DFP thanks UN chief for backing int’l probe into rights situation in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Welcoming the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres backing the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s call for an international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir, JKDFP on Friday said the UN chief’s much needed statement has come at a time when “butchering” of Kashmiri youth by Indian forces has reached new heights.
Antonio Guterres has supported an international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir saying that it represents the “voice of the UN”. Human Rights High Commissioner had recently issued a report about Kashmir and called for a probe into the human rights abuses.
“The statement of UN Chief is welcome and now is the time for the international forum to impress upon New Delhi to accept the demand of Jammu Kashmir people for a free and fair plebiscite to entertain their political future,” Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) secretary general Moulana Mohammad Abdullah Tari said in a statement adding that several resolutions in this regard have been passed by the UN Security Council.
Moulana Tari also thanked UN chief for denying India’s assertions that UNHCHR report overstepped his mandate and that Commissioner had no mandate for it.
Moulana Tari said a large number of people including common people, political activists and leaders including JKDFP chief Shabir Shah are facing “worst kind of state terrorism” by remaining lodged in different jails on “fabricated charges”.
“Shabir Shah in particular, whom human rights bodies have termed ‘prisoner of conscience’ for spending half of his life in different jails for his political faith, is facing worst situation in Tihar jail. He is even denied suitable medical treatment though suffering from many serious ailments,” Tari said.
He appealed UN chief and UNHCHR to “take cognisance of the situation of Kashmiri prisoners and issue directions for Indian which is signatory to almost all the international treaties, to respect the treaty about political prisoners”.