Report calls on immediate ban on use of pellet guns in IoK

Report calls on immediate ban on use of pellet guns in IoK

ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom (UK) Parliament’s All Parties Parliamentary Group on Kashmir (APPKG) has called for an immediate ban on the use of pellet guns by Indian forces against innocent people in Indian occupied Kashmir.

A recent report published by the APPKG on massive human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir also highlighted the other atrocities being committed by the Indian occupational forces.

“We offer this report as our contribution to the debate on the need for human rights to be respected, especially on the Indian held Kashmir. Far too many innocent lives have been lost already; far too many lives are blighted now”, it added.

The report further said that “Violations, most egregiously in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, framed everyday life for millions of Kashmiris where excessive state violence, systematized by a legal framework which grants near –wholesale impunity to those responsible, is routine. Its severity is well-documented independently and borne out by the breadth and detail of credible submissions made to the APPKG; it is, in sum, a reality that warrants far greater attention it receives."

APPKG has condemned the illegal detentions and enforced disappearances, draconian laws, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, under the garb of which Indian occupation forces are committing human rights abuses in the IoK with impunity.

The report has urged the government of India to repeal the draconian laws in IoK and also called for opening the prisons in IOK to international inspection.

The report stipulated that full freedom of information shall be provided to the families of suspected victims of enforced disappearances.