Blot on the UN conscience

December 1, 2018

Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred 14 people and injured more than 50 other in Laroo area of Kulgam district of Indian occupied Kashmir, thus triggering valleywide protests.¬† According to media reports, three were martyred during an exchange of fire with the troops. The rest were killed when an unexploded shell went off at the site of a gunfight in the southern district of Kulgam while people were removing the debris of the destroyed house. The incident followed a cordon and search operation, jointly launched by Indian Army’s Rashtriya Rifle, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group in the district. When one looks at the number of deaths and injuries in the year 2018 in Indian-occupied Kashmir, one gets shocked. There has been surge in Kashmiris’ killing since Narendra Modi rise to power. The death toll during the past two years has been quite appalling. Brutality of the Indian armed forces, widespread demonstrations and the difficulties imposed by long curfews gave boost to organized struggle. In 1948, UN stressed a plebiscite allowing Kashmiris to determine their destiny, but it has never been held. Indian authorities via black laws are trying to crush the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle. Under the Public Safety Act, a person can be detained for up to two years without any accusation and for the past three decades this law has been used brutally to nab Kashmiris. With the introduction of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts, conditions worsened as more than 200,000 Kashmiris have been killed and 7,000 found in mass graves. Indian forces also used chemical weapons to burn the bodies of Kashmiris to conceal their identity. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has condemned the bloodshed in occupied Kashmir by Indian security forces, calling it “a blot on the conscience of the United Nations. Regretting the brutalities in occupied Kashmir, he accused the human rights watchdog of failing in providing the people with their right to self-determination. “The ever-increasing Indian repression in occupied Kashmir in itself is a confession of defeat by India,” he added. Foreign Office (FO) also condemned the brutal killings of Kashmiris by the Indian occupation forces and expressed solidarity with the people of Kashmir. Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur while condemning the killing of Kashmiri youth by Indian troops drew the attention of the world community towards the worst atrocities of Indian security forces on innocent Kashmiris. “The world conscience should raise its voice on this barbaric treatment,” the minister said, adding that Pakistan will continue to expose the true face of India on all international forums.

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