Published On: Thu, Nov 7th, 2019
Published in Category: International

India had turned IoJ&K into prison for humanity: Farooq Haider

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BRUSSELS : Prime Minster Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan has said that India had turned Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJ&K) into prison for humanity. There is complete impunity for perpetrators who have been committing gross and systematic violations of human rights in IoJ&K. Instead of civil liberties, India had provided unchecked and unlimited liberty to her forces for indiscriminate killings and molestation of civilians.

He was addressing to a seminar organised by Kashmir Council Brussels on “Human rights and civil liberties in Kashmir” at EU Parliament. Phil Benion MEP, Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed, Shafaq Mehmood MEP, Ms . Sadia Mir, former MEP Sajjad Karim. Ms. Zainab Drabu, Ms. Suraiya Siddiqi, Wout Kalei. Journalist (Dutch), and Miss Khaqula Siddiqi also spoke at the occasion. Prime Minister AJK said that human rights situation in occupied Kashmir was analysed by two reports of the office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Both of these reports show the intensity and threshold of human rights violations in IoJ&K. “Kashmir is heavily militarised zone of the world. There is 1-7 ratio of Occupational forces and civilians in the occupied part of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. From Jan 1989 to Oct 31, 2019 in IoJ&K, 95, 464 Kashmiris have been killed, 22910 women widowed, 11174 women were raped and 107, 780 children orphaned “ he briefed.

Raia Farooq Haider said that India has enforced draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), Public Safety Act (PSA) etc, to provide blanket impunity to her forces on killings, rapes, molestations etc. “ Indian forces are using pellets to disperse peaceful protestors. Since July 2016 due to pellets, 10298 have been injured, 147 young people had lost total eye-sight including 17 months old Hibba” he added. “ In Occupied Kashmir more than ten thousand cases of enforced disappearances were reported in last thirty years, about six thousand unmarked mass graves identified in Six districts and about 150O half Windows registered with association”, he said. AJK premier said that from last three months IoJ&K is under complete siege. There is complete communication blocked, media gag, shortage of food and medicines. Indian government had unlawfully, immorally and undemocratically abrogated Article 370 and 35 – A to change the demography of the state. He asked the International Community that they should question their governments on silence about crimes against humanity in IOJ&K. Whether human rights and humanitarian laws are not applicable in Kashmir? The Premier invited the International Community to visit Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

“We have nothing to hide from international community; we are enjoying all civil liberties and Human Rights in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani government had empowered the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir through 13th amendment in constitution of AJK, whereas Indian Govt. snatched even identity of Kashmir through constitutional amendment” he added.

Raja Farooq Haider Khan said that people of Jammu and Kashmir are demanding right to self determination, which was promised not only by India and Pakistan but also by international community through various UN resolutions. He said that simmering Kashmir conflict is threat to regional peace and stability.