Justice continues to elude victims of Indian state terrorism in the IIOJK: Report

On Sunday’s observance of International Justice Day, justice continues to elude the victims of Indian state terrorism in India’s illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

An analytical report released by Kashmir Media Service, says Kashmiris continue to face atrocities, discrimination and injustice from Indian troops and the judiciary.

The report states that Indian troops, enjoying impunity under draconian laws, are committing serious human rights abuses, in fact, war crimes to suppress the voice of Kashmiris and fight justly for the right to self-determination.

The report states that justice has not been done for the victims of massacres like the Gaw Kadal, Kupwara, Handwara, Sopore and Bijbehara massacres and the gang rape of Kunanposhpora, the double rape and murder of Shopian and the rape and murder of an underage Kathua girl in the territory.

He said that the Indian judiciary, without fulfilling the basic requirements of justice, condemned Kashmir Liberation Leaders Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru simply for being Kashmiris.

Meanwhile, addressing a condolence meeting in the town of Sopore on Sunday, senior All Parties Hurriyat conference official Prof. Abdul Ghani Butt said that due to the unprecedented sacrifices made by the Kashmiri people , the Kashmir dispute has become a focus of international attention.

He said Pakistan and India should end their hostilities and start a dialogue to settle differences to ensure lasting peace and prosperity in the region.

The Democratic Freedom Party of Jammu and Kashmir, led by incarcerated APHC leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah, expressed in a statement in Srinagar its deep concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in the IIOJK.

He said the continued violence and bloodshed by Indian troops in the occupied territory deserves urgent attention from the world community.

Thelma J. Longworth