114 people killed, 15,000 injured in 139 days of uprising
Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, 114 people have been killed due to the use of brute force by Indian forces’ personnel on peaceful protesters during the 139 days of the ongoing mass uprising in the territory.
According to a report released by the research section of Kashmir Media Service, today, over 15,000 people, mostly youth, have been injured during the Intifada, which was triggered by the extrajudicial killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, by Indian troops on July 8, 2016. Of those injured, more than 7,300 have sustained pellet injuries. Around 1,600 of the pellet victims were hit in the eyes; 22 of whom have been blinded totally, while 307 are at the verge of losing their eyesight. Over 9,030 people including Hurriyet leaders and activists have been arrested for participating in anti-India demonstrations during the period and black law Public Safety Act has been invoked against 600 of them.
Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Ali Raza Syed and the High Court Bar Association of the occupied territory in their separate statements strongly denounced the killing of innocent people in the aggression unleashed by India along the Line of Control. They termed the killing of civilians travelling in a passenger bus in Neelam valley of in Azad Jammu Kashmir as barbaric and said that the lingering Kashmir dispute was the main reason behind such incidents.
The leaders called upon India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to settle the Kashmir dispute to avoid further causalities. They expressed sympathy with the bereaved families and prayed for the early recovery of the injured.
A Hurriyet delegation led by Muhammad Musaddiq Aadil visited Kakapora area of Pulwama district to express sympathy and solidarity with the family members of a martyred youth, Rayees Ahmad Dar. The youth was recently martyred by Indian troops during a siege and search operation in the area.
The member of so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed interacting with people at various places in Islamabad district appealed to the United Nations to send fact finding teams to take stock of deteriorating human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.—KMS