Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that the United States should compel India to stop atrocities in Indian administered Kashmir rather than taking up the Balochistan issue.
The JUI-F Chief, who is also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, has given this statement at a time when an Indian parliamentary delegation is visiting Pakistan.
“Why is America silent over the killings of Kashmiris, even though Jammu & Kashmir is an internationally recognized disputed territory,” he asked. “America is discussing Balochistan in its parliamentary hearings, although, it is an integral part of Pakistan,” he said, adding, “It is clearly interference in the internal matters of Pakistan.”
He said the US has incriminated Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai to please India, while he was projecting the Kashmir issue there. India has been killing Kashmiris since 1947, he said adding that the world powers were silent spectators in the meanwhile.
Appreciating a report by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Observer Margrat Sakagaya on Indian administered Kashmir, Fazlur Rahman urged the UN and the international community to pressure India into stopping human rights violations perpetrated by Indian security forces.
He said that the UNHRC Observer has confirmed the atrocities India was inflicting on the hapless Kashmiris. There can not be a more authentic document on this issue, he added, terming it a test case for the UN.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2012.