Intl’ community should ask their govts’ silence over Kashmir: Farooq

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BRUSSELS: AJK Prime Minster Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan has said that India has converted Jammu and Kashmir into the world’s biggest prison with the ongoing prolonged curfew, communications blackout and illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and youth.

He was addressing to a Seminar organized by Kashmir Council Brussels titled “Human Rights and Civil Liberties in Kashmir” at EU Parliament on Wednesday.

“Kashmir is heavily militarized zone of the world. There is 1-7 ratio of occupational forces and civilians in the occupied part of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.  From Jan 1989 to Oct 31, 2019 in J&K, 95,464 Kashmiris have been killed, 22910 women widowed, 11174 women were raped and 107,780 children orphaned “the premier told.

He said there is complete impunity for perpetrators who have been committing gross and systematic violations of human rights in the held valley. “Instead of civil liberties, India had provided unchecked and unlimited liberty to her forces for indiscriminate killings and molestation of civilians”, Haider said. 

He asked the international community that they should question their governments on silence about crimes against humanity in IOJ&K. Whether human rights and humanitarian laws are not applicable in Kashmir?

Mr. Phil Benion MEP, Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed,  Mr. Shafaq Mehmood MEP, Ms .Sadia Mir , former MEP Sajjad Karim. Ms. Zainab Drabu, Ms. Suraiya Siddiqi, Mr.wout Kalei. Journalist (Dutch), and Miss Khaqula Siddiqi also spoke at the occasion.