Srinagar, January 05 (KMS): The forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while expressing concern over the continuing human rights violations in occupied Kashmir particularly since August 5, 2019, has said that the Kashmiri people have been deprived of all basic rights at gunpoint.

Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, appealed to the international community to take serious notice of the deteriorating situation in the occupied territory and take measures to prevent India from continuing policies of suppression against the Kashmiri people so that people of Kashmir could be given the right live with honour and dignity.

The forum regretted the Indian authorities’ act of shutting Srinagar’s historical Jamia Masjid for the continued 19 Fridays and heavy deployment of forces around the mosque for the past three consecutive Fridays to virtually restrict the movement of the worshippers coming to offer prayers. It said the worshippers are now being monitored through drone cameras, which is highly shameful.

While strongly reacting to the continued detentions and house arrests of hundreds of Hurriyat leaders and activists including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, youth, civil society members, traders and lawyers in jails in and outside the territory for the past five months, the forum said that the Kashmiri leadership and people cannot be forced to change their principled stand on the Kashmir dispute through such nefarious tactics.

The forum reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the struggle for right to self-determination despite the ongoing military siege, restrictions and harassment by the Indian authorities.

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