UN chief’s attention drawn towards HR abuses in IOK

Srinagar, February 09, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, the Chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human Rights through a memorandum has drawn the attention of UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon towards deteriorating human rights situation in the territory.

The memorandum addressed to the UN chief made a mention of bloodshed, extra-judicial killings, custodial disappearances and gang rape committed by Indian troops in the territory during the past sixty eight years. Indian police arrested Muhammad Ahsan Untoo outside the UN office at Sonawar in Srinagar.

“The people of Jammu Kashmir from the day one have been involved in a peaceful struggle for their political rights, but instead of listening to the genuine demand for right to self-determination, guaranteed by international community and Indian leadership itself, India is using brute force to intimidate them into submission,” the memorandum reads.

“Among those who fell victim to Indian state terrorism also include Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru who were sent to the gallows by India at Tihar jail in Delhi. Both were buried in the jail premises without keeping into consideration the human relations and emotions,” it deplored.

“We request you to persuade India to hand over the mortal remains of both martyrs so that their last rites could be performed as per religious teachings,” it added. Meanwhile, police arrested several Democratic Political Movement leaders and activists including Khwaja Firdous, Yar Muhammad and Muhammad Imran when they tried to march from Lal Chowk to UN office at Sonawar in Srinagar.

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