UK PM’s attention drawn towards Indian brutalities in IOK

London, August 31, 2019 (PPI-OT): The members of Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) have drawn the attention of the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, towards the Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir. The OKC members, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Mohammed Saleem, Shaista Safi and Nazar Lodhi in a letter submitted to the office of UK Prime Minister, said August 5 is a black day in the constitutional history of India as it repealed Articles 370 and 35A of its constitution which gave special status to Kashmir and its residents.

They wrote, this act is illegal, unconstitutional and legislative terrorization, adding the abrogation of Article 35A is intended to demolish the Kashmir’s identity and bring a demographic change. They in their letter said, the abrogation of these articles is also a gross violation of the UN resolutions, adding the Indian move aims at crushing the spirit of resilience and resistance of Kashmiris in the name of development. India claims to be a post-colonial democracy but it denies rights of the people of Kashmir, they deplored.

The OKC members said that occupied Kashmir was facing an extraordinary situation due to India’s unconstitutional and unlawful action. Over 6,000 people have been arrested and the entire political opposition has been detained in occupied Kashmir, they said. They said, all communications including Internet services and phone lines remain suspended, adding hospitals and emergency services continue to struggle with lack of staff and adequate medical supplies.

They said, there are stringent restrictions on the freedom of movement, speech and assembly in the occupied territory. Curfew and display of brute power is visible to frighten the people and generate a fear psychosis, they wrote in their letter.

The OKC members urged the Britain to impress upon the Indian government to end the current blockade with utter commitment for the promotion and protection of all Kashmiris, withdraw troops from towns and villages of Kashmir and lift all restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly and right of association. They also demanded the visit of a fact-finding international commission to the locked Kashmir to take stock of existential realities.

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