Rawalpindi-Secretary General Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR), Dr Syed Nazir Gilani yesterday demanded a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

He added, “There is an urgent need that we start examining the possibility of reporting the situation to International Criminal Court for war crimes being committed by the Indian forces in occupied territory.”

The Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights, an NGO, said that Indian security forces in Kashmir have turned the land of fauna and flora into a hell blanketed under a curfew for the last 31 days. The people of a happy Valley are currently held against their will by the Indian army are faced with forbidden weapons like pellets guns normally used to stun the animals.

Secretary General JKCHR Dr Syed Nazir Gilani has said that Indian forces have overstayed their conditional term in Jammu and Kashmir and have been there in violation of UN stipulation on their number, behaviour and location. These forces feel no holds barred in committing atrocities against the unarmed people and are blinding the youth in a planned manner.

Dr Gilani has appealed to the civil society of India to respond to their duty to the welfare of the people of Kashmir and raise a voice against war crimes being committed by the Indian army under the cover of curfew. Dr Nazir Gilani has said that it is a shame and should alarm every decent Indian of all faiths, that its Hindu army has locked Dargah Hazratbal and Jamia Masjid on Friday, refusing the Kashmiri Muslims their right to offer Friday prayers.

The JKCHR has cautioned the PDP, an associate with BJP in the alliance, that it would be held directly responsible in assisting Indian army and other forces to blind the Kashmir youth and have a future generation without being able to see in Kashmir.

Other mainstream political parties present in Jammu and Kashmir assembly are equally responsible in allowing a free hand to an army provisionally admitted into the State by the State Government.

The JKCHR has said that 5 August 2016 was a bloody Friday in the Valley. Indian army and state police had it as a no holds barred against the unarmed people throughout the day. Over 6,000 people have been injured and the death toll has reached 60. Majority of the injured people have eye injuries and are likely to lose eye sight. Government of Indian Occupied Kashmir is directly responsible for a planned action to blind, kill and take the Kashmir Muslim youth out of circulation.

Dr Nazir Gilani has said that JKCHR would be taking up the matter with the UN secretary general on his failure to agitate the Kashmir situation before the UN Security Council under article 99 of the UN Charter. It obliges the UN secretary general to bring the Kashmir situation to the attention of UN Security Council. Ban Ki-Moon has all along looked very favourably at Indian position on Kashmir because he entered the diplomatic service the year he graduated from university, accepting his first post in New Delhi, India. He continues to carry Indian influence.

The JKCHR Secretary General has said that things are changing at the United Nations. The UN is looking for the next secretary general and as part of president of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft’s commitment to increase transparency in the process to select and appoint the next UN Secretary-General, civil society has been able to contribute questions to the candidates via a process facilitated by UN-NGLS. New secretary general will be under a strict microscope and we shall have to start working to flag Kashmir for his immediate attention.