‘Pressurise GoI to resolve Kashmir dispute’
SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday addressed the members of Japanese media, through video conference, during an event on Kashmir organised by Pakistani and Kashmiri Diaspora at the Tokyo Press Club, Japan.
As per a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said the lasting peace, stability, and economic development would elude the South Asia till the Kashmir dispute is addressed and permanent solution to it is found keeping in view the political aspirations of the “greatly” affected people of Kashmir
Thanking the Pakistani Diaspora in Japan for organising the “informative session” on the “oldest” unresolved issue on the agenda of the United Nations, the Hurriyat chairman said Kashmiri people have been since 1947 struggling to achieve their right to self determination, which was promised by New Delhi, Islamabad, and the entire world, but this promise remains unfulfilled despite passing of 70 long years.
“We have seen wars fought between India and Pakistan and witness skirmishes on the borders between them on regular basis. The people of Kashmir get killed almost each day and and we have seen and continue to undergo a lot of pain and sufferings during the past 70 years,” he said.
Cautioning against the dangers posed by the unresolved Kashmir, Mirwaiz said the two other parties to the dispute – India and Pakistan – are nuclear powers. “Who else will better know the horrors of nuclear war than the people of Japan who have suffered the great tragedy of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki? That is the reason why people of Jammu Kashmir warn against the war between India and Pakistan,” he said. and appealed the international community in general and the Japanese government and its people in particular to “come forward and help build pressure on the Government of India to end brutal human rights violations in Jammu Kashmir and resolve the dispute”.
Mirwaiz in his address said, “India has unleashed terror in Jammu Kashmir that continues to be the world’s highest militarised zone with the presence of 700,000 Indian troops. For the past more than 70 years, people of Kashmir want an end to this militarization and occupation and call for the resolution of the dispute in accordance with their wishes and aspirations.” “The year 2016 witnessed a mass uprising and worst example of state terrorism, and from July 8, 2016 till date, Indian armed forces martyred more than 130 unarmed civilians, arrested over 20,000 people, injured more than 15,000 and blinded more than 300 by ripping their eyes with lethal pellets,” he added.
The Hurriyat chairman said the draconian black laws like AFSPA give impunity to Indian forces to “kill anyone they like and get away with it without prosecution”. “Kashmir today stands as a ‘Police State’ where Government of India has curbed all religious, political, social, and civil rights and liberties of the people while thousands of Kashmiris are languishing in different jails and interrogation centres,” he said. He urged the international community not to act as “silent spectators” as Kashmir “continues to bleed”. “An amalgam of various parties, believes Kashmir issue needs to be resolved in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiris either through the United Nations resolutions or tripartite dialogue involving India, Pakistan, and the principle party – the people of Jammu Kashmir. The promised referendum should be held and people be given the democratic right to choose their destiny,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz thanked the Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora for organising the event and creating awareness about the dispute in the world. “We hope our hues and cries are heard by the world, especially by the international community, by the United Nations, by the champions of democracy, who believe in justice and freedom,” he said.