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KAC demands an impartial probe into Handwara incident

Srinagar, April 18, 2016 (PPI-OT):The Kashmiri American Council (KAC) has expressed grave concern over the conditions of militarization and inhumanity endured by the people of Kashmir. The KAC in a statement issued in Washington condemned the recent killing of five civilians in Handwara town of occupied Kashmir by Indian troops.

The civilians were protesting against molestation of a 16-year old girl by an Indian soldier. The peaceful protest was met with live ammunition in which bullets were pumped into the chest of the victims. Curfew was imposed on the town of Handwara and no reporter was allowed to visit the area.

However, thousands of youth and unarmed civilians defied curfew and staged peaceful protests to express their anguish against the crimes of Indian army in Kashmir. Conveying the deepest condolences to the bereaved families, Dr. Imtiaz Khan, President of KAC said, “Nothing unfamiliar has happened in Kashmir this week. It is happening since there is no accountability because under the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the army has the powers to shoot to kill with impunity. India’s human rights violations in Kashmir are systematic, deliberate, and officially sanctioned.”

“The criminal silence of International community has given total immunity to the Indian forces and as a result they have unleashed brutal violence against Kashmiri population seeking freedom from forced occupation.” Dr. Khan added.

Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) released a video of the mother of Handwara girl assaulted by the army personnel in which she says that her daughter was being forced to give statements under duress. The mother of the victim wanted to talk to media about the facts of the incident but she was detained by the police and no media personnel was provided with the access.

“Only an impartial and neutral agency can probe the incident whose outcome will be acceptable to the family of the victims,” Khan suggested. KAC appeals to the international community especially the United Nations and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take cognizance of the unabated human right violations committed by Indian military and paramilitary forces in Kashmir and hold them responsible for crimes against humanity.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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