‘India should be grilled at ICJ over worst human rights abuses in IIOJK’

Settlement of Kashmir issue must for permanent peace in South Asia, say speakers at National Peace Colloquium


Our Correspondent September 21, 2021
National Peace Colloquium is in progress. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD:

Settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute as per wishes of the Kashmiri people under the United Nations Organisation (UNO) resolutions is vital for the durable and permanent peace of South Asia.

These views were expressed by speakers at the National Peace Colloquium jointly organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) in connection with the World Peace Day at National Press Club (NPC) in Islamabad.

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Convener Faiz Naqshbandi said that India is violating all international laws while changing the demography of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

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Kashmiris neither have right to live freely nor they are being given choice to die as per their wish. The death of Syed Ali Shah Geelani and his forcible burial shows that the Indian government does not allow Kashmiris to die peacefully and after this all what kind of sacrifices the world wants from the people of IIOJK," he added.

JKSM Chairman Altaf Ahmad Bhat's statement was circulated in the conference in which he said that peace nowadays is the most abused and dangerous word.

“The western hegemony and realistic approach of world powers lead it to extents that in the name of peace countries were destroyed, millions were killed, and a million others were forced to migrate. Children including elderly people were made to suffer. The same doctrine is related to IIOJK peace. In the name of peace and development people were and are made more and more conjugated in oppression by the world's largest extremist democracy.”

Bhat also said the common people in IIOJK suffer in every respect when it comes to peacebuilding, like the Indian definition of peacebuilding, which is killing innocent people to maintain negative peace to hoodwink the world that “the Kashmiri people are with us as we maintain stability in the region”.

From personal liberty and rights to common rights of the masses everything is closely censored by the occupation authorities to stop the budding voices against aggression and oppression in IIOJK, he added.

“For the Kashmiri people, peace means fulfilling the commitment by giving them a right to choose their future.”

India is trying to use political censorship to suppress the Kashmiri people for so-called forced and maintained peace, JKSM chief said, adding, “But history will repeat itself in the future and expose all their ill and odd orders against IIOJK people.”

He said that negative peace is visible by establishing the power cells of forces to monitor the common people of Kashmir by using the force of gun and bullet and the same is sold as see the change in Kashmir.

Bhat further said renaming the roads and educational institutes after their loyalists will never legitimise their say on IIOJK and will never be a way for sustainable positive peace in South Asia and it is only the final Kashmir settlement as per the Kashmiri people's wishes that will bring tranquillity to South Asia.

Former Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) minister Farzana Yaqoob said that Pakistan should adopt a proactive diplomatic approach to reach the main powers of the world and remind them of their role in the solution of the Kashmir issue.

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She said that Kashmiris gave matchless sacrifices that must be honoured by the world and solve this vexed issue of South Asia to bring peace to the region.

Another APHC leader Sheikh Abdul Mateen said that the people of IIOJK will never bow before India till the final settlement which is only freedom from Indian slavery.

Advocate Pervez Ahamd Shah, another APHC leader, said that the world must pay attention to the rising human rights abuses in IIOJK committed by the Indian government to suppress the political voices of Kashmir.

HRCP Vice-President Bashir Khan Saddozai said that India's human rights record is worst in IIOJK which is enough to grill India at the International Court of Justice for committing crimes against humanity.

He said global powers should come forward and speak against the Indian atrocities committed by its 900,000 troops in IIOJK since 1989.

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