Srinagar, May 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders, Mir Shahid Saleem, Zafar Akbar Butt and others have said that India is using brutal tactics to suppress the Kashmiris’ struggle for securing their right to self- determination, acknowledged by the international community.
Mir Shahid Saleem, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement, in a statement issued in Jammu criticized the recent statement of the Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat against the Kashmiri youth. He asked India to accept the fact that by killing Kashmiris New Delhi could not succeed in suppressing the decade’s old popular freedom struggle.
Zafar Akbar Butt, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, in a statement in Srinagar said that devastation and destruction by the Indian forces during past seven decades in general and last 29 years in particular, had given rise to several social problems. “The number of the families who sacrificed their dear ones and lost their shelter is swelling with every passing day,” he added. He also paid tributes to martyred freedom leader, Abdul Ghani Butt.
The Jammu and Kashmir Tehreek-e-Muzahamat in a statement condemned the continued house detention of party Chairman Bilal Siddiqi and arrest of Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Bashir Ahmed Lone, and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, Muhammad Rafiq Shah, under draconian law Public Safety Act. “Jammu and Kashmir is being ruled like a police state where the worst brutalities are being committed on the masses by brute Indian forces,” the statement added.
The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, headed by illegally detained senior resistance leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt, has urged the international human rights bodies to take cognizance of the plight of the Kashmiri detainees lodged in Srinagar Central Jail and take effective steps to save them from the atrocities of the jail authorities. “The jail authorities have unleashed a reign of terror in the prison. The detainees and their relatives who visit the jail to see them are also subjected to harassment and mental torture,” a JKML spokesman said in a statement.
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