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APHC concerned over stepped up arrest spree by Indian police, troops

Srinagar, September 16 (KMS): All Parties Hurriyat Conference has expressed serious concern over the arrest spree unleashed by Indian police and troops across Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir to create a sense of fear among the people and force them to give up their just freedom struggle.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said the Indian forces’ personnel have arrested dozens of people including leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami during house raids and cordon and search operations in Srinagar, Badgam, Pulwama, Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian, Baramulla, Bandipora, Rajouri and other districts of the occupied territory in the last few days. He said, the occupation authorities have booked many of the arrested persons including religious leaders, Maulana Abdul Rasheed Dawoodi, Maulana Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri and Abdul Majeed Dar Almadni, under draconian law, Public Safety Act. The APHC said that such brutal tactics could not subdue the freedom sentiment of the Kashmiri people and they would continue their struggle till it reached its logical conclusion.

The occupation authorities once again disallowed senior APHC leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, to offer the Juma prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. The Mirwaiz has been under continued illegal house detention since 5th August 2019 when Modi-led fascist Indian government repealed the special status of IIOJK.

Meanwhile, as part of its settler colonialism agenda in IIOJK, Modi regime has intensified the process of granting land ownership rights to non-state subjects. In its latest move, the Modi regime is granting land ownership rights to Hindu refugees who had migrated from Pakistan post partition in 1947 and settled in different areas of the territory. These Hindu refugees, known as West Pakistan refugees as they had migrated from then what was called West Pakistan, had not been given the ownership rights as they were not the State Subjects of IIOJK. However, under the new domicile law introduced by Modi government after abrogation of special status of IIOJK, non-Kashmiris can own land in the occupied territory.

In Geneva, Kashmiri representatives Altaf Hussain Wani, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Ms Shameem Shawl and Ms Saira Shah taking part in general debate during the ongoing 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council urged the world body to appoint a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the grave human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in IIOJK. They also urged the Council to utilise the UN mechanisms to protect the life and dignity of the people of the occupied territory.

A group of protesters disrupted the Jaipur Literature Festival in New York event over the presence of a Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Shazia Ilmi, saying that she represented genocide of Muslims and deep betrayal. Earlier, three writers had withdrawn from the event over the presence of BJP spokesperson, Shazia Ilmi.

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