The state-run human rights commission has told the government in Indian held Kashmir to investigate at least 2,080 unmarked mass graves discovered in border areas of the restive region.
According to a report, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, a human rights group in Indian Held Kashmir, told the commission there were 3,844 unmarked graves – 2,717 in Poonch and 1,127 in Rajouri, twin districts in the region that lie along Line of Control that divides the disputed territory between India and Pakistan. In response, the commission acknowledged the presence of 2,080 unmarked graves and asked the Indian government for a comprehensive investigation to be completed in six months, including DNA tests of the bodies to compare it with family members of the disappeared.
In 2011, the commission directed the Indian government to investigate the mass graves. At the time, a special team from the commission said 2,730 unidentified bodies were buried in 38 sites across northern held Kashmir.
APDP maintains 8,000 people have disappeared in the decades-old conflict, and accuses Indian forces of staging gun battles to cover up killings. The association welcomed the commission’s latest demand to investigate mass graves in Indian Held Kashmir. Anti-India sentiment runs deep among Kashmir’s mostly Muslim population and most support rebels against Indian rule despite a decades-long military crackdown to fight the armed rebellion. Since 2011, instead of complying with directions from the human rights commission, the Indian government continues to avoid such an investigation on the pretext it would lead to a law and order problem in Kashmir. The European Parliament adopted a resolution in July 2008 and called on India’s government ensure independent and impartial investigations into all mass graves. The revelations made by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons are very shocking and indicates that Indian occupational forces are using black laws with impunity against innocent Kashmiris. India is using its repressive tactics to suppress indigenous Kashmir liberation movement in occupied Kashmir. It is unfortunate that international community is playing spectator’s role and fully silent on grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir. Pakistan should raise this issue at international forum and utilise its best efforts to wake up the conscience of international community. United Nations and world’s human rights watchdogs should take strong steps to stop the genocide of Kashmiris and to make India accountable for its atrocities in IHK.

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