APHC concerned about surge in Indian state terrorism

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference has expressed deep concern over the rise of state terrorism unleashed by the fascist government of India led by Narendra Modi across illegally Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir to suppress the just struggle of Kashmiris to guarantee their right to self-determination.

The APHC spokesperson in a statement released in Srinagar said that the killing of eleven youths in fake encounters in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Pulwama and Kupwara regions and the arrest of dozens more during of the past few days during so-called closure and search operations is the worst manifestation of brutal Indian imperialism. He urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take notice of the killings, illegal detentions and other human rights violations committed by Indian troops in the IIOJK and to take steps to resolve the dispute at the Kashmir in accordance with relevant UN resolutions.

Meanwhile, Indian police arrested six youths during raids in Kakpora, Pampore and other areas of Pulwama district. Indian troops and paramilitary personnel continued cordon and search operations in different areas of Srinagar, Baramulla, Bandipore, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Islamabad, Shopian and Kulgam districts, subjecting residents to intimidation and harassment .

National Conference Deputy Speaker Omar Abdullah, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a rally in Kulgam today, called the controversial film ‘The Kashmir Files’ a concocted story saying that many lies have been were featured in the film. He also said the film spoiled plans to safely return displaced Kashmiri Pandits to their native homes in the Kashmir Valley.

Speakers at a webinar organized by the Kashmir Institute of International Relations in conjunction with the World Muslim Conference have expressed serious concern over the increase in cases of reprisals against human rights activists based in Israel. IIOJK who have been directly or indirectly engaged with the UN and other international human rights organizations. Questions. The webinar “Retaliation against human rights defenders” organized on the sidelines of the ongoing 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council brought together eminent human rights activists, international law experts and scholars from different parts of the world.

On the other hand, cinema halls showing a controversial film, The Kashmir Files, in India have become hubs of chauvinism where various Hindutva activists and anti-social elements vent their deep-seated hatred towards Muslims. Video clips have emerged on social media showing frenzied crowds brandishing aggressive slogans against Muslims. Crowds can be seen calling for genocide of Muslims with impunity. The film stokes communal hatred by exaggerating claims of violence against Kashmiri pundits who fled their homes when Kashmiris escalated their fight for indigenous freedom against India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir in 1989. IIOJK Governor Jagmohan Malhotra had persuaded Kashmiri Pandits to leave the Kashmir valley so he could punish Muslims for demanding India’s freedom.—KMS

Thelma J. Longworth