Indian troops martyr 95,471 Kashmiris since Jan 1989

Islamabad, December 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred 95,471 innocent Kashmiris including 7,135 in custody, since January 1989 till date.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the World Human Rights Day, today, revealed that these killings rendered 22,910 women widowed and 107,780 children orphaned.

The report said that the troops molested or disgraced 11,175 women and damaged 109,451 residential houses and other structures. It maintained that Indian troops and police subjected at least 8,000 people to custodial disappearance in the period.

The report revealed that thousands of young school boys and girls were also injured by the pellets fired by Indian troops while dozens including19-month-old Heeba Jan, Ulfat Hameed (17), Asif Ahmad Sheikh (10), Bilal Ahmad Butt (17), Insha Mushtaq, Aquib Zahoor (16), Tariq Ahmad Gojri (19) and Faizan Ashraf Tantray (19) were blinded

The report said 38 Kashmiris including two women and three young boys were martyred and of those seven were killed in fake encounter or custody during the last 128 days of lockdown by Indian troops in the territory. During the ongoing lockdown, 859 people were critically injured due to use of brute force, firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on peaceful demonstrators by Indian military, paramilitary and police personnel in the occupied territory.

The troops molested, abused and disgraced 39 women after barging into the residential houses in the period.

The occupation authorities also did not allow people to offer Friday prayers at historical Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and other religious functions like Muharam processions and Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) were not allowed since August 5.

Life remains badly affected and economy of Kashmir adversely hurt due to lockdown, restrictions and internet gag imposed by the Indian authorities. Internet gag persists while prepaid mobile and text messaging services also remain in shutdown mode. However, landline phones and voice calls on postpaid cellular networks are partially functioning in the Valley but they could not mitigate the sufferings of the people.

Resistance leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Aiyaz Muhammad Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Shahid-ul Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Mohammad Aslam Wani, businessman Zahoor Watali, Syed Shahid Yousuf Shah, Syed Shakeel Yousuf Shah and Ghulam Muhammad Butt continue to remain in detention in Delhi’s Tihar jail in fake cases. Thousands of people including Hurriyat leaders and activists Masarrat Aalam Butt, Bar President Mian Abdul Qayoom, Bar General Secretary Muhammad Ashraf Butt, Jamaat-e-Islami head, Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz, Advocate Zahid Ali, Jamiat-e-Ahlehadith leader, Maulana Mushtaq Veeri, Maulana Sarjan Barkati, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Mohammad Yusuf Falahi, Gulzar Ahmad Gulzar, Hakim Showkat, Merajudin Nanda, Zahoor Ahmad, Showket Ahmad Bakshi, Bashir Kashmiri, Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Mushtaq Ajmal Dar Bashir Boya, Mohammad Amin Mangloo, Abdul Rashid Mangloo, Abdul Ghani Butt, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Javiad Ahmad Butt, Mohammad Ishaq Gania, Nazir Ahmad Shaikh, Ghulam Muhideen Peer, Assadullah Parray, Abdul Ahad Parra, Fehrooz Ahmad Khan, Qazi Yasir Ahmad, Umer Farooq Butt, Lateef Ahmad Kaloo, Zafar-ul-Islam Shah, Umer Farooq Dar, Safeer Ahmed Butt and Abdul Ghani Haroon, lawyers Nazir Ahmad Roonga and Hilal Akbar Lone, trade leader, Mohammed Yasin Khan, human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, and journalists Asif Sultanand Qazi Shibli, remained in different jails of occupied and India under the black law, Public Safety Act.

The former puppet chief minister, Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Engineer Rashid and hundreds of pro-India political leaders and activists are also under illegal detention since August 5, 2019.

The report maintained that the puppet authorities had kept the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under detention in their houses since long time and were not allowed to carry out their political activities and they have not been allowed to offer Friday prayers and address public meetings.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat leaders in their separate statements have appealed to the United Nations and other human rights organizations to send their teams to take stock of the worst human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

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