Gilani welcomes UNHRC statement on Kashmir » Kashmir Media Service

Demands probe by UN body into war crimes in IOK

Srinagar, September 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has welcomed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet’s remarks on the failure of India in protection of human rights in Kashmir.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed the hope that the newly-appointed UN rights chief would fulfill the obligations of this august world body with respect to the protection of civil and political rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He demanded high-level probe under the auspices of the United Nations into the heinous war crimes committed by the Indian occupation forces and their mercenaries in occupied Kashmir.

Syed Ali Gilani termed the Kashmir dispute as an issue of right to self-determination as guaranteed by the United Nations in a number of resolutions passed and accepted by the World Body on the request of the Indian leadership. He, therefore, urged the UN to help resolve the long pending dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. “In the wake of an illogical denial of right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, India deals with the civilian people as well as the pro-resistance political class with military might and iron fists to suppress the political will and civil rights of the people of Kashmir,” he said.

“The very existence of this kind of ruthless state-craft has resulted in gross violations of human rights in every nook and corner of occupied Kashmir. People are left at the mercy of occupation military regime, policemen in uniform and their mercenaries without uniforms, roaming freely in the public with lethal weapons,” Syed Ali Gilani said.

The APHC chairman pointed out that killings in the broad day light and in the custody of occupation forces, showers of bullets and pellets on peaceful protest marches, leaving thousands of people, irrespective of gender and age, maimed, disabled, blind and half dead, has become a routine matter.

“Random arrests have become a source of ransom for the men in uniform and their mercenaries. The victims of political vengeance get repeatedly draconian Public Safety Act slapped on them. Keeping the accused persons without any trail for prolonged periods of time is a worst form of vendetta, ordeal and lawlessness.” He said denial of basic amenities to the prisoners of conscience belonging to Jammu and Kashmir in almost all jails in and outside Kashmir has made their lives as worse as slaves.

He said that the recent selected killing spree including the gruesome murder of APHC activist, Hakeem-ur-Rehman, custodial killing of Ashfaq Ahmed Wani and target killing of Abdul Ahad, a PhD scholar, in the broad-day-light by the mercenaries of occupation forces are the fresh sample cases of human rights violations.

Meanwhile, the Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Muslim League and High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in their statements also welcomed Michelle Bachelet’s statement on rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

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