AJK President condemns arrest of Zafar Bhatt, other Hurriyat leaders in IIOJK

Muzaffarabad, August 20 (KMS): The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Sardar Masood Khan, has strongly condemned the arrest of Hurriyat leader, Zafar Akbar Butt, and three other Kashmiri leaders in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir on false and baseless allegations and demanded their immediate release.

In a statement on Friday, Sardar Masood Khan rejected the baseless allegations against the Hurriyat leader, Zafar Akbar Butt, of militancy funding and procuring medical education seats for the students of IIOJK. He said these high-handed tactics of the Indian government cannot silence the voices for freedom and the right to self-determination in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The AJK President said despite the worst inhuman oppression of the Indian government, the people of IIOJK are determined to continue their struggle till the desired goals are achieved and to offer all kinds of sacrifices for this paramount objective.

He said the Indian repressive measures and ruthless oppression cannot diminish the spirit of freedom from the hearts of Kashmiris as they will neither accept India’s political writ on Kashmir nor they will bow to Modi and the RSS’ Hindutva ideology.

He called upon the UN Security Council to fulfill its promise made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir to hold a referendum to enable them to determine their political future. He also demanded an International Commission of Inquiry in the light of the reports of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights released in 2018 and 2019 calling for probe into India’s excessive use of force and human rights abuses in Kashmir.

Describing the situation in IIOJK very dire, Sarda Masood Khan said by ignoring the Kashmir dispute, the powerful nations which claim to be the custodians of international law are endorsing the impunity for crimes against humanity in IIOJK.