The joint resistance leadership (JRL) Saturday said the United Nations (UN) must play its role in the resolution of Kashmir and Palestine issues if it wants to “regain its lost credibility.”
“The UN itself put a question mark on its credibility by remaining silent on the massacre of lakhs of Muslims in Jammu in 1947 and the oppression and killings of thousands of people by Indian forces going on for decades now in Jammu and Kashmir,” the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik said in a statement.
The JRL said Jammu and Kashmir was a disputed region “forcibly occupied by India in 1947.”
“It was India which took the matter to UN where 18 resolutions were passed promising the right to self determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The leadership of India and Pakistan are signatories to these resolutions and India’s Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru even went on to say in Srinagar’s La Chowk that he was neither in favour of forced marriages nor forced nor forced unions,” the leaders said.
Blaming the UN for “chaos and uncertainty” across the world , the JRL said that in order to regain its credibility the world body must play its role in the resolution of Kashmir, Palestine and other issues pertaining to “subjugated” nations.
Earlier, the police on Saturday disallowed a seminar on human rights organised by the JRL.
Titled, ‘Human rights violations in Kashmir and criminal silence of World community’, the seminar could not be held as a heavy contingent of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) outside Geelani’s residence did not allow anyone to enter the house.
Both Geelani and Mirwaiz remained under house arrest while Malik, who was also slated to take part, subsequently went underground to evade arrest as he intends to lead the protest called by JRL on Sunday against the US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The JRL denounced the police action as “state terrorism”.
“At a time when the world was observing Human Rights Day, however administration is reluctant to allow peaceful programme and forces in Kashmir are committing massive violations of human rights,” they said.