In occupied Kashmir, the Joint resistance leadership has petitioned member states of the United Nations, international organizations, human rights defenders and human rights bodies and persons believing in justice and equality all over the globe to take notice of alarming situation in the territory.
According to media sources, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, wrote in the petition, “We the people of Kashmir through this petition bring to your notice the grave situation of atrocities and abuse of human rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir at the hands of Indian armed forces.” The petition has been named “The Attention of Justice-Loving People Towards Human Rights Violations In Kashmir.” Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has posted the link of the petition, uploaded on Change.org, on his Twitter account. “The people of Kashmir for the past seven decades have been struggling for the exercise of their right to self-determination accrued to them under the United Nations Charter and the resolutions passed by the UN Security Council on Kashmir dispute and they have given huge sacrifices in terms of life, property and what not for the achievement of this right.” They said, Kashmir is being ruled by military power, to deny the Kashmiris their legitimate right. “…the aspirations of the people are being trampled under the jack-boots and their rights usurped by the state’s coercive machinery by using all possible means of suppression and coercion,” the petition said. “Over the last seventy years more than one lakh Kashmiris have been killed by the Indian forces, more than twenty thousand enforced disappearances have taken place, hundreds of fake encounters in which civilians have been murdered are recorded. Rape as a war weapon has been used and the dignity of the women of an entire village of Kunanposhpora compromised upon by the armed forces,” said the petition. “Search and cordon operations are the order of the day here. Damaging and destroying property of civilians a deliberate plan of revenge upon them,” it said. “The non-resolution of the dispute has become the main reason of enormous suffering of the people of Kashmir and the flagrant violation of the basic human rights by the Indian forces. This has also become the main impediment in realizing the full-potential of socio-economic progress of the entire South Asian region. The non-resolution of this dispute has also raised tensions between Pakistan and India, and has now become a nuclear flashpoint in South Asia,” the petition added.