Indian State Terrorism’s Most Child Victims in IIOJK – Kashmir Media Service
910 martyred young boys, 107,860 orphans since January 1989
Srinagar, Jun 04 (KMS): In India’s illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian troops in their relentless acts of state terrorism have martyred 910 children over the past 33 years.
A report released by the Research Section of the Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, today (04 June), revealed that 910 children were among the 96,054 martyred Kashmiris by Indian troops from 01 January 1989 to Date. The report said the killing of civilians by troops orphaned 107,860 children in the territory during the period.
The report said thousands of people, including school boys and girls, were also injured by pellets, bullets and tear gas canisters fired by Indian troops, police and paramilitary forces. He added that hundreds of people, including Hiba Jan, 19 months, Shahid Fayaz, 8, Owais Ahmed, 9, Aasif Ahmed Sheikh, 10, Insha Mushtaq (16), Aaqib Zahoor (16), Ulfat Hameed (17 years old), Bilal Ahmad Butt (17 years old), Tariq Ahmed Gojri (19 years old) and Faizan Ashraf Tantray (19 years old) had totally lost sight in one or both eyes due to bullet wounds.
The report adds that hundreds of boys and girls under the age of 19 have been martyred in cordon and search operations and fake encounters, while a large number of boys under the age of 19 face illegal detentions under black laws in different prisons in IIOJK and India.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Political Movement of Jammu and Kashmir (DPM) said in a statement in Srinagar that as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed around the world, today a large number of miners are mistreated and abused by Indian troops in IIOJK. He called on the United Nations, human rights and child welfare organizations to come forward and save Kashmiri children from Indian violence. Indian troops not only arrest innocent children but also use them as a weapon of war, he added. The global community must also play its part in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with United Nations resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, he added.
APHC AJK Section Chief Sheikh Yaqoob said in his statement that the worst victims of Indian atrocities in the occupied territory are children, adding that many children have been deprived of their sight as pellet guns are used on innocent children in Kashmir.
He said that thousands of children have been deprived of education, but the silence of the United Nations is very disappointing. He said that the people of Kashmir had sacrificed everything in the struggle for freedom and would continue their struggle until complete success.
On the other hand, Pasban-e-Hurriyat Chairman Uzair Ahmad Ghazali in a statement in Muzaffarabad said Indian troops have orphaned more than 107,690 children over the past three decades whose parents were brutally orphaned. martyred in fake encounters and in prisons. He said that the violence, cruelty and brutality against Kashmiri children had been a well thought out plan of the Indian government which was carried out by the personnel of the Indian forces.