Rains and floods: Kashmiris seek international help

Published: September 14, 2014
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Kashmiri houseboats and houses submerged by floodwater are seen from an Indian Air Force helicopter during rescue and relief operations in Dal Lake in Srinagar on September 10, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Kashmiri houseboats and houses submerged by floodwater are seen from an Indian Air Force helicopter during rescue and relief operations in Dal Lake in Srinagar on September 10, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

MUZAFFARABAD: 

Azad Jammu and Kashmir International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) on Saturday appealed to the world community to help in providing relief to waterlogged Srinagar city in Indian-held Kashmir where hundreds of thousands people are affected by the torrential rains and floods.

“We appeal to the International community particularly the United Nations and European Union (EU) to send their aid bodies for the help of thousands people trapped in flood water in the various localities of  Srinagar,” said Raja Sajjad, adviser to the AJK president.

He was addressing a demonstration attended by the representatives of different political parties of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and human rights organisations.

The demonstrators were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans like ‘save the flood victims of Srinagar’ and ‘send international NGOs to flood affected areas of held Kashmir Valley’.

He said up to two stories of residential houses are in water in occupied Kashmir and people are without food and clean drinking water for the last eight days.

Whereas Media Adviser to Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Shaukat Javid Mir announced that the government of AJK will cut its development budget for the relief and rescue of the waterlogged Kashmiris in Srinagar.

“Although the flood has hit various districts of Azad Kashmir, we are also committed to our brethren across the Line of Control in Kashmir Valley and some other affected parts of Jammu region,” he added.

Head of IFJHR Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter Nisar Ahmad Khan said the Indian media is showing the alarming stance of Indian military, who are evacuating non-locals, tourists and Hindus while Muslim flood-victims were bypassed by the Indian Army, Navy and Indian Air Force teams.

Addressing the government of Pakistan, Nisar said they need to put pressure on India to allow the foreign aid workers to start their operation in Srinagar. “As per reports, the damage is more than the dreadful earthquake of 2005,” he added.

Addressing the Muzaffarabad journalists on telephone from Srinagar, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said more than one million people of Kashmir have been directly affected by the flood in southern Kashmir and parts of Jammu.

He said they had contacted the Red Cross in New Delhi to start a rescue and relief operation in Srinagar and other damaged areas, but quoted Red Cross that New Delhi was not giving them permission to establish flood relief camps in the valley.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 14th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • riya
    Sep 14, 2014 - 11:28AM

    muslims were left and others were rescued……..LOL…… illiterate extremist of a failed state…. needless to stay :)Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 14, 2014 - 12:58PM

    The inmates are running the asylum.

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  • K Azad
    Sep 14, 2014 - 1:29PM

    Kindly attend to the failed jugular under water in Multan. Flooding villages to save cities is concerted strategy to develop former residents in camps as nurseries for suicide bombers. Don’t worry about Hindu & Buddhist J&K; as also the Muslim (-post typical ethnic pogroms) Srinagar (means City of Bhagwati Bhawani), since there is a democratically elected local government working closely with the brave Indian Military in service of the people. Propaganda and rumour-mongering over relief efforts through paid enemy lackeys no longer holds water for the average Kashmiri. India will take care of its own, as it always has, despite worst efforts of the anarchist enemy. Do something to help your own bretheren in Islamabad, under duress of ‘internationally-backed’ leaders. God alone may help such a ‘Nation’, where the Constitution is waylaid in every passing breeze. Finally, also stop Muslims killing Muslims inside and outside your borders, all over the world. Help Save True Islam — whatever that may be in the final reckoning!

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  • BlackJack
    Sep 14, 2014 - 2:49PM

    GoI/ GoJ&K should tell them where they can transfer the money. Just to demonstrate that they are willing to put their money where their mouth is.

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  • BlackJack
    Sep 14, 2014 - 2:54PM

    Pls ask Mr. Geelani to view the following link which shows that the Red Cross is already present in Srinagar as of 7th September (which begs the question, where is Mr. Geelani?)

