The communication points out that "Our people are still under the rubble, dead and alive, and they are still unaccessed in many villages in the remote areas of Azad Kashmir. They could have been saved if we had small link roads, link helipads, local medical facilities and durable telecommunication system." And if Berlin airlift was possible in 1940 to keep people alive, it is much more easier to keep people alive in Azad Kashmir in 2005.
JKCHR communication points out that "Unfortunately AJ & K administration has emerged as corrupt and anaesthetised. Our prime minister is sitting put in a `tent' and has no role in crisis management. The earthquake has shown that Azad Kashmir still lives in the Dogra days of 1846. The area however has been exposed to the notice of international camera.
Pakistan should not have declined the Indian offer of helicopters or of humanitarian aid to access parts of Kashmir which are on the side of Pakistan . Indian military, in particular its medical and humanitarian segments, could have entered the disaster stricken areas more quickly and with better results. Indian army is already in Kashmir and Pakistan has continued to concede to this fact through its bilateral agreement of Tashkent and Shimla and in other agreements at the UN. Indian and Pakistan army medical and relief teams could very easily be commanded by UNMOGIP Chief Major-General Guido Palmieri of Italy .
JKCHR Secretary General has urged that although, "it is a natural disaster but it has human error and human negligence embedded in it", therefore he has requested that JKCHR communication should be entertained as a complaint in `public Interest'. He has asked to take cognizance of the failings of the two administrations identified in the constitution Act 1974 of Azad Kashmir and secure to the people of Jammu and Kashmir a `duty to fairness' of the two administrations."
Notes to Editors
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