Published On: Tue, Jan 29th, 2013

Raise the issue of Kashmiris referred in article 48 of the Constitution – JKCHR

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London 29 January 2013: Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) has asked the members of Legislative Assembly of all main stream political parties represented in the J & K Assembly to use the opportunity of sending 10 starred and 10 un-starred questions by or before Thursday, February 7, 2013  to the Assembly Secretariat for highlighting the perpetual non interest in the rights and welfare  of the people represented under article 48 of the Constitution and referred in UN Resolution 91 (1951) of 30 March 1951.

JKCHR Secretary General Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani has asked the MLAs that they shall be failing in their oath and duty to fairness if they continue to perpetuate a non interest in the people defined in article 48 even as late as in 2013. It is not only the people defined in article 48 but there is a huge Kashmiri Diaspora living in various parts of the world which needs to be addressed for their rights as State Subjects.

Dr. Syed Nair Gilani has said that this non-performance of a Constitutional duty by our MLAs is unfortunate and a serious neglect in the discharge of their public trust. JKCHR would raise the issue at the 22nd Session of UN Human Rights Council starting from 25 February 2013 in Geneva under the appropriate agenda item.

JKCHR has asked the various political opinions in Kashmir and the civil society to address the question of the rights of these people who have been locked in neglect under article 48 of the J & K Constitution. The neglect perpetuated by the elected representatives constitutes discrimination.

JKCHR shall be writing to all political parties represented in the J & K Assembly in due course.

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