Indian troops martyr 4 Kashmiris in IIOJ&K

Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021

SRINAGAR: In Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three Kashmiri businessmen and a civilian in cold blood in Srinagar. While Foreign Office (FO) of Pakistan strongly condemned extra judicial killing in held Kashmir on Tuesday.

According to Kashmir Media Service the Indian troops martyred a cement trader Altaf Ahmad Bhat, a property dealer, a tea stall owner and civilian during a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Hyderpora area of Srinagar.

A family member of martyred Altaf Ahmad Bhat said that the martyr had a cement shop at Hyderpora and was killed in unprovoked firing by the troops in the area. “Altaf was the owner of the complex and was killed in cold blood. We are protesting at the Barzulla demanding his body,” he added.

Speaking to the media martyr Altaf’s niece Saima Bhat said that her uncle was a common man and was not involved in any militant activity as claimed by the police. “My uncle has been murdered. He was used as a human shield in a staged encounter. He runs a hardware shop and owns the complex where the forces had come for checking,” said Saima.

Meanwhile the killings triggered protest in Burzalla area of the city and demanded bodies of the victims. The protesters said that Indian troops are killing innocent Kashmiris under a recently carved policy by Indian Home Minister Amit Shah during his recent visit to the occupied territory. As per this policy the troops have been asked to target innocent civilians for any attacks on Indian forces in the territory.

Meanwhile, Pakistan on Tuesday strongly condemned the extra-judicial killing of another four Kashmiris by the Indian occupation forces in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K).

At least 25 Kashmiris have been martyred in fake encounters and so-called ‘cordon and search operations’ by Indian occupation forces since 1st October 2021, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

Extra-judicial killings, illegal detentions, daily harassment, and restrictions on fundamental freedoms, continue to be the norm in IIOJ&K. “India must understand that no amount of systematic brutalities, rampant use of force and brutal clamp-downs can suppress the indigenous Kashmiri struggle. Kashmiris remain resolute in their just cause in the face of repulsive Indian state-terrorism,” the FO stressed.

Pakistan has shared with the international community a comprehensive dossier containing irrefutable evidence of Indian human rights violations and war crimes in IIOJ&K. The FO said that Pakistan calls on the international community to hold India accountable for its gross and systematic violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in IIOJ&K.

The Indian government must allow international human rights and humanitarian organisations and UN Special Mandate Holders unhindered access to IIOJ&K to conduct independent investigations and allow the people of the occupied territory to exercise their right of self-determination as enshrined in the UN Security Council resolutions,” it said.