June saw 33 killed and 236 injured in IOK

By Staff Reporter
Friday – July 6, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Foreign office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal on Thursday exposed that in the month of June alone, Indian occupation forces martyred 33 and injured at least 236 innocents in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK).

According to Faisal, out of these, 7 youth were killed in a “fake encounter” in Kupwara. Those martyred also included three widowed women and four children. Those injured suffered fatal and serious injuries due to indiscriminate brute force including firing of bullets, pellets, pelargonic acid vanillyl amide (PAVA) and teargas shells by Indian occupation forces.

Over 176 people, including hurriyat activists and students were arrested last month during house raids and crackdown operations. Last week was equally traumatic and tragic for Kashmiris in IOK, the bloodthirsty Indian army and paramilitary forces killed 14-years young boy Faizan Ahmad Khan.

The boy got bullet injuries; even more tragic was the sight of the hospital doctor who declared him dead and who happened to be Faizan’s own father.

Sajad Ahmad Shah and 31-years old Mudasir Ahmad Bhat in Pulwama and Kupwara were also martyred with bullets, pellets and teargas shells.

The relentless killing, maiming, unlawful arrests and torture have become a routine matter in IOK, which is a cause of serious concern, also underscored by the recent report of office of the united nations high commissioner for human rights (OHCHR).

We reiterate that OHCHR’s recommendation for establishment of “commission of inquiry” to assess the human rights situation in the region may immediately be implemented. We urge the international community to call India to account for its grave human rights’ violations in IOK.

The Indian occupation forces continue to kill innocent defenseless Kashmiris with impunity.

A briefing for Islamabad-based heads of mission was held on June 27, 2018, at the FO regarding the recent report of OHCHR, “Report on the situation of human rights in Kashmir: developments in the IOK from June 2016 to April 2018 and general human rights concerns in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).”

The meeting was chaired by caretaker foreign minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon, the OHCHR report had a categorical focus on the Indian atrocities in IOK and explicitly underscored India’s obligation to fulfill its commitment to international human rights law and international humanitarian law, as well as, to halt the human sufferings in IOK.

Haroon in his remarks stated that it was regrettable that our fundamental human conscience had been surpassed by our more practical interests, when it came to the human rights violations in IOK.

He added that it is time for the international community to move beyond political and economic expediencies and fulfill its promises to the Kashmiri people, as per united nations (UN) security council resolutions.