DFP concerned over surge in killings by Indian troops in IIOJK


Srinagar, April 01 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), a constituent of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, has expressed grave concern over the surge in killing of innocent youth by Indian troops in the territory.

The DFP in a statement issued in Srinagar said the Indian troops have turned occupied Jammu and Kashmir into a slaughter house where innocent and educated youth are being killed in fake encounters. It demanded an independent probe into all incidents of extra-judicial killing of Kashmiri youth by the troops.

The DFP condemned the continued illegal detention of its chief, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, and other Kashmiri political leaders including APHC Chairman Masarrat Aalam Butt, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Aasiya Andrabi and Nayeem Ahmed Khan and deplored that the pro-freedom leadership was being punished for raising voice against India’s brutal suppression of Kashmiris.

It said that along with political leadership, human rights defenders, journalists and members of civil society were being victimized for their tireless work of documenting and reporting serious human rights violations by the troops in occupied territory. It said, arrest of Kashmiri human rights defenders and journalists was part of the BJP government’s brutal campaign to suppress the dissent and make sure that no one raises his/her voice against the brutalities inflicted upon the people of IIOJK.

The statement said that it was quite alarming that illegal detentions of Hurriyat leaders and rights activists were being extended every now and then by India’s kangaroo Courts. So far, the Indian authorities have miserably failed to produce any evidence against them in courts, it said.

The Indian authorities, the DFP said, must release all illegally detained Kashmiri prisoners immediately and unconditionally, and drop all charges against them.

Meanwhile, APHC-AJK leader, Mushtaq Ahmed Butt, in a statement issued in Islamabad also expressed serious concern over the continued illegal detention of Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders, activists, human rights defenders, journalists and youth languishing in different jails of IIOJK and India. He appealed to the international human rights organizations to put pressure on India to release the Kashmiri detainees forthwith.

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