UN report on Kashmir a welcome step: JKLF

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Srinagar, July 9 (GNS): “Vibrant democracies do not choke space on political activities, cage political leaders on fictitious charges and use draconian laws and methods to suppress opposing voices. The UN report on human rights abuses in Jammu Kashmir is a welcome step that should follow with a prompt follow-up action on ground,” said the acting chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Abdul Hamid Butt on Tuesday while hailing the recent UN report on Kashmir.

Terming the report as a heartening step, JKLF acting chairman in a statement issued to GNS said: “Political space remains completely shut as no activity small or big political activity is being allowed by so-called Indian vibrant democracy. Kashmir has virtually being turned into a war zone by Delhi and instead of democracy worst form of dictatorship is being practiced here by the authorities.”

“How can a so-called vibrant democracy ban political and religious organizations like JKLF and JeI on concocted charges? How can a democracy cage its political adversaries and ban every kind of political activities? How can a vibrant democracy use black laws like PSA, AFSPA to terrorize a nation and how can it call a genuine struggle for right to self-determination legitimized by international laws and by United Nations as terrorism and illegal?” he asked.

If Indian leadership has any belief in democracy and freedom of speech and politics, they should lift ban on political parties like JKLF and JEI, release political leaders and activists from incarceration, provide genuine space on politics and respect the human rights of the people of Jammu Kashmir, JKLF acting chairman said.

He said Jammu Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute and a human issue that cannot be ignored or bypassed by continued denial and an “Ostrich like approach”. 

Hailing the UN report, JKLF acting chairman hoped that UN will formulate an enquiry commission as recommended by the report and probe the “gross human rights violations” in Jammu Kashmir.

Meanwhile, JKLF has expressed heartfelt grief over the demise of father of Javed Ahmad Khan from Srinagar who is serving life sentence, and also the demise of mother of Atif Hassan of Anantnag.

A high level JKLF delegation visited the residence of Atif Hassan and expressed condolence with him and other members of the bereaved family.

Another delegation visited the residence of incarcerated Javed Ahmad Khan who is languishing in Tihar Jail from last about 24 years and expressed condolence with the bereaved family.

JKLF prayed to Almighty Allah to grant heavenly abode to the deceased and Sabr-i-Jameel to the bereaved families. (GNS)


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