Welcomes UNHRC chief’s statement on Kashmir
Srinagar: Speaking from the pulpit of the historic Jamia Masjid on Friday, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq rejected the panchayat and civic election process in Jammu and Kashmir and said that the resistance leadership will run a sustained campaign using all available platforms, including social media, to propagate “No Election, Only Self-Determination” message.
Addressing a packed Friday congregation at the Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said that the people of Kashmir reject all the elections, be those for roads, drains, panchayats, municipality, parliament, or the “so-called assembly”.
He said that the elections conducted by Government of India are nothing but a farce and a move to dilute the basic nature of Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz also welcomed the recent statement of United Nations Human Rights Council chief Michelle Bachelet wherein she decried the inaction by Indian government on the recent UN Human Rights report that noted “grave rights violations” in Kashmir.
“It has been a long pending demand of the people of Kashmir that the world forums wake up to the grave human rights situation in Kashmir,” the Mirwaiz said.
He expressed gratitude to Bachelet for supporting the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Expressing anguish over the Govt of India’s response to the UNHRC chief’s statement, Mirwaiz said, “By outrightly rejecting the reports of UNHRC and before that of Amnesty International and of the OIC on Kashmir, Govt of India stands exposed and the country’s claim of upholding human rights and values also stands punctured.”
Mirwaiz also lashed out at the Government of Indiao for not learning from its mistakes on Kashmir since 1947. “GoI continues to remain in denial mode. It is wasting time, energy and resources,” he said. “The fact remains that today it is the fourth generation of Kashmiri people who are on streets demanding their birthright, something the world has already acknowledged.”