By Our Special Correspondent
GENEVA, Switzerland: Senior APHC leader Syed Faiz Naqshbandi met former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and briefed him on the Indian military occupation of Kashmir.
The meeting was held at Palais des Nations, the UN office in Geneva, on the sidelines of the 25th session of UN Human Rights Council.
Naqshbandi apprised Kouchner about India’s refusal to implement UN resolutions on Kashmir. The Indian obstinacy has resulted in prolonging the suffering of Kashmiris, the Kashmiri leader told Kouchner.
In order to continue the occupation of Kashmir, the French politician was told India had deployed eight hundred thousand military and paramilitary soldiers. The vast occupation army is guilty of the murder of more than 93,000 men, women and children. About 10,000 Kashmiris have disappeared. Freedom of expression and free movement has been curtailed by the Indian forces there, and Internet and cellphones are either switched off or heavily monitored.
The APHC leader told Kouchner about the ‘censorship of sentiments’ in Kashmir, where India will not allow young Kashmiris to freely root for any sporting team if it is not Indian.
Kouchner listened with concern about the plight of nearly seventy Kashmiri students expelled from an Indian university and charged with treason for rooting for Pakistan in a cricket match.
Naqshbandi reminded Kouchner that France was sitting on the UNSC when the Council passed its landmark resolutions on Kashmir. The APHC leader sought Kouchner’s support for an effective role of the French Government for the resolution of Kashmir dispute according to the aspirations of the Kashmir people and an immediate end to Indian atrocities.
The Kashmiri delegation comprised of Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Altaf Wani, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Ishtiyaq Hameed, Ms. Shameem Shawl.
Dateline Geneva March 14, 2014