Kashmiris facing brunt of HR abuses

Srinagar, September 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred eight youth in Sopore, Kupwara and Riasi areas of the territory, today.

Of these martyred two were killed in Sopore, three in Kupwara and three in Jhajjar Kotli area of Reasi. All of them were shot dead during cordon and search operations by Indian troops. Indian army pressed gunship helicopters into the service during the operation in Jhajjar Kotli. Eight Indian army personnel including one officer were injured in the two different places. The authorities imposed restrictions and suspended internet services, while educational institutions were closed in the name of precautionary measures.

The Joint Resistance Leadership has described the statement of new UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet as a ray of hope for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, facing the brunt of human rights violations at the hands of Indian occupation forces. The leadership in a statement in Srinagar expressed grave concern over the inhuman treatment meted out to the political prisoners in different jails.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed on the second consecutive day, today, in Langate, Handwara and Zaengeer areas of North Kashmir against the killing of two youth by the troops, on Tuesday. People of Sopore will go on strike, tomorrow, against the gruesome murder of Hurriyat activist, Hakeem-ur-Rehman and other killings at the hands of Indian forces. Call for the strike has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership.

The Kashmir Journalists Association held a protest rally at Lal Chowk in Srinagar to express solidarity with the illegally detained journalist, Aasif Sultan.

Indian police arrested Hurriyat leaders, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Shakeel Ahmed Bakhshi in Islamabad and Srinagar areas, today.

On the other hand, the United Nations has listed India and Israel, two best allies, among 38 shameful countries, which carried out reprisals or intimidation against people cooperating with the World Body on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests. Meanwhile, the annual list released by the White House continues to place India among the countries that are major transit points for or producer of illicit drugs.

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