Srinagar, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has appealed the international community to come to the rescue of helpless, caged and oppressed Kashmiri people who are relentlessly fighting for their inalienable right to self-determination.

The appeal has been made in a letter addressed to Ms Debbie Abrahams, the Chairperson of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir in the UK parliament. The letter was handed over by a Kashmiri activist, Mrs Shamim Shawl in a meeting convened by the chairperson in London.

Syed Ali Gilani emphasized that the international efforts must not stop at momentary de-escalation between Pakistan and India, but should continue in a sustained manner until the Kashmir issue was resolved, once and for all. He pointed out that the resolution of the Kashmir issue could guarantee long-lasting peace and stability in South Asia. Syed Ali Gilani impressed upon the UK parliamentarians to use their good offices to prevail on India to initiate a meaningful dialogue to resolve the Kashmir dispute while respecting the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination. Syed Ali Gilani maintained that India’s coercive policies against the Kashmiris have intensified since the Hindu nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, came to power in India.

“In the wake of an illogical, unrealistic and persistent denial of right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, India deals with the population in general and pro-freedom people in particular with only military might and its iron fist has throttled every voice for resolution of this long pending issue,” the APHC Chairman said.

Full text of the report is given as:

Chairperson,

All Parties Parliamentary Group on Kashmir,

House of Commons,

West Minister, London.

Excellency!

At a time when clouds of a senseless armed conflict still loom large at our heads and qualms of nuclear catastrophe is threatening the lives of billions in South Asia, I am writing to draw your attention to the extremely volatile situation prevalent in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of recent military escalation between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama incident. Although, a timely international intervention has succeeded in persuading the nuclear armed neighbors to desist from further escalations, the region remains on the edge with ground forces of both countries confronting each other eyeball to eyeball and border skirmishes continuing to inflict casualties on both sides.

Excellency!

We are in 2019 and this year marks 7 decades since the United Nations adopted a resolution outlining the principles and procedure to be followed for the final settlement of the Kashmir dispute. In this historically significant and, as for as Kashmir issue is concerned vitally important document, the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP ) notes with satisfaction that both India and Pakistan have agreed and have communicated to the commission their acceptance of the principle of democratic method of plebiscite as the basis for deciding the future of Kashmir. 70 years on, Kashmir dispute not only remains unresolved but has left a horrifying trail of death, destruction and immeasurable human suffering in its wake. It is the people of Jammu Kashmir who are endeavouring the brunt of this conflict more than anyone else and as a matter of fact it is the dispute of Jammu Kashmir which is every now and then seen flaring up the animosity between two nuclear rivals. But strangely and surprisingly, the cry and urge for resolution of this old age dispute is missing in the international discourse. International community seems to be satisfied with their job and responsibility of just fire-fighting and are hardly concerned to address the root cause of such repeated flare-ups or in a way waiting for the worst to happen before initiating some concrete steps to stop it for good, otherwise this spark, if neglected can burn the whole sub-continent along with the entire globe at large.

Excellency!

Seven long decades are enough to understand and realize the need to address the pedigree of an unending conflict. It was the international community which after 9/11 talked about the need to eliminate extremism and pledged to resolve all human issues and conflicts that cause or flare-up extremism and armed conflicts. Kashmir issue was also recognized as one of those to be resolved according to the aspirations of its people. But unfortunately economic partnerships and trade alliances over-showed the basic and fundamental rights of the people.

