Shah Invites World Attention Towards Deteriorating Situation in Occupied Kashmir

Mon Dec 11 2023
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ISLAMABAD: Incarcerated senior leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah has urged the global community to take cognizance of the fast-deteriorating Human Rights situation in Indian Illegally-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K).

According to Kashmir Media Service, Shabbir Ahmed Shah in his message from New Delhi’s Tihar jail voiced concern over the global community’s deafening silence on the abysmal situation in occupied Kashmir and said that cultural, political, social, and religious rights of the Kashmiri people remain critically suppressed.

Shah, while stressing the need for early and amicable settlement of the lingering Kashmir dispute, urged the world to play its much-needed role to help resolve the dispute peacefully in accordance with the universally accepted principle of right to self-determination. He said that India’s continuous denial to grant the Kashmiris their birthright had prevented the people of occupied Kashmir from enjoying the fruits of liberty, experience of dignity and full benefits of freedom as enshrined in the UN charter, the Geneva Convention and other core international human rights treaties.

The APHC leader said that instead of reflecting a genuine desire to grant the Kashmiri people their promised right, the Indian governments over the past 76 years tried to crush their legitimate struggle for the right to self-determination by using its military might. For that matter, India has deployed massive troops in the disputed territory. These trigger-happy troops operating under the protection of draconian laws are resorting to extra-judicial killings, detentions, sieges, massacres, targeted killings, torture, enforced disappearances, rape and molestation, he deplored.

Shabbir Shah said since 5th August 2019, IIOJK has been turned into a hell for its inhabitants. The APHC leader urged the international community to take cognizance of the Indian state terrorism in the occupied territory and impress upon India to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations for ensuring durable peace in the region. —APP




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