“Voices concern over continued detention of Shah & other prisoners”
Islamabad: (Parliament Times) The former convener of APHC Pak chapter and senior vice president Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) while expressing his serious concern over the arrest spree of youth in occupied Kashmir has said that arresting youth on baseless and concocted cases was part of New Delhi’s sinister design to push Kashmiri youth into a vortex violence.
Addressing a meeting of office bearers here on Monday Saghar expressed dismay over the prevailing political and human rights situation and continued detention of party chairman Shabir Ahmed Shah who is languishing in notorious Tihar jail for last two years. He said that under the garb of operation all out (OAO) educated youth are being deliberated targeted by Indian forces in every nook and corner of the valley. The youth he said were being asked every now and then to report in police stations, which has created an atmosphere of fear and horror. He stated that the men in uniform have let loose a reign of terror in the region. Voicing his concern over the surging drug addiction in the Kashmir valley Saghar said that massive troops’ concentration, free access to drugs and alcohol were the main cause of this fast spreading menace in the valley. Terming it as a deliberate attempt to destroy the social fabric of society he said that India and its stooges were working on a policy to indulge youth in drug abuse to divert their attention from the Kashmir’s freedom movement. He said that even police officials in Srinagar have accepted the reality the army was directly involved in this illicit trade of promoting drug culture in the State. Terming it as serious threat to the society he said that the situation speaks volumes about the disastrous impacts of occupation and the occupiers’ vile intentions.
He pointed out that Indian authorities on the other hand have turned Kashmir into a military state where there are severe restrictions on peoples’ right to freedom of speech and expression. The DFP leader said that youth were being killed on a daily basis, men, women and even children were being thrashed, harassed and humiliated by the so-called Indian security forces without any rhyme or reason. Referring to the continued illegal detention of Shabir Ahmed Shah and other Hurriyat leaders he said that Kashmiri political lodged in different jails in and outside the valley were the worst victims of political vendetta. Urging world human rights organizations to take effective cognizance of the simmering situation in the valley he said it was high time that the international community must shun its policy of indifference towards Kashmiris and come forward in a big way to help resolving this lingering dispute, which he said was the cause and consequence of rights violations in the region.