Srinagar: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Tuesday said that Jammu and Kashmir was never a part of India and will never be a part of India. “It is a disputed territory, the final status of which has yet to be determined in accordance with several resolutions of the UN Security Council and as per the wishes and aspirations of the people who are its inhabitants,” the APHC reiterated.
“The statement of Indian External Affairs Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, backtracking from India’s commitment to the UN and instead justifiying India’s military occupation of Kashmir by calling it an ‘integral part’ is unfortunate and misleading and does no good to India’s credentials of being the ‘world’s largest democracy’. The statement of Ms Swaraj was also an attempt to deflect the world attention from state terrorism and grave human right violations being committed against the people of J&K by the Indian state and its agencies, especially in the past three months, to crush the people’s struggle for self determination. Despite GOI efforts, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) has issued a very strong statement regarding the human rights situation in the Valley, asking India ‘What precisely are you hiding from us?’ and placed India in the bracket of countries which are witnessing large-scale human rights violations like Syria and do not allow UN mission teams to visit their countries,” the APHC said.