On the eve of International Disappearance Day, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday appealed the international human rights organizations and world community to play their role in finding the fate of thousands Kashmiris who were subjected to Enforced Disappearance by government forces in Kashmir since last 20 years.
Addressing the people at historic Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz expressed regret that “the World human rights organizations have remained insensitive to the grave human issue,” adding, “it was emboldening the perpetrators of the crime who are involved in oppression of Kashmiris.”
As per a local news agency, KNS, Mirwaiz alleged, “The Indian troops and intelligence agencies of the ‘so-called world’s largest democracy, empowered by the draconian laws, picked up innocent Kashmiris from homes, offices, streets andsubjected them to enforced disappearance.’ The relatives of the missing people are still roaming across the state to find the whereabouts of their dear ones.”
Stressing that international community should know that Indian forces were vested with special powers which enable them to unleash ‘oppression and killing’ of Kashmiris, Mirwaiz said, “Till those draconian powers are not revoked, there would be no ending to the Kashmiri sufferings and suppression would continue.”
He said compared to the population nowhere in the world the number of missing people is as much as in Kashmir. Mirwaiz said there were 9,500 people missing while 6,500 unmarked graves have been discovered in Kashmir. He said that people of the missing persons have every right to protest to know the people who are buried in those graves.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman said it was a cause of high concern that despite APDP staging protest to know the fate of their missing persons Kashmir every month, the international human rights organizations have done nothing other than maintaining a silence.
Demanding an impartial inquiry to know the fate of missing persons, Mirwaiz appealed the international human rights organization and International Court of Justice to play their role in granting justice to the affected people.
He said, “Some conscious people in India raised their voice against the bloodshed in 2008 and 2010, but it was highly shocking, those people sitting in the assembly for the sake of power, claiming representatives of people, have not even given a lip service to the grave issue of enforced disappearances or killing of Kashmiris by the Indian forces.”
After Kishtwar, Mirwaiz said the forcible eviction of Kashmiri traders in Leh was unacceptable. He said the Kashmiris would never allow division of state on communal or regional lines.