UN chief urged to ensure safety of Kashmiri political detainees

Islamabad, January 14 (KMS): All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter leader, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, has appealed to the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, to use his diplomatic clout upon India to ensure the safety of the Kashmiri political detainees languishing in different jails of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and India.

Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in a statement issued in Islamabad while citing the Modi regime’s authoritarian mindset to crush the Kashmiris’ legitimate struggle, said the detention of APHC Vice Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, and other leaders was part of India’s nefarious designs to render the ongoing freedom-movement leaderless.

Highlighting the plight of the Kashmiri prisoners, he said that it was high time that the UN muse take practical measures to ensure safety and early release of Shabbir Shah, who had been suffering from serious multiple ailments.

He urged the UN to take measures so that the Kashmir dispute could be resolved peacefully. He termed Kashmir conflict as one of the oldest unresolved disputes and said, Kashmir was born two years after formation of the UN.

The UN, he said, has the responsibility to use diplomatic and other peaceful means, in accordance with Chapters VI and VIII of its Charter, to help protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

“The Kashmiri people have been facing the Indian tyranny for decades together. Hundreds of thousands of innocent Kashmiris have been killed since 1947 and Indian forces have subjected over ten thousand persons to custodial disappearance in the last three decades. Kashmiri people face all this only because they want implementation of the UN resolutions so that they can express their political will in a free and fair atmosphere”, he said. India had filled jails in and outside the territory with Kashmiri political prisoners, who were made to suffer because of their political beliefs, he added.

Referring to the illegally detained APHC Vice Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah’s contribution towards the freedom struggle, he said that he had been languishing in Tihar jail, New Delhi, only because he had been championing the Kashmiris’ legitimate cause and seeking resolution of the lingering dispute through the implementation of the UN resolutions.