HR situation in IOK reflects unabated use of force: FO » Kashmir Media Service

Islamabad, August 02 (KMS): Foreign Office (FO) Spokesman, Dr Mohammad Faisal has said the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir reflects the unabated use of force, oppression, suppression and mass killings by Indian forces of innocent Kashmiris.

Dr Mohammad Faisal in his weekly briefing, today, said during last month, Indian troops in unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred twenty-one (21) Kashmiris including four young boys and a woman. He said during the month, 310 Kashmiris were also critically injured, when Indian police and paramilitary personnel used brute force and fired pellet guns and teargas shells against peaceful demonstrators. The troops also damaged 46 houses during this period.

The Foreign Office spokesman said the Bureau Chief of Washington Post for India, Annie Gowan said that she was not granted a special permit to report in occupied Kashmir and voiced her frustration and disappointment regarding this issue on her twitter account.

He said India attempts to hide the human rights violations carried out by the Indian forces in Kashmir by banning the entry of foreign journalists is condemnable and will render no success. This action belies the illusion being created by India and reflects its autocratic and fascist mindset. If India has nothing to hide, it should allow the foreign journalists and Commission of Inquiry as recommended by OHCHR, he added.

He said, “We express our deep worry and concern over the unhygienic conditions provided in Central Jail of Srinagar and District Jail in Rajouri, where a number of so-called political prisoners have been packed beyond capacity, besides denying the basic medical facilities and delaying the free and fair trials of the prisoners.”

He urged the international community to take notice of the plight of all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Masarat Alam Butt, Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Aiyaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Merajudin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori and hundreds of Hurriyet leaders in different jails and interrogations centres.

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