November 2016 News

OPDR Releases Kashmir Report

22 November 2016
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: A seven-member team of Organisation for Protection of Democratic Rights, which was in Kashmir on 10, 11 and 12th November, also visited Jagati Colony of Kashmiri pandits in Jammu. According to its report, OPDR which has been visiting Kashmir periodically since 1992, this time observed a paradigm shift in the attitude of Kashmiri people when compared to 2013 too. 'In 2016, especially after the 'murder in encounter' of Burhan Wani on July 8 and subsequent shelling by security forces with pellets and bullets 'to blind and kill' the people, the entire Kashmiri population is monolithic in its demand - the Government of India should 'implement the agreement at the time of wedding knot' on October 26, 1947. When the team asked to explain what they mean by it, many delegations said: In 1947 October we willingly entered into a contract marriage with Indian Union under the leadership of Sheikh Abdullah. Our confidence in 'secular democratic India' started weakening after arrest of the then Prime Minister of our Kashmir in 1953 and imprisonment of him for more than 14 years. In the subsequent 63 years we have seen and suffered. We feel bitter that the people of India in general are not empathetic towards our lawful demand of right to self-determination. Now nothing short of Azadi is acceptable to us. So we demand the Government of India,' they said should take initiative to organize a round table conference of all the stakeholders, i.e., Government of India, people of the whole of Kashmir which includes the separatist leaders and Government of Pakistan. 'All cases against the people should be withdrawn unconditionally and all the imprisoned people should be released forthwith, People of Kashmir should have the right to determine its future, i.e., a plebiscite is required in Indian administered Kashmir and Pakistan administered Kashmir, Governments of India and Pakistan should implement UN Security Resolutions on Kashmir question,' said the statement.