In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML) has hailed its illegally incarcerated Chairman and All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Masarat Alam Butt for his courage and steadfastness.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Masarat Alam Butt has spent half of his life in Indian jails for his commitment to the Kashmir cause and representing the aspirations of the Kashmiris for the right to self-determination according to United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The JKML in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the jailed leader was detained 39 times under black law Public Safety Act (PSA), quashed by the high court of the territory.
The JKML strongly condemned massive crackdown operations in the territory as the Indian troops along with members of Village Defense Guards continued house to house searches of the residences of Muslims for the second week in several villages and towns of Poonch and Rajouri of Pir Panchaal range, Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban of Chenab Valley and Reasi and Kathua districts.
Indian forces along with Indian paramilitary forces have also raised a pro-India militia in the name of Village Defense Guards and started imparting arms training to its members. According to media reports the training camps have been established at Mahadev Menka firing range near the Line of Control in Sunderbani area of Rajouri district which has caused a sense of fear among the Muslims of the territory. —INP