SIALKOT

The Kashmiri refugees settled in Sialkot and Narowal districts have appealed to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to take practical steps to solve the long-standing issue of Kashmir.

“There is urgent need of taking drastic steps by the United Nation for resolving the issue according to the aspersions of the Kashmiris and of taking notice of human rights violations by the Indian forces in the held valley,” they said.

Senior leaders All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference including Ejaz Ahmed Sheikh and Sheikh Muhammad Saleem strongly criticised the double standard of world powers who claimed to be the champions of human rights, and the ineffective role of United Nations in this regard. They alleged that the United Nations was only promoting the agenda of big powers and remains silent over the serious violation of its own charter of human rights in held Kashmir.

“The Killing of youth and abduction of women have become daily routine in the Indian held state. Why the United Nations, peace-loving countries and human rights organisations are silent over the large-scale homicide of Kashmiri Muslims in held Kashmir,” they questioned. They urged the UN secretary-general to pressure India for stopping killing of Muslims and abduction of women there. They demanded that a large number of abducted youth and missing women should be recovered. Some other leaders while expressing their views appealed to the UN to take a notice of unprovoked firing by Indian on check posts and population in Sialkot and in Shakargrah areas.

The Kashmiris on the occasion lauded the offer of the UN secretary-general for mediation in resolving the issues between Pakistan and India.

They added that Pakistan is demonstrating highly flexible attitude for resolving theissue peacefully but unfortunately Indian government was stick to its old practice. They hoped that the UN chief would take appropriate steps in this respect.