Indian blatant HR violations in IOK turn South Asia a Volatile Region

Tyrannized Kashmiris are destined to face mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape & sexual abuse.

Grave human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir is an ongoing issue and they range from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech.

 Indians have deployed seven hundred thousand troops in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) along with powers to inflict the worst form of torture on innocent Kashmiris without of any justification. Presently, Indian troops are present ratio of Indian troops is one equal to six or seven Kashmiris. Deployment of such a big number of troops in a small portion of land has converted the IOK into the most densely militarized area in the world.

 The occupying Indian army, central reserve police force, border security personnel and various fanatic Hindu groups have been accused and held accountable for committing severe human rights abuses against innocent Kashmiris.

 Revised figures from Indian sources state the number of civilians killed due to the Kashmiri insurgency has been estimated to over one hundred thousand civilians killed by occupying security forces.

 Diplomatic cables obtained by Wikileaks revealed that the ICRC briefed US officials in Delhi in 2005 about the use of torture from 2002-2004 by security forces against hundreds of detainees suspected of being connected to or having information about militants.

 On July 08, enjoying full powers and rights to kill Kashmiris without any justification the occupying forces martyred Burhan Wani, a 22 year old Kashmiri leader. He was immensely popular amongst the masses in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK), particularly with the youth. Extensive use of social media by Burhan Wani, inviting Kashmiri youth to resist against Indian Occupation made him an icon of the resistance movement in IoK.

 Following his death, usurping forces imposed curfew in IoK to prevent large protests. Despite curfew, around 200,000 people attended, back to back 50 funerals, of Burhan Wani. People are protesting in huge numbers since his death. The Indian occupation forces have unleashed a reign of terror on the civilians to deter them from protesting.

Raja Farooq Haider becomes 12th AJK Prime Minister

Raja Farooq Haider Khan of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz became the 12th Prime Minister of Azad Jammu & Kashmir after winning the confidence of the new Legislative Assembly.Raja Farooq secured 38 votes in the 49-member assembly that held its first session in Muzaffarabad. Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Party (JKPP) president did not attend Sunday’s session.

A joint candidate of Muslim Conference and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Ghulam Mohiuddin Dewan and Chaudhry Mohammad Yaseen of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party garnered five votes apiece.

Earlier, the resolution for the election of Khan as AJK prime minister was moved in the assembly by Ahmad Raza Qadri. The newly elected prime minister in his maiden speech said there is no room for corruption and violation of merit in AJK.

 The Indian armed forces are using live ammunition on the mobs which has caused much civilian causality. Around 50 people have been killed and more than 3500 people injured. It is being reported that around 400 injured are in critical condition and more than 70 of the injured may have become permanently blind. This figure is increasing every day due to the continued protests and severe injuries.

Firing by the Indian forces on peaceful protesters is not acceptable under any circumstances. The victims of indiscriminate firing include women, children, and elderly. Curfew remains imposed in most parts of the Indian occupied Kashmir valley. Mobile and internet services remain suspended in the valley. University and school examinations have been postponed.

 Due to curfew, people have been denied access to food and basic emergency services. There have been incidents of violence, harassment, teargas shelling in hospitals, to prevent access to hospitals and movement of ambulances. It is a clear manifestation of State-terrorism to suppress Kashmiri’s voice for the right to self determination.

 The use of lethal force against the innocent civilians, protesting peacefully over extrajudicial killings, is deplorable and constitutes blatant violation of International Human Rights and Humanitarian laws. The Hurriyat Leadership has been arrested or is under House arrest. Through their messages, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mir Waiz Umar Farooq have appreciated Pakistan’s principled position.

 The spontaneous and wide-spread uprising proves that Kashmir struggle is indigenous and rejects the Indian accusations against Pakistan of stirring troubles in IOK. The killings of innocent Kashmiri people cannot be condoned under the alleged pretext of terrorism. The just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination cannot be equated with terrorism.

Amid grim tension in the Indian Held Kashmir, Pakistanis and Kashmiris observed Black Day to record their protest against ever increasing worst human rights’ violations committed by Indian occupying forces in the form denying fundamental rights of the Kashmiris as well as inflicting the inhuman torture on innocent Kashmiris.

Black Day was observed across the country and on both sides of Line of Control on Wednesday to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir and condemn grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.  Rallies and functions were held across the country and Azad Kashmir to draw attention of the world community towards the burning issue of Kashmir. All officials of federal and provincial governments wore black arms band while on duty to express political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris.

Indians have deployed seven hundred thousand troops in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) along with powers to inflict worst form of torture on innocent Kashmiris without of any justification. Presently, Indian troops are present ratio of Indian troops is one equal to six or seven Kashmiris. Deployment of such a big number of troops in a small portion of land has converted the IOK into the most densely militarized area in the world.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a special ceremony to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir on the occasion of Black Day being observed by Pakistan to condemn the brutalities by Indian armed forces against innocent and unarmed civilians in IOK.

In their statements both the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi strongly condemned the inhuman and oppressive measures of the Indian armed forces. They urged that Pakistan is a party to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions and demanded that those resolutions be implemented by India.

Erum Akbar

Author is an executive editor of Melange and Secretary Information Center of Pakistan And International Relations

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