APHC concerned over grim situation in IIOJK


In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has termed the current situation in the territory as most volatile after the rapid surge in target killings, arbitrary arrests and human rights abuses with impunity by Indian troops and secret agencies.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed concern over the increasing incidents of target killing of civilians in the territory.

He said, it is surprising that in the presence of one million troops where even birds are scarred to open their wings, such killings have become a routine matter. The spokesman strongly condemned the cold-blooded murder of an innocent civilian, Parvez Ahmad, by Indian troops in Islamabad district.

Pervez was killed after the troops opened fire at his vehicle. On the other hand, Indian police have arrested over 540 Kashmiris during house raids in Srinagar, Shopian, Badgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Islamabad, Kulgam, Baramulla and other areas in the last couple of days.

Most of those arrested include Hurriyat leaders, activists and members of Jamaat-e-Islami of the occupied territory.

The police are also summoning elderly women to police stations and harassing them for their support to the ongoing freedom movement.

The occupation authorities have shifted at least 25 detainees from Srinagar Central Jail to the Poonch jail in Jammu region.

Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League Acting Chairman, Abdul Ahad Parra, in a statement in Srinagar condemned the move terming it violation of the basic rights of the detainees.

The authorities booked the illegally detained 65-year-old Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir leader, Mohammad Shaban Dar, for the second time under draconian law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Indian police locked up the main entrance of Peoples Democratic Party President, Mehbooba Mufti’s residence in Srinagar to prevent her from visiting Islamabad district, today.

Two Indian policemen were injured after unidentified gunmen fired upon a police party in Manzgam area of Kulgam district, today.

Soon after the attack Indian troops and police cordoned off the areas and launched searches to nab the attackers. Indian troops also launched a cordon and search operation in Methan area of Srinagar in the wee hours, today.

Meanwhile, All India Congress Committee In-charge for IIOJK and Member of Indian Parliament, Rajni Patil, talking to reporters at Naidkhai in Bandipora, today, said the ongoing situation in Kashmir has exposed the fake claims of normalcy in the territory often being made by the Modi government.

In a major diplomatic achievement of Pakistan’s foreign policy, two resolutions on the situation in IIOJK have been presented to the Swedish Parliament for discussion.

These resolutions urge the Swedish government, in cooperation with the UN, the EU and the rest of the international community, to give its full support to a settlement of the Kashmir dispute, which is of utmost importance to enable a peace process.

The parliament will debate these motions later this month. Both the motions have been filed by members of the ruling Social Democrat Party, Serkan Kose and Johan Buser.—KMS

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