    @ ET – pls allow link to Indian Red Cross website.

    http://www.indianredcross.org/press-rel7-sep2014.htm

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  • oBSERVER
    Sep 14, 2014 - 3:43PM

    Petty.Sabir Nazar lost his sense of humour if he had one.

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  • Amit Lunia
    Sep 14, 2014 - 5:25PM

    I request the GoP to resuce Mr Jilani and keep him there,

    And i sincerely hope some body else in this world is also taking him serioulsy

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  • unbelievable
    Sep 14, 2014 - 6:29PM

    Why not ask aid from China? On second thought they only gave Pakistan $50,000 for their refugees so it’s obvious that China isn’t much on charitable giving.

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  • chutadpaki
    Sep 14, 2014 - 9:26PM

    Head of IFJHR Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter Nisar Ahmad Khan said the Indian media is showing the alarming stance of

    Indian military, who are evacuating non-locals, tourists and Hindus while Muslim flood-victims were bypassed by the Indian Army, Navy and Indian Air Force teams.

    Lol..I did’nt knew Indian army was that advance like pakistanis that they will identify who is muslim and who is christian,hindu in these circumstances…Allah bachaayee bhai pakistaniyon ko…All the best…Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 14, 2014 - 10:38PM

    What it does is:
    (1) Discourages international community from giving any assistance to Pakistan as Pakistan cares only for the population on the Indian side not for its own.
    (2) Proves that claims made by Pakistan blaming India for releasing floods to Pakistan are false as Pakistan itself says that the flood damages in India are more. No one is going to believe if Pakistan makes any such claims in the future also.

    Importantly, when the floods are over and assistance has been rendered to flood victims by India on its side, the flood victims on Pakistan’s side, not just in Kashmir but also in Baluchistan, Punjab and Sindh will compare it with India and there will be more protests, unrests and seditious actions in every province of Pakistan.

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  • Syed Jalal Kashmiri
    Sep 15, 2014 - 2:29AM

    Head of IFJHR Azad Jammu and Kashmir
    chapter Nisar Ahmad Khan said the
    Indian media is showing the alarming
    stance of Indian military, who are
    evacuating non-locals, tourists and
    Hindus while Muslim flood-victims were
    bypassed by the Indian Army, Navy and
    Indian Air Force teams.

    This statement is 100% true. We Kashmiris know the reality. It is unfortunate that Indian Hindu extremist government is playing politics while Muslim Kashmiri women and children are dying. Shame on them.

    Anger in Kashmir against Indian complicity in their suffering has reached fever pitch. India will face another armed revolution in Kashmir after this tragedy, as we will take back our destiny once more from occupiers. You can’t blame Pakistan, only yourselves.

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  • Gp65
    Sep 15, 2014 - 5:32AM

    SO the Kashmiri leadership in Muzzafarabad is satisfied with the quality of rescue and rehabilitation in Muzaffarabad?

    Geelani should be ashamed about lies that Red Cross has not been permitted in Srinagar by the Indian government, http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/international/relief-effort-gathers-pace-as-monsoon-floods-ravage-south-asia-67006/

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  • vasan
    Sep 15, 2014 - 6:57AM

    Typical pakistani rant to communalize every situation good or bad. What is the level these guys are stooping into. Do u think Indian army is pulling out everyone from bus, inspect and shoot only people of particular sect. That is Pak’s speciality.

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  • Mathews
    Sep 15, 2014 - 4:13PM

    @riya:
    The correspondent deserves a Pulitzer prize for this “unbiased” article!!!!

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  • Sammad
    Sep 15, 2014 - 5:54PM

    I think India should open LoC from Chakothi and other areas of Jammu and Kashmir on humanitarian grounds to provide relief to the flood victims of Srinagar without doing politics.

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  • doniya
    Sep 19, 2014 - 3:17AM

    what can you except from bharatis. a race i refuse to talk about!

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