IIOJK women, children worst victims of Kashmir dispute: JKNF » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, April 23 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir National Front has condemned in strong terms the continued bloodshed, harassment of women and children, arrest and torture of youth by Indian troops in the territory.

The JKNF spokesman, Shafiq-ur-Rehman, in a statement issued in Srinagar said, on one hand, Indian forces have unleashed a reign of terror by killing youth in fake encounters, while, on the other, they are harassing and humiliating women and children in cordon and search operations. “It is shocking to see that Kashmiri children are being targeted, detained under notorious laws and subjected to the worst kind of torture in jails and interrogation centers”, he added.

Terming it as flagrant violations of the international covenants, the JKNF spokesman said that the women and children in IIOJK had been the worst victims of the Indian state terrorism. He said, “Women and children, being vulnerable segments of the society, have always been at the receiving end. They are being arrested, tortured, humiliated and harassed by the Indian forces deployed in length and breadth of the valley.” He added that it is quite unfortunate that the international community is silent on the sufferings of Kashmiris who have been the worst victims of the Kashmir dispute.

Terming the ongoing bloodshed and unrest in the territory as a direct consequence of the lingering dispute, the spokesman reiterated his party’s demand for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute through dialogue and diplomacy.

Meanwhile, the spokesman sought the world human rights bodies’ role in the early release of the illegally detained party Chairman, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, who has been languishing in Tihar Jail for the past over three years. He termed the illegal imprisonment of Nayeem Khan and other Hurriyat leaders as a deep-rooted conspiracy to suppress the voice of dissent in IIOJK. He said, Nayeem Khan is being deliberately punished for his unprecedented role in the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom struggle to secure freedom from the Indian illegal occupation.

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