Islamabad, Denouncing in strong terms the use of violence against Kashmiris, the president of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) Sardar Masood Ahmed Khan while addressing a Round Table Conference (RTC) hosted by J&K Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) here today said that Kashmiris were the most defenseless people on the face of earth.
The RTC titled “Indian Atrocities Against Kashmiris: A threat to good community relations”, was addressed by leaders of political and religious parties, representatives of Hurriyat Conference, Lawyers, civil society representatives and members of human rights organizations including Syed Nazir Gilani chairman JKCHR, former chief justices of PaK Justice Abdul Majeed Malik, Justice Syed Manzoor Gilani, former PaK president Sardar Anwar Khan, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Syed Faiz Naqashbandi, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Rafiq Ahmed Dar of JKLF and others.
Sardar Masood, chief guest on the occasion, said the valiant people of Kashmir were rendering supreme sacrifices by investing their blood in sustaining the movement. “It is due to their sacrifices that Kashmir issue is alive at the United Nations and all around the world,” he maintained.
“Kashmir is not a bilateral issue, there are United Nations resolutions calling for a referendum in Kashmir,” he said adding that Kashmiris were the most important and basic party to the dispute. “Since bilateralism has failed to yield any positive results, we should move back and raise the issue at the UN as India has cheated us as they (Indians) are no more interested in discussing Kashmir at bilateral level talks.”
Syed Nazir Gilani said Kashmiris were worst victims of the decades long old conflict. He said that Indian army was using Kashmiri youth as human shield. “Do Kashmiris have any kind of self-defense?” Gilani asked adding that this right has been taken away from Kashmiris by the United Nations.
“As far as Indian’s response to current situation is concerned, India’s political, judiciary and military establishment has in unequivocal terms said that bullet was the only reply,” he said. He said that Kashmir Bar Association had filed a petition against use of pellet guns in Kashmir in court but judiciary put a condition that if they stop youth from pelting stones, they will order government not to use pellet guns.
Ghulam Muhammad Safi said Kashmiris were being killed, maimed, blinded and brutalized by forces because they demand their right to self-determination.