In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, senior APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party Shabbir Ahmed Shah has expressed serious concern over the rising incidents of Indian state terrorism and fast deteriorating political and human rights situation in the territory.
In his message from Tihar jail, New Delhi, the incarcerated leader while referring to rising incidents of violence in the valley said said that on one hand India has given a license to its forces to kill innocent Kashmiris while on the other it has been shamelessly using anti-terror laws to silence legitimate political voices.
Condemning the life imprisonment to Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, he said, Malik’s unjust sentencing and denial of right to fair trial speak volumes about how India is using its state apparatus to crush the legitimate political struggle for right to self-determination.
About the recent surge in killings of youth in Kashmir, Shah said that the systematic killing of civilians, particularly the youth, is a part of the Indian government’s deep-rooted conspiracy to change the demography of Kashmir.
“Innocent and educated youth are deliberately targeted and killed mercilessly by the occupation forces during cordon and search operation”, Shah said.
He said it was shocking to see that civil society activists, journalists and rights defenders were being detained under seditious laws and subjected to worst treatment in jails and interrogation centers.
Terming it as flagrant violations of the Geneva Convention and other world covenants the APHC leader said that terrorizing rights activists and their families were part of Indian government’s clampdown campaign to suppress dissent in the region.
“Rights activists have always been at the receiving end; they are arrested, tortured, humiliated and harassed by the Indian forces deployed in length and breadth of the valley”, he said.
The DFP leader also voiced his grave concern over the continued illegal detention of Kashmiri prisoners who have been languishing in different Indian jails.—KMS