travel to the held valley.