Srinagar, August 23, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, today sent an SOS letter to Pope Francis in Vatican, the Dalai lama , Imam Kaba, Shankaracharya and ambassadors of various countries in New Delhi, UN, EU and OIC regarding the urgent and grave situation in J and K. Appealing to the international community and to civil society that they cannot remain silent spectators to what is happening in Kashmir, Mirwaiz in the letter said “APHC believes that a war is being waged against us by the ‘democratic’ Indian state, in total violation of all democratic norms.”
The letter reads, “the entire population of the Valley is barricaded inside their homes. Mobile phones and internet connectivity has been disconnected. The Press has been gagged. Journalists are attacked and harassed on a daily basis. Families are in intense distress without information about their loved ones. Hospitals have been attacked and ambulance drivers shot at with grave consequences for expectant mothers and those needing emergency medical attention. Essential supplies have been blocked, and media operations banned.”
“Kashmir is akin to a tinder box at present, with extreme volatility in the political situation and without timely international intervention the consequences are bound to be ghastly. The Indian state is also making the citizens of India complicit in this brutality by obfuscating and denying them information. There is an embargo on information coming out from Kashmir. Social network sites like Facebook have been forced to remove vital information from their sites under pressure from Indian netizens. No international human rights organization is being allowed into Kashmir for fear of exposure.”
“The Indian PM attempts to delegitimize our long term struggle – which began even before India’s struggle for freedom – by equating it with terrorism, through an irresponsible and false discourse. Unfortunately, the Indian state constructs its foreign policy on this bluster. 9/11 provided the Indian state an excuse to put the Kashmir struggle under the rubric of terror. In the post 9/11 Islamophobic environment it fits well with the broader narrative. Kashmir happens to be a Muslim majority territory and India is using it as a pretext to demonize a people as terrorists and miscreants.”
“This is a call for help to find a solution to this seemingly intractable problem which is taking a massive human toll. India and Pakistan cannot and are not able to do this on their own,” the letter reads.
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