Given the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir, the United Nations is bound to take note of human rights violations taking place in the troubled region, Non-Resident Kashmiri leaders said here on Tuesday.
The NRK leaders, who addressed protesters outside UNMOGIP office here, said: "It is the responsibility of the UN to take immediate action especially in such a dangerous situation (in Kashmir) when life and property of common people are at stake."
Besides representatives of segregated factions of Hurriyat Conference, the protest demonstration was attended by members of civil society, leaders of political parties and members of Kashmiri community settled in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The United Jihad Council chief Syed Sallahudin and other members of the militant conglomerate were present on the occasion.
Addressing journalists at the sit-in site, Sallahudin said bloodbath of unarmed and innocent Kashmiris by the Indian forces and worsening political and human rights situation in the Valley warrants immediate attention of the international community. "It is high time that the international community comes forward and takes serious note of Kashmiri peoples' referendum against India," he saud.
He said thousands of people who gathered at the funeral of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani was a "clear verdict" against India.
He hailed Kashimiris' 'passion for Azadi', saying "people of Kashmir have been fighting for their legitimate right, the right to self-determination, for the past seven decades."
"People of Jammu and Kashmir by nature are peace-loving and it is the Indian oppression and suppression that has compelled them to take guns," the UJC chief said.
"We want peaceful settlement of the dispute as per the UN resolutions."
The APHC-G convener Ghulam Muhammad Safi said in wake of the prevailing situation in Kashmir, it is incumbent upon the international community to stop bloodshed of Kashmiris.
Mir Tahir Masood, convener of APHC-M (Pak chapter) urged the media to play its role to highlight the plight of Kashmiris and "expose atrocities inflicted upon Kashmiri people by Indian forces."
Sallahudin and Hurriyat representatives later presented a memorandum to UNMOGIP officials. The memorandum addressed to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon said Indian troops have unleashed terror in Kashmir region.