Pro-freedom leaders in occupied Kashmiir have said that the creation of Amnesty International’s India chapter is a deliberate attempt to weaken the international dynamics of the Kashmir dispute.
commenting on the “Pick Up Your Pen” campaign launched by the Amnesty to collect over 50,000 signatures on Facebook and submit the petition to the puppet, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement from his restricted house said, questioned the legality of Omar Abdullah as Chief Minister, KMS reported.
He said, “Holding the elections under the occupation of seven lakh troopers can never be fair so cannot be the elected legislature” adding that the Amnesty should not send the petition to Chief Minister, but to the UN and other international tribunals.
Syed Ali Gilani said that the role of Amnesty International (India) had been disappointing.
“Our perception is changing around the rights group as Indian national interests will prevail over every other human right.” For years, the Hurriyet leadership and human right activists in Kashmir have looked up to the Amnesty International as a human rights group to talk about violations committed by Indian troops.
The Hurriyet leadership is not happy by the way Amnesty’s India chapter is dealing with the Kashmir issue.
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in his response to the development said, “The Amnesty International holds impartial reputation in various countries and people look towards the organization to seek justice. But the role of its Indian chapter in Kashmir has made people skeptical.
The rights group should restore the confidence among the people of Kashmir.”
Prominent human rights activist and one of the authors of the report ‘Alleged Perpetrators, Stories of Impunity in Jammu and Kashmir’, Khurram Parvez, said, “Prospects for success are limited because the chief minister himself has expressed his helplessness and powerlessness over issues, be it return of Afzal Guru’s remains or revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
If either PSA or AFSPA is repealed it will not change the culture of lawlessness that exists in the valley.”