Leaders of the GCC- Urge you to demand demilitarization and resolution of Kashmir.
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In 1947, after Indian independence and the Partition of India, a Muslim-led revolt against the Hindu ruler of Kashmir triggered a build-up of Indian troops and an attempt by India to annex the whole region of Jammu and Kashmir in 1948 provoking a war with Pakistan. The Hindu ruler of Kashmir allegedly signed the Instrument of Accession to India under duress against the will of the Kashmiri people. The contested Accession was contingent on Kashmir remaining an autonomous region with its own government, constitution and limiting land and property rights to only Kashmiris, in order to protect the unique and vulnerable demographic which is majority Muslim. Later, this Article, instituted by the Maharaja came to be internalized in the Indian Constitution as Article 370.
A UN commission called for the withdrawal of troops of both India and Pakistan in August 1948. The United Nations brokered a cease-fire in 1949, and a five-member commission drew up a resolution calling for a referendum to decide Kashmir's future.
The United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan, received from the Governments of India and Pakistan, in communications dated 23 December and 25 December 1948, respectively, their acceptance of a free and impartial plebiscite administered by a Plebiscite Administrator nominated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Over seven decades, India reneged on many of its promises and the people of Kashmir have been involved in a struggle for independence which the Indian regime has attempted to brutally suppress for several decades.
Local human rights organizations estimate about 70,000 youth, mainly belonging to the age group of 15-25 years, have been killed by the Indian forces; about 40,000 youth have been tortured and jailed in the interrogation centres; more than 20,000 are missing; equal number have become disabled due to injuries, torture, and psychological breakdowns; hundreds of young women have been raped by the Indian forces; elderly women have been molested repeatedly; and elder men have been dishonoured; the entire population has been humiliated through the practices of parades and crackdowns by the security forces.
The current regime in India is comprised of far-right Hindu supremacists and fascists who came to power on a platform of hate and bigotry against religious minorities. Now they have further tightened their occupation of Kashmir by revoking Article 370.
To this end, the Indian regime has unleashed a reign of terror and deployed tens of thousands of more troops to the already most heavily militarized place on earth and shut down all modes of communication. We fear that the abrogation of Article 370 is the prelude to a more sinister plan by the Hindu supremacist regime to change the demographic composition of Kashmir by actively settling non-Kashmiri Hindus in the region and displacing the natives, equating to genocide and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Muslims.
We, the petitioners, urge that the governments of the GCC to take all necessary steps to avert this humanitarian crisis for the sake of their Muslim brethren in Kashmir and for the sake of humanity. Setting aside your economic compulsions and foregrounding the plight of the Kashmiris, we plead that you make urgent representation to the Indian government, directly and through the UN to ensure that the Kashmir conflict is resolved according to the wishes of the Kashmiris, under the aegis of the UN.
Please ensure through diplomatic channels that the entire region of Kashmir is demilitarized and that the will and aspirations of the Kashmiri people are acknowledged by the Indian state and the international community. As Kashmir is an international dispute, we urge the governments of the GCC to demand for an ugent referendum in the region so that the people can realize their dream of self-determination.
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