AIP organizes day-long seminar on eve of Int’l HR day | KNO

Allow world organizations to visit Kashmir or say Kashmiris have no rights: Er Rasheed
AIP organizes day-long seminar on eve of Int’l HR day | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

AIP organizes day-long seminar on eve of Int’l HR day Allow world organizations to visit Kashmir or say Kashmiris have no rights: Er Rasheed Srinagar, December 10 (KNO) : On eve of International Human Rights Day, AIP on Monday organized a day-long seminar in Srinagar which concluded with the appeal to the Government of India to allow International Human Rights organizations to visit violence hit Jammu and Kashmir, so that truth comes out. Speaking on the occasion, prominent Civil Society activist Shakeel Kalandar said that India treats Kashmir like its colony and must give up the colonial mindset. According to a statement issued to KNO, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam urged people to reject all those voices who speak in different tunes at different places. Manzoor Ahmad Kirmani asked for introspection among the leadership and the masses and said that “we must own our mistakes and correct them.” Renowned columnist, Aijaz-ul-Haq said on the occasion that while animals and even trees do have the rights, unfortunately the rights of Kashmiris are kept hostage. TV debater Gowhar Geelani urged New Delhi to take notice of hue and cry being made by international human rights organizations. On the occasion dozens of Human Rights activists and civil society volunteers from Jammu region participated in the seminar. Speaking on the occasion, renowned political activist from Chinab valley Najam-u-Saqib briefed the participants about the rising ‘hooliganism of extremists’ in Jammu region.Arif Wahid, well known journalist and social activist from Banial urged Kashmiri leadership not to ignore people of Jammu province. He along with dozens of other colleagues joined AIP on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Er Rasheed urged New Delhi to allow international human rights organizations to visit J&K. “Either New Delhi must declare that Kashmiris have no rights or must let the truth come out. The fact is that the Kashmiris are facing worst aggression at the hands of security forces since last 29 years and New Delhi has lost the moral battle,” he said. Accusing forces of getting indulged in ‘worst human rights violations’, Er Rasheed said “May the government answer how many militants have been trapped alive during encounters. The fact is that forces don’t even make a nominal attempt to save the precious lives and for them being a Kashmiri or holding a gun in hands is enough to get someone killed,” he said. He said that there is no accountability and transparency and if New Delhi claims that its forces are showing restrain it must have no objection in opening J&K to the external world. “In fact New Delhi has been misleading not only entire world community but its own people about the atrocities being committed on unarmed Kashmiris irrespective of age, caste and gender,” he said. Er Rasheed added that New Delhi’s propaganda of fighting Islamic radicals is nothing but an attempt to divert the attention from the real issue. “There is a vested interest attached with the violence and unless all stake holders don’t see the violence through humanitarian prism nothing may change,” he said. Er Rasheed alleged that those criticizing Hurriyat for frequent strike calls are not sincere and said that “while people have a right to seek answers from Hurriyat but they have to be sincere and realistic and must not criticize resistance leadership only for the sake of criticism.”He added that who is stopping critics of resistance leadership from giving an alternate political plate form if they have vision.(KNO)