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A Special Committee of the National Assembly on Kashmir presented a memorandum, addressed to UN Secretary General to the Resident Representative of UN, Timo Pakkala in Islamabad on Thursday [February 5].

The memorandum reminds the United Nations its multiple valid resolutions on Kashmir calling on India to arrange plebiscite enabling Kashmiris to decide their destiny themselves.

The memorandum also calls for an immediate UN intervention in Kashmir dispute.

The memorandum said not only have the people of Jammu and Kashmir been denied their right to self-determination by India, they are also facing worst kind of human rights violations at the hands of more than 70,000 Indian Security forces.

More than 94,000 Kashmiris have been killed, out of which more than 7000 persons have been killed in Indian forces custody. More than 105,000 structures have been destroyed, more than 22000 women have been widowed, more than 105,000 children have been orphaned and more than 10,000 women have been raped and molested by Indian military and paramilitary troops in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) since 1989.

In addition to these, the phenomenon of half widows has emerged in IOK - the wives of persons missing for more than twenty years - and their numbers run in thousands.

In addition, 6000 unnamed Mass Graves have been discovered in Northern Kashmir by a Kashmiri lawyer Pervez Imroz. Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission confirmed 2,700 such mass graves in 2011.

The Kashmir dispute has emerged as one of the greatest human crisis in history which is marked by extra judicial killings, rape, detention, and kidnapping of Kashmiris.

The recent surfacing of unmarked mass graves in the valley has laid bare the brutal repression unleashed under the garb of law enforcement. These incidents have necessitated United Nations intervention in the dispute in order to safeguard human rights in the region.

The memorandum also called for suspension of Indian policy of altering demographic realities in Occupied Kashmir in blatant violation of the state subject rule.

The Special Committee urged the Secretary General of the United Nations to encourage, facilitate and support efforts leading to a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, as well as exercise the mandate entrusted to him by Charter of the United Nations and under relevant international instruments to safeguard the fundamental rights and freedoms of the oppressed Kashmiri people.


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