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Thursday, 20 December 2018 16:29

Pro-freedom leaders of Jammu & Kashmir face Delhi’s ‘hard muscle policy’

On Monday December 17, 2018, all roads and links leading towards the army base in Sonwar, an area in Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, were blocked with concertina razor wires and barricades to prevent the march following the call given by pro-freedom leaders of Jammu & Kashmir.

The call for the march was given soon after the killing of seven civilians in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district by the Indian security forces on December 15.

People of Kashmir are facing the worst time ever in which they are being killed, tortured and detained by Indian security forces. Since the Partition of India, Kashmir has become one of the top conflict zones of world.

A former journalist with The Economic Times, Najeeb Mubarki, said that the basic truth was that the people of Kashmir were suppressed, and were not allowed to protest. The issue, he said, was what sort of protest should people hold if none is allowed.

“People can’t take out a candlelight procession, people can’t organise a meet to discuss issues related to the conflict. If these do happen, people are detained by the police. So, no options for forms of protests are left with the people,” Mubarki said.

He said youth, children and adults were being killed, blinded by pellet guns and weren’t allowed to protest. “The Army is supposed to take care of the basic rights of people, even if they are occupying a place. It is not just killings which the government forces should be responsible for. The question of how people are going to protest remains unanswered.” he added.

Kashmir Economic Alliance Chairperson Muhammad Yasin Khan said this was not the first-time that people in Kashmir were being killed.

Parveena Ahanger, Founder and Chairperson of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and a human rights activist in Jammu and Kashmir, said that if people wanted to protest, they weren’t allowed to do so. “Forces in Kashmir are killing people indiscriminately. All the laws are made for Kashmiri people (referring to the Armed Forces Special Power Act),” she said.

“I have travelled to many countries to inform them about the disappearance of people in Kashmir. However, they said that India never talks about what Kashmiris are facing,” Ahanger said, adding that “they are killing one complete generation of Kashmir.”

A senior journalist Shams Irfan said Delhi was employing a “hard muscle policy” instead of engaging Kashmiris in a meaningful dialogue.

In 2018, more than 140 civilians have been killed by government forces, most of them teenagers near the encounter sites. The justification by the highest rank military officers to these cold-blooded murders of civilians has further enraged Kashmiris.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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