International probe into mass graves in IHK demanded

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference and the forum patronised by veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, have demanded an international probe into the 2156 unidentified bodies buried in unmarked graves in the Kashmir Valley as reported by the Human Rights Commission of Indian occupied Kashmir.

Senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah in a media interview in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the grave issue. “The persons buried in these graves may also include those persons, who are missing in Kashmir, Kashmir Media Service reported.

This time around it is authorities’ own commission, which has exposed these mass graves across the Valley. Now it is high time for the world to take a serious note of such grave human rights violations,” he added.

Shabbir Shah appealed to the United Nations and international human rights organisations to probe the issue of mass graves and bring facts to fore.

The spokesman of Syed Ali Gilani’s forum, while reacting to the report, said that the figure provided by the Human Rights Commission was far too less than the original one. “Our own investigations into this grave issue reveal that there are 2700 unmarked graves across Kashmir and more than 2900 people are buried in these graves,” he said.

The spokesman said that the forum had raised this issue in the past, adding, “The persons buried in these graves are innocent ones, who have been labelled as militants and later killed in fake encounters.” He urged the UN to look into the matter and conduct an independent probe into this grave issue.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Yasin Malik, in an interview termed the revelation of the Commission report as a great concern. “I will file Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in this issue in the court. This is a grave issue and we will seek further probe into it to unravel the facts,” he stated.

He urged the Commission to identify the persons, who are buried in these unmarked graves. “As many as 10000 people are missing in Kashmir. I don’t say that those who are in these graves are the same persons but I urge the Commission to further investigate the matter and identify these people,” he said.

Pertinently, a report released by the Human Rights Commission of the occupied territory has said that there are as many as 2156 unidentified bodies buried in unmarked graves at 38 sites in the Kashmir Valley.