‘This is nothing short of war crime’, says MP after LoC visit » Kashmir Media Service

London, September 01 (KMS): ‘This is nothing short of a war crime, and it is time that the international community should visit the Line of Control to see for themselves the horrific potential of a genocide that is beginning to unfold in the region as the sons and daughters of Kashmir are oppressed, persecuted, shot at and forced from their homes.”

This was stated by Bradford East’s Labour MP, Imran Hussain, who flew out to Pakistan last week to head to the Line of Control in Azad Kashmir. He met with senior officials from Azad Kashmir and Pakistan, said the London-based The Telegraph.

Mr Hussain said: “Earlier this week I visited the Line of Control in Kashmir to personally receive a high-level briefing from senior officers in the Pakistani military on the ongoing situation in Kashmir. “What they told me was extremely shocking, with horrific tales and testimonies from civilians living in the region.

“Almost a month after revoking Articles 370 and 35A, I was told that the Indian Government continues to maintain their harsh lockdown and restrictions on Kashmir. “It is far worse than I could ever have imagined, with an authoritarian curfew on Kashmiris that prevent them from leaving their home. “A strict blockade is preventing medicine and food from entering the region, creating a huge humanitarian crisis as medicine and food begins to run out.”

“The harsh media blackout has seen landline phones cut off, mobile phones blocked and internet access denied, which all prevent the spread of information on what is happening in Kashmir also remains in place. “This is despite it being declared as draconian and unprecedented by the UN’s Special Rapporteur. “It continues to empower the Indian Armed Forces to continue with their brutal oppression and persecution of Kashmiris that has been heavily criticised on many occasions by human rights organisations.

“Knowing they effectively face immunity from any repercussions of their actions, I was also told in this briefing that not only have the Indian Armed Forces arrested up to 10,000 people under the draconian powers handed to these occupying forces, but that the reported use of cluster bombs, banned by many countries around the world for their indiscriminate nature and impact on civilians, is true, and that civilians in Azad Kashmir are being deliberately targeted by elements of the Indian Army.

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