Hurriyat (M) says human rights linked with Kashmir issue

Srinagar: Terming Kashmir as the “worst region of the world” as far as human rights violations are concerned, the Hurriyat Conference (M) on Monday said that during past 25 years the way rights violations were carried out, political rights of people usurped and militarization of the area carried out, “it should act as a cause of worry and concern for the international human rights watchdogs.”
In connection with the week for observing the “disappeared persons of the world,” a Hurriyat spokesman in a statement said over 10,000 persons in Kashmir have been subjected to enforced disappearance, over 8000 unmarked graves have been discovered, and hundreds of Kashmiri political prisoners imprisoned in various jails across India. The spokesman said that thousands of the relatives of disappeared people are still waiting for their return.
The spokesman said that the rights of the people in Kashmir and their rights are being usurped for demanding their political rights, adding, the international community should play its responsible role in solving the long pending dispute. He stated that suffering and pain of Kashmiris would not end and instability would continue to mar the region unless Kashmir issue is not solved according to the wishes and aspirations of people.
The spokesman expressed hope that the new dispensation in Delhi while accepting the historical realities would make serious efforts and engage Kashmiri and Pakistani leadership in the process of the resolution which would ultimately lead to solution of Kashmir issue.
The spokesman stated that Kashmir has remained the main sources of tension between India and Pakistan since 1947, adding, hence for normalization of the relations between the two countries and bringing peace and stability to South Asia, it was imperative that Kashmir issue is resolved once and for all.
Meanwhile, senior Hurriyat leader and head of the amalgam’s Public Contact section, Zaffer Akber Bhat led a delegation to Chakow (Shopian) and Nowpora (Kulgam) and participated in the funeral prayers of Ishfaq Ahmad Bhat and Zubair Ahmad Bhat who were slain in a recent gunfight.
Paying tributes to the slain militants, Bhat also expressed sympathy and solidarity with the family whose house was razed to ground by the troops during the encounter. “The leader said sacrifices were the priceless assets and Hurriyat would continue to carry forward the mission of martyrs till it reaches its logical conclusion,” the statement added.