Geelani welcomes new UN rights chief’s statement on Kashmir

Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has welcomed the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Michel Bachelet’s remarks on the poor performance of India with reference to protection of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement issued to GNS, Geelani expressed hope that the newly appointed High Commissioner for UN Human Rights Commission shall endeavour to fulfill the obligations of this august world body with respect to the protection of civil and political rights of the people all over the world including Jammu and Kashmir.

Geelani termed Kashmir as a humanitarian issue and an issue of right to self-determination “as established by the Indian Independence Act of 1947 and guaranteed by the United Nations in a resolution passed and accepted by the UN on the request of the then Indian leadership”.

“In the wake of an illogical denial of right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, India deals with the civilian people as well as the pro-resistance political class with military might and its iron fists to suppress the political will and civil rights of the people here,” he said.

APHC (G) chairman said the very existence of this kind of “ruthless state-craft” has resulted in gross violations of human rights in every nook and corner of Jammu and Kashmir.

“People are left at the mercy of occupation military regime, policemen in uniform and their mercenaries without uniforms, roaming freely in the public with lethal weapons,” he said, adding, “The denial of basic amenities to the prisoners of conscience belonging to Jammu and Kashmir in almost all jails in and outside the state has made their lives vulnerable and as worse as slaves.”

Geelani demanded a high-level probe by the authentic bodies under the auspices of UN into the “heinous war crimes committed by the occupation forces and their mercenaries” in Jammu and Kashmir.

He also urged the UN to help resolve the long pending Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people.

Meanwhile, Geelani and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehraie in a statement issued to GNS expressed deep grief over the demise of Gh Mohammad Dar, brother of Wali Mohammad Dar, a Hurriyat office boy.

Both leaders prayed for heavenly abode of the deceased and extended condolence to the grieved family.

Also, a high-level delegation of APHC (G) comprising Bilal Ahmad Sidiqui, Syed Mohammad Shafi and Hamid Elahi, led by Secretary Public Relation Molvi Bashir Irfani visited the residence of slain Hurriyat activist Hakeem-ur-Rehman at Bomai Sopore and expressed condolence and sympathy with the bereaved widow and five daughters of the slain. (GNS)

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