Geelani hails UNHRHC initiative on Kashmir

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Srinagar

Hurriyat Conference (g) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has welcomed the United Nations Human Rights High Commission’s fresh initiative for asking India to submit its report with reference to alleged mass killings and gross human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement, Geelani said that the UN bears moral and political obligations to address Kashmir issue at the earliest and till its final resolution ensure right to live with liberty and dignity to the people of Kashmir.

Expressing his grave concern over the “use of military might to strangulate” the political will and voice of the people of Kashmir, Hurriyat (g) chairman demanded a high level probe of the “extra-judicial killings, random arrests, ruthless killings, maiming and blinding by pellets and bullets and the worst plight of prisoners’ rights in the nook and corner of the state at the hands of the Indian forces”.

Urging an early visit by the UNHRC, Amnesty International, ICRC and other human rights groups to take on spot stock of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir, Geelani expressed hope that “the UN as a responsible institution shall come to the rescue of the oppressed people of the state and prevail upon India to abstain from perpetrating worst human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.”

Geelani termed Jammu and Kashmir as “a hell like a prison on the globe where the inhabitants of the soil always live under the shade of a war-like situation”.

He castigated the “barbaric and inhuman” treatment meted out to Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails. These prisoners according to the statement include Muhammad Yasin Malik, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. Hamid Fayaz, Dr. Shafi Sharyati, Dr. Mohammad Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Anrabi, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo, Abdul Ahad Para, Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri, Abdullah Nasir, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Tariq Ahmad, Muzfar Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Hussain, Pir Mohammad Ashraf, Mushtaq Ahmad Hura, Yasin Ahmad Hura, Samiullah, Asadullah Parray, Hakeem Showkat, Mehraj-ud-Nanda, Basharat Bazaz, Tariq Ahmad Pandith, Mohammad Hussain, Hilal Ahmad Beigh, Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Advocate Zahid Ali, Istiyaq Ahmad Wani, Dr. Mohammad Saleem, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Abdul Hai, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Asif Sultan and Abdul Rashid Shigan, Tika Khan, Mohammad Shafi Wani, Gh. Mustafa, and Mohammad Ayoub Mir.

“Our prisoners are deprived of the basic amenities, proper medical treatment, food and other facilities,” Geelani alleged.

Reiterating his political stand, the veteran Hurriyat leader said that the people of Kashmir have never accepted “aggression” and demand self-determination which is their birthright.

Stressing on the immediate resolution of Kashmir dispute according to the wishes and aspirations of the people, Geelani said: “Our resistance movement bears moral and political support of the vast majority of the international community, so sooner or later India shall have to accept our legitimate demand for the right to self-determination.”

Meanwhile, Syed Ali Geelani has felicitated Moien-ul-Haq for his fresh appointment as Pak Ambassador in India.

In a welcome message, Hurriyat (g) chairman expressed hope that Moien-ul-Haq shall leave no stone unturned to render diplomatic services in his new destination.

He prayed for his success in relation to his new appointment.

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