Pakistan’s young Nobel laureate Malala Yousufsai asked United Nations, the international community,Pakistan and India to work together to stop the alleged “inhumanity and heartbreak” in Kashmir Valley.
“The Kashmiri people, like people everywhere, deserve their fundamental human rights… They should live free of fear and repression,” Malala said according to a report of ‘The Dawn’ newspaper.
She also alleged that dozens of unarmed protesters have been killed and thousands wounded, including hundreds of people blinded by pellet guns used to put down demonstrations in her statement.
“I call on the United Nations, the international community and India and Pakistan to work together with utmost urgency to right these wrongs, providing the people of Kashmir with the dignity, respect and freedom they deserve,” read her statement according to a report by Geo TV.
She also expressed her concern about the children who are denied their right to education as many schools had been allegedly closed due to the unrest in the valley.
“Kashmiris are trapped in weeks-long curfews. Many schools have been closed because security forces commandeered schools, keeping children away from their classrooms,”said Malala.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
She managed to escape a murder attempt by the Pak Taliban, in which she was shot by some masked gunmen. She was on her way back from the school with her friends.
While Pakistan has on numerous occasions raised the issue of human rights violations in Kashmir by the Indian army, the situation in PoK is no better. The leaders from PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan raised human rights issues like extra-judicial killings, terrorism, cases of disappearances during 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. There is hardly an active independent media in PoK and only one radio station allowed to operate – Azad Kashmir Radio – which is monitored by the ISI.