Int’l academics, writers express solidarity with Kashmiris

Noted writers and academics as well as journalists, artists, students, doctors and concerned citizens from the UK and other countries have issued a joint statement expressing solidarity with Kashmiris following the events over the past some weeks.
Int’l academics, writers express solidarity with Kashmiris
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Noted writers and academics as well as journalists, artists, students, doctors and concerned citizens from the UK and other countries have issued a joint statement expressing solidarity with Kashmiris following the events over the past some weeks.

 According to the organizers— Mehroosh Tak, doctoral researcher at SOAS London and Mudasir Ahmad Yatoo, doctoral researcher at Imperial College London— over 900 signatures have been collected in less than 48 hours. 

In their solidarity letter, the signatories have said, "We are deeply concerned about the armed violence perpetrated by 700,000 forces personnel on civilians in Jammu and Kashmir since 8th of July 2016. Over 50 people have been killed on the pretext of crowd control. We don't know yet how many will be partially or totally blinded by the use of 'non-lethal pellet guns.' Children as young as 3-year-old have been injured inside their houses, alongside more than 3500 civilians."

"Instead of reaching out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and opening communications channels, India has enforced a complete lockdown on the millions of inhabitants of the Valley since 8th July. The humanitarian crisis unfolding in Kashmir currently is not a one off. It has been an integral part of how India continues to rule over Kashmir. The current protests, and those in the three bloody summers of 2008-10, only reflect the resilience of the Kashmiri people and their demand for right to self-determination, which not only is guaranteed by UNSC resolutions, but was also promised by the Indian Parliament in 1948."

They demanded immediate end to the "excesses against civilians."

"We demand that Indian government communicate with Kashmiris, rather than considering it a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. We also call on world leaders and human rights organisations to unequivocally condemn the siege of Kashmir," the signatories that, according to organizers, included Prof Noam Chomsky of MIT, USA, said.

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