Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference Wednesday accused both New Delhi and Islamabad of reneging from their commitments made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir at the time of the partition of the Sub-continent.
“People of Jammu & Kashmir have for the past 74 years been incessantly demanding the resolution of the Kashmir conflict that arose in 1947, when India and Pakistan, two newly formed states, divided J&K between them”, Hurriyat said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Both claim Jammu and Kashmir in its entirety as an integral part without ascertaining the will of the people of J&K. Commitments made to the people of J&K by the Governments of both the states at that time that their fundamental right to decide their future will be honoured, stands unfulfilled to this day”, Hurriyat statement said.
While Hurriyat blames both India and Pakistan for breaking their pledge to Kashmiris it stopped short of saying anything on the situation on the Pakistani side of Kashmir. Hurriyat statement said, “Instead, a policy of repression and intimidation in varying degrees has been pursued in Jammu and Kashmir resulting in severe human rights abuses of the people of Kashmir”.
“All attempts by APHC seeking dialogue between India Pakistan and people of J&K as a means of peaceful resolution of the issue stand snubbed, instead the leadership is jailed and harassed”.
“Meanwhile efforts are on to change the demographic composition of the state to undermine its disputed nature, after it was downgraded to a union territory of India and brought under its direct rule. All forms of peaceful protest or dissent by the people to this unilateral authoritarian move and its resultant effects, is curbed by force as the number of armed troops in the valley is highest anywhere in the world.
In such situations a curated tour of foreign dignitaries to showcase normalcy in the valley to the outside world is misleading”, the statement added.
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