By News Desk
UNITED NATIONS, Geneva—The rising star of Kashmir cricket, Naeem Bhat, killed by Indian army two months ago, was remembered at the United Nations in a special event dedicated to him during UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 32nd session.
The World Muslim Congress and the International Kashmir Lobby Group YFK jointly organized the event at the Palais des Nations. This was the first time that an entire side event was dedicated to one man from Kashmir.
Titled, “The Story of A Promising Sportsman Killed By Indian Army In Kashmir”, the event started with a 20-minute presentation by Kashmir lobbyist Ahmed Quraishi. The presentation included a 3-minute heart-rendering short video report on the last day in the life of Naeem Bhat, who was killed while shopping for grocery on April 12, 2016.
International human rights activists and defenders listened intently in the hall as the film, titled Indian Bullet For a Kashmiri Cricketer, written by Quraishi and produced by Waqar Malik, garnered sympathy for Bhat, who was 19 when killed by India.
“The reason we are dedicating this event to Naeem Bhat is because his case has implications for education in conflict zones and disputed territories worldwide,” said Quraishi. “India is the only occupation force in the world today that targets students in a disputed territory.”
Daniela Donges, president of Scales for Justice, a Geneva-based NGO, presented three cases from Palestinian territories where young Palestinian men and women were killed by Israeli army. Like Quraishi’s presentation on Naeem Bhat, Donges showed three short films that evoked similarities to how Indian army killed Naeem Bhat in Kashmir.
The landmark event was chaired by Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, from Srinagar, and Ishtiyaq Hameed, from Anantnag, both Kashmiri freedom leaders exiled from Indian-occupied Kashmir.
The eight-member Kashmir Delegation for UNHRC’s 32nd session consists of Altaf Hussain Wani-Delegation leader and senior Kashmir freedom leader, senior APHC leader-Syed Faiz Naqshbandi and Ishtiyaq Hameed, senior Kashmir freedom leader Mir Tahir Masood, senior woman Kashmiri leader Mrs. Shamim Shawl, 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.