Senior leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has urged the United Nations and other international human rights organizations to take cognizance of the plight of illegally detained Kashmiri political leaders languishing in different jails of India and occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad lamented that the detainees are being deprived of hygienic food and access to their lawyers to discuss their cases. He said during summer and winter they fell ill due to lack of healthcare and medical facilities. He said many Kashmiri political detainees are suffering from chronic diseases but the authorities out of their prejudices inflict misery and torture of worst kind on them.
The APHC-AJK leader reminded the UN Secretary General that the oldest unresolved question of the right to self-determination has been degraded and forgotten to the extent that the Narendra Modi-led Indian government has been treating the people of Kashmir, especially the majority Muslim population, as India’s slaves.
He said the Kashmiri Muslims have no meaning in the eyes of the Indian rulers and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Convention and even the UN Human Rights Commission’s reports on Jammu and Kashmir in 2018 and 2019 were meaningless for India. The Indian regime has been doing what is best in furthering its nefarious design to change the demography of the territory, he added.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani urged the UN to send a team to take stock of the sufferings of the oppressed people of IIOJK and the plight of the Kashmiri detainees. He said the life of many incarcerated Hurriyat leaders implicated in false cases is in danger and the UN should force India to release all such leaders from illegal detention.—KMS