#Day44: Fulfill Your Duty, Mere Statements on HR Violations Not Enough, Aasiyeh to Ban Ki Moon



Aasiyeh Andrabi
Aasiyeh Andrabi

Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Syedah Aasiyeh Andrabi, on Sunday urged the UN general secretary, Ban Ki Moon, to impress upon India to hold a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir rather than expressing concern on HR violations only.

She also criticized Moon for stating that this long-pending issue must be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan.

“From the past few days, Ban Ki moon has issued few statements on Kashmir but it is ironic that rather than using his chair and office to impress upon India to give the right to self-determination to the people of JK, he is only talking about the HR violations and states that India and Pakistan must resolve it bilaterally,” she said.

She said that Moon must understand his office’s responsibility vis-à-vis Kashmir issue and should fulfill the promises the world body has made to the people of Kashmir. “He must understand that he is not a PM of any country or a head of any political party. He is heading an organization which has passed 18 resolutions on the issue of Kashmir and this is the organization which has declared JK as a disputed territory,” she said.

She said it is the duty of UN to resolve this issue because it is this body which has passed resolutions on Kashmir that have been signed by all its member countries. “By stressing only on HR violations and stating that India and Pakistan should resolve this between themselves is an absolute dereliction of the duty the UN has vis-à-vis the resolution Kashmir issue,” she said.

“The statements made by the UN gen secretary are similar to world politicians or that of many human rights organization. This organization must assert that India has illegally occupied Kashmir and is a disputed territory and neither India nor Pakistan has any legal right on JK, so the people of Kashmir should be given the right to self-determination- that is the a free and fair plebiscite-so that the people of Azad Kashmir and JK can decide their future,” she added.

She said that rather than making mere statements the UN must force India to implement the resolutions it has passed on Kashmir from time to time.

She said that India has crossed all limits of oppression in Kashmir. “Kashmir has become the country of blind where thousands have been blinded by pellets and now the occupational forces are barging into homes of Kashmiris and killing and maiming them. So Ban Ki Moon must do his duty as UN chief and must save Kashmiris from this oppression for once and all,” she added.

Andrabi, however, welcomed the statement of Iyad Amin Madani, secretary-general of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Madani on Saturday had said that Kashmir is not the internal matter of India and had urged the international community to act in resolving the dispute.

“The statement by OIC is a welcome step. I appeal the OIC that they should also impress upon the UN to fulfill its duties regarding resolution of Kashmir issue,” she added.

Andrabi while criticizing Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, for his statement that “Kashmiris should keep books in hand and not stones,” said that Kashmiris don’t need lectures on education by killers. “We are not illiterate people. We know what we have to do. Kashmiris are knowledgeable and we love education. We don’t need lectures on education from those who send their forces inside our home to kill our lecturers, scholars, teenagers and todlers. We pelt stones on your (Indian) occupational in the day and read books during the night, so don’t try to teach us,” she added.

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