Saghar & others denounce crackdown on political activists, religious scholars in IIOJK

Islamabad, September 18 (KMS): The Convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference-Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, and others have denounced crackdown on political activists and religious scholars by Indian authorities under infamous Public Safety Act (PSA).

Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in a statement issued in Islamabad, while criticizing the arrest of prominent Hurriyat leader Sarjan Barkati and other religious scholars, including Maulana Abdul Rasheed Dawoodi, Maulana Mushtaq Ahmed Veri and Abdul Majeed Dar Al Madani, said arresting Kashmiris under notorious laws was an old tactic India has been using to suppress political voices in the occupied territory.

Seeking world human rights bodies’ urgent attention towards the fast deteriorating political and human rights situation in occupied Kashmir, he said that it was high time that the civilized world should break its silence and play its much needed role to mitigate the unending sufferings of the Kashmiris.

Saghar also urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to take effective notice of rights violations in Kashmir and stop India from using anti-terrorism laws to suppress democratic dissent in the territory. The racist regime led by Modi has crossed all limits of savagery to suppress dissent in the region, he added.

Expressing deep concern over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners, the APHC leader urged the international human rights organizations to take effective notice of the matter and help release all the illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists.

Meanwhile, APHC-AJK chapter leaders and others including Muhammad Hussain Khateedb, Altaf Ahmad Butt, Syed Manzoor Ahmad Shah, Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, Mahmood Akhtar Qureshi Advocate and Muhammad Lateef Lone in their statements in Islamabad strongly condemned the arrest of Muhammad Sharif Sartaj, Maulana Sarjan Barkati and other religious leaders under black law Public Safety Act by the Modi regime. They also condemned the killing of innocent Kashmiri youth in fake encounters and appealed to the international community to take notice of Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

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