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Envoy: Legitimate right of Kashmiris to self-determination denied

  • Published at 08:55 pm December 11th, 2019
Shah Faisal Kakar, acting high commissioner of Pakistan to Dhaka
Shah Faisal Kakar, middle, acting high commissioner of Pakistan to Dhaka, during a program marking the International Human Rights Day organized by BNP at Lakeshore hotel in Banani, Dhaka on Wednesday, Decmeber 11, 2019 Arifur Rahman Rabbi/Dhaka Tribune

'Around 6,000 young Kashmiris have been abducted in night raid from their house'

Expressing concern over the human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistani envoy in Dhaka said that the people of the valley have been denied the legitimate right to self-determination.

"Self-determination is guaranteed by eleven UN Security Council resolutions for then seven decades and more than one hundred thousand Kashmiris have been killed in their just struggle for freedom," said Shah Faisal Kakar, acting high commissioner of Pakistan to Dhaka, while attending a program marking the International Human Rights Day organized by BNP at Lakeshore hotel in Banani, Dhaka on Wednesday. 

The acting high commissioner referring to the scrapping of Article 370 and 35A by the Indian Parliament, which took away Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, said: “Around 6,000 young Kashmiris have been abducted in night raid from their house; hundreds Kashmiris have sustained injuries due to the indiscriminate use of pellet guns.

“Repeated incidents of molestation and rape of women and girls have been reported; lack of access to medical services and hospitals; detention of Kashmiri leadership and human rights defenders; and ambulant reports of non- availability of life saving medicines and food.” 

He also said that notwithstanding the virtual information blackout, reports have emerged highlighting the abduction of young boys from their home by Indian security forces. Political leaders and activists have been randomly arrested or detained. 

He recalled that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s visionary remarks on Kashmir issue which are narrated in the book named “Karagarer Rojnamcha.” 

Shah Faisal Kakar also said it is need of the time that international community must wake up from their slumber and facilitate efforts to avert crises to peace and security and pave the way for a peaceful negotiated solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the United Nation Security Council resolution and wishes of the Kashmir people.

Kakar’s speech was cut short by BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Later, Dhaka Tribune got hold of his statement. It was mentioned in his written statement that it was time the international community woke up and facilitate efforts to avert crises to peace and security. And pave the way for a peaceful negotiated solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the United Nation Security Council resolution and wishes of the Kashmir people.