10,000 Kashmiris disappeared in custody

Srinagar, August 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated state terrorism have subjected thousands of Kashmiris to custodial disappearance during the last twenty-six years and the families of the victims have no information about their whereabouts. According to the data released by the Research Section of the Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the International Day of Disappeared Persons, today, over 10,000 Kashmiris have vanished in the custody after they were picked up by the troops and police.

The report maintained that thousands of unnamed graves had been discovered in the territory and the human rights activists feared that these graves could be of the disappeared Kashmiris. Meanwhile, several protest demonstrations were held in Srinagar to mark the day. One such event organized by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons was held at Pratap Park in Srinagar. Many people including JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, APHC leader Javaid Ahmad Mir and relatives of thousands of enforced disappeared persons participated in the protest.

The APDP leader, Parveena Ahangar led the protest. Another demonstration led by renowned human rights defender, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo was held at Press Enclave in Srinagar. Children and relatives of the disappeared persons were holding placards inscribed with slogans seeking whereabouts of their dear ones. The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyet leaders including Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Zafar Akbar Butt and Bilal Siddiqi in their statements sought intervention by international human rights organizations to help trace whereabouts of thousands of innocent disappeared persons.

The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League in their statements issued in Srinagar condemned the use of lethal pellet guns by Indian government against peaceful protesters in the territory. A report by a Delhi-based rights watchdog, Human Rights Law Network said that more than 700 minors had been arrested under draconian black law in the territory since March 2013.

The report added that the arrests were in clear violation of India’s own constitution, which prohibits the detention of teenagers under the Act. On the other hand, the forum led by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani upon completion of one year of devastating flood in the occupied territory in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, denounced the authorities for doing nothing for rehabilitation of the flood affected people.

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