‘India imposes economic blockade to weaken IIOJK freedom movement’


Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) Chairman and Hurriyat leader Altaf Ahmed Bhat on Friday said that the August 5, 2019 move was the same as Indian aggression in 1947 that changed the internationally recognised status of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and “is now consolidating its hold in various ways and also justi-fying its illegal occupation”.

These views were expressed by the Kashmiri leader at the conference “Hamara Kashmir Hamara Pakistan” at Poonch University Rawalakot organised by Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS).

He said that the government and educational in-stitutions in all provinces including AJK and G-B should play their role in promoting the narrative of Pakistaniat. “If we do not stand up today against the tactics adopted by India to silent Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik then it will eliminate all pro-freedom leaders one by one in IIOJK in days to come,” he added.

He said that India imposed an economic blockade to weaken the IIOJK freedom movement leaders and people. “India has begun the process of systematic depletion of all-natural resources in IIOJK.”

He said that India had renamed all the radio sta-tions of IIOJK after All India Radios, adding that July 13, which was Martyrs’ Day, has also been removed from the official calendar of IIOJK.

“India has given Kashmir domicile to 150,000 non-Kashmiri Hindus. Now all the universities in IIOJK are directly controlled by India from Dehli.”

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He said that all Kashmiri civil services officers are being dumped in remote areas of India and non-Kashmiri officers are being posted in the occupied valley, adding that Srinagar Press Club is run at the behest of the Indian Army.—KMS


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