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Appeal Made For Halt In Kashmir Killings

From - "Internet Mail"

27 April:

The former Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mir Waiz Umar Farooq has fervently appealed to world community to take urgent steps to get India stop custodial killings and disappearances in custody which has assumed alarming proportion in occupied Kashmir in the past few months.

In an interview this afternoon, he said, in this unprecendented increase in forced disappearances and custodial killings by various Indian armed agencies in the past few months, scores of men, young and old alike are each day randomly picked up by the Indian troops at their own free will since they are not accountable for their misdeeds to any one. When the relatives make inquiry about them, the forces conveniently deny their arrest. The dead bodies of missing persons are later found in mutilated condition in any part of the valley.

The Mir Waiz pointed out, some 200 people have been killed in this manner in the valley since last 4 months. The matter is of grave concern which requires immediate international intervention, especially from organisations responsible for upholding Human Rights around the world including United Nations, Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other human rights organisations. It is the duty of the International community which is a signatory to the UN charter of Human Rights to no longer remain mute spectator but to compel India to stop the well planned and systematic genocide of Kashmiris' before it is too late.

The two released APHC leaders after 7 months detention in Udhampur Jail, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Hubbi and Ghulam Nabi Sumji, were given enthusiastic welcom on their arrival in Srinagar.

Qazi Ahadullah and Shakil Ahmed Bakhshi continue to be in illegal detention in Udhampur Jail. Senior APHC leader, Muhammad Yaseen Malik and his five companions, who have been shifted from Jodhpur to Tehar Jail in Delhi, also remain under continued detention. The Budgam district Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami, Ghulam Mohammad Butt who was arrested two months earlier in Srinagar, has been sent to Kot Balwal Jail for two year's detention under the draconian law, Public Safety Act.

Meanwhile, 7 troops including a JCO, were critically injured in landmines explosion at Achahbal in Islamabad (Anantnag). Two military targets were attacked with hand grenades in Srinagar. Details were not available due to military blockade. A number of troops including a Lance Naik was reported killed at Goli Bagh, in Doda. Three Mujahideen were said to have been martyred. A soldier, Om Singh, was shot dead at Gundwa in the same district.

The head of the Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmed Shah has expressed profound grief over the demise of the prominent Kashmiri journalist, broadcaster and KMS editor, Mir Nooruddin Akhtar. He has extended heart-felt sympathies to the bereaved family. Fateh Khawani will be hwld tomorrow at his ancestral village Dalina, in Baramula.

Qul of late Mir Nooruddin Akhtar was held at his residence in Satellite Town Rawalpindi, today.


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