Multiple funerals held for martyrs

Srinagar, May 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two Kashmiri youth in Kulgam district, today.

The troops martyred the youth during a pre-dawn cordon and search operation in Gopalpora area of the district. The martyrs were identified as Zahid Ahmed Mantoo and Irfan Manzoor. Zahid was a resident of Feeripora area of Shopian while Irfan belonged to Paonwhi, Kulgam. Three houses were also damaged during the several-hour operation. The authorities suspended mobile internet service in Kulgam and Shopian districts.

Multiple rounds of funeral prayers were held for the martyred youth in their native areas of Shopian and Kulgam districts. Thousands of people flouting restrictions turned up and participated in the funerals. Pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans were raised, on the occasion. The troops also launched cordon and search operations in different areas of Srinagar, Shopian, Pulwama and Bandipora districts.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, welcomed the seeking of details by three Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council from India about torture and killing in the occupied territory. He, however, stressed more aggressive role by the United Nations to stop frequent killings, torture, arbitrary arrest, custodial deaths and incidents of rape by hundreds of thousands of personnel of Indian occupational forces in the territory.

The High Court Bar Association of the occupied territory in a statement also appreciated UN Special Rapporteurs for seeking details from India on steps taken to provide justice to rights victims in IOK.

Meanwhile, in total disregard to the international obligations, India has shamelessly informed the United Nations Human Rights Council that it will not entertain any communication with the HRC Special Rapporteurs on its report on human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. Indian newspaper The Hindu reported that between 2016 and 2018 the UN Special Rapporteurs had sent as many as 58 communications but had received no response from India.

The Kashmir Council Europe organized a one-day camp in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, in connection with its Europe based one-million signature campaign on Kashmir. The Europeans showed their keen interest in the event and expressed solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir. The KCEU Chairman, Ali Raza Syed, on the occasion said that the purpose of the signature campaign was to highlight the Indian atrocities against the people of the occupied territory.


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