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IOK people can’t be cowed down

July 9, 2019

Srinagar, July 09, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has thanked people of Kashmir for observing complete shutdown on the third martyrdom anniversary of the great Kashmiri martyr, Burhan Muzaffar Wani saying that the silent protest should serve as an eye-opener for every conscious and sane person in India and the world at large.

The APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar said despite living in a fearful and suffocating environment with nonstop bloodshed, death and destruction and psychological and physical torture, the people of Kashmir can never be cowed down by military might and iron-fist policies. The statement deplored that Indian forces were cowardly targeting defenceless people to quench their thirst of hatred, and arresting them to create a graveyard-like peace to hoodwink the global community.

Meanwhile, internet services continued to remain suspended in south Kashmir districts for the third consecutive day, today. The internet services were suspended in Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts on Sunday, a day ahead of Burhan Wani’s martyrdom anniversary.

The family members of illegally detained APHC leader, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, in a statement issued in Srinagar demanded his immediate release from New Delhi’s Tihar jail to look after his wife, diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Ayaz Akbar was arrested by India’s infamous National Investigation Agency on July 24, 2017. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, in a statement said it is unfortunate that Ayaz Akbar’s wife is lying on the death bed and gazing out to see the glimpse of her husband.

India has opened offices of its agencies, Enforcement Directorate and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. These agencies are notorious for being cruel to Hurriyat leaders and Kashmiri businessmen. An Indian soldier committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at a camp in Miran Sahib on the outskirts of Jammu city. This incident raised the number of such deaths amongst the Indian police personnel and troops to 435 in occupied Kashmir since January 2007 till date.

Meanwhile, New York Times, quoting a report released recently in Srinagar, said that thousands of civilians had been summarily arrested and then abused in occupied Kashmir. The US newspaper interviewed more than two dozen Kashmiris, reviewed hospital documents and spoke with victims’ relatives to help verify their stories. The New York Times said that Indian forces’ personnel got away with their actions in every case because of broad impunity enjoyed by them under the law.

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