ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi on Friday wrote letters to United Nations Secretary Common Antonio Guterres and excessive commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Michelle Jeria, calling for an neutral however fast UN investigation into the custodial killing of Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani, desecration of his physique and registration of felony circumstances in opposition to his members of the family.
Speaking to reporters after delivering the letters to the United Nations Army Observers’ Group in Pakistan (UNMOGIP), Mr Afridi stated the UN secretary common should order an instantaneous investigation into the custodial killing of Syed Ali Geelani which is a part of a sequence of custodial killings of Kashmiri leaders.
Member of the committee Senator Sarfraz Bugti apart from Hurriyat Convention leaders Faiz Naqshbandi and Farooq Rehmani had been additionally current on the event.
“Hurriyat leaders are being killed in custody by the unlawful occupational regime of India in Jammu and Kashmir beneath the garb of the Covid-19 pandemic. Had the UN investigated the custodial homicide of Ashraf Khan Sehrai, Geelani’s life may have been saved. Now we worry that different imprisoned Kashmiri leaders together with the brand new APHC chief Massarat Alam Bhat, Syed Shabbir Shah, Yasin Malik, Asiya Andrabi, Dr Qasim Faktu and others may be killed the identical manner,” he stated.
There’s a design to kill all prime iconic pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders and Mr Geelani is the second such excessive profile killing, Mr Afridi claimed, including that Mr Geelani’s very long time comrade and successor, Tehreek-i-Hurriyat Chairman Mohammad Ashraf Khan Sehrai was additionally killed in custody earlier this 12 months. He was saved in India’s mainland jail the place Covid-19 was raging and hundreds of thousands of individuals had been dying.
“This loss could prove to impede Kashmiri individuals’s voice and compromise their lengthy wrestle for freedom. I’d additionally prefer to carry to consideration right here the matter by which Mr Geelani’s loss of life was dealt with by the occupational Indian authorities the place they shut down the web throughout the Kashmir valley and beefed-up safety forces when phrase of his loss of life unfold,” he stated.
Jammu and Kashmir police snatched Mr Geelani’s physique from his members of the family, hours after he died and disadvantaged the bereaved household their proper to carry a funeral, for a resistance chief who may as soon as summon 1000’s of individuals into the streets to protest.
“As if it was not sufficient, the Indian Illegally Occupied regime in Jammu and Kashmir has booked the members of the family of Syed Ali Geelani beneath black regulation known as the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act for resisting the Indian forces’ bid to grab the physique of Mr Geelani. Although UAPA is an anti-terrorism regulation, the Indian regime has been misusing this regulation in opposition to civilians and rights activists. Extra just lately, Mr Geelani’s household is the newest sufferer of this regulation.
“In opposition to this backdrop, we worry Kashmiri voices will additional be muffled and jailed Kashmiri leaders can be killed the identical manner. In absence of their fast-disappearing leaders, how will the Kashmiri individuals train their basic rights of freedom of expression, maintain the federal government to account, and channel crucial info on violations of human rights within the valley,” he added.
Revealed in Daybreak, September eleventh, 2021