Deletion of PSA clause betrays India’s prejudice

Srinagar, August 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 21 Kashmiris including four young boys and a woman during the last month of July.

According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, one of those martyred was killed in custody. One woman was rendered widowed as her husband was killed in the firing of the troops on peaceful protesters. During the month, 310 people were critically injured in firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells by the troops on mourners and protesters. As many as 169 Hurriyet leaders and activists were arrested. The troops also damaged 46 houses in the month.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement issued in Srinagar said the move to delete a provision in the black law, Public Safety Act, reflects the Indian authorities’ prejudice against the Kashmiri prisoners. He appealed to the Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other world human rights organizations to take cognizance of the plight of the Kashmiri detainees. The provision prohibited the shifting and lodging of Kashmiri residents detained under PSA in jails in India.

The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a media interview in Srinagar said that no courts or parliaments had the authority to fiddle with the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir. He warned that the resistance leadership would launch a massive agitation if an attempt was made to scrap the Article 35-A.

The business community of Kashmir, today, launched its week-long protest programme with a silent protest march in Srinagar to protect Article 35-A from any onslaughts by Hindu extremist government of Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi.

Protests were also held in Hernag area of Islamabad district against subjecting a civilian to brutal torture by Indian troops. The troops fired bullets and teargas shells on the protesters, which triggered clashes in Islamabad town.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people including Hurriyat leaders took part in the last rites of a martyred youth in Barzulla area of Srinagar, today. The mortal remains of the youth, Mudasir Butt, were brought to Srinagar after a month of his killing in a fake encounter in Kupwara. He was buried amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The authorities had imposed restrictions in Barzulla to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the killing.

An army party involved in cordon and search operation came under attack in Chak-e-Cholan area of Shopian district, today.

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