Srinagar: President World Kashmir Freedom Movement (WKFM) Muzzammil Ayyub Thakur Friday appealed the heads of common wealth countries to take note of human rights abuses in Kashmir.
The WKFM President has written a letter to the heads of these countries in the wake of an upcoming meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April.
“War crimes have been perpetrated in Kashmir by Indian armed forces protected under illegal draconian laws that give them impunity from prosecution. Weapons of war include rape, torture, fake encounters, extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances. The use of pellet guns has injured, blinded and killed thousands of innocent civilians,” WKFM statement said.
Thakur appealed the 52 Commonwealth states to help stop the violation of international law and implementation of United Nations resolutions promising the people of Kashmir a plebiscite to decide their future.
“The right to self-determination is an inalienable right granted to every person, and the continued occupation of Kashmir infringes on those freedoms,” statement said.
He emphasised the importance of resolving the Kashmir dispute according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir, thereby ensuring that the pillars and foundation of justice prevail.
“The crisis in Kashmir will escalate unless there is third party intervention to mediate between Kashmir, Pakistan and India”.