IOK to observe shutdown today

Friday – July 24, 2020
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), complete strike, marked by anti-India demonstrations, will be observed today to send once again a clear message to India and the world that the people of Jammu and Kashmir reject New Delhi’s illegal occupation of their homeland.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), call for the strike and the demonstrations was given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) to register protest against India’s moves to change the territorial integrity and demographic composition of occupied Kashmir.

It is also aimed at protesting against the forcible eviction of people from their lands across the occupied territory especially those living near military camps, Indian government’s plan to construct 200,000 houses for rashtriya swayamsevak sangh (RSS) goons on these grabbed lands and arrest of thousands of Kashmiris in the recent days.

People including men and women will hold anti-India demonstrations outside mosques, shrines and imambargahs after Juma (Friday) prayers. The imams and khateebs will present a draft resolution and acquire consent of masses demanding of the United Nations (UN) to appoint special envoys to take stock of the human rights’ violations being perpetrated by Indian troops in the occupied territory.

The people will observe a complete blackout from Maghrib to Isha prayers and raise pro-freedom slogans from mosques, shrines and imambargahs against the Indian atrocities, continued restrictions and arrest of innocent youth.

The APHC in a statement in Srinagar said the Kashmiris will continue their resistance as long as a single Indian soldier was present in the occupied territory.

It also urged people to forge greater unity in their ranks to carry forward the ongoing freedom movement in an organised manner and take a special care of the poor segments of society.

Thousands of ‘unmarked graves’ are a testimony to the Indian State terrorism in the occupied territory.

An analytical report released by research section of KMS, Thursday, revealed that nearly 6,000 unmarked graves have been discovered in occupied Kashmir so far.

It pointed out that over 8,000 Kashmiris have been subjected to custodial disappearance by Indian troops and police personnel since 1990.

“The relatives of these disappeared Kashmiris fear that their dear ones might have been buried in these unmarked graves after being killed by the troops in fake encounters. After many inquiries it is established now that Indian troops have been involved in fake encounter killings in occupied Kashmir,” it said.

The report said the unmarked graves are an open proof of grave human rights’ violations, in fact war crimes, being perpetrated by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.

The people of Kashmir are witnessing unspeakable atrocities at the hands of Indian troops, it said, adding that the presence of unmarked graves in the occupied territory is a slap on the face of India, which advertises itself as the largest democracy of the world.

The report maintained that even the office of the UN high commissioner for human rights (OHCHR) released two reports on gross violations of human rights in occupied Kashmir that urged India to establish credible investigations to probe all killings in the occupied territory.

It said that conscientious people should raise their voice against the Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir.

The world community must press New Delhi to initiate probe into thousands of unmarked graves in the occupied territory, it added.