BJP using NIA as weapon to silence democratic dissent in IIOJK: Wani

Islamabad, May 15 (KMS): All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter leader Altaf Hussain Wani has said that Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian regime is using dreaded, National Investigation Agency (NIA) as a weapon to suppress the Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination.

Altaf Hussain Wani in a statement in Islamabad, while taking strong exception to the NIA charge-sheet against political leaders and human rights defenders in Kashmir, said that the notorious agency had unleashed a reign of terror in the region through its targeted victimization of political activists, human rights defenders, businessmen, journalists and civil society activists.

Denouncing continued raids by the NIA, he said the BJP has let loose the so-called probe agency to harass, humiliate and victimize those who refuse to toe the government line.

Terming the charges levelled against Hurriyat leaders by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) a pack of lies, he said the charge-sheet filed by the NIA against Kashmiri political prisoners and witnesses listed in the cases were false and fake and called the entire NIA exercise as political vendetta.

He said that the infamous agency has the worst track record of levelling fake allegations against the Kashmiri leaders. The vilification campaign, he said, was part of the BJP government’s ploy to target the resistance leaders and activists to malign them and link them with subversive activities just to prolong their detention.

“The NIA and other Indian probe agencies have arrested dozens of Hurriyat leaders and threw them behind the bars but instead of providing any substantial evidence against them in the court of law these agencies have been narrating the same cock and bull story to prolong their detentions”, Wani deplored.

He said that along with Hurriyat leaders, rights activists, media persons and even ordinary Kashmiris were being implicated in fake cases.

It is worth to mention here that the NIA has recently filed a charge-sheet against prominent Kashmiri rights’ activist Khurram Parvez in a false case whereas top Hurriyat leaders, including Nayeem Ahmed Khan Masarrat Aalam, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Muhammad Yasin Malik have already been implicated in false cases.

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