Asma Jehangir arrives in Jammu

March 6th, 2008 - 9:48 pm ICT by admin  

Jammu, March 6 (IANS) Chief of Pakistan’s human rights panel and Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights Asma Jehangir arrived here Thursday to study the freedom of religion in Jammu and Kashmir. Soon after landing at Jammu airport, Asma headed straight to hotel Grand Riveria, where she met politicians and some business leaders.

It is her first visit to Jammu, though she has visited the Kashmir Valley earlier. She would be leaving for Srinagar Friday.

Talking to reporters, the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said the recent elections in her country had reflected the will of the people.

She said the call for boycott of elections was also violation of the human rights.

She, however, desisted from making any comment on the Kashmir issue. She said she has been told the situation is improving in the valley. “I do hope it is so,” she said.

“We have told her clearly that there is a need to sift anti-India and anti- security forces propaganda from the realities on the ground,” BJP state president Ashok Khajuria told reporters.

Asma has been spearheading the campaign for the rights of women, religious minorities, and children of Pakistan. She will meet the human rights activists as also the officials in Jammu and Kashmir.

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