Voice from New York
KASHMIRI representative Ishtiyaq Hameed has said that people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir are facing an alarming human catastrophe due to a new phase of terror unleashed by Indian occupational forces in the territory.
Ishtiyaq Hameed in his statement on Wednesday at at the meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu & Kashmir on the sidelines of the 71st Session Of UN General Assembly said India is using lethal weapons including live ammunition and pellet guns and is targeting Kashmiri youth to blind them. Almost 800 young Kashmiris mostly teen agers are at the verge of losing their eye sight.
The text: Let me express my gratitude to the OIC and member States of its Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir for their continued support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Their support has indeed been instrumental in further strengthening our resolve to struggle for our right to self-determination. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are particularly grateful to Your Excellency, the Secretary General, for effectively projecting the Kashmir cause.
The present meeting of the OIC contact group is being held at a time when the people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir are facing an alarming human catastrophe. A new phase of terror by Indian occupational forces has been unleashed in the territory that has resulted in the death of more than 100 civilians and injuries to more than 11000 since 8th July 2016. The phase followed the martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani who was killed by Indian troops in an extra judicial manner. Burhan Wani was famous for his effective and exceptional pro-liberation campaign through social media. People came to the streets in large numbers against the fake encounter and Indian troops carried out death and destruction at a large scale to suppress the uprising.
India is using lethal weapons including live ammunition and pellet guns and is targeting Kashmiri youth to blind them. Almost 800 young Kashmiris mostly teen agers are at the verge of losing their eye sight. Many have already lost their vision completely. The children are specific target of this new brutal method. The entire occupied territory is under strict curfew and restrictions for the last over 70 days. People don’t have eatables in their houses and even infants are deprived of food. Life saving drugs are not available and it is a huge human disaster in Indian occupied Kashmir. Over 200 people have been booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act. Hurriyet leaders have been arrested and are being denied the travel documents to deprive them of their right to plead the Kashmiris’ case in world forums. They desire to interact with the world Muslim leadership and attend OIC meetings but India has restricted their movements either to their homes or to jails and police stations. All channels of communication have been snapped, media offices raided and journalists attacked.
The government of Pakistan has offered treatment to those injured in demonstrations. We welcome it. Unfortunately, India has rejected the offer. Pakistan has also written to India to hold talks on Kashmir and India has categorically declined. This Indian attitude has clearly manifested that it is Indian intransigence, which is the main impediment in the way of resolving the Kashmir dispute.
On the other hand, the people of Kashmir are steadfast in their struggle and are braving Indian atrocities. They are determined to continue the movement till they achieve their inalienable right to self determination – a right which was promised to them by the international community as well as India through UNSC resolutions. Instead, seven hundred thousand Indian occupational forces have been trampling over all basic human rights of the people of Kashmir by subjecting them to a repressive military regime. The unfortunate part of the saga is that the world nations are acting as silent spectators.
The oppressive apparatus is strengthened by draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The extent of human rights violations by the Indian state against the Kashmiris are the realities that have been documented with serious concern by international human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Let us not forget that the hands of Indian rulers are stained with the blood of Kashmiri people. Since 1989, more than 94,000 Kashmiris have been killed and thousands have been imprisoned by Indian security forces. Torture, enforced disappearances, custodial killing, gang rapes, crackdowns and fake encounters are widespread. More than 6000 unmarked mass graves have been discovered. Rape continues to be used as an instrument of war. Torching of entire markets, villages, and crops is carried out indiscriminately and mercilessly. Peaceful protests are brutally suppressed.
The communalist credentials of Narendra Modi are obvious as he has already started changing the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir to change Muslims into minority. The process has been initiated by making moves to settle non-Muslims, non-State subjects in IOK and creating separate colonies for retired Indian army personnel and Kashmiri Pandits. India cannot make such moves as the status of an internationally recognized disputed territory cannot be changed. Such process is in stark violation of relevant UN resolutions and international norms and laws.
India continues to call Jammu and Kashmir as its integral part, which is also a blatant violation of the UNSC Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. While we the Kashmiri Muslims, men, women and children, continue to spill our blood to end the Indian occupation, we look at our brethren of the Muslim World with the hope to obtain their concrete support. An emergency has emerged in the territory and the people of Jammu and Kashmir are giving repeated SOS calls. Everybody and every nation having belief in the values of morality and justice has to side with the oppressed people of Kashmir. Kashmiris want a better and secure future for prosperity. Three generations have suffered immensely. Without a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute, there can be no peace in the region.
I take this opportunity to once again thank Your Excellencies and the people of the brotherly countries represented here for giving me an opportunity to present before you the true sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.