Indian counter terrorism agency arrests prominent Kashmiri leader Khurrram Pervaiz

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Indian counter terrorism agency arrests prominent Kashmiri leader Khurrram Pervaiz

NEW DELHI – Amid the systematic brutalities, and illegal clamp-downs, the Indian counter-terrorism agency has detained prominent Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez under a draconian anti-terrorism law.

Reports in international media said Khurram Parvez, a prominent human rights activist in Indian-occupied Kashmir, was illegally apprehended after hours-long raids at his residence in the provincial capital.

The 44-year-old human rights activist is the program coordinator for the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, and a group that monitored human rights violations in the caged valley.

Earlier, the agency conducted raids against people in IIOJK, including activists such as Parvez and media personnel. Indian officials claimed to investigate the groups and individuals that were raising funds for separation activities.

Parvez’s arrest came after tension in occupied Kashmir. The region witnessed furious demonstrations after the deaths of two businessmen during a raid by security forces at a shopping complex.

Forces said the two civilians were killed in the crossfire during a gunfight with suspected militants and they also buried them in haste while local leaders, including Mehbooba Mufti, accused police of using the men as human shields during the shootout.