Islamabad, October 24 (KMS): Vice President of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, has welcomed the US House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing on human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in a statement issued in Islamabad said that the committee held threadbare discussion besides raising serious concern over the worsening human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

He also hailed Nitasha Kaul, Associate Professor at International Relations Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, and Angana Chatterji, co-chair of the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative at the University of California, for highlighting the plight of Kashmiris and exposing Indian state terrorism in Kashmir.

Referring to Nitasha Kaul and Prof Chatterji’s statements presented before the committee Mehmood Ahmed Saghar said that they had rightly pointed out that the Indian state and its repressive policies had been main cause and consequence of widespread rights abuses in the territory.

He thanked Congressman Brad Sherman for convening the hearing and expressed the hope that the historic move will be instrumental in breaking the myth of so-called normalcy narrative on Kashmir being peddled by India.

Reacting to Jammu and Kashmir governor, Satya Pal Malik’s recent statement, he said that it was a part of the BJP government’s smear campaign to defame Hurriyat leadership besides creating confusion among the Kashmiri masses. He said that during the ongoing liberation struggle Hurriyat leaders had gone through trials and tribulations at the hands of the Indian authorities. He said that besides enduring imprisonments, Hurriyat leaders and their families had to bear the brunt of state oppression. “Even a number of top-rank Hurriyat leaders including Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and Sheikh Abdul Aziz were brutally killed by Indian forces,” he said. He added that the Kashmiris are politically conscious and would never fall prey to such gimmicks and vile machinations by the Indian government and its cronies in occupied Kashmir.

Mehmood Saghar also appreciated Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, who refused to retract his criticism of New Delhi’s actions in occupied Kashmir despite Indian traders calling for an unprecedented boycott of Malaysian palm oil.

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