Side with oppressed, not the oppressor: PaK urges US after Salahuddin decision

Side with oppressed, not the oppressor: PaK urges US after Salahuddin decision

“Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir should have been branded with that epithet instead,” he said, in a modified version of a hard-hitting statement issued a day earlier.

Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) President Sardar Masood Khan on Wednesday condemned the designation by the United States of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a “global terrorist,” terming it a serious misjudgment and gross injustice to the Kashmiris fighting for right to self-determination.

“Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir should have been branded with that epithet instead,” he said, in a modified version of a hard-hitting statement issued a day earlier.

Khan said that 70 years were a long period for the kind of ordeal that the Kashmiris had been subjected to by the Indian forces.

“Not a year has passed by without massive atrocities and human rights violations against the Kashmiri people, which have been extensively recorded by the US State Department as well as reputed and independent international human rights organisations,” he maintained.

“In fact, Indian troops have systematically practiced state terrorism in Kashmir.”

Calling upon the US to use her independent judgment and draw comparison with her own historic freedom movement back in the 18th century, the PaK president raised three questions: “Are the Kashmiris any different? Have they not been colonised? Aren’t they entitled to aspire for their unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the three basic values expounded by the founding fathers of the US?” 

He maintained that the allegations against Hizbul Mujahideen were based on information fed by India, which wanted to perpetuate its occupation of Kashmir.

“The Hizbul Mujahideen has no international or even regional orientation… it has never threatened US security interests, then how can its chief Syed Salahuddin be called a global terrorist?” 

He said the bigger reality of Kashmir was mass killings and mass blinding by the Indian forces and a peaceful, democratic and political movement being led by the Kashmiri youth. 

He called on the US to side with the oppressed, not the oppressor and revise its “flawed and biased” decision.

“As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a global leader, it’s the responsibility of the US to be fair and just and help implement UN resolutions on Kashmir and assist in finding a peaceful, diplomatic solution to the Kashmir dispute,” he said. 

In the earlier hard-hitting statement, the president had warned that “Trump-Modi nexus” could spell disaster for the regional peace. 

Meanwhile, United Jihad Council – an alliance of the Kashmir militant groups – also dubbed the decision as a “mockery of international laws, the UN charter as well as the ground realities” and expressed the hope that all “freedom loving nations” across the globe would reject it.

“Syed Salahuddin is a symbol of the legitimate freedom movement in Kashmir. The decision against him, aimed at pleasing Narendra Modi, is painful and unfortunate,” said a spokesman of the amalgam. 

He said Syed Salahuddin was leading the struggle of pro-freedom Kashmiris against India and almost all independent global human rights bodies were constantly testifying that Indian troops were brazenly committing flagrant human rights violations in Kashmir. 

A rally was also staged by hundreds of people here on Tuesday to condemn the US president’s executive order. 

“Syed Salahuddin is not a terrorist, but a freedom fighter,” read one of the several banners held by the demonstrators.