‘Is their humanity dead’, PM questions world’s silence on Indian atrocities in IOK

Published on – September 5, 2019 – 10:09 pm
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As the lockdown in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) enters its second month, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday questioned the international community’s silence over the persecution of Muslims in the disputed valley.


As the lockdown in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) enters its second month, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday questioned the international community’s silence over the persecution of Muslims in the disputed valley.

“India’s violation of all international laws including humanitarian laws is there for the world to see. So why is the world silent? Is the international community’s humanity dead when Muslims are being persecuted? What message is being sent to the 1.3 billion Muslims across the world?” he raised the questions on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

In a series of tweets Premier Imran also said that hospitals have run out of medical supplies, as well as, basic necessities.

The communication blackout cut Kashmiris off from the rest of the world, he added.

“Despite this, tales of horror are finding their way into the international media.”

The prime  minister lamented that the siege of Kashmir has now entered its 32nd day. “Under cover of this siege, Indian forces have killed, injured (with pellet guns), abused Kashmiri men, women & children. Men have been taken away & thrown into prisons across India.”

Ever since India’s move on Kashmir PM Imran has been vocal on the micro-blogging site of how New Delhi’s strong-arm tactics in the disputed Himalayan region.

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The people of the occupied valley are living under a strict curfew and other crippling restrictions since August 4, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government abrogated Article 370, revoking the special status of India’s only Muslim-majority state.

On Wednesday, the government had decided to commemorate this year’s Defence Day on September 6 (Friday) as “Kashmir Solidarity Day” to send a message of camaraderie to the oppressed people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Last month, the nation also celebrated its 73rd Independence Day as Kashmir Solidarity Day to express full support to Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for right to self-determination.

Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly (AJKLA) on August 14, while rallies were taken out in all small and major cities of the country and seminars organised to highlight the plight of oppressed people in IOK.

The Indian government flooded the Kashmir valley with troops, introduced movement restrictions and cut off most communication ahead of its illegal Kashmir move last month.

The communication blackout, including severing of mobile phones and internet connections, has now entered its second month. Hundreds of political leaders and workers, including three former chief ministers, have also been detained.

By stripping IoK of its special status, New Delhi blocked its right to frame its own laws and allowed non-residents to buy property. Delhi said the change would help Kashmir’s development, to the benefit of all, but its move angered many residents of the region and has received widespread condemnation.