Arrest of IIOJK rights activist continues to draw ire both at home & abroad

#FreeKhurramParvez

Srinagar, November 24 (KMS): The arrest of Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez by the India’s notorious National Investigation Agency (NIA) continues to draw sharp criticism both at home and abroad with global human rights organisations and political parties calling upon India to release him, immediately.

Amnesty International in a tweet said, “The arrest of Kashmiri activist Khurram Parvez is yet another example of how anti-terror laws are being misused to criminalise human rights work and stifle dissent in India. Instead of targeting HRDs, authorities should focus on bringing accountability for human rights violations”.

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in a statement in Srinagar termed his arrest as Modi government’s conspiracy to stifle voice of dissent in the territory. The DFP spokesman, advocate Arshad Iqbal, said that persecution and reprisals by the Indian occupation authorities against human rights defenders, political activists and representatives of civil society was an obvious manifestation of the fascist BJP regime’s authoritarian mindset.

“The Indian occupation authorities’ response to right to freedom of expression and opinion has always been authoritarian in nature”, he said adding that arrests, intimidation, and a vilification campaign intended to debase the pro-freedom leadership and discredit the work of Kashmiri rights activists has been hallmark of the Indian government.

Referring to Khuram Parvez’s remarkable role he said that Parvez “is being victimized just for documenting human rights violations and exposing India’s brutal face to the international community that has unfortunately chosen to stay silent on the sufferings of Kashmiri people.”

Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement General Secretary Junaidul Islam while denouncing the arrest of Khuram Parvez urged international rights bodies to prevail upon India to stop harassing human rights defenders in IIOJK.

The Chairman of Paerwan-e-Wilayat Jammu and Kashmir Maulana Sibte Muhammad Shabbir Qummi and General Secretary, Nisar Hussain, in a joint statement in Srinagar reacted strongly to the arrest of Khurram Pervez. They deplored that now human rights activists are not only being labeled as terrorists but they are also being arrested in IIOJK. They appealed to the world community particularly the international human rights bodies to come forward and take practical steps to save the life of Khurram Parvez. Meanwhile, a high level delegation of the party led by the General Secretary visited the homes of martyred civilians, Dr Mudassir and Altaf Butt, and expressed solidarity with their bereaved families.

Hurriyat AJK leaders at a meeting in Islamabad also condemned the arrest of human rights activist Khurram Parvez by India’s National Investigation Agency in IIOJK. The meeting was attended by Mir Tahir Masood, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Syed Aijaz Rehmani and Hassan-al-Bana.

The meeting demanded release of all political prisoners including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Muhammmad Yasin Malik, Aaysia Andrabi, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Shahidul Islam, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajudin Kalwal, Ayaz Muhammad Akhbar and others langushing in different jails of India and IIOJK.

Parvez was arrested by NIA on Monday and was shifted to New Delhi on Tuesday.

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