India urged to stop massacre in Kashmir

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Islamabad—People in Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir and across the globe observed October 27 as Black Day against India’s illegitimate occupation of Kashmir. The day is marked as a Black Day to protest against India which sent its troops to Srinagar on October 27, 1947 and illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
In Islamabad, speakers at a seminar on Thursday strongly condemned the recent spate of violence and oppression unleashed by Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and called upon India to immediately stop the massacre.
The seminar organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Young Parliamentarian Forum Pakistan was held at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) to mark the ‘Kashmir Black Day’ and express solidarity with Kashmiris of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). Mushaal Hussein Mullick, Chairperson Peace and Culture Organization in her speech stressed that peaceful and legitimate struggle of Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination could not be crushed. She said more than 10,000 people in IoK were missing since 1989, leaving more than 1,500 half-widows after the forced disappearances of their husbands by the Indian forces. She said in the era of globalization, it was impossible to ignore the demand of Kashmiris and Palestinians.
She said international community should stand with Kashmiri civilians including youth, women and children, who were being brutally tortured by Indian security forces. Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the people in Indian Occupied Kashmir had suffered massive human rights abuses and since 1947, more than 200,000 Kashmiris had been killed by the Indian security forces. He said onward July 8 after the killing of Kashmiri youth Burhan Wani, 150 civilians were killed, 15,000 injured, nearly 7,000 arrested and 200 fully blinded while around 1,000 were partially blinded by use of pellet guns.
Syed Faiz Naqshbandi representing the All Pakistan Hurriyet Conference (APHC) spoke on the legal perspective of Indian laws relating to human rights. He mentioned that Indian security forces had been given virtual immunity to commit human rights violations in Kashmir under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA). He said the continuous occupation of the Valley was an attempt to dodge the international community on non-implementation of resolutions of United Nations Security Council.
He regretted that Indian government had given its security forces in IOK the right-to-shoot innocent Kashmiris. Murtaza Shibli, a writer who recently visited the Occupied Valley shared an eye-account of the plight of Kashmiris. He mentioned that Kashmir was the ‘most militarized zone on earth’ with more than 80,000 army and paramilitary forces and 200,000 police intelligence deployed in the Valley.—APP

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