Gilani deplores UN’s silence over HR abuses in IOK

Srinagar, December 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has deplored the silence of the United Nations over the gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in the territory. Syed Ali Gilani addressing a seminar in Srinagar said that the UN prepared a charter in 1947 which was aimed to protect the human rights all over the world.

“In the same year the World Body maintained silence over the Jammu massacre in which more than 5 lakh innocent and unarmed Muslims were brutally killed jointly by the forces of Dogra Maharaja, Indian troops and Hindu communal and fanatic groups and after that Indian occupational forces committed the worst kind of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir but the International Institution claiming to be the defender of the human rights played the role of a mute spectator over all that,” he said.

The veteran leader said that Jammu and Kashmir was a disputed territory which had been occupied by India in 1947 and this country then took this dispute to the UN wherein the international institution passed 18 resolutions from time to time which stated that the Kashmiri people should be given their right to self-determination so that they could freely decide their future whether to stay with India or to live with Pakistan.

“According to the international charter of human rights, the right to self-determination is the prime and foremost right of a human being but India from last 68 years is denying this basic right of the Kashmiri people,” he deplored. The veteran leader said, Kashmir issue is a UN recognized dispute and it is the duty of this World Body to impress upon India to give a chance to the Kashmiri people so that they can themselves decide their future and also this institution should take serious notice of the grave human rights violations in occupied Kashmir at the hands of the occupational forces of India.

About the resumption of talks between Pakistan and India, Syed Ali Gilani said that both India and Pakistan had held more than 150 rounds of talks since last 68 years but nothing concrete was achieved from those dialogues and these kinds of talks will continue to fail until the two countries made sincere efforts to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.

Hurriyet leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Nayeem Ahmed Khan in his address said that despite being signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, India was using all means to suppress the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. “Kashmiris are arrested, maimed and killed with impunity. By hindering resolution of Kashmir dispute, India is hampering peace in South Asia,” he added.

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