Hurriyat(M) urges top UN official to visit JK

Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Thursday invited UN General Assembly President John Ashe to visit Jammu and Kashmir and take stock of the human rights and political situation prevailing there.
“We appeal to President UNO General Assembly, currently on a tour of India, to visit Kashmir and take stock of the worsening human rights and political situation in the Valley,” the Hurriyat faction said in a statement after a meeting of its executive body chaired by the Mirwaiz at its Rajbagh headquarters here.
Advocating resolution of Kashmir issue, the Hurriyat alleged that Jammu and Kashmir has been turned into a “police state” where the rights of the people were being “usurped by means of force.”
“We appeal to the UN General Assembly President to take effective steps to solve the Kashmir dispute on priority basis …several resolutions have been passed in the UN regarding the solution of Kashmir dispute, hence it was the moral responsibility of the world body to make efforts for speedy resolution of the dispute,” it said.
“If people of Crimea in Ukraine are being given the right to self determination to decide their future through free polls, why not the people of Kashmir are being given the same rights to determine their political future?” it posed.
It said since many resolutions regarding Kashmir issue have been passed by UN and that since it is still on UN agenda as a disputed land, it was the moral and constitutional responsibility of the world body to utilise its resources towards solving the Kashmiri issue.