India lingers on tyranny despite COVID-19

Monday – March 23, 2020
SRINAGAR (India): In the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), as the world is collectively facing deadly coronavirus, Indian troops continue to kill, harass and intimidate the Kashmiris during cordon and search operations (CASOs) in the length and breadth of the occupied territory.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), a report released by the research section of KMS, on Sunday, Indian troops arrested, at least, 62 Kashmiris including two women during 256 CASOs in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region over the past 21 days.

Thousands of Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders and activists, young boys and students are in illegal detentions in jails of Kashmir and India.

Indian troops arrested two Kashmiri youth on the fake charge of being overground workers of mujahideen in South IOK. The youth Irfan Ahmed and Adil Bashir were arrested during raids in Shopian district.

Unknown gunmen shot at and injured a youth identified as Waseem Ahmad at Tarigam in Kulgam district.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Social Youth Forum (JKSYF) chairman, Umar Adil Dar in his statement expressed concern over the deteriorating health of Hurriyat leader Peer Saifullah and demanded his immediate release from Indian jail.

He said that Peer Saifullah should be shifted from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail to Srinagar as he had been diagnosed with tumour and his health was deteriorating with each passing day.

Doctors and medical health workers in occupied Kashmir, involved in testing and screenings of suspected cases of coronavirus, have raised concerns about the lack of proper and adequate personnel protection gears and safety equipment.

The Kashmiri students, who arrived in Srinagar from Bangladesh for 14 days quarantine, told media men over the phone that the officials are behaving rudely and not providing them with enough facilities. The students said they are compelled to live in rooms which are full of dust.

The World Kashmir Awareness Forum (WKAF) headed by Ghulam Nabi Fai in a statement issued in Washington expressed concern over the ‘Fast Unto Death’ announcement by illegally detained chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, in Delhi’s notorious Tihar jail.

The WKAF called upon the secretary generals of the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to urgently intervene for the immediate release of the Kashmiri leader.

The US-based organisation also asked the UN to put pressure on India to allow Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICoJ) to visit New Delhi to meet JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik.

It is worth mentioning here that in a personal statement from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, released to the public and press by his family on March 19, 2020, the JKLF chairman Malik reminded the Indian government to honour “the pledge made by the Indian government” and mentioned, “Had relentlessly worked for the freedom of my nation, for a peaceful negotiated settlement of Jammu and Kashmir issue and for the promotion of non-violence” adding “I will prefer an honourable death instead of a disgraceful life” concluding “Long live resistance, long live freedom.”

Outlining his involvement in the prolonged agony of the Kashmir freedom movement and how he, along with his friends, launched peaceful activism against the Indian occupation, he states that it was the unrelenting state repression that compelled him and his friends toward an armed struggle.

Questioning the bonafide of the trumped-up charges against him, the incarcerated leader expressed his dissatisfaction with the format of the court proceedings that have denied him due legal process.

Meanwhile, the convenor of Hurriyat forum Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chapter, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi in a statement issued in Islamabad also expressed deep concern over the announcement of hunger strike till death by JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik.

All Parties Hurriyet Conference - Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) leader, Abdul Majeed Mir in a statement said that India wants to hang Yasin Malik in 30-year-old fake cases.

The vice chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Pir Panjal Freedom Movement (JKPPFM), Qazi Muhammad Imran in a statement in Islamabad paid glowing tributes to martyred mujahid commander, Qazi Umar Farooq on his 23rd martyrdom anniversary, on Sunday.