Islamabad, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): While welcoming the remarks by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, the Convener of AJK chapter of Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, and Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front, (JKNF) Altaf Hussain Wani, have said that the High Commissioner’s remarks highlight the gravity of human rights situation in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media sources, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi in a statement issued in Islamabad, today, called upon the United Nations to investigate rights violations in the occupied territory. He pointed out that India was pursuing genocide in IIOJK and had become a threat to regional peace and security, and asked the UN Secretary General to take notice of the horrifying human right violations in IIOJK.
Altaf Hussain Wani in a statement issued in Islamabad said, Michelle Bachelet’s remarks vindicate our stance on the dire human rights situation in IIOJK and the measures taken by India are in violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. He, however, maintained that it was high time that the UN High Commission should move beyond rhetoric and take concrete steps to hold the Indian government accountable for war crimes being committed by its troops in IIOJK.
Referring to the continued bloodshed, violence, and use of brute force against civilians by Indian forces in the occupied territory, he said that the global community needs to realise the fact that the Kashmiris who were being killed, maimed, and murdered day in and day out by the occupation forces could not be left at the mercy of the Indian government, which was hell-bent on erasing the Kashmiris’ political and cultural identity.
“Kashmir valley has virtually been shut for more than a year now, the local economy has suffered a loss of billions of dollars, the education suffered enormously due to the continued lockdown impose by the Indian authorities whereas thousands of youth and the high profile pro-freedom leaders booked under infamous Public Safety Act have been left to rot in jails,” Wani said adding that there was no space whatsoever for political dissent in the territory.
Terming it a serious violation of basic human rights, Wani urged the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to appoint a special envoy on Kashmir to uphold the rights of the Kashmiri people. KASHMIR VOICE