Shah, Mir Welcome Amnesty Report

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Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairperson Shabir Ahmad Shah urged the world powers to “shun their traditional silence” on the issue and “play proactive role in putting end to human rights violations and excesses committed by Indian occupational forces.” Shah was, however, quick to add that the human rights body has “relied much on government sources” in framing the report as “according to independent sources, the human rights violations committed by Indian brutal forces is much more brute and grave,” a party statement said Friday afternoon.

“During last 25 years, apart from Lakhs of killings, the oppression by Indian forces gave rise to about 25000 widows and nearly 1 Lakh orphans besides ten thousand people were subjected to enforced disappearances, not to mention of loss of properties,” Shah who is currently under house arrest in a statement issued to media said, adding, “heart wrenching incidents like Kunan Poshpora, Jigarpora, Chanapora and dozens of similar tragedies and massacres including Sopore, Kupwara, Handwara, Hawal Bijbehara, Mash’ali Mohalla and Hazratbal have inflicted deep wounds on us.”

“Thousands of unmarked graves here question the justice loving people of world as for what crimes were they murdered? Was gun the last option for India to silence the voices of Kashmiris for demanding their birth right of self-determination? Even Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru was hanged in such inhuman way which was obviously a murder of law and justice the example of which cannot be seen anywhere in the world,” Shah added.

He said that they fully support the Amnesty International’s demand of probing the killings by any independent investigation body and that Indian forces should be brought to book without letting them enjoy the unbridled powers of AFSPA. “It is unfortunate that whole world cries for protection of animal rights and no one cares for human rights in this part of globe. We live in that part of world where bullets are showered into chests of youth in broad day light, banned and lethal weapons are used against civilians and culprits are left to roam free.”

Hurriyat Conference (m) leader and chairman of his JKLF faction, Javaid Ahmad Mir in statement today said that India should be “ashamed now after the repeated appeals” from the World forums like Amnesty International for the removal of AFSPA and other black laws.

Mir said like Amnesty International other world Human Rights organizations including UN, European Union, Asia Watch and others should come forward to pressurize India for the removal of AFSPA under which a “license is given to armed forces to kill the innocent and unarmed people” of Jammu and Kashmir.

Reacting over the detention of pro-freedom leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Javaid Mir said, “the continuous detention of Geelani Sahib reflects state terrorism interference in religious affairs in Kashmir.”

Commenting over the statement of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh wherein he stated that “there are no plans to talk with separatist” stated, “Kashmiri people would not get cowed down by such an aggressive approach and would continue with their struggle for the right of self determination.”

Demanding revocation of AFSPA, Mir further said, “at the time of sham elections, the pro-Indian political parties always talk about revoking AFSPA from Kashmir but when they come to power, their claims prove to be a blatant lie and a mere  political gimmick.” “The pro-Indian political parties talk one thing while in power, and another when they are out of power.”

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