APHC concerned about the upsurge of Indian state terrorism in the IIOJK

The All Parties Hurriyat conference has expressed deep concern over the rise of Indian state terrorism in illegally Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir to suppress the struggle of Kashmiris to secure their right to self-determination.

APHC leaders including Yasmeen Raja, Zamruda Habib and Dr Musaib in their separate statements in Srinagar condemned the killing of youths, harassment and arrest of innocent people and continued illegal detention of political prisoners by Indian troops and police in the territory.

They said the atrocities committed by Indian forces personnel were aimed at creating a sense of fear among the masses. However, they have made it clear that such heavy-handed tactics cannot subdue Kashmiris’ sense of freedom and that they will continue their struggle until it reaches its logical conclusion.

APHC leaders have denounced the undeclared economic blockade of Kashmiri fruit growers by India’s fascist government led by Narendra Modi. They said the Modi regime was crushing the economy of the Kashmiri people the same way Israel had done in Palestine and called on the international community to pressure India to ensure unhindered access for loaded trucks fruit in markets outside the occupied territory.

They paid rich tributes to the illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists including APHC Chairman, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Dr. Mohammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Altaf Ahmad Shah , Ayaz Akbar, Pir Saifullah, Raja. Merajudin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shahidul Islam, Dr Shafi Shariaty, Naheeda Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi. They said Kashmiri prisoners were at risk of victimization by Indian authorities for their affiliation with the sacred cause of liberating their homeland from India’s illegal occupation.

They urged global human rights organizations to take notice of the plight of Kashmiri detainees and play an effective role in their immediate release. They also called on the UN Secretary-General to force India to settle the Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and Kashmiri aspirations to secure lasting peace in South Asia.—KMS

Thelma J. Longworth