UN report on Jammu Kashmir heartening but should be followed by concrete steps to resolve the basic issue of Jammu Kashmir. The killing of senior journalist and intellectual Syed Shujaat Bukhari is unfortunate. This was stated by the chairman of Jammu Kashmir liberation front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik in a press statement issued today.
Earlier JKLF chairman along with a senior delegation of JKLF visited Kreeri Pattan and participated in funeral prayers of senior Kashmiri journalist and intellectual Syed Shujaat Bukhari who lost his life yesterday in a horrific attack at Press Enclave in Srinagar. JKLF chairman on the occasion met with his bereaved father and expressed solidarity with him and the bereaved family. While praying for his heavenly abode, JKLF chairman also prayed for the patience of his bereaved family.
Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has hailed the United Nations report regarding Jammu Kashmir and termed it as an encouraging gesture towards the people of Jammu Kashmir. JKLF chairman said that at a time when Kashmiris felt had been abandoned by the international community, this report highlighting their miseries has actually come as a ray of hope to the people of Jammu Kashmir.
JKLF chairman said that Kashmiris are facing the wrath of “colonial India” from last seventy plus years during which every harsh measure and every evil tactic has been employed to legitimize our voices. He said that from seven decades, Kashmiris are being killed, maimed, jailed, tortured, humiliated and denied their birthright of freedom and right to self-determination. India takes Kashmir and therefore believes that no one has any right to question on the subjugated people of Jammu Kashmir. It is therefore imperative upon the UN to follow their positive report with concrete steps to help Kashmiris realize their national self-determination and address the long pending question of Jammu Kashmir which is a case of incomplete decolonization in South Asia.
He said that peace, progress, prosperity and democracy are all good mottos but it is only the resolution of Jammu Kashmir issue, ending “military rule” and granting people the right to decide about their future that can guarantee these valued mottos. JKLF chairman urged upon UN and its members to enhance their efforts for finding an honourable solution to the Jammu Kashmir issue.