SRINAGAR: Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) has appealed to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to appoint a special rapporteur to Kashmir to inquire into the “grave” use of military force against the unarmed civilians in the Valley which has resulted in about 40 deaths and injuries to about 1800 people.
As per a statement issued here, KCSDS in a meeting chaired by its chairperson Hameedah Nayeem demanded the special rapporteur must be sent to Kashmir at the earliest which should meet the affected population, cooperate with the Srinagar-based UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) for unhindered access to the affected areas for obtaining the first hand information about the present situation.
The group while expressing concern over the “grave humanitarian situation” in Kashmir noted: “Over seven million people of Kashmir remain under a lockdown with minimum access to daily basic survival needs for six days now. KCSDS calls upon the UN Secretary General to mandate the Special rapporteur to look into all the matters related to the use of military force against unarmed population. In particular, we demand inquiry into the brutal use of pellets and the resultant injuries and disabilities inflicted upon a large number of unarmed civilians.”