Separatist leader Muhammad Yasin Malik on Sunday said the British left Indian sub-continent leaving behind the Kashmir dispute.
Malik, who leads Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, said this in his video address to a group of Kashmiris who protested outside the United Nations headquarters in New York.
“Ironically when Indians and Pakistanis were celebrating their independence, we the people of Jammu Kashmir were left to the merciless hands of occupation and slavery,” he said.
“On 26th October 1947, Indian armed forces landed at Srinagar airport. A bloody unnatural line was drawn through our land in the name of ceasefire, dividing our land of dreams into two,” he said.
Malik said Kashmiris resisted the ‘forced military occupation’.
In a statement issued here, Malik said India also went to United Nations with a pledge that it will give the people of Jammu and Kashmir a free choice to choose and decide about their future.
“Indian leaders like its first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru not only made these commitments at UN general assembly, but also in the Indian parliament and at Red Square (Lal Chowk) in Srinagar. Alas! These pledges were never fulfilled,” Malik said in the statement.
“Today we the people of Jammu Kashmir are being killed, maimed, tortured, jailed and destroyed for asking the fulfillment of these very promises. We are being haunted and wounded, humiliated and dubbed for recalling India and the international community, its pledges and commitments made to the people of Jammu Kashmir,” he added.
“For asking our birth right we Kashmiris are being killed, maimed, blinded, incarcerated, tortured and humiliated by Indian armed forces and irony is that this all is being done with utmost impunity,” Malik said. “Our human rights are being trampled; our democratic rights are being disregarded.”
“You all may found this strange but it is a fact that in Jammu Kashmir even tiniest of space for peaceful political activities has been choked. We are even being denied a chance to mourn on our dead ones,” he said.
“Irony is that all this is being done in the name of democracy, peace and law and order. No one, neither from India nor from the international community seems to bother.”
Malik said no one is concerned about the young boys and girls of Jammu and Kashmir who are being targeted by pellets used in civilized world against animals, whose eyesight is being snatched and who are being maimed, disabled, target fired and killed in cold blood.
“Unfortunately, no one seems to worry for us because the human and democratic rights of this tiny nation are too little, too small as compared to mighty trade deals, economic benefits and big buyer market of India,” Malik said.
“Political strategies, security considerations, strategically important bilateral and multilateral partnerships have taken over humanity, democratic aspirations, human rights and other moral considerations.”