Shutdown in IOK on int’l human rights day

SRINAGAR (Indian Occupied Kashmir): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), the international human rights day, on Sunday, was marked with anti-India protests and shutdown to draw the attention of the world community towards the fact that it has an obligation to play an effective role in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant united nations (UN) resolutions; kashmir media service (KMS) reported.

All shops and other commercial establishments were closed while transport was off the roads due to the shutdown and blackout against the gross human rights violations by Indian troops in IOK.

Call for the strike was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The puppet IOK administration had deployed troops in strength particularly in Srinagar to foil a march from Lal chowk (junction) to UN office at Sonwar.

Police arrested, Muhammad Yasin Malik along with dozens of activists in Maisuma when he tried to lead the march towards the UN office.

He was lodged in Kothi Bagh police station. The arrests triggered protests in the area, as men, women and children came out of their houses and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

Police also arrested Hurriyat leaders Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, while Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Ashraf Sehari remained under house arrest.

On the other hand, a report released by the research section of KMS on the occasion of the world human rights day, on Sunday, revealed that the Indian troops, in their unabated acts of State terrorism, have martyred 94,877 innocent Kashmiris, including 7,099 in custody, since January 1989.

It further said that these killings had rendered 22,862 women widowed and 107,674 children orphaned.

The troops molested 11,036 women and damaged 108,582 residential houses and other structures.

It maintained that the Indian troops and police subjected at least 8,000 people to custodial disappearance in the period.

The victims of human right abuses held a sit-in protest at Pratap Park in Srinagar to inform the world about their miseries. The association of parents of disappeared persons in a statement demanded the initiation of a process of justice mechanism for the victims of enforced disappearance in Kashmir.

Speakers at a seminar organized by the all parties hurriyet conference – Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter in Islamabad criticised the silence of the international community over the human rights violations in IOK.