WASHINGTON - A prominent Kashmiri organisation has deplored the killing of 17 civilians in Indian-occupied Kashmir and called for the international community to persuade all the parties concerned to grant the people of Kashmir their inalienable right of self-determination. "All those who believe in an inclusive, pluralistic global village that recognises space for individual expression must seize the moment and help in seeking a realistic and lasting solution of this long-standing dispute," Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director of the Washington-based Kashmiri American Council, said in a statement. Commenting on the massive riots taking place in Kashmir, Fai stated, "The myth of Indian democracy and respect for the rights of others is apparent with the deaths and injuries throughout the Kashmir. Moreover, no amount of wishful thinking will resolve this outstanding dispute between India and Pakistan. It needs the understanding of the international community in general and the United States in particular and the full participation of the leadership of the people of Jammu and Kashmir." The recent killings of unarmed defenceless civilians quickly escalated into a frenzy of revolt against India, he said. "Adding to this explosive situation, the Indian Army, with its brutal might, has re-entered the Kashmir Valley, the first time in 13 years. More than four hundred political activists and entire leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, as well as Mian Abdul Qayyum and Shabbir Shah have been imprisoned in contravention of Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Hundreds have been detained or house arrested including Naeem Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq." "In such an atrocious atmosphere of trauma, horror and chaos, delusional Indian government officials are vehemently declaring everything is under control," he claimed. Fai suggested that India had completely lost Kashmir, it retained it only with the barrel of a gun and that could not last for long. He urged the international community to come forward and demand an impartial international investigation into the recent killings. He also demanded an investigation into the recently discovered unknown unmarked mass graves by the International Tribunal on Kashmir, which is headed by an eminent and internationally known scholar, Professor Angana Chatterji who hails from Calcutta.