Lashes out at UN Peace Building Commission chairman for his K-remarks
Srinagar: The J&K High Court Bar Association said on Saturday that it will write letters to all member countries of the UN to mount pressure on India to allow people of Kashmir exercise their right of self-determination.
The Bar criticised the UN Peace Building Commission chairman Macharia Kamau who recently said that Kashmir issue has to “be resolved in the context of the local domestic political environment between Pakistan and India”.
In a statement, Bar said, “The UN Security Council should ask these authorities to desist from making any statement which has a negative effect on the rights of the people. It should impress upon the member states to concede to the right of self-determination of the people without compelling them,” the Bar said.
It said Kamau remarks are not realistic “but a hotchpotch of misunderstanding on Kashmir”.
Bar general secretary Bashir Sidiq said that during its executive committee meeting, the members unanimously said the UN Charter deals with the situations where International Agencies can intervene.
“Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute and the UN by passing more than 27 Resolutions on Kashmir has acknowledged the right of the people to decide about their future in a free and fair plebiscite to be conducted under the UN auspices,” the statement said.
“Keeping in view the situation in Kashmir and the plight of the people during the past 68 years, it is incumbent upon the UN Security Council to take effective steps for the implementation of its resolutions so that peace and security is established in the sub-continent,” it said.
Bar said Jammu and Kashmir has been “converted into a military garrison by the Indian forces” and the human rights of the people are being violated with impunity.
“Besides use of force, there is intimidation, aggression and arrest, torture, humiliation, disappearance after arrest, custodial killings and also interference by the army in all walks of life of the people of J&K, without any accountability or fear of prosecution and punishment. For protecting the rights of the people, it is but necessary for the security council to intervene immediately, without further loss of time and get its resolutions implemented, as they have done in other places in the World,” it added.