Urge Commonwealth to engage in K-issue resolution
SRINAGAR: UK based pro-freedom groups on Wednesday urged Commonwealth to engage in the resolution of Kashmir issue and address the human rights violations in the state.
A roadside roundtable was organised by various human rights and pro-freedom groups which coincided with the heads of state Commonwealth summit, here at Parliament Square in London on Wednesday. The roundtable was also addressed by many pro-freedom leaders of Kashmir including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
While opening the roundtable, Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo, Chairman International Commission for Human Rights expressed anguish over the “inhuman” treatment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir by the government forces. He also condemned the rape and murder of 8-year-old girl Asifa of Kathua and launched a campaign ‘Asifa Innocence Ravaged’.
“A procedural complaint will be filed with the relevant mandates of the UN Human Rights Council, and a comprehensive report to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, followed by European Union, the Commonwealth and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation,” Tramboo said.
Chairman South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Prof Nazir Shawl said that rape and murder of a minor is beyond one’s imagination to understand the torture and agony with which the child had gone through at the hands of Hindutva “extremists”.
“No stone will be left unturned to raise the horrendous human rights violations and the Asifa tragedy at every international forum,” he said.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani, while addressing the roundtable, slammed the disproportionate force used by government forces in Kashmir.
He emphasised the need for dialogue, which should lay down the foundations for stopping the human rights violations and to resolve Kashmir issue according to aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He further said the tragedy of Asifa cannot, and should not be ignored, reminding everyone that her innocence was ravaged by the forces.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed his satisfaction to the Kashmiri Diaspora leadership for organising regular events to highlight ongoing human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. He also stressed upon the importance of raising the issue of Kashmir across Europe and UK.
He also stressed upon the UK based pro-freedom leaders to strongly raise this issue at UN level with various United Nations Human Rights Council Mandates and other international fora.
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik emphasised upon the British Government and the Commonwealth to resolve the Kashmir dispute by giving the people their right to self determination. He underlined the desperate need to highlight the case of Asifa at every level, to bring justice to her family and the community.
Chairperson Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), Aasiya Andrabi described the rape and murder of Asifa as pathetic, saying, the government attempted to cover up the crime whilst the BJP prevented further investigations. Andrabi hoped that the Diaspora leadership will raise the issue at every level, be it United Nations, European Union, Commonwealth or Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
Chairperson Jammu Kashmir Women’s Movement, Zamrooda Habib condemned the rape and murder of Asifa.
Councillor Riaz Bhat of Luton pledged his continued support towards the Kashmir cause including protection of Kashmiris’ human rights.