Kashmir not bilateral issue, a struggle of Kashmiris for rights: Farooq Haider

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BRUSSELS: AJK Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan has said that Jammu and Kashmir is under complete siege from last three months. Indian actions are crimes against humanity and India should be made accountable for this.

Addressing a press conference here along with Shaffaq Mehmmod MEP, Ali Raza Syed Chairman, Kashmir EU Council and Angana P. Chatterji on Monday, he said that Kashmir conflict is not a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan; it is the struggle for right to self determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Farooq Haider said that India is trying to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir. “Modi government is working on the Hindutva agenda of RSS and

constitutional changes made by India to abrogate Article 370 and 35-A is the clear violation of UNSC resolution No.122 of 1957 and International humanitarian law”.

He claimed; “India is occupier and she had no right to change the status of state and shift her population in this disputed territory”. The Premier said that India and Pakistan should enhance the status of these units rather than relegate as India did in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan had always respected the will and wishes of Kashmiris.

“Erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir had two hundred years old history as one state, Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh could not be divided but India had divided these two parts and gave them status of union territory without any autonomy and legislative powers. These territories shall be directly controlled by Delhi” he briefed.

“From last three months Jammu and Kashmir has been cut off from the rest of the world even from India. There is a complete lock down, media gag, blockade of internet and telephone and all communication system blocked. There is a shortage of food and medicines and people have no access to hospitals”, Farooq Haider said.

The AJK premier said that people of Jammu and Kashmir shall not compromise on their right to self determination. They had paid sacrifices, about half million people were killed in this struggle, about 1.5 million migrated. People of J&K are facing torture, molestations, humiliation and oppression.  He demanded from international community to impress India to stop human rights violations, release political prisoners, repeal draconian laws and stop cross boarder shelling on the LoC in AJK.