Yet another snub for India over Occupied Kashmir lockdown
ISLAMABAD - In Occupied Kashmir, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons has said that the indefinite lockdown imposed by the Indian government in the aftermath of repeal of Article 370 is the extension of a de-facto State of Emergency in the territory.
The Association in a report in Srinagar said that the abrogation of Article 370 led to more serious violations of human rights.
The main brunt of this violence is being borne by the youth, politicians, civilians and religious organizations. Hundreds of detainees booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act, were shifted to various Indian jails.
The report points out that the lockdown has directly impacted all facets of life, including access to food, health and internet services, education, justice, religious freedom, business and employment.
The situation in Kashmir has gravely impacted children, many as young as 9-year-old, who were detained under PSA for being potential stone-pelters.
The Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to seethe under military siege and lockdown on the 130th running day today as well.
The Kashmiris continue to show defiance against India’s anti-Kashmir moves by staying away from businesses, educational institutions and offices.
APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement, Muhammad Shafi Reshi, in a statement in Srinagar said that India was involved in massive human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. He appealed to the international community to implement the UN resolutions for settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
On the other hand, Indian troops launched cordon and search operations in different districts of south Kashmir.
Meanwhile, British parliamentarians have urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end the four-month-long clampdown in occupied Kashmir and allow its people to exercise their right to self-determination.
They expressed these views at a seminar on the International Day of Human Rights organised by the Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK chapter in Birmingham.
Speaking on the occasion, Tehreek-e-Kashmir President Raja Fahim Kayani said the aim of this conference is to draw the world’s attention towards the continuing lockdown in IOK, which has been in place since 5th August when New Delhi revoked the autonomous status of its Muslim majority region.