Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday he feared a massacre similar to the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica could take place in Indian-occupied Kashmir and urged the international community to pay attention and prevent it from happening.
Speaking on the 25th anniversary of the massacre, the prime minister said he still remembered when the genocide occurred.
Kashmir massacre waiting to happen?
“We were shocked and surprised how this massacre was allowed to occur in a safe place for the United Nations. I still feel shocked [over] how such a thing can be permitted by the world community. “
In 1995, at least 8,000 mostly Muslim men and men were pursued through forests in and around Srebrenica by Serbian troops in what was considered the worst massacre of civilians in Europe since World War II. The massacre has been confirmed as an act of genocide.
Khan said it was important to learn from the massacre and talk about concerns about occupied Kashmir.
“We see problems for the people of Kashmir. 800,000 troops have surrounded eight million people in Kashmir. We are afraid something like that will happen there too. “
He urged the world community to pay attention and never let such a massacre happen again.
“From the Pakistanis I sent me Greetings and the best wishes for the Bosnian people, “said the prime minister.
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s statement, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the world has “a collective responsibility to ensure that history does not repeat itself”.
In a tweet, Qureshi said that what happened in Kashmir and occupied Palestine was “very similar” to the 1995 massacre.
July 2020 marks 25 years since #Srebrenica Massacre, murder of more than 8000 Bosnian Muslims & ethnic cleansing of more than 20,000 people. The world has a collective responsibility to ensure history does not repeat itself. What goes on #IOJK and #Palestine very similar.
– Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) July 11, 2020
Bosnian War and Srebrenica massacre
The Bosnian war, which began in 1992, pitted three of the country’s main ethnic factions – Serbia, Croatia and Bosnian Muslims – against one another after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. More than 100,000 people were killed in the conflict before the peace agreement was brokered in 1995.
What happened in Srebrenica is a sign of shame for the international community because the city was declared a “UN refuge” for civilians in 1993.
When Bosnian Serb forces broke through two years later, around 15,000 Bosnian Muslim men and men fled to the forest. And twice as many frightened residents rushed to the UN headquarters in what was once an industrial zone at the entrance to the city, hoping that the Dutch UN peacekeeping force would protect them.
However, unsupervised peacekeepers watched helplessly as Serbian troops took some 2,000 men and boys from the compound to be executed while pushing women and girls into Bosnian-controlled territory. Meanwhile, in the woods around Srebrenica, Serbian troops hunted for fleeing Bosniaks, because Bosnian Muslims were known, killing them one by one.
The killers tried to hide evidence of genocide, piled most of the bodies into mass graves that were made in a hurry, which they then dug up with bulldozers and scattered the bodies at various burial sites.
In the years since, bodies have been dug up and victims identified through DNA testing. Around 1,000 victims can still be found.
The UN special war crimes tribunal in The Hague and the court in the Balkans have convicted nearly 50 Bosnian Serbs, including their main civil war time leader, Radovan Karadzic, and his military commander, Ratko Mladic, up to more than 700 years in prison for Srebrenica’s crimes.
The United Nations is concerned about human rights violations in Kashmir
Pakistan on Friday ask the United Nations to continue to monitor and document human rights violations committed by India in occupied Kashmir.
“Pakistan reiterates its call to increase international monitoring and continue UN reporting on the human rights crisis in India occupied by Jammu and Kashmir to save the lives, dignity and freedom of Kashmiris under illegal occupation for more than seven decades,” the Foreign Ministry said. in a statement.
The occupied valley has seen at least 229 murders during more than 100 military operations since January, according to the recently released report by the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Coalition (JKCCS).
From January 1 to June 30, the region witnessed unlawful executions of at least 32 civilians and the killing of 54 armed forces personnel, the report said.
He also saw 55 internet closures and the destruction of 48 structures.
The report said three children and two women were also killed, while at least “107 security operations and search and custody and destruction operations were carried out in the region”.
The Indian government on 5 August 2019 revoked Article 370 of its constitution, leaving behind the special status of occupied Kashmir. It also divided Jammu and occupied Kashmir into two united territories; one Jammu and Kashmir, and the other a Buddhist-dominated plateau region, Ladakh. Regional divisions took effect on 31 October last year.
Strict communication lockouts and blackouts have taken place in occupied Kashmir since August last year, with reports suggesting limited cellular data services and the internet were temporarily restored in the region in January.
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