MIRPUR (AJK)-The Jammu & Kashmir National Front (JKNF) sought the world powers’ attention to the rising human rights violations in Indian-Held Kashmir that is recognised as disputed territory by the United Nations.

JKNF Deputy Chief Altaf Hussain Wani said that the human rights situation was worsening in the region thus international intervention was a must.

Wani was speaking on behalf of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organisation (IIFS0) on Tuesday as the head of an eight-member Kashmiri delegation. He said during a debate held under Agenda item 4 of 33rd session of the UNHCR in Geneva that nearly 90 Kashmiris have lost their lives and about 13,000 civilians have been injured, many with eye injuries caused by pellet guns and they have lost their vision, as per a message released to the media here Tuesday evening.

“The participants of funerals are killed, made blind, tortured, and maimed. Medical help is denied to them and they are besieged from all sides,” he maintained. Terming Kashmir as a fortified prison, he said that India had turned it into a military garrison where one Indian soldier terrorises every 11 Kashmiri civilians. He pointed out that mentally-challenged people are being traumatised by Indian army under the cynically-named Operation Calm Down. Referring to recent incidents of state terrorism he said, “In the evening of Sept.17, 2016, the Indian army attacked a mentally-challenged Kashmiri man with pellet guns resulting in brain injuries and damage to both eyes.”

He said that another youth Riyaz Ahmed Shah, 23, was riding his bike home when Indian troops stopped him at a checkpoint and pumped dozens of pellet gun bullets into his stomach at point-blank range, damaging his vital organs.

Wani stated that four-year-old Zuhra Majeed was hit by pellet gun bullets in her legs and abdomen after her family was attacked by Indian police outside their home on July 10, 2016. Fourteen-year-old Insha Malik was blinded by pellets fired by Indian army on July 12, 2016 when she was inside her house doing schoolwork. He said that India was slapping sedition charges on any and every Kashmiri who peacefully tries to talk sense to the Indian government.

Wani told the world delegates that noted rights defender Khurram Parvez was stopped at New Delhi Airport last week and denied travel to Geneva to attend the UNHRC session of Human Rights Council. Citing New York Times editorial (Kashmir Crisis, July 22), he said, ‘there is a culture of brutal disdain among the Indian troops stationed in Indian-Administered Kashmir for the local population because Kashmir is subject to India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). It grants the military wide powers to arrest, shoot to kill, occupy or destroy property.”

He said that it was time India should be forced to follow the international law and stopping its army officers from committing war crimes in Kashmir.