Int’l community must break its silence on Kashmir: Malik; Kashmiris facing persecution: Shah

Int’l community must break its silence on Kashmir: Malik; Kashmiris facing persecution: Shah

Srinagar, July 8: Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Muhammad Yasin Malik Monday asked the international community to break its ‘criminal silence’ on Kashmir and play its role in resolving the dispute according to aspirations of Kashmiris. “India has turned Kashmir into highly militarized zone. This sacred place where people from around the world used to come for meditation has been turned into a garrison to suppress the aspirations of Kashmiris for right to self-determination,” Malik said, speaking at a roundtable conference here. The conference ‘Innocent killings: denial of justice state policy’ was organized by International Forum for Justice and Human Rights Forum J & K (IFJ/HRF) “The unresolved dispute has consumed four generations of Kashmiris so far. India is using cheap tactics to suppress just struggle of Kashmiris. International community must break its criminal silence on Kashmir and play its role in resolving the dispute according to aspirations of Kashmiris,” Malik said. Malik termed the recent killing of two youth allegedly by Army in Bandipora as a grave human rights violation. “Now the Army is blaming its informers for the killings. What justification did Army have to kill the innocent youth?” Malik asked. In his address, Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah said the police and security agencies “enjoy complete impunity to harass and kill people in Kashmir.” “Accused personnel in the cases like Pathribal fake encounter and Kunan-poshpora are yet to be punished. Kashmiris are being implicated in frivolous cases. and space for separatists has been squeezed,” Shah said. Shah said it was the responsibility of the separatist leaders to take the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris to their logical conclusion. “We are also humans and might have committed mistakes in the past. It is high time that we must shun our differences and work together for achieving our inalienable right to self-determination. This will be the biggest tribute to our martyrs,” he said. Chairman of JKLF (H) Javid Ahmad Mir accused New Delhi of targeting youth of Kashmir to suppress the ongoing movement. “There has been an alarming rise in human rights violations in Kashmir. New Delhi is using war crimes to persecute our youth and suppress aspirations of Kashmiris, Mir said. “We should not expect justice for perpetrators,” Mir added. Noted columnist Abdul Majid Zargar said there is a “pattern to killings” in Kashmir in the past few years. “Police and security agencies have been killing people aged between 18 to 35 years which is a reproductive age. They want to our younger generation to vanish to suppress the ongoing movement,” he said. Chairman of IFJ/HRF JK Muhammad Ahsan Untoo said despite indictment by enquiry commission, the accused cops and personnel are yet to be punished. “The GoI has given license to its forces to kill the youth. We urge international human rights organizations to take note to it,” he said. Some families of those who were killed by police and security forces also participated in the conference. “Despite evidence, justice still eludes us,” said Muhammad Ashraf Matoo, father of Tufail Matoo who was killed after being hit by a tear gas shell allegedly by police in 2010. The families of the two youth killed in Sumbal Bandipora allegedly by Army also demanded justice. “Army is trying to hush up the case by giving different theories on circumstances leading to death of our loved ones. We demand action against the accused,” they said. Among others who spoke on the occasion included Muslim Conference chairman Shabir Dar, MY Naquash Islamic Political Party chairman, Dr Nissa-ul-Hassan DAK, M Maqbool Sofi Peoples League, Dr Roshan Ara, Nissar Hussain Rather of Hurriyat (G), Advocate Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Advocate Bilal Wani, Advocate Hamid Shafi of High Court Bar Association, M Ayub Laway Pasdaran-e-Islam and MY Bangroo respectively.

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