World awakening to plight of Kashmiris


AT long last, the situation in Occupied Kashmir has become focus of attention of the international community despite India’s obstinate and non-cooperative attitude. After the UN Secretary-General, who expressed serious concern over killing of innocent people in Occupied Kashmir, the UN Human Rights chief has asserted that an independent, impartial and international mission is now needed crucially and that it should be given free and complete access to establish an objective assessment of the grave situation.
Statement of Zeid Raad al-Hussein, head of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council is belated but crucial as India is continuing with its repression against Kashmiris and a blanket curfew and ban on coverage of the situation has been imposed to hide New Delhi’s black deeds. Mr. Zeid Raad regretted that India has not so far responded to a request by him for a visit by a UN mission to verify the ground situation. This in itself is admission on the part of India that it has something to hide from the world community. But we would urge the Human Rights Council and the UN Secretary-General not to confine themselves to mere issuance of statements of concern but take practical measures, as custodians of human rights, to help stop Indian brutalities against Kashmiris. We would also urge Pakistani authorities to firm up a comprehensive strategy to highlight the plight of the Kashmiri people and the need to resolve the longstanding dispute during forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly. If Pakistan persists with its offensive to expose the real face of India, it will be difficult for Modi Government to continue with state terrorism in Occupied Kashmir.