In the wake of an illogical, unrealistic and persistent denial of right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, India deals with the population in general and pro-resistance class in particular with only military might and its iron fist has throttled every voice for resolution of this long pending issue. After persistent denial for decades, our oppressor has now used judicial onslaught slowly and legally turn the demographic numerical in its favor by eroding and scraping the constitutional guarantees like Article 35-A and 370, paving way for outsiders to settle here. The very existence of this kind of ruthless state-craft has resulted in gross violations of human rights in the every nook and corner of Jammu and 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. Killings in the broad day light and in the custody of occupation forces, showers of bullets and pellets on the peaceful protest marches, leaving thousands of people, irrespective of gender and age, maimed, disabled, blind and half dead, has become a routine. Random arrests have become a source of ransom for the men in uniform and their mercenaries. The victims of political vengeance get repeatedly public safety acts slapped on them, keeping the accused persons without any trial for prolonged periods of time, is the worst form of vendetta, ordeal and lawlessness. Denial of basic amenities to the political prisoners belonging to Jammu and Kashmir in almost all jails in and outside the state has made their lives vulnerable and as worse as slaves. Nearly 100 thousand Kashmiri Muslims have been killed, 22 thousand women have been widowed and more than 100 thousand children have been orphaned by Indian occupation forces since the mass uprising against Indian rule broke out in the 1980’s. The occupation forces have also maimed and disabled tens of thousands in torture centers, and using rape as a war weapon, violated the dignity of nearly 10 thousand women. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims have also been disappeared without a trace while tens of thousands others languish in prisons without any trial. These staggering statistics leave no doubt that what the Kashmiris are suffering is no less than genocide. In recent years India’s coercive policies against Kashmiris have intensified even further, since the Hindu nationalist party, the BJP came to power in India, Indian atrocities and barbarity in Kashmir has reached new extremes. Under the so-called operation all out the occupation forces have embarked on a renewed and communally motivated killing spree wherein on the one hand Kashmiri youth are being mercilessly slaughtered while on the other hand children as young as 5 and 10 years old are being blinded with short-gun pallets and their future is being pushed into darkness.

Excellency!

This suffocating environment has chocked every political voice and youth are forced to take extreme steps to make their narrative heard, as the great freedom fighter and legend of current century Mr. Nelson Mandela has well said that, “A freedom fighter learns the hard way that it is the oppressor who defines the nature of the struggle, and the oppressed is often left no recourse but to use methods that mirror those of the oppressor’’. The worst scenario of gross human rights violations in Jammu Kashmir has been even highlighted by recent report from the Office of the High Commissioner for United Nations Human Rights (OHCHR).Even this report appears to have not achieved much in-terms of either bringing about any change in India’s behavior or waking-up the international conscience. In-fact India responded to the UN report with the same traditional denial and illogic that has been its hallmark for the last seven decades.

Excellency!

Pulwama aftermath has multi-folded the miseries and hardships of Kashmiries. Witch-hunt for Kashmiries started in whole of India, ransacking their residences, dragging them out of the education institutions and hostels, lynching them on roads, in trains and markets, burning their vehicles under the eyes of the law enforcing agencies. Religo-political organizations especially Jamaat-e-Islami has been banned, with widespread arrests and property seizers, apparently putting this highest militarized zone in the world, to flames just for the electoral dividends and persistence silence and global “calm appeals” are indirectly encouraging the oppressor to flex its muscles more ruthlessly.

Excellency!

Since 1947, despite many provocations, Kashmiries never persuaded any global agenda and our peaceful movements particularly 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 were responded and crushed with bullets, pallets, destruction, jails, interrogations and every lethal weaponry in oppressor’s armory. Conscious nations don’t count on the material gains, concrete developments and high standards of living, but strive to fight for the freedom of their mind and soul. Freedom is the birth-right of every individual and we as a nation have pledged that we can’t, in anyway, compromise with the emotions, aspirations, and future of our coming generations and will fight till end for our cherished goal of freedom and it is the moral and constitutional responsibility of the world powers to come to the rescue of this helpless, caged, oppressed, suppressed and bruised nation whose existence is threatened by the worst human disaster in waiting, if their cries and woes are not heard. We must understand that the status quo in Kashmir is neither in the interest of India and Pakistan nor in the interest of Kashmir, nor in the interest of the South Asian region and the world at large. The Pulwama incident and its aftermath should therefore, serve as a grim reminder of the perils of allowing the status quo to continue in Kashmir. It is therefore, imperative that the ongoing international efforts must not stop at momentary de-escalation to defuse the current crises but continue in a sustained manner until the Kashmir issue is resolved once for all, it’s only the resolution of Kashmir issue that can guarantee long lasting peace and stability in the region. We therefore, appeal you to use your good offices to prevail on Indian leadership to respect the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination and initiate a meaningful dialogue to resolve the issue and thereby put an end to the vicious cycle of hostilities and violence in the region.

Sincerely Yours

Syed Ali Gilani

Chairman
All Parties Hurriyat Conference
Jammu and Kashmir


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