DFP seeks end to HR violations, persecution of journalists in IOK

Srinagar, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has taken a strong exception to increase in human rights violations and vicious campaign of persecuting journalist by Indian forces in the territory. DFP’s Central Executive Committee meeting in Srinagar discussed the prevailing grim situation in occupied Kashmir. It said that the occupation authorities had crossed all limits of brutality in the territory.

The CEC meeting, which was specially addressed by the Acting Chairman Mehmood Ahmed Saghar from Islamabad, denounced in strong terms New Delhi’s vicious campaign of persecuting Kashmir’s top journalists who have used their pen and camera to depict and describe the Kashmiris’ painful stories and to tell them to the outer world by risking their own lives. It said that journalism as a profession had become a biggest crime in Kashmir where reporters were being summoned to police stations and army camps to explain their stories to the men in uniform. The meeting condemned the filing of FIRs against renowned journalists, Masarrat Zahra, Gowhar Geelani and Peerzad Ashiq. It said that series of events reflected a dangerous pattern of harassment, intimidation, threats and bullying into silence the media persons who had exposed the brutalities and war crimes being committed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. It said that India was using draconian laws to stifle every voice of dissent in the territory.

The DFP meeting denouncing the massive crackdown against media said, “Amidst of coronavirus crisis journalists in Kashmir are being frequently summoned by police, and they are being thrashed, humiliated and harassed by the authorities without any rhyme and reason”. It said that Indian authorities’ attempt to curb the right to freedom of expression in occupied Kashmir was a serious violation of the international law. The meeting also denounced in strong terms the stepped up state terrorism by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. Citing the killing of youth by Indian troops in Shopian and Kulgam districts, it sought international community’s intervention to help stop bloodshed of innocent Kashmiri youth.