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Killings in IoK

Indian occupation forces during their fresh acts of terrorism have martyred seven youth in Sopore, Kupwara and Riasi areas of the disputed territory. The reports pouring in from Srinagar reveal that these youth were gunned down during cordon and search operations by Indian troops. Indian army is said to have used gunship helicopters during the operation in Jhajjar Kotli area of Riasi. Severe restrictions have also been imposed in these areas internet services has been suspended, while educational institutions were closed under the pretext of so-called precautionary measures. A complete shutdown was observed on the second consecutive day in Langate, Handwara and Zaengeer areas of North Kashmir against the killing whereas strike will be observed tomorrow against the gruesome murder of Hurriyat activist, Hakeem-ur-Rehman and other killings at the hands of Indian forces. Sultani, who was recently released after 20 months of illegal detention was shot dead outside his home in Sopore a couple of days back. These shocking incidents of violence and target killings of innocent youth have unfortunately become a new norm in occupied Kashmir, a place where life of common people has been turned into a hell by the occupation forces who continue to kill, maim, harass and humiliate them without any rhyme or reason. The recent killings, however, is a continuation of the ongoing Indian military onslaught against Kashmiris aimed at silencing the voice of dissent by the dint of force. The human rights situation in the region has been a matter of serious concern for international community. The UNHCR in its report, released in June this year, had asked the government of India to take necessary steps to improve human rights situation in the region. The report, which gave a detailed account of the fast spreading structures of violence in the region had taken lid off the cauldron of most gory crimes Indian troops have committed against humanity in the region. The 49-page report called for establishing a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into human rights violations in the region. The newly appointed UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet had also expressed her concern over the Indian government’s failure to take meaningful steps for protection of human rights in Kashmir. One hopes that in the light of this eye-opening report the international human rights groups particularly the UN and its subordinate organs will continue to pursue the government of India to fulfill the obligations of the world body to protect civil and political rights of the people of Kashmir. Moreover, the pressure should be mounted on New Delhi vis-à-vis holding of a probe by the UN team into the heinous war crimes perpetrated by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

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