Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred 72 innocent Kashmiris including 31 teenagers and 4 women during the last month of August. Out of those martyred, three were killed in custody. The killings rendered three women widowed and nine children orphaned.
The Indian forces disgraced 20 women and tortured 1,505 persons, injuring most of them critically, by using teargas shells and bullets on peaceful demonstrators. In a fresh incident, a Junior Commissioned Officer of Indian army was killed and three others were injured in an attack by mujahideen at Atwatoo in Bandipore district while a Special Police Officer was shot dead at Kursa in Kishtwar.
APHC leader, Yasmin Raja in a statement in Jammu, expressed concern over the deteriorating health of the illegally detained leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah. Earlier, she met Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Firdous Ahmad Shah in Kot Bhalwal jail Jammu.
The members of an Indian civil society delegation staged a sit-in at Municipal Park in Srinagar against the human rights violations by Indian troops in the valley. They said that the troops were killing the innocent people for demanding their inalienable right to self-determination. The delegation was led by noted social activist, Swami Agnivesh.
The Executive Director of Kashmir Centre London, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl has denounced the attack of Indian forces on journalists in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir, adding that freedom of expression is deliberately being strangulated.
Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl in a statement issued in London said that the journalists were prevented from performing their professional responsibilities, which was unjust and condemnable. He also referred to the editor of a news agency, Sheikh Muhammad Imran who was severely tortured by Indian forces without any justification and described it the worst kind of human rights violations by Indian forces in the Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir.
The Executive Director also condemned the occupation authorities for harassing photojournalists who were performing their professional duties at Maisums Chowk in Srinagar. He appealed to all the international journalists unions to raise voice against disregard of the freedom of expression by the Indian government and the authorities in the territory.
Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl said that the repressive measures couldn’t stop the people of Jammu and Kashmir from their just struggle for securing right of self-determination. “Kashmiris will continue their struggle till they are given an opportunity to decide their political future through a referendum supervised by the United Nations,” he maintained.
A delegation of Indian civil society, led by social activist, Swami Agnivesh, while expressing concern over the deteriorating situation in Kashmir, has said that Indian forces are killing innocent people in Jammu and Kashmir for demanding their inalienable right of self-determination.
The members of the delegation staged a sit-in at Municipal Park against the human rights violations by the occupation authorities in Jammu & Kashmir.
Social activist, Swami Agnivesh, while talking to newsmen on the occasion said, “I regret that Indian politicians are reacting to the Kashmir dispute from their offices in New Delhi. At a time when human rights violations in valley are on rise and 65 innocent people have lost their lives, the Indian government is not reaching out to the victimised Kashmiri society.”
Criticising the conduct of Indian forces, he said, “We have seen police and CRPF deployment all across the valley and one can understand who the killer is. It is absolute violation of human rights, which in no way is justifiable.”
“We will carry a message from here and make every Indian to listen to it. The Prime Minister and Home Minister of India should have addressed the grievances after the killing spree. I appeal the mass leaders to join hands against the atrocities inflicted on innocent Kashmiris,” Agnivesh said.
At the sit-in, the delegation members were holding placards inscribed with slogans like “Release all political prisoners”, “repeal draconian laws”, “initiate independent inquiry into recent killings” and “stop use of firing on protesters.”
Senior Vice President of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R, Javed Ahmad Mir has said that the occupation authorities are using brute force to crush the ongoing liberation movement.
Javed Ahmad Mir, addressing a massive demonstration at Budshah Chowk against the unprovoked firing on youth at Maisuma, said that the authorities couldn’t crush the resolve of Kashmiris and the movement will be taken to its logical conclusion despite all odds.
He said that New Delhi had given unbridled powers to armed forces to suppress the sentiments of Kashmiris. “This is a sheer barbaric act that bullets are being fired on unarmed people without any provocation,” he added.
The JKLF-R leader appealed to the international human rights organisations to take cognisance of the unabated killings in the occupied territory by Indian forces.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz (M) Umar Farooq has said that the current uprising in Jammu & Kashmir should be an eye-opener for the Indian government.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview said that people sacrifices had proved it beyond doubt that the uprising was not motivated but a spontaneous expression of peoples’ anger against India. He warned New Delhi that it should bear in mind that it could no longer hoodwink the people of the occupied territory.
Rubbishing the autonomy and self-rule proposals, the APHC Chairman also stressed the need for fixing short and long-term goals for the current movement. “People of Kashmir have amply evidenced that they don’t mind sacrificing even their blood in fighting for their rights,” Mirwaiz said.
He said that the ongoing uprising had, besides India, also brought down a lot of pressure on the international community for resolution of the Kashmir dispute. “Those people who had wrongly concluded that everything was fine in Kashmir after the elections must have seen that even those people who participated in elections too are now agitating on the roads,” Mirwaiz added.
The APHC Chairman said that participation of people in elections or their seeking of jobs had something to do with their day-to-day problems of survival but linking it with the larger questions pertaining to their political future was wrong and India media and intelligentsia must bear it in mind.
Talking about the “Quit Kashmir Movement” by the APHC (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, against massive human rights violations in the occupied territory, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that they supported the agitation.