People’s voice being suppressed by detentions, torture

Srinagar, November 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that India is continuing its illegal hold on Jammu and Kashmir by dint of over seven hundred thousand troops, a biased judiciary and communal media.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of occupied territory were being subjected to the worst kind of human rights violations. He strongly condemned the shifting of senior APHC leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt, to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu after booking him under draconian law, Public Safety Act, framing of charges against another senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, and extension of judicial remand of Hurriyat leaders, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Nayeem Ahmed Khan in Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail. He termed these actions as the worst form of political vendetta.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, addressing a gathering at Khanqah-e-Mualla in Srinagar said, India’s so-called democracy believes in suppressing people’s voices by jailing, torturing and oppressing them. He said that thousands of Kashmiris including young and old were languishing in jails and detention centers and their life had been made a hell. He termed the slapping of PSA on Masarrat Aalam Butt for the 36th time and charge-sheeting of Shabbir Ahmed Shah under false charges as the worst acts of intimidation. He said that such tactics could not suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom sentiment and they would continue their struggle till complete success.

Hurriyat leaders, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Devender Singh, and leaders of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and Salvation Movement addressing public gatherings at different places said that the people of Kashmir would not rest till the settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with their aspirations.

People took to the streets and staged anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar, Kulgam, Islamabad, Sopore, Palhalan and Hajin areas. They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.

On the other hand, a book authored by a former chief engineer of occupied Kashmir, Muhammad Yousuf Butt, illustrating the ill-treatment meted out to the Kashmiri prisoners was released at a function in Srinagar. The book ‘Prison Diary – Kashmir untold story 1965-68’ was released during the function organised by Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies. It is a compilation of the prison diary of the author during his incarceration in mid sixties and delves over the pathetic jail conditions, interrogation and behaviour of jail authorities.

One Indian policeman was killed and another injured when some unknown persons opened fire on a police party in Zakura area of Srinagar, today.

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