Indian Army unleashed new wave of brutalities in IOK in guise of Coronvirus pandemic

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Indian Army unleashed new wave of brutalities in IOK in guise of Coronvirus pandemic

LONDON: British Kashmiri Organisations have shown deep concern over brutalities of the Indian army keeping up in occupied Kashmir.

Both the Kashmir Youth Assembly (KYA) and the Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) held a video conference in London and adopted a joint declaration stating that the world is busy in combating COVID-19 which is a pandemic of unprecedented dimensions.

This crisis is being shamelessly exploited by India according to Kashmiri organisations. The youth of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) are at the forefront of seeking the implementation of their right to self-determination under the United Nations resolutions.

In the declaration, it was said that the youth of IOK has borne the brunt of the Indian terror. Independent sources suggest that terror continues, during this pandemic, against the Kashmiri youth.

In recent days the international news media has reported an increase in the Indian military “cordon and search operations” resulting in a range of human rights violations including physical intimidation and assault, invasion of privacy, arbitrary arrest, and unlawful detention.

Killings (staging fake encounters), collective punishments, and destruction of private properties is another dirty face of the Indian army adopting the principle target to the youth, their families, and properties.

The conference showed its deep concern over the violation of human rights and arrest of 13,000 young people between the ages of 9 and 16. Besides, being subjected to torture, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment.

It has also been reported in international media organisations that the Indian military forces have started to engage in ceasefire violations on the Cease Fire Line (commonly known as Line of Control) by firing and shelling into Azad Jammu and Kashmir territory inflicting civilian casualties.

The conference alleged that post 5th August 2019 Indian troops have killed 100 youth. The killing of Kashmiri youth must stop immediately. The ceasefire violations must be brought to an end immediately.

“Arbitrary and unlawful detention must cease forthwith and that all prisoners released including the release of Masrat Zahra, a 26-year-old award-winning photojournalist accused of "uploading anti-national,” said participants.