Kashmiris in thousands rendered refugees in 28 yearsNIA being used to harass Hurriyet leaders

Srinagar, June 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the unabated Indian state terrorism during the last twenty eight years has forced over thirty five thousand Kashmiris to live outside the territory as refugees.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of World Refugee Day, today, revealed that over two million Kashmiri refugees lived in camps in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan and in the European countries since the start of struggle for Kashmiris’ birth right in 1947.

To avenge celebrations by Kashmiri youth over Pakistan’s win against India in ICC Champions Trophy, Indian troops barged into houses in Shopian, Kulgam, Bandipora and Pampore areas and vandalized property and subjected inmates to ruthless torture. The forces’ action led to forceful pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The puppet authorities imposed curfew in Pampore, today, to prevent people from visiting the family of a martyred youth, Aadil Mushtaq Mir, who was recently martyred by Indian troops. The troops used brute force on the mourners who had gathered to pay tributes to the martyr.

The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said that India’s National Investigating Agency was being used as a war weapon to harass Hurriyet leaders. The leaders hailed the religious, social and political contributions of great scholar and Ummat-e-Islami founder, Qazi Nisar, on his martyrdom anniversary.

The High Court Bar Association while releasing a report after the visit by its two-member team to different jails of the occupied territory demanded the intervention by international human rights organizations to mitigate the sufferings of Kashmiri detainees and under-trial prisoners. The Bar Association asked the International Committee of Red Cross, UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to send their teams to visit the territory’s jails to take stock of the plight of the detainees.

Meanwhile, two persons were injured, one of them critically, after an Indian army vehicle hit a motorcycle in Chakloo village of Rafiabad in Baramulla district. Residents of Saidpora Payeen of Shopian district held protests against the vandalizing of property and beating of locals by Indian troops in the area.

Liberation activist, Showket Ali Wani alias Rashid Wani, passed away in Islamabad. He spent his entire life working for the Kashmir freedom movement.

In Geneva, Kashmiri representative, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, addressing the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council said that the women were the worst victims of Indian atrocities and human rights defenders were under attack by the state forces in occupied Kashmir. He urged the Council to send a fact-finding mission to occupied Kashmir to bring forth the real situation on ground in the territory.

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