Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday called on the international community to hold India accountable for perpetrating human rights abuses and torture against the residents of India-occupied Kashmir.
In his message on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, observed on June 26, the premier noted that women, men and children living in occupied Kashmir have “faced pellet guns, sexual assault, electrocution, and physical and mental torture” at the hands of Indian forces.
He said these atrocities carried out “on orders of the Hindutva Supremacist Occupation Modi government” are well documented by the United Nations, human rights organisations and international media.
“A continuing silence in the face of such blatant abuse is against international human rights and humanitarian laws and must be unacceptable,” the prime minister tweeted.
Prime Minister Imran also reiterated his criticism of India while launching Ehsaas Cash Emergency Programme in Azad Jammu and Kashmir to help the people hit by Indian ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.
He said the helpless people of occupied Kashmir were facing unprecedented torture by India and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-inspired “extremist Modi government”.
“I am grateful today that we have been given an opportunity to help the people living around LoC braving hardships and economic losses due to cross border firing,” the premier said while addressing the ceremony in Muzaffarabad on Friday. The premier said the 800,000 Indian army troops were inflicting torture on the Kashmiris “with a plan”, adding that Modi’s mindset had become clear with his role in the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat.
“He is not a normal man; he is a psychopath. He thinks of the Nazis as role models and that’s why he thinks this way,” he told the audience. The prime minister said the Indian violence in occupied Kashmir was “going towards genocide.”
“They will also go after Sikhs and other lower castes, this is a Brahman mindset. It is destroying India in reality … the Hindu who are literate understand where he is taking them.”
The premier said the
Kashmiri movement cannot be suppressed through force and his government will take the issue to the world.
“We raised this issue to a great extent in the UN but unfortunately when we came back someone had the Azaadi March, so that was sabotaged and the cause was muted. We will pick it up again and build up to August 5,” he announced.
On the occasion, the prime minister announced a special relief package for people living close to the Line of Control under the government’s flagship Ehsaas welfare programme.
He said the programme will reach 138,000 families in the region who will receive cash assistance, while 1.2 million people in AJK will also receive health cards, which they can use to avail treatment of up to one million rupees. AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and President Sardar Masood Khan among other officials were also present during the occasion.