G20 countries’ participation in Srinagar event will undermine UN credibility: Shah

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 Illegally detained senior APHC leader and Democratic Freedom Party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, has strongly condemned the intensification in human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian troops in illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir ahead of G20 event, planned by India in Srinagar on May 22-24.

In his message from New Delhi’ notorious Tihar jail, the APHC leader while referring to deteriorating political and human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir especially in Pir Panjal, Poonch and Rajouri areas of Jammu region said that the G20 countries’ participation in the event in disputed territory will be tantamount to undermining the UN credibility. He urged the G20 states to ask India to resolve the Kashmir dispute as per UN resolutions, instead of attending the forum’s event in Srinagar.

The APHC leader said that frequent raids on the houses of civilians search operations, harassment and humiliation of ordinary citizens have become a habit of the trigger-happy occupation forces.

Shabbir Shah said that ahead of the G-20 conference, Kashmir valley has been turned into a military fortress. “Hundreds of innocent people, mostly young boys, have been arrested under the pretext of so-called security reasons”, he said adding that victimizing innocent Kashmiris, was part of the Indian regime’s policy to prevent Kashmiris from pursing their collective goal.

Terming it as a serious violations of basic human rights, Shah said that ground situation in Kashmir, which belie the Indian government’s lofty claims of normalcy, serves as an eye opener for the world in particular the G-20 nations who have been invited by India to attend the group’s upcoming event being hosted in Srinagar.

Shah said that it was high time that the G-20 countries should take a holistic review of the situation and pay heed to the clarion calls emanating from Kashmir.

Reminding G20 countries of their moral and legal responsibilities on Kashmir, Shah said that G20 meet in the restive region was nothing but a ploy to hide Indian war crimes in the occupied territory.

He asked the United Nations to hold India accountable for committing war crimes in Kashmir and take tangible steps to help resolve the Kashmir dispute as per the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. KMS-6K

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