ISLAMABAD: Seeking world body’s pro-active role in resolving the thorny issue of Kashmir amicably, the leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference lodged a sit-in protest in front of the United Nations Military Observers Group (UNMOGIP) office here. Holding banners and placards, the protesters chanted pro-freedom slogans demanding India quit Kashmir. Speaking on the occasion, Kashmiri representatives made a passionate appeal to the United Nations to discharge its duties vis-à-vis holding a free, fair and impartial plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir so that people of the state can exercise their right to self-determination, promised to them by the international community and the leadership of India and Pakistan respectively.
Expressing complete solidarity with the people of Kashmir, the speakers pointed out that sufferings of Kashmiris have increased manifold due to seven-day continued curfew preceded by the economic blockade.
Deploring the arrest of senior Hurriyat leader, Shabir Ahmed Shah and hundreds of other political activists, the speakers demanded the release of all imprisoned political activists. They said that “in total disregard to international human laws authorities, under the garb of various draconian laws, have booked hundreds of political activists languishing in various detention centres in and outside the state.”
Later, the Hurriyat leaders also presented a memorandum to the UNMOGIP officials urging UN Secretary General Ban Kee Moon to address the worsening political as well as human rights situation in Kashmir to avoid any eventuality of human catastrophe.
The communiqué also said that the world conscience cannot become hostage to the callous demeanour of the imprudent leaders. “The hapless Kashmiri will continue to suffer unless Kashmir issue is resolved amicably”, the communiqué added.
The protest demonstration was attended by the Hurriyat leaders including Syed Yousuf Naseem, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Prof. M A Saraf, Sheikh Yaqoob, Faiz Naqashbandi Mir Tahir Masood, Abdul Hameed Lone, Syed Muzaffar Shah, Abdul Majeed Malik, Abdullah Gillani and several others.
Earlier, a high level delegation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference called on Islamabad-based European Diplomats and apprised them of the prevailing political situation in Kashmir.
It is pertinent to note here that Kashmiri leaders will arrange symposiums, seminars besides staging regular sit-ins in front of the UNMOGIP office and other relevant offices in Pakistan and AJK to impress upon the international community to play its due role in resolving Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people. A decision to this effect was unanimously taken during a high level meeting last week, which was attended by the Kashmiri leaders form both sides of line of control.
While Mohammad Ghalib, President of the Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK has urged the members of the British Parliament to take cognisance of the grave situation in occupied Kashmir and come to their rescue in wake of flagrant violation of basic human rights by extremist Hindus and Indian state terrorism.
In a letter to the British MPs, Ghalib said, “I would like to draw your kind attention towards the grave situation in Kashmir arising out of economic blockade by Hindu fanatics. The extremist elements have not been allowing food supply to Kashmir valley and similarly fruit growers of the valley are not allowed to ply their trucks on Srinagar Jammu highway, the only land route linking Kashmir to rest of the world.” The people of Kashmir valley are suffering to such an extent that hundreds and thousands of people can possibly die if the urgent measures are not taken to end this situation, he said.
He added that the people of the valley and the Muslim majority areas of Jammu province have been facing life-threatening situation due to the shortage of essential commodities, medicines including life saving drugs for last one month. People feel strangulated and suffocated with the horrifying situation prevailing in southern part of Kashmir. In such an adverse and precarious situation and in order to avoid a major human catastrophe and calamity, All Parties Hurriyat Conference has decided to spearhead a cross–LOC campaign to ensure alternative trade links between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
The peaceful march towards Muzaffarabad on 11 August 2008 was attacked by Indian troops killing more than a half dozen marchers including the veteran Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz who was leading the march. These brutal acts on the part of occupation forces has compelled millions of people to take to the streets of Srinagar and convey a clear message to India that it can no longer hold the territory under forceful occupation.
Keeping in view the above mentioned facts, you are requested to raise voice against the grave injustice being meted out to the people of Kashmir. The British government should be urged to use its influence for ending the economic blockade of Kashmir Valley and help stop the violation of human rights by Indian forces there.-SANA