India using colonial-era tactics to suppress Kashmiris’ freedom struggle: Nayeem Khan

New Delhi, November 30 (KMS): Incarcerated senior leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, has deplored that Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government is using colonial era tactics to suppress the Kashmiris’ legitimate struggle for securing their right to self-determination.

Nayeem Ahmad Khan in his message sent from New Deli’s infamous Tihar jail and released in Srinagar said, on the one hand, India has let loose its trigger-happy troops to wreak havoc in IIOJK while on the other, its other law enforcement agencies are committing grave human rights violations including threats against Kashmiri rights’ defenders, political workers, journalists and civil society activists and conducting raids on their houses and offices to create a climate of fear in the territory.

The APHC leader said that dreaded National Investigation Agency (NIA) was being used as a tool by the Modi government to terrorize the families of those who have refused to accept the BJP’s narrative on Kashmir. He lamented that since 5th August 2019, IIOJK has been under brutal suppression where fundamental freedoms particularly the social and political rights remain critically suppressed. “Bloodshed and violence, killings, enforced disappearances and fake encounters are all that define today’s Kashmir,” he said.

Nayeem Khan said that shrinking space for civil society and political organisations was yet another dangerous aspect of the Modi’s authoritarian regime that was hell bent to silence every dissenting voice in the occupied territory. Every dissenting voice is being muzzled under the jackboots to ensure that no one raises his/her voice against the brutalities being inflicted upon the innocent civilians, he said.

Nayeem Khan said that the BJP government was resorting to political maneuvering and administrative machinations to disempower the majority Muslim community in IIOJK. He pointed out that after redrawing the electoral maps, the BJP regime had completed its electoral demographic changes in the disputed territory by adding over 7.72 lac voters, majority of them non-locals, to the voter list. The move, he said, will change the dynamic of political system in Kashmir.

The incarcerated APHC leader urged the world community to take effective notice of the worsening situation in IIOJK and hold the Modi government accountable for the crimes the Indian forces’ personnel are committing in the occupied territory.

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