Hardening its position in the backdrop of flaring tension and unrest in Kashmir, moderate All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday sought fair referendum by United Nations to resolve the Kashmir problem.
"It is really deplorable and regrettable that UNO, the world forum commanding respect could not facilitate the implementation of its resolutions on Kashmir, UNCIP (United Nations Commission on India and Pakistan) in its Aug 13, 1948 and Jan 5, 1949 resolutions vociferously recommended plebiscite to determine the political future of Kashmir," said the Mirwaiz in a memorandum written to United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
Departing from former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's four-point being a new premise to solve the problem, the Mirwaiz said India and Pakistan have opted to adopt the course of mutual confrontation and belligerency in the fatal wars of 1947, 1965 and 1971.
"In the process, Kashmiris remained steadfast in the peaceful campaign against the obduracy and intransigence of India, which found it convenient to renege on its commitment and pledge regarding a referendum in Kashmir," said the Mirwaiz.
The APHC chairman said, "Kashmiris, humiliated and mortified, cannot surrender to Indian onslaught come what may".
"During the past one month more than 20 innocent Kashmiris were shot dead by the Indian security forces for no fault of their except that they were stressing and emphasising their right to self determination," he added.
Seeking UN intervention, the Mirwaiz said no peace can be guaranteed in South Asia unless Kashmir issue is amicably settled by the parties to the issue namely India.
"It is high time global leaders are engaged in efforts to ensure peaceful settlement of the crisis in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine. We the beleaguered Kashmiris make a fervent appeal to the global pacifists to redouble their efforts for the early peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue," the memorandum says.
It asked the world community to impress upon India to revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), withdraw all armed forces from populated areas and remove the all-imposing security apparatus from the state, release all political prisoners and young boys languishing in various jails in India.