Srinagar, June 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the use of excessive forces against civilians and ransacking of properties and smashing vehicles during massive crackdown by Indian troops in Shopian district.

The APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that authorities had let loose a reign of terror and instead of making these elements accountable for their wrongdoings, they were being encouraged.

The APHC said that the authorities had declared a war on civilians and said that they as mute spectators had vested unbridled powers in forces and thus feeling unaccountable for their wrongdoings.

The statement said that people of Shopian in a telephonic message to APHC office divulged about the incident and said that troops on Monday night vandalized dozens of shops and vehicles in Vheil village of Shopian after locals burst a few firecrackers to celebrate Pakistan’s win over Sri Lanka in the ongoing Champions Trophy.

Reports reveal that the forces in a nearby camp stormed the village as if they were in a battlefield facing an enemy force, said the statement. They raided each household and caught hold of inmates, thrashed them ruthlessly. “This sheer lawlessness illustrates the egoistic and autocratic behavior of authorities.”

APHC Spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that celebrating Pakistan’s win over Sri Lanka was not legally any offence, as people love Pakistan for its moral and political support to Kashmir cause.

The APHC also denounced police authorities for subjecting youth to harsh treatment and said that youth within the jurisdiction of police station Nowhata, Maharaj Gunj, Safakadal, and Khanyar were being summoned on every Friday and Sunday in police station and subjected to humiliation.

Meanwhile, APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani expressed his deep grief over the demise of aunt of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who passed away in Islamabad, Pakistan. He expressed heartfelt condolences and solidarity with the Mirwaiz and his bereaved family.


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