India has ramped up atrocities in IoK: Masood

By Ali Imran

ISLAMABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President, Sardar Masood Khan Friday said that India has intensified its atrocities and persecution campaign against the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir(IOJ&K) in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan, he said whilst the world is preoccupied with COVID-19, it is imperative that the human rights situation in the occupied territory as well as the key question of the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people must remain on the global agenda and must continue to receive world attention. He said the UN Security Council should immediately convene an emergency meeting to take notice of the genocide being committed in India occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The AJK President said virtual diplomacy has been started to keep the world’s attention focused on the lingering dispute. In this regard, contacts have been established through video link with the Kashmiri people and parliamentarians in Britain.
He appreciated Radio Pakistan, especially its digital portal for consistently highlighting the Kashmir dispute. On behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, he expressed his gratitude to the top administration of Radio Pakistan for raising the voice of oppressed Kashmiri people through its tweets and posts.
Drawing attention towards the situation prevailing in IOJ&K, the AJK President recalled that a ruthless lockdown is in place in the occupied territory since 5th August last year.
During this period, he said, the people have been subjected to brute force and violence. In addition to the arrest of the political leadership, thousands of children have also been arrested.
He said the number of youth killed is far higher which has been reported. A new history of oppression is being written in IOJ&K amidst the coronavirus challenge. He said the detained political leadership and the youth have been kept in cramped concentration centers and there is greater threat of spread of the contagion.
He regretted that the fascist regime in India has not paid any head to the appeals made by the human rights organizations and the spokesperson of the UN Secretary General about the plight of these detainees. Sardar Masood Khan pointed out that India is resorting to increased violations on the line of control to divert the attention of the world from its war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the occupied territory .