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A delegation of Kashmiri leaders from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) led by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai called on the Prime Minister today. In their discussions, they emphasized that the situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir was very grim and serious and was deteriorating by the minute. All Kashmiri leadership, down to the mohallah level, had been put behind bars. The Kashmiri jails had completely filled up and now the prisoners were being taken by military and other aircraft to various prisons in India. The Kashmiri youth were being lifted from their homes in the middle of the night and their subsequent whereabouts were never known. There were long queues in front of police stations and prisons of relatives trying to ascertain the location of their near and dear ones who had been arrested under the black laws of PSA and AFSPA. The hospital staff could not make it to work due to curfew and there were no medicines. The situation was of a humanitarian emergency. Steps were also underway for further political engineering and effecting demographic change.

The Prime Minister shared his serious concerns over the continuing lockdown since 5 August and the dire human rights and humanitarian situation resulting from it. He called for the immediate lifting of the curfew and other restrictions, respect for the rights and freedom of the Kashmiri people, and resolving the Kashmir dispute according to their wishes and the UN Security Council resolutions. The Prime Minister stated that he will continue to highlight the Kashmir issue at every forum and will fulfill his promise of being the “Ambassador of Kashmir”.

22 September 2019

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