G-20 COUNTRIES’ PARTICIPATION IN IIOJK WILL UNDERMINE UN CREDIBILITY

Illegally detained senior APHC leader and Democratic Freedom Party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, has strongly condemned the intensification of human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian troops in IIOJK ahead of the G-20 event in Srinagar on 22-24 May. APHC leader while referring to the deteriorating political and human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir especially in Pir Panjal, Poonch, and Rajouri areas of Jammu region said that the G20 countries’ participation in the event in disputed territory will be tantamount to undermining the UN credibility.

He urged the G-20 states to ask India to resolve the Kashmir dispute as per UN resolutions, instead of attending the forum’s event in Srinagar.

APHC leader said that frequent raids on the houses of civilians search operations, harassment and humiliation of ordinary citizens have become a habit of the trigger-happy occupation forces. Shabbir Shah said that ahead of the G-20 conference, Kashmir Valley has been turned into a military fortress.

“Hundreds of innocent people, mostly young boys, have been arrested under the pretext of so-called security reasons”, adding that victimizing innocent Kashmiris, was part of the Indian regime’s policy to prevent Kashmiris from pursuing their collective goal. Terming it as a serious violation of basic human rights, Shah said that the ground situation in Kashmir, which belie the Indian government’s lofty claims of normalcy, serves as an eye opener for the world in particular the G-20 nations who have been invited by India to attend the group’s upcoming event being hosted in Srinagar.

Shah said that it was high time that the G-20 countries should take a holistic review of the situation and paid heed to the clarion calls emanating from Kashmir.

Reminding G20 countries of their moral and legal responsibilities on Kashmir, Shah said that G20 meeting in the restive region was nothing but a ploy to hide Indian war crimes in the occupied territory. He asked the United Nations to hold India accountable for committing war crimes in Kashmir and take tangible steps to help resolve the Kashmir dispute as per the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.