Saghar aghast over killing of Kashmiri youth

Srinagar, July 01, 2013 (PPI-OT): Denouncing the killing of two Kashmiri youth by Indian army in Kashmir’s Bandipora district, the vice president of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party Mehmood Ahmed Saghar has said, “Kashmir has become a killing field where innocent civilians are being killed by Indian troops without any rhyme and reason.”

Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in a statement in Islamabad said, under the protection of draconian laws like AFSPA, POTA and TADA, without any inkling of accountability the Indian troops continue to wreak havoc in the territory.

Terming black laws as major cause of human rights violations in Kashmir, he said, “Despite repeated calls from Kashmiri civil society and demands from the international human rights organizations India had failed to repeal black laws enforced in the territory”.

To the contrary he said it was astonishing to note that the Indian army had declared AFSPA as a “holy book” for its trigger-happy forces deployed in the length and breadth of Kashmir.

The DFP vice president said that during the month of June Indian troops had killed 11 Kashmiris. “And killing of two innocent youth is yet another horrific incident that left the entire valley completely shell-shocked”, he added. Flaying Indian authorities for imposing undue restrictions on Hurriyet leaders he said that such tactics used by India won’t stop pro-freedom leadership from pursuing their collective cause.

Expressing his serious concern over the prevailing human rights situation in Kashmir Saghar said that it was high time that the world human rights bodies should take stock of the worsening situation in the disputed territory and exert pressure on India to stop human rights abuse perpetrated by its troops in Kashmir.

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