Int’l intervention is a must to stop Kashmiris bloodshed: Wani


Geneva—Seeking world community’s urgent attention towards simmering situation in the UN recognized disputedterritory of Jammu and Kashmir veteran Kashmiri rights activist Altaf Hussain Wani has said that given the worsening Human Rights situation in troubled region international intervention was inevitable.
Speaking on behalf of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organization (IIFS0) Wani during a debate held under Agenda item 4 of 33rd session of the UNHCR here on Monday said that nearly 90 Kashmiris have lost their lives and about 13,000 civilians have been injured, many with eye injuries caused by pellet guns have lost their vision. “Participants in funerals are killed, blinded, tortured, and maimed. Medical help is denied to them and they are besieged from all sides”, he maintained.
Terming Kashmir as a fortified prison he said that India had turned it into a military garrison where one Indian soldier terrorizes every 11 Kashmiri civilians. He pointed out that mentally-challenged people are being traumatized by Indian army under the cynically-named Operation Calm Down.
Referring to recent incidents of state terrorism he said, “On the evening of Sept.17, 2016, the Indian army attacked a mentally-challenged Kashmiri man with pellet guns resulting in brain injuries and damage to both eyes”.
He said that another youth Riyaz Ahmed Shah, 23, was riding his bike home when Indian troops stopped him at a checkpoint and pumped dozens of pellet gun bullets into his stomach from close range, damaging his vital organs.Wani stated that four-year-old Zuhra Majeed was hit by pellet gun bullets in her legs.—Email