UN should pressurise Delhi to abolish AFSPA: Mirwaiz

UN should pressurise Delhi to abolish AFSPA: Mirwaiz
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SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday welcomed the concern expressed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein over denial of unconditional access by the Government of India and Pakistan to visit Kashmir and take stock of the “grave human rights situation” here.
Addressing the faithful at the historic Jamia Masjid in old Srinagar, Mirwaiz, who was released from house arrest after five days, said, “It is long overdue that the UN takes cognisance of the grave situation prevailing in the valley especially the daily killings, a direct consequence of Government of India’s policy of militarisation and the powers bestowed upon the forces through draconian laws like AFSPA. UN should use its influence and build pressure on New Delhi to abolish the draconian AFSPA, which is the root cause of brutal killings and extreme violations of human rights in Kashmir.”
Expressing grief and strong condemnation over the recent killings in Pahnoo Shopian, Mirwaiz said if these brazen killing of Kashmiris does not stop, people will be forced to hit the streets. “They will be left with no alternative as all means of expressing resent against repression have been blocked and there is no hope of justice from the administrative and legal system in place.”
Hurriyat (M) chairman strongly condemned the “repulsive instinct of those forces playing politics with the humanitarian issue of providing justice to an eight-year-old victim of rape and murder in Kathua”.
He said every citizen of J&K should unanimously ensure that justice prevails and the guilty are booked and punished as per the law of the land for this disgusting crime. If the law is not allowed to take its course it can have very serious repercussions for the state, he warned.
Strongly condemning the shifting of Kashmiri prisoners from Central Jail Srinagar to various prisons in Jammu, Mirwaiz said this poses a serious life threat to them and is in complete violation of the high court orders that they cannot be shifted from valley. “The issue of ill-treatment being meted out to Kashmiri prisoners is a challenge for the international human rights organisations as their criminal silence over the issue is highly questionable,” he said. “All Kashmiri prisoners deserve to be applauded for their courage and let them know that entire Kashmiri nation stands behind them.”
Meanwhile, a protest march was held outside Jamia Masjid by the activists and leaders of the joint resistance leadership against the civilian killings, shifting of Kashmiri prisoners to Jammu jails, and the rape and murder of minor Kathua girl, the statement said.