Kashmir Heard Again At The UN; A Strong Case Against India’s Modi
By News Desk
GENEVA/ISLAMABAD—World diplomats and human rights defenders were in for a surprise when two Kashmiris, one from Azad [free] Kashmir and the other from Indian-occupied Kashmir, addressed the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, and both were unanimous on one thing: that India is losing its international goodwill under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, a senior leader of APHC in exile in Pakistan, but originally from Srinagar in Indian-occupied Kashmir, told the Council that the Human rights situation in this UN-recognized disputed territory can be termed as human rights crisis. “Laws have been framed by Indian Government that facilitates arbitrary arrest and detention, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings with complete impunity,” Naqshbandi told the world diplomats.
On the same day, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, from Azad [Free] Kashmir, delivered a blistering speech at the Council.
He accused the Indian government of having an “intransigent and unrealistic approach” towards the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir has given rise to fresh wave of state terrorism.
He made a dire warning to Indian leadership. “The political space for the political opponents,” said Yousaf, “has been choked and there is no room for peaceful protests.”
Many rights activists and diplomats at UN Geneva interpreted Yousaf’s statement as a warning that India’s failure to respect Kashmiri men and women might result in the reemergence of an armed resistance to Indian military occupation. So far, Kashmiri resistance has been peaceful and civil.
The Kashmir Delegation consists of Altaf Hussain Wani-Delegation leader and senior Kashmir freedom leader, senior APHC leader-Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan-Executive Director Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR), Ahmed Quraishi-Executive Director Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK); an international Kashmir Lobbying Group, Prof. Shagufta Ashraf-human rights defender working with women & children and Zartasha Niazi-human rights defender.