Occupied Kashmir: A new history in making

Occupied Kashmir: A new history in making

SRINAGAR - The recent killings in Indian Held Kashmir <link> (IHK) shocked the entire Valley of Azad Jammu and Kashmir <link> and Pakistan.

Following the killings of more than 20 innocent people in South Kashmir’s Shopian and Islamabad districts on Sunday in IHK the entire nation from Karachi to Muzaffarabad condemned the carnage. The funeral prayers of the martyred Kashmiris were attended by tens of thousands people in IHK.

It was the first time when mourners could not find space in the grounds and they climbed trees to attend the last rites of martyred people.

It happened first time in the history of Kashmir <link> that women and men offered funeral prayers together which was enough to show the pain of Kashmiris to the world.

‘Condemnation day’ was observed across AJK and Pakistan where people took to the streets to pay homage to the martyred people and condemned the Indian forces brutal action against the civilians. Anti-India protest rallies were also taken out to seek the world attention towards the rising human rights abuses in IHK.

Since March 01 to April 4, around 50 people were martyred, 16 were killed in custody while 198 were tortured, 117 civilians were arrested, 35 structures were gutted, five women were widowed, and six children were orphaned.

On April 4, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reached Muzaffarabad , the capital city of Azad Jammu andKashmir <link> (AJK) to address the joint session of Kashmir <link> Council (KC) and Legislative Assembly to express solidarity with the people of IHK.

Prime Minister Abbasi said that United Nations should immediately appoint a special envoy to settle the Jammu andKashmir <link> dispute.

He said federal cabinet in Islamabad condemned the killings of IHK on April 2 to remind the world of their role to settle theKashmir <link> issue.

Premier Abbasi further said that global human rights organisations and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) human rights wing must be allowed to visit IHK. Premier Abbasi further said that Pakistan will continue to support Kashmiri brothers and sisters politically, diplomatically and morally to achieve their right of self-determination.

“ We condemn the recent killings in IHK and India must keep in mind that the suppression and oppression will never defeat Kashmiris,” PM Abbasi added.

Prime Minister Abbasi further said that special delegations would be sent abroad to raise theKashmir <link> issue and brief the world about the rising human rights violations in IHK. He thanked the brotherly Muslim countries Turkey and Iran for showing their concern on the rising human rights violations in IHK.

Prime Minister also met the delegation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and assured them full support form the government and people of Pakistan. The visit of premier Abbasi along with cabinet members to Azad Kashmir <link> will send a good message to Indian Occupied Kashmir <link> .

By: Mohammad Aslam Mir