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APHC seeks UN role to end sufferings of Kashmiris

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ISLAMABAD: Seeking world body’s role in bringing an end to the continuing violence and economic blockade against Kashmiris, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Pakistan Chapter has urged the United Nations to act now to mitigate the sufferings of Kashmiris.

While expressing serious concern over the worsening human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the APHC leaders including Syed Yousuf Naseem, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Sheikh Yaqoob and others presented a memorandum at UN information office in Islamabad Friday. The communiqu‚ addressed to the UN Secretary General, Ban Kee Moon sought the world body’s attention towards the economic and trade embargo against Kashmiris by extremist organizations.

Highlighting the plight of Kashmiris, the memorandum said that following this economic blockade people of the troubled region were suffering to such an extent that due to scarcity of life-saving medications, patients of Kashmir valley including Kishtiwar, Badarwah, Rajouri and Poonch were suffering terribly. There hope is giving way to despair and despondency and most of them will die for want of Medicare if the economic blockade does not come to end. The communiqu‚ said that in such a dangerous situation to avoid a major human catastrophe All Party Hurriyat Conference has decided to spearhead a cross-loc campaign to ensure trade links between Srinagar and Muazaffarabad.

“Any kind of negligence towards this grave situation may culminate in a major human disaster where hundreds of people will die for want of food and medicines, apathy and indifference is no answer to the crisis here literally a war has been waged by the chauvinists around Kashmir”, the declaration said adding that Kashmiris feel strangulated and suffocated with such a horrifying situation prevailing in Jammu where Kashmiri Truck drivers are being thrashed by fanatics.

Appealing the Secretary General to rise to the occasion to asses the dimensions of the awaiting multi-faced catastrophe and human tragedy. “Excellency you as the responsible dignitary of the UNO can’t afford to sit still like a mute spectator, you have to act right now to mitigate the sufferings of Kashmiri people. Conscious and conscientious leaders across the globe should take cognizance of the grave situation the innocent people of Kashmiri confronted with. It is obligatory on their part to come to our rescue, this is what the humanism and philanthropy demands of you”.

Referring to India’s negligence the memorandum said, “World body can not become hostage to the callous demeanor of the imprudent leaders of India, “the greatest democracy” of world has assumed the posture of a demon which frightens and horrifies the already be-numbered poor citizens of Kashmir. The civilized world cannot afford to condone the nefarious designs of India to adopt indirect means and methods of carnage and mayhem in Kashmir”.

On the other hand, the Jammu and Kashmir liberation Front Pak and Gilgit Baltistan Zone held a sit-in protest demonstration in front of United Nations Military Observers’ Group (UNMOGP) in Islamabad Friday demanding an immediate end to the economic blockade against Kashmir.

Besides dozens of JKLF activists, the demonstration was attended by the Party leaders including Ghulam Ahmed Bhat, Raja Latieef Tahir, Mir Sirajudin, Khwaja Pervez Iqbal and Rafique Ahmed Dar. Speaking on the occasion the JKLF leaders condemned in strong terms the economic blockade and said that the extremist elements were using this as a weapon of war against Kashmiri and Muslim dominated district of Jammu province. They alleged that under the shadow of secret agencies these extremists have unleashed rein of terror in Jammu thereby rip off the century’s old traditional communal harmony. The speakers also expressed their concern over the worsening health condition of JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik who is on a hunger strike for last 4 days.

Later a memorandum was also presented to UN officials seeking UN Secretary General’s attention towards the worsening situation besides appealing the world body to influence India to stop blood bath of Kashmiris and to put an immediate end to economic blockade. “The party cadres of JKLF are very concerned about the health of Muhammad Yasin Malik who has sat on hunger strike. In order to save the precious life of Yasin Malik, your attention is sought on humanitarian grounds to look into the matter and urge upon India to stop extremist forces and end economic blockade,” the memorandum addressed to the UN secretary general said.

The memorandum said the Malik’s health has deteriorated to dangerous level. The memorandum added that Malik adopted the civilized and peaceful way of protest against the economic blockade, loot, plunder and arson of a particular community in Jammu by the local extremist forces.-SANA

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