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Give freedom to people of PoK, dismantle special terror zones: India to Pak

India also said that Pakistan should stop the persecution of Muslim minorities

IANS  |  Geneva 

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on Monday said that should give freedom to people of Pakistan-administered Kashmir and dismantle its 'Special Terrorist Zones', as the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of was presented before the Human Rights Council (HRC).

India, in its recommendation, said the government should "provide freedom to the people of occupied Kashmir (PoK) by ending its illegal and forcible occupation".

made the recommendations during an interactive dialogue, in the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

also recommended that dismantle its "Special Terrorist Zones", safe havens, and sanctuaries, and take action on

Talking about minorities, said should end harassment of minorities, and place procedural and institutional safeguards to stop misuse of the blasphemy law, and end forceful conversions and marriages of minorities, including Hindus, Sikh and Christian women.

In the backdrop of the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer given death sentence by a military court for alleged spying, recommended that military courts in should be barred from trying civilians and allow their monitoring by international observers and human rights organisations.

The other recommendations made by include stopping the targeting of political dissidents and illegitimate criticism in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, stop torture, enforced disappearance and unlawful killings, including that of journalists and activists by its security agencies and review the educational curriculum including that of Madrassas to remove extreme prejudice, religious intolerance and historical distortions.

also said that should stop the persecution of Muslim minorities such as Shias, Ahmadiyas, Ismailia and Hazaras.

The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN member states. It is a state-driven process, under the auspices of the UNHRC, which provides the opportunity for each state to declare what actions have been taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations.

The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on March 15, 2006, by resolution 60/251, which established the UNHRC itself.

This is the third UPR of Pakistan, being undertaken in the course of the 28th Session of the UPR Working Group.

First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 21:51 IST