Mirwaiz appeals moon to make efforts for Kashmir solution
Srinagar, August 15, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has appealed to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon to make positive efforts towards resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a memorandum sent to Ban Ki-moon through mail said that India had backed away from its commitments and systematically used brute force to consolidate its illegal hold on Jammu and Kashmir.
“The last two decades in particular have seen massive deployment of forces not only on the borders but also in every street and town square, every village and hamlet in Kashmir. The Indian forces operate in a state of impunity and are provided legal cover by putting in place draconian laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act. These laws provide legal immunity to the armed forces against prosecution,” he said.
The APHC Chairman stated that despite the brutal oppression, the people of Kashmir had exhibited exemplary valour and were determined to continue their struggle for justice and self-determination. “The ongoing non-violent movement against Indian rule, waged by our youth is a testimony of the commitment of our people. In total disregard of democratic traditions, the so-called largest democracy in the world has unleashed its full military might to suppress peaceful demonstrators,” he pointed out.
The Mirwaiz said that Kashmir was a humanitarian issue and pertained to the rights of Kashmir people, adding that it was difficult to imagine a stable and peaceful South Asia while the Kashmiris remain shackled to slavery. “It has been our sincere endeavour to engage in a meaningful process with India for resolution of the Kashmir dispute. In the context of a violent landscape and a history of betrayals by the India, many of us took great risks to tread the path of peacemaking. However, India remains adamant in its resolve to incentivize violence and stigmatize civilized modes of resolution like dialogue.
The APHC Chairman in his memorandum to the UN Secretary General said that the Kashmiris’ struggle for self-determination was at a critical juncture. “It is vital that the international community especially the United Nations responds and has a substantive engagement with it. Prolonging this conflict can only inflict increasing human cost not only on the people of Kashmir but also on the people of South Asia. Kashmir conflict has dire consequences for the 1.2 billion people living in the entire region,” he said.
In his appeal to Moon, the APHC Chairman said, “Mr. Secretary General, it is our ardent hope that during your visit to Pakistan, you will use your influence to urge and prevail upon both Pakistan and India to take steps for a peaceful and permanent settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of its people. Kashmir is a political problem and it can be resolved only through political means.”
“We have for long been advocating a meaningful result-oriented dialogue between India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir. To facilitate this process we seek the appointment of a Special Rapporteur of international stature. The facilitation of a Special Rapporteur is indispensable to help rebuild trust amongst the stakeholders and reinstate their confidence in the processes of dialogue. The recent violent incidents on the Line of Control and the fatalities, yet again point to the rather desperate need for the appointment of a Rapporteur,” the Mirwaiz said.
“Mr. Secretary General, in the interim it is imperative that international efforts are accelerated to stress upon India to put an end to its policy of ruthless persecution and repression in Kashmir and initiate practical measures which includes withdrawal of Indian troops from the territory, release of all illegally detained Hurriyet leaders and activists, repeal of all repressive and draconian laws, setting up credible and time-bound process of accountability to identify and punish those guilty of gross human rights violations and restoration of the right to peaceful assembly, association and demonstrations can help bring some relief to the hapless people of Kashmir.”
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