Srinagar, September 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have hailed the report of Amnesty International (AI) that asked the Indian government to immediately stop the use of pellet guns by Indian troops against the protesters in the territory.

APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, while hailing the report, termed it an eye-opener for India which claims to be the largest democracy of the world. He said a total ban on the indiscriminate use of pallet guns and other lethal weapons against the human beings as demanded by the Amnesty International needs compliance by Indian authorities.

He deplored that the lethal weapons are used against the peaceful protests organized by the people raising the slogan for right to self-determination since 1947. He added that the frequent use of heavy weapons and repressive measures in the territory had become the routine matter and people were being subjected to such cruel methods of physical and mental torture.

The APHC Chairman also condemned the action of India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) of summoning the Kashmir High Court Bar Association President, Mian Abdul Qayoom, repeatedly at its Delhi office. He termed the role of NIA as highly politically-motivated to victimize respectable people belonging to all walks of life so as to keep them away from the people’s ongoing peaceful movement for achieving the right to self-determination.

Syed Ali Gilani praised the steadfastness shown by a young Hurriyat activist, Umar Aadil Dar, who has been detained in Humhama police station in a fictitious case.

He appealed to the UN and world human rights organizations to prevail upon the Indian government to stop the use of lethal weapons and other atrocities against the peace-loving people of occupied Kashmir.

The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said, “The strong censuring of the authorities by the Amnesty International with regard to the indiscriminate and inhuman use of pellet guns against the people of Kashmir is based on facts and figures and should serve as an eye-opener to all champions of human rights in India and the world over.”

Hurriyat leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt and Javaid Ahmad Mir, in their statements in Srinagar also hailed the Amnesty International’s report.

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