Submission made by the Belgian Association for Solidarity with Jammu and Kashmir BASJAK, related to Pakistan, during the now running session, May 2008 in Geneva (you find the whole 5 page pdf-text on their website).
INTRODUCTION: The least that can be said is that the Human Rights situation in Pakistan is far from ideal. Throughout its history, since obtaining independence from the British rule in August 1947, this country was many times ruled by military dictators.
The latest in the row of military dictators is General Musharraf who ousted in 1999 the then democratically elected Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. Since, he is ruling the country with an iron fist and through all kinds of undemocratic manipulations he succeeded in becoming President of Pakistan.
DENIAL OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS TO THE PEOPLE OF GILGIT-BALTISTAN ALSO KNOWN AS THE NORTHERN AREAS Gilgit-Baltistan is a part of Jammu and Kashmir. The area is of strategic importance as it has borders with Afghanistan and China … (full long text).