Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has urged the international community and United Nations to help end the most “cruel, inhumane and degrading” treatment of the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) by occupation forces,
“We fully agree with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s statement that torturers must never be allowed to get away with their crimes, and systems that enable torture should be dismantled or transformed,” he said in a video message released on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture observed across the globe on Friday.
The AJK president said that torture is a crime against humanity and it is prohibited by international law and all religions. “Yet, this crime is committed everyday by the Indian forces and authorities in the occupied territory, most brutally and systematically.”
He appealed to the United Nations not to generalise and blur the focus on torture where it is pervasive. In Occupied Kashmir, he said, torture is most rampant and most egregious.
“Torture has been committed by the BJP-RSS regime by reoccupying and colonising Jammu and Kahsmir against the will of its 14 million people, dividing their state into two parts, and enforcing decrees whereby the entire territory is now ruled by a foreign capital, Delhi.”
While lambasting the Modi-led government, President Masood said: “As we mark this day today, Kashmiri young men are hunted down and killed in cold blood in fake encounters, demonstrators are blinded and sexual molestation is used as a weapon of war.”
Kashmiris, he went on to say, are being deprived of their homeland by bringing Hindus from all over India and settling them in the occupied territory through new domicile rules.
“Stripped of their permanent residence rights, Kashmiris are being robbed of their jobs, livelihoods, businesses and land. Systematically, the demography of the disputed valley is being altered permanently.”
The AJK president said what India is doing in occupied region is a war crime according to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the ICC Statute and international humanitarian law.
Referring to arbitrary arrest of political leaders and political activists, he said thousands of political detainees – illegally incarcerated – are being subjected to the vicious torture leading in many instances to death and disability.
President Masood demanded that political prisoners in the Tihar jail in India – Yasin Malik, Asiya Indrabi, Shabbir Shah – should be released forthwith and Syed Ali Geelani and other Hurriyet leaders – hundreds of them holed up in cramped prisons – should be set free.
Some 13,000 boys and children, as young as 10, are caged in concentration camps where they are being tortured and brainwashed, he said while calling for the international community led by the United Nations to play ts role for their release.
He also made a demand that India should be asked to repeal all draconian laws that empower occupation forces to commit crimes with impunity.
“Kashmiris are citizens of planet Earth. Listen to their screams of SOS. Save their bodies; save their souls. Silence too is a crime while such massive torture is taking place right before our eyes.”
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