JKCHR condemns restriction on civilian traffic in Srinagar-Jammu Highway » Kashmir Media Service

Islamabad, April 05 (KMS): The Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) has strongly condemned the two-day ban on civilian traffic every week on the Srinagar-Jammu highway from Udhampur in Jammu to Baramulla in North Kashmir by the authorities in occupied Kashmir.

The President of London-based JKCHR, Dr Syed Nazir Gilani, in a statement issued in Islamabad said that halt imposed on civilian traffic to facilitate the military traffic in fact is a declaration of war against the people of occupied Kashmir. “It seems that the Indian Government is using the Presidential Rule to induct more military personnel into Kashmir,” he said

Dr Nazir Gilani said Indian army is subject to seven restraints in Kashmir and one of these is a restraint on their number. The current declared number of occupation personnel in Kashmir is likely to reach 780,000 troops, unless there are other numbers surreptitiously inducted into the territory.

The JKCHR President said the UN report of June 2018 has declared Kashmir as one of the highly militarised places in the world and due to this level of military presence people have lost the quality and purpose of life in occupied Kashmir. “The fresh two-day ban is to further demoralise the people. It will impact the free movement of patients to hospitals, students going to schools, employees who would not be able to reach offices and the daily life would be further degraded to an ever low witnessed since 1846,” he said.

Dr Nazir Gilani said the Indian Government wants to suffocate the people out of all patience, adding the ban will hit the tourist inflow and imports in the valley as well. He expressed concern over the added miseries being inflicted on the people of the valley and has cautioned the authorities not to act as a conduit in enforcing these miseries on the people.

The JKCHR President said that it would be the longest curfew imposed after the Maharaja’s curfew of September 1931, which lasted only for eleven days. He said, “It is high time that we make a reference to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Council to proceed on the establishment of an Independent Commission to visit occupied Kashmir and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to assess the human rights situations in the two respective parts as recommended in the June 2018 OHCHR report. However, a visit to occupied Kashmir remains a priority and should be conducted without any further delay.”

Dr Nazir Gilani said if India continues to refuse access to UN Commission into occupied Kashmir, the UN Security Council should be approached to take appropriate steps. On January 15, 1948 India has surrendered the so-called accession at the UN Security Council for UN-supervised vote, therefore, a continued military presence in Kashmir is an occupation and military actions constitute a war crime, he maintained.

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