An open letter to Ban Ki-moon... By Nayyar
15 August, 2013
Pakistan is extremely grateful for your visit, particularly for being the chief guest at our Independence Day celebrations on August 14, 2013. As it may already be in your knowledge, the UN has described the 800,000 Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world — being tortured, displaced, facing travel and trade limitations, and murders — and now Rohingya Muslims face child limitation policies as well.
Similarly, over 10 million Kashmiri Muslims, living since 1947 under Indian occupation forces, are the most persecuted majority in the world. The list of unimaginable atrocities perpetrated for the last seven decades is so long that its compilation will be more voluminous than the final print edition of the 2010 32-volume set of Encyclopedia Britannica. However, just to refresh the serious human rights violations committed by the Indian military, paramilitary and other forces on Kashmiri Muslims, unarmed children, ladies and men, a very concise but eye opening report has been compiled by Wikipedia — it is a must read for everyone.
Mr Secretary General, in view of the disturbing statistics compiled by the above-mentioned report, there is no doubt that the entire freedom loving world is witnessing perpetual human rights violations by the Indian forces and facilitated by the Indian government with the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), about which the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, has urged India to repeal AFSPA and to investigate the disappearances in Kashmir. In view of the foregoing, your Excellency is urgently requested to advise the Indian government to immediately implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 47, adopted on April 21, 1948, and instruct the UN commission to go to the subcontinent and help the governments of India and Pakistan restore peace and order to the region, and prepare for a plebiscite to decide the fate of Kashmir.
However, if the Indian government declines your request, the UN must come to the rescue of the most persecuted majority population of a specific area on this planet, and initiate war crimes proceedings on the pattern of the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal against all the Indian civil, military and other forces personnel about whom all the crimes on Kashmiri people are very well documented in the archives of international human rights organisations, world governments and the United Nations.
SYED NAYYAR UDDIN AHMAD