LFK dossier exposes fake encounter killings by Indian forces in IIOJK

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Islamabad, October 13 (KMS): A dossier compiled by Legal Forum for Kashmir (LFK) has exposed the brutal face of Indian forces’ personnel in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir by compiling a number of fake encounters.

The dossier says that the government of India through its occupying forces in IIOJK is blatantly violating International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law by resorting to excessive use of force against the civilian population.

It says Indian occupation forces frequently conduct state-sponsored false flag operations to malign the Kashmir freedom movement and Pakistan. These false flag operations manifest into fake encounters through extra-judicial killings of innocent Kashmiris, who are portrayed as foreign terrorists through information offensive employing pliant Indian media and propaganda as a tool, it says.

The LFK dossier points out that since 2000 till 10 October 2022, 146 major fake encounters have been reported in IIOJK in which 269 innocent people have been martyred. It also contains the details about the units of Indian Army, paramilitaries, police and other agencies involved in these staged encounters along with the details of the date and place of occurrence.

The dossier says that the recent report on Indian disinformation campaign published by Stanford University on 21 September 2022 substantiates the fact that XV Corps also known as Chinar Corps, an Indian Army formation deployed in Kashmir, is involved in an online network of fake Kashmiri Twitter accounts spreading pro-Army propaganda to delegitimize the indigenous freedom struggle.

The dossier specially mentions the cold-blooded murder of Muhammad Ali Hussain (real name Uzair ur Rehman), a Pakistani national, who was detained in a jail in IIOJK and was killed in a fake encounter in Jammu.

It says that in 2006, 26-year-old Muhammad Ali Hussain went missing from his home in Mohallah Akberabad, Haripur Division. Not being able to contact him, his brother reported the matter at a police station on 10 October 2006 and a First Information Report (FIR) was registered by the police.

It says that the bereaved family of Muhammad Ali Hussain came to know about his whereabouts through media which reported the arrest of the innocent man by Indian police. Reportedly, on 10 November 2006, Muhammad Ali Hussain was arrested by Vijaynagar Police and subsequently after lapse of four years, on 19 November 2010, consular access was provided to him at Central Jail Tihar. Consular Access Performa shows that he was framed under various sections of Indian Penal Code including attempt to murder. Moreover, during custody he was subjected to brutal torture by the Indian police that resulted in damage to his right ear.

The dossier maintains that on 1 July 2022, Indian Ministry of External Affairs, had shared a list of Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails with Pakistani authorities in which despite of being in custody for more than fifteen years, Muhammad Ali Hussain was mentioned to be under-trial. It says that on 17 August, 2022, in a blatant display of state terrorism, Indian police took Muhammad Ali Hussain from Kothbalwal Jail in Jammu, brought him at Toph Arnia area and killed him in a staged encounter.

The dossier says that the killing of Muhammad Ali Hussain under mysterious circumstances at a location far away from the prison raised questions about the safety and security of more than 442 Pakistani prisoners in India. This extrajudicial killing of an innocent Pakistani prisoner reminds of similar state directed fake encounter of Zia Mustafa, from Rawalakot, who was taken out of the Kothbalwal jail Jammu and brought to forests in Poonch by the Indian troops and subsequently killed in fake encounter on 23 October 2021, it adds.

The dossier says that extrajudicial killings by Indian troops in IIOJK are blatant violations of human rights and disregard to the Geneva Convention. It says that India must be held accountable for its gross and systematic violations of international humanitarian law in IIOJK. The members of the UN Human Rights Council must adopt a resolution to appoint a Commission of Inquiry to probe extrajudicial killing of Muhammad Ali Hussain, it further demands.

The dossier calls upon the Indian government to ensure safety, security and humane treatment of all Pakistani prisoners, allow unhindered access of independent journalists and human rights/ civil society organizations to IIOJK to ascertain ground realities and release all Pakistani prisoners who have completed their terms in Indian jails.

Click to access Dossier.pdf

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