Indian Troops continued Cordon and Search operations on 14th day today

• World urged to hold India accountable for war crimes in IIOJK
• Indian troops continue massive cordon and search operations

Srinagar, January 14 (KMS): The incarcerated senior leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, has urged the international community to hold India accountable for the war crimes committed by its troops in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Shabbir Ahmed Shah in his message from New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail expressed concern over the unending Indian state terrorism in the occupied territory. He deplored that Indian troops were killing innocent Kashmiris to suppress their ongoing freedom movement but would never succeed in their nefarious designs. He maintained that the Kashmiris are committed to take their freedom struggle to its logical conclusion at all costs.

APHC leaders, Syed Bashir Andrabi and Khwaja Firdous, in a joint statement in Srinagar appealed to the UN to take steps to implement its resolutions to settle the Kashmir dispute for ensuring durable peace in the region.

Meanwhile, Indian troops and paramilitary personnel continued their cordon and search operations on 14th consecutive day, today, in different towns and villages of Rajouri, Poonch, Kishtwar, Doda, Reasi, Samba and Jammu districts. The troops are particularly terrorizing the Muslim families during house to house searches in these districts. Panic gripped Androla village in Rajouri district after a VDG member fired some gunshots.

Residents of Surankote area of Rajouri district staged a protest demonstration against the killing of a 9-year-old boy. The boy Afran Ahmed was martyred after he was fired upon by unidentified gunmen near his residence at Shangla in Surankote. The locals said that the boy was martyred by members of Indian Army backed Village Defence Guards, formerly called Village Defence Committees.

On the other hand, international rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Indian government continued its systematic discrimination and stigmatization of religious and other minorities, particularly Muslims, in India in 2022. The HRW in its World Report 2023 said, the Indian authorities intensified efforts to silence civil society activists and independent journalists by using politically motivated criminal charges, including terrorism, and to jail those exposing or criticizing government abuses. Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said the BJP government’s promotion of Hindu majoritarian ideology provokes authorities and supporters to engage in discriminatory and at times violent actions against religious minorities. KMS

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