Gilani urges rights bodies to probe IOK massacres

India has lost Jammu & Kashmir, says P. Chidambaram

Srinagar, January 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, while paying rich tributes to the martyrs of Sopore on their 27th anniversary, today, urged international human rights organizations to probe the massacres and other gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in the territory.

The troops had killed over 60 innocent Kashmiris and set ablaze 400 structures including houses and shops on January 6, 1993 in Sopore town. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar asked international human rights watchdogs to stand up for the subjugated people of occupied Kashmir at a time when Narendra Modi led regime is making every effort to change the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and bring about a demographic change through ethnic cleansing of Muslims and subsequent settling of non-Kashmiris there. He said that New Delhi’s August 5, 2019 illegal actions stood witness to the above said fact. He urged the UN to play its role in ensuring basic rights including the right to self-determination to the oppressed Kashmiri people.

Former General Secretary of the High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Shaheen, in a media interview in Srinagar said that the settlement of the Kashmir dispute was imperative for peace and economic prosperity in the South Asian region. He demanded the release of all Kashmiri detainees and an end to the atmosphere of terror and harassment in occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, amid heavy snowfall in occupied Kashmir, the people of the Kashmir Valley and Muslim areas of Jammu region continue to endure the worst military siege and lockdown on the 155th consecutive day, today. Restrictions enforced under Section 144 have made almost impossible free movement of the people.

Indian forces launched a cordon and search operation in Palhallan area of Baramulla district. The troops forced the inmates out of their houses in harsh winter and conducted house-to-house search operations.

Former Indian home minister P. Chidambaram in a media interview in New Delhi said that India had lost Jammu and Kashmir adding that no democratic country can keep an entire population under siege. Referring to the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status he said that by carrying out fundamental changes in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP government has committed constitutional desecration.

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