Upsurge in arrests aimed at terrorizing Kashmiris: Bashir


In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference General Secre-tary, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani has expressed his deep concern over the recent upsurge in arbitrary arrests and frequent raids on political activists by a so-called State Investigation Agency (SIA) and other intelligence agencies.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani in a statement issued in Srina-gar said that the upsurge in arbitrary arrests was aimed at terrorising the freedom-loving people in the occupied territory.

He said scores of youth have been arrested in addition to 8-hour long questioning of half a dozen Jamaat-e-Islami senior leaders, including its Ameer, Abdul Hameed Fayaz by the SIA. He said all these pressure tactics have failed to deter the freedom-loving people of Kashmir from pursuing their le-gitimate demand for inalienable right to self-determination.

The APHC General Secretary said Kashmir is neither a law and order problem nor a land dispute which can be solved by military power.

Contrary to this, he added Kashmir is purely a political dispute which has been recognised by the United Nations and its Security Council as an issue of right to self-determination.

He denounced the use of brute force against the resistance leadership and common people to sup-press the genuine voice for their political, social, religious and other fundamental rights. He said, “Our history of resistance bears testimony to the fact that these repressive practices have utterly failed to yield anything to India. The fact of the matter is that the brave people of Kashmir have dedicated their all material belongings and precious lives for the sacred cause of freedom from Indian illegal occupation.”

The Hurriyat leader, taking a dig on the ruling Indian fascist regime for its heinous criminal record in IIOJK, said the freedom-loving people of Kash-mir only want their right to self-determination, which is a peaceful and democratic formula to re-solve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani urged the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, to help settle the Kashmir dispute and put pressure on India to stop extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and gross violations of human rights perpetrated by the Indian forces in IIOJK.—INP


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