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British Parliament to raise issue of Held Kashmir
 
 
 

SRINAGAR - British Parliament will raise the issue of enforced disappearances in Held Kashmir and pressurise Indian government to investigate whereabouts of around 10,000 persons who, according to rights organisations, vanished in the custody of government forces since 1990, a Srinagar-based non-governmental organisation said.
Parveena Ahangar, Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), who met Labor MP Simon Danczuk last week in London, said she was assured by the MP that the issue would be raised in the Parliament and that pressure would be put upon those responsible in New Delhi.
"I am hopeful that the issue is raised there," Parveena told GKNS during a monthly protest sit-in of the organisation at Pratap Park here.
The sit-in sees dozens of parents coming in from across Held Kashmir to seek whereabouts of their loved ones.
They have lost their fathers, brothers, husbands, uncles and sons.
"I informed the MP about what happens in Held Kashmir," Parveena said.
"I told him stories of those mothers who died without seeing their sons. I also told him about human rights violations."
On June 2, Parveena delivered a lecture at the University of Westminster in London on Held Kashmir disappearances. On June 4, she met Simon Danczuk.
In the lecture, Parveena called on international human rights organisations to come forward in stopping human rights violations in Held Kashmir.
On 10th of every month, parents of victims of enforced disappearance have been assembling for years now. They want an independent commission to probe the phenomenon of disappearances.
"I want to see the face of my sons one last time before I die," Hajira, an octogenarian woman from North Kashmir's Bandipora district, said. "How many years do I have to still wait for their return?."
Hajira has become a popular face in the fight for justice for parents of disappeared persons. Her photographs and heart-wrenching quotations have appeared in international magazines and newspapers.
She comes every month to join the sit-in. The sit-in has become a ritual for these people in the hope to see their loved ones.
But this desire of theirs has remained elusive throughout with some cases not even registered in police stations.
Like Hajira, dozens of persons - their lives torn between poverty and hopelessness- share their grief every month.
Every month, they have to narrate the incident, in which they have lost their relatives, to media persons and activists.
So they have made a template: They hang pictures of those disappeared around their necks with white thick thread so that the photographs come prominent.
In one of the photographs, a muscular young man is wearing blue sweater and jacket. He has a thin moustache and is smiling.
His name is Nissar Ahmad Bhat, said his mother, Aisha. "He went out but didn't return," she said. "It was 1995. After he disappeared, his father died of cardiac arrest. His sister also left this world after years of wait for her brother." Aisha added, "What will become of me?."

 
 
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