Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Sunday hailed the decision of Pakistan Supreme Court over the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), saying this verdict has laid the stress on the fact that till the issue of Kashmir stands unresolved, “Pak and India must ensure that the people of this region enjoy maximum rights for areas within each country’s control”.
JRL comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik stated this in a meeting held here on Sunday, the statement said.
The Pak SC has on Monday reserved its verdict in a case regarding the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and the grant of fundamental rights to its citizens.
The leaders asked the Pak government to provide citizenship, legal and social rights to the people of Gilgit- Baltistan and “the lingering dispute of J&K be resolved by means of the plebiscite”.
The statement further said that the leaders urged the UNHRC to implement its report on the human rights situation in Kashmir. “It is incumbent upon the Secretary-General to urgently take steps to mitigate the grave human right abuse in Kashmir, which the UN report elaborates, and ensure that the commitment made by the August body to the people of entire J&K of resolving the Kashmir dispute is upheld by implementing the UN resolutions on it,” the leaders said.
The dispute continues “to remain hanging since past over 70 years and it is long overdue that UN plays its role in resolving one of the world’s oldest disputes,” they added.
The leadership also expressed serious concern over the prolonged incarceration of political prisoners and “the ill-treatment meted out to them in Tihar, Kathua, Udhampur, Kotbalwal, Samba, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jodhpur and other prisons”.
The world organizations should “take strong note of the condition of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in these prisons and how legal processes and procedures are misused to detain them and prolong their detentions,” JRL said.
The leaders further said that most Kashmiri inmates lodged in these prisons “are serving detention for no offense other than their political ideology, and their commitment towards the Kashmir dispute”.
“…prolonging the detention of Kashmiri prisoners even after they have served sentences is a well-planned conspiracy to harass Kashmiri’s and is a sheer vendetta.”
The leadership said that though Kashmiri leadership have time and again knocked the doors of the world community and apprised them about the plight of Kashmiri detainees, “but to date, no concrete steps have been taken to ensure the release of these prisoners or improvement in their prison conditions”.
“In total violation of Geneva conventions,” they stated, “the majority of the Kashmiri prisoners have been put in jails thousands of miles far from their homes”.