India has turned IOK into huge prison, Naqshbandi tells OIC members » Kashmir Media Service

Islamabad, June 22 (KMS): Hurriyat leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led Hurriyat AJK forum Chairman Syed Faiz Naqshbandi has said that India has turned occupied Kashmir into a huge prison where everyone is under arrest and no one can get out of homes even in emergencies.

Syed Faiz Naqshbandi addressing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir meeting as real representative of Kashmiri people via video conferencing said that All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani and other leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Aaysia Andrabi, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Masarrat Aalam Butt continued to be in Indian jails or are under illegal continued house arrest.

He said, since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019, it has maintained a suffocating, inhuman lockdown and communication blockade in occupied Kashmir that has bought daily life to a standstill. “India has done this to quash justified dissent and resistance that it anticipated in response to its illegal actions. Tens of thousands of additional occupation troops have been deployed in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir which was already the most militarized zone in the world. As of today, there is one Indian soldier for every eight Kashmiris,” he added.

Syed Faiz Naqshbandi said the economy of the territory was in shambles. Since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, the lockdown had cost 2.4 billion dollars by the end of last year alone.

He pointed out that tor 10 long months, women, children, the elderly and sick had been unable to access hospitals, medicines and food supplies. Thousands of our young boys have been abducted and taken to unknown locations, where they have been subjected to torture, he deplored.

He said that the Indian government had used COVID-19 as an excuse to extend its illegal lockdown under false pretexts. In reality, he said, India is intensifying its repression through fake encounters, extrajudicial killings and other repressive measures. Twenty-four innocent Kashmiri civilians have been martyred in the past few weeks alone, he added.

Syed Faiz Naqshbandi said by exploiting the focus of international community on the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, India has announced new domicile laws in occupied Kashmir. He added these laws are aimed at changing the demographics of occupied Jammu which is overwhelming Muslim majority. This is clear violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions, OIC resolutions and international law – specifically the 4th Geneva Convention, he maintained.

He revealed that such measures were an extension of the present Indian government’s RSS-inspired extremist Hindutva agenda which wanted to convert India into a country only for Hindus where minorities, especially Muslims, were systematically oppressed and marginalized.

He said the earlier illegal Indian actions, the people of IOK have completely rejected the domicile law as unacceptable. “We want end of Indian occupation and demands the implementation of UN resolutions in letter and spirit, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi maintained.

He also appreciated consistent support of OIC on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and urged the brotherly Muslim countries to redouble their political and diplomatic support to advance the Kashmir cause.

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