Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani has written a letter to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General seeking resolution of Kashmir. The General Assembly (GA) session of UN is starting soon.
Geelani stressed that the “volatile situation” prevailing in Kashmir needed a proactive approach by UNO “to avert any possible nuclear collusion between the two nuclear powers of the sub-continent” and sought facilitation of dialogue by the Secretary General.
“The people of Kashmir demand the UN intervention for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue, lingering for the last seven decades before the UNO,” Geelani says in the letter that was made available to media in Srinagar.
Geelani urges the UN that people of Kashmir also demand to appoint a War Crime Tribunal “to identify the culprits of Human Rights abuses and to penalize them”, because the present situation “with respect to gross violation of human rights at the hands of Indian occupation forces, and denial of civil and political liberties has become alarming and grim”.
Introducing the Kashmir issue to the Secretary General, Geelani writes: “I hope that you are familiar with the fact that Kashmir (read Jammu and Kashmir) issue is a long pending issue waiting for the final dispensation in accordance with the agreed UN Resolutions,”.
Geelani refers to the “unprecedented effort to map out normative guidelines for global justice” by international community and lauds the “normative political changes” at international level in recent years that have “reinvigorated the critical importance of the UN efforts to safeguard Human Rights all over the world”. It calls the UN intervention in “almost all the conflict zones and regions of the globe (e.g. Kosovo, East Timor etc.)” a welcome move.
Geelani has demanded that “UNO should prevail” upon the Indian government to give free access to global human rights groups to take stock of the “situation with regard to Human Rights abuses in Kashmir” as a “grim situation” prevailing in Kashmir made the life, honour and property of the people “vulnerable”.
“The indiscriminate use of lethal weapons, pellet guns, bullets, PAVA shells to contain public rallies while chanting slogans for right to self-determination, has become a routine matter. People are mercilessly killed, maimed arrested, blinded, bruised and molestation of woman is used as a war weapon by Indian occupation forces,” reads the letter.