Islamabad, January 25: The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, while terming India’s Republic Day as a Black Day of the history for Kashmir, said that India had violated the UN resolutions and international law by applying its Constitution on January 26, 1950, to Jammu and Kashmir, giving a constitutional cover to its 1947 aggression and invasion of the territory.Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement in Islamabad said that after an undemocratic and illegal application of its Constitution over Kashmir, India began an unending process of extending its laws to Kashmir. Despite having agreed to hold plebiscite under the UN auspices in Kashmir and notwithstanding a pledge to that end, India by Presidential ordinances imposed stringent laws to curtail even basic freedoms of the people in the internationally disputed region.
He said that since Kashmir was an international dispute, it couldn’t be resolved within the framework of the Indian Constitution or through elections in occupied Kashmir. Elections for a legislature were never recognized as a substitute for the UN-sponsored plebiscite. The Indian Constitution, he said, was a major stumbling block to resolving the Kashmir dispute peacefully.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said that India had been shedding the blood of the Kashmiris for the last two decades, and was taking recourse to such inhuman and undemocratic laws, which not only negated the right to self-determination, but were trampling on the basic human rights of the Kashmiris, even humiliating and molesting the Kashmiri women in quite disregard of privacy and morality.
He said that thousands of inhabitants of Kashmir had suffered imprisonments and were still languishing behind bars as detainees or under trials or were facing life term. Life term in the case of a Kashmiri political prisoner meant that he wouldn’t be entitled to release before his death and his body in the case of death wouldn’t be handed over to his family, as was done in the case of Muhammad Maqbool Butt in 1984 and Muhammad Afzal Guru in 2013. Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said that in spite of the Indian state terrorism Kashmiris were offering peacefully a tough resistance to the forces of occupation and oppression and had a firm faith in the cause of freedom and the right of self-determination.
The JKPFL Chairman urged the UN, India and Pakistan to demonstrate political will for solution and show regard and respect for the Kashmiris and recognize their struggle for freedom to find out a solution to the Kashmir dispute that reflected urges and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said any hurdle to its peaceful resolution could be removed by associating the true representatives of the people with the process of resolution. The World Body should take cognizance of India’s intransigence and oppressive measures in Jammu and Kashmir lest this crisis erupted any time to a full-scale war in South Asia, he maintained.