India using torture as a tool to suppress Kashmiris’ struggle

Over 300,000 people subjected to torture in IIOJK since 1989: Report
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Islamabad, June 26 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, India is using physical, mental and psychological torture at a large scale as a tool to prolong its illegal hold on Jammu and Kashmir and to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing just struggle for securing freedom from its subjugation.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, today, revealed that Indian troops during their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 95,800 Kashmiris including 7,177 in custody and fake encounters since January 1989 till date.

The report said that Indian troops and police personnel arrested 161,866 Kashmiris including women and children during crackdowns and military operations since 1989 till date. “These arrested people were physically and mentally tortured by the Indian army, paramilitary and police personnel in different interrogation centers, police stations and jails. The use of torture by the troops has been widespread and indiscriminate in occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” it said. The report said 96,364 Kashmiris including men, women and children have been injured due to the firing of bullets, pellets, teargas shells and systematic use of torture by Indian troops and police personnel on the people in IIOJK since 2000. It said hundreds of persons including 19-month-old Hiba Jan, 8-year-old Shahid Fayaz, 9-year-old Owais Ahmed, Asif Ahmed Sheikh (10), Aaqib Zahoor (16), Ulfat Hameed (17), Bilal Ahmed Butt (17), Insha Mushtaq (18), Tariq Ahmed Gojri (19), Faizan Ashraf Tantray (19), Nadeem (15), Sahil Hameed Butt, Ifra, Shabroza, Parvez Ahmed (20), Danish Rajab (24), Shakeela (30), Zahid Nisar (14), Yawar Yousuf, Qisar Ahmed and Arif Ahmed Wagay (22) have lost their eyesight in one or both eyes due to pellet injuries.

The report said Indian Army and police have established scores of torture centres in occupied Kashmir where innocent Kashmiris are subjected to various kinds of brutal methods to extract information and confessional statements from them. “Cargo, Harinivas, Papa-1 and Papa-II, and Humhama police stations are the most notorious interrogation centres where thousands of Kashmiris lost their lives due to severe torture during interrogation. Even top APHC leader, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, died in custody, while Kashmiri youth, Muhammad Afzal Guru, was hanged to death on the basis of a confessional statement which was extracted on the basis of torture during custody,” it added.

The report said, this year alone so far, Aqeel Ahmed Lone, Safran Ahmed (16), Ishrat Jan (25), Javed Ahmed Dar, Gulzar Ahmed Butt, Aqib Butt (21), Farooq Reshi (55), Jalaluddin Butt (41), Khalifa (35), Ilyas Ahmed Butt (28), and Bashir Ahmed Hajam (45) are only a few examples of brutal torture by the Indian Army and police personnel in the territory.

The report said that thousands of Hurriyat leaders, activists, politicians and journalists including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Fehmeeda Sofi, Naheeda Nasreen, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Muhammad Yusuf Falahi, Zahoor Ahmed Butt, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai, Ameer Hamza, Farooq Ahmed Tawheedi, Hayat Ahmed Butt, Imtiyaz Haider, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Yousuf, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Bashir Ahmed Panoo, Fayaz Ahmed Lone, Abdul Majid Baba, Mujahid Ashraf Sehrai, Rashid Ashraf Sehrai, Shaziya Akhter, Saika Akhter, Aasiya Akhter, Hina Bashir Beig, Aasiya Bano, Naseema Bano, Raskeem Akhter, Seeba, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Dr Muhammad Shafi Shariati, Zahoor Abass Khan, Anjum Younis, Showket Hakeem, Mehrajidin Nanda, Waheed Ahmed Gojri, Mehmood Toopewali, Feroz Adil Zargar, Dawood Zargar, Tabasum Maqbool, Saima Akther, businessman Zahoor Watali and journalist, Aasif Sultan, remain lodged in different jails of IIOJK and India under black laws, Public Safety Act and Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act (UAPA) in fake cases registered against them to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom struggle.

The report pointed out that the life of the people of occupied Kashmir has become a living hell since August 05, 2019, when Narendra Modi-led fascist government repealed the special status of IIOJK by violating international laws and placed it under military siege. “Occupied Kashmir has been turned into world’s largest prison by India,” it said.

The report said, India is carrying out the genocide of Kashmiris for the past over seven decades and the killing spree witnessed a massive surge since August 05, 2019. Kashmiri youth are picked up from their homes, killed in fake encounters and buried at unknown locations, it said.

The report said that India should allow unconditional access to international human rights organizations to IIOJK to assess the prevailing human rights situation in the territory. New Delhi should also ratify the UN Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, it said.

The report maintained that despite facing India’s worst kind of torture and nefarious tactics, Kashmiris are determined to take their freedom movement to its logical conclusion. It said that the world community particularly the UN must take cognizance of New Delhi’s brutal actions in IIOJK and come forward in a big way to save the Kashmiris from the Indian atrocities.

Compiled by: Raies Ahmed Mir