SRINAGAR: Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Syedah Aasiyeh Andrabi, on Sunday urged the UN general secretary, Ban Ki-Moon, to impress upon India to hold a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir, rather than expressing concern on human rights violations.
She also criticised Moon for stating that this long-pending issue must be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan.
“For the past few days, Ban Ki-moon has issued a few statements on Kashmir, but it is ironic that rather than using his chair and office to impress upon India to give the right to self-determination to the people of JK, he is only talking about the HR violations and states that India and Pakistan must resolve it bilaterally,” she said in a statement issued here.
She said that Moon must understand his office’s responsibility vis-à-vis Kashmir issue and should fulfill the promises the world body has made to the people of Kashmir.
“He must understand that he is not a PM of any country or a head of any political party. He is heading an organisation that has passed 18 resolutions on the issue of Kashmir and this is the organisation that has declared JK as a disputed territory,” she said.
“By stressing only on human rights violations and stating that India and Pakistan should resolve this between themselves is an absolute dereliction of the duty the UN has vis-à-vis the resolution Kashmir issue,” she said.
Andrabi said that UN must assert that India has “illegally occupied Kashmir” and that it “is a disputed territory” with “neither India nor Pakistan having any legal right on JK”.
“The people of Kashmir should be given the right to self-determination—that is free and fair plebiscite—so that the people of Azad Kashmir and JK can decide their future,” she added.
Andrabi, however, welcomed the statement of Iyad Amin Madani, secretary-general of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Madani on Saturday had said that Kashmir is not the internal matter of India and had urged the international community to act in resolving the dispute.
“The statement by OIC is a welcome step. I appeal the OIC that they should also impress upon the UN to fulfill its duties regarding resolution of Kashmir issue,” she added.
Andrabi also criticised the Indian home minister, Rajnath Singh, for his statement that “Kashmiris should keep books in hand and not stones”.
She said: “Kashmiris don’t need lectures on education by killers.”
“We are not illiterate people. We know what we have to do. Kashmiris are knowledgeable and we love education. We don’t need lectures on education from those who send their forces inside our home to kill our lecturers, scholars, teenagers, and toddlers.
“We pelt stones on your occupational forces in the day and read books during the night. So, don’t try to teach us,” she added.