Kashmiris want peace not war: Geelani
SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Friday hailed the statement of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in which he voiced his concern over the series of human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We believe that UNO will take necessary steps in this regard and halt bloodshed and check growing excesses against unarmed and peaceful civilians,” Geelani said in a statement.
He rejected New Delhi’s response (to UNHR chief), saying it illustrates their “haughty (and) inhuman” approach.
“While violating the norms laid down in human rights charter, Indian authorities are trampling and violating human values,” Hurriyat chairman said. “All member countries should honour and respect the right to self-determination for all subjugated nations.”
“We appeal international community and UNO to take impressive measures for the resolution of this long-pending dispute (which) has multiplied human tragedies and because of this lingering issue, millions of people are facing immense hardships and a state of uncertainty and instability is looming over whole South Asian region.”
Hailing UN High Commissioner for his keen interest towards the issue, the veteran resistance leader termed it encouraging. Geelani expressed hope that Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will play a positive and effective role for its peaceful settlement.
Geelani said Kashmir is not a cross border issue between two countries or terrorism but instead an issue accepted by the international community.
“I have repeatedly said that this is an unrealistic stand of New Delhi and Indian political leaders. People in Jammu Kashmir don’t like any confrontation and are against war like situations,” Hurriyat chairman said. “I with sincere heart want to convey that we are yearning for peace and seek peaceful resolution to the long pending issue.”
Meanwhile, Hurriyat leaders and activists staged a protest demonstration against shifting of prisoners, plight of detainees in Tihar Jail, civilian killings and rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.
They demanded immediate release of all political prisoners and impartial probe and stringent action against those involved in rape and murder of a minor girl.