Published On: Wed, Apr 6th, 2016

Kashmiris cannot be forced to live unhappily under Indian rule: Dr Gilani

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Islamabad April 06, 2016: Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) Secretary General Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani has said that non-implementation of UN Resolutions on Kashmir has resulted into a situation that the Kashmiri Muslims continue to live unhappily with India and the government it has imposed on them without even reconciling with them, says a press release.

Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani, currently visiting Pakistan was addressing a seminar organised by Institute of Kashmir Studies, Azad Jammu and Kashmir University on ‘Resolution of Kashmir Dispute and Unexpected Changing Conditions/Dynamics of Subcontinent’ said the people of Kashmir can’t afford to live against their will and the international community has a duty to step in to ensure that Indian government is forced to honour the UN mechanism on Kashmir.

He said that although it is commendable that government of Pakistan has demanded the demilitarization of Kashmir at the UN General Assembly, yet it is the prime duty of the government based in Srinagar to revisit the terms of admission agreed for the admission of the Indian Army into the state and either demand an outright termination of the arrangement or seek a verifiable demilitarisation to rid the state of an undesired presence of the Indian Army.

JKCHR secretary general advised the Kashmir Studies Institute and the students studying at the university to examine the cases of Radovan Karadzic and Jean-Pierre Bemba convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for their involvement in the violation of human rights and draw parallels in finding the criminal and civil liability for crimes committed by the Indian security forces in Kashmir.

Addressing the seminar, Dr. Nazir Gilani stated that the students of the Kashmir Study Institute should research as to whether Bakhshi Ghulam Mohammad, the chief minister of Indian occupied Kashmir, elected from only a part of the territory of the state was in order and had the mandate to waive off the visa restrictions (permit system) required by all Indian citizens to enter the state on March 31, 1959. He said that the chief minister had seriously violated the cautions addressed to his Government and Government of India in the UN Security Council Resolution of March 30, 1951. Although the bilateral agreement with India was signed on 26/27 October 1947, Indian citizens remained subject to an entry permit system up to March 31, 1959.

In reply to a question, Dr. Nazir Gilani said that Azad Kashmir government has been set up to provide a ‘better government and administration’ until such time that Kashmir dispute is settled in accordance with UNCIP Resolutions, would be in violation of Act 1974 if it does no advance the UN mechanism on Kashmir and fails to work for the right of self-determination. He said that the two governments, government of Azad Kashmir and government of Pakistan have given a constitutional assurance that both would advance the cause of Kashmir as provided under UNCIP Resolutions.

The JKCHR secretary general pointed out that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have to take on the principal ownership of their case and keep on reminding the international community of their sufferings that the delay in the implementation of UN Resolutions has caused to them as well as their habitat.

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