Indian troops continue their violent cordon and search operations in different districts of Kesari in Rajouri, subjecting the residents to severe harassment. The operation was launched after the killing of five Indian forces’ personnel in a blast at Kesari. Later, the troops in a vindictive action martyred an innocent youth in a fake encounter in the same area. Indian army and paramilitary personnel continue their siege and search operations in Khakha Nawan, Purani Poonch, Jernally Mohalla and Poonch town in Poonch district. The search operation also continued on the 22nd consecutive day in several areas of the district.

Meanwhile, Indian troops have been put on alert with the strengthening of checkpoints around the security installations in Akhnoor, Samba, Kathua and other places of the Jammu region. Officials said, Indian paramilitary forces have been deployed in strength across the occupied territory to check vehicles at every checkpoint and all roads leading to the Jammu city are being manned by a large number of forces’ personnel. They said the night patrolling has also been increased.

On the other hand, Indian troops, paramilitary and police personnel have disturbed the daily routine of the people of the territory in the name of security measures ahead of the G-20 meeting to be hosted by the Indian government in Srinagar later this month. House raids are going on in every city and town of the Kashmir Valley, causing immense inconvenience to the local residents.

Officials of Indian army, police and various secret agencies in a joint meeting stressed on the searches and nakas on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway and directed the personnel to ensure that these nakas are functional round the clock. They also emphasized upon the forces; personnel to make adequate use of modern gadgets including CCTVs and drones to keep a watch on the movement of people. The residents complained to the media that the troops barged into their houses, harassed and abused the inmates including women and children and vandalized properties. The successive Indian governments and their puppets in IIOJK could not achieve anything through their brutal acts and militaristic policies for the last several decades and would also not get anything from these CASOs.



Illegally detained senior APHC leader and Democratic Freedom Party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, has strongly condemned the intensification of human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian troops in IIOJK ahead of the G-20 event in Srinagar on 22-24 May. APHC leader while referring to the deteriorating political and human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir especially in Pir Panjal, Poonch, and Rajouri areas of Jammu region said that the G20 countries’ participation in the event in disputed territory will be tantamount to undermining the UN credibility.

He urged the G-20 states to ask India to resolve the Kashmir dispute as per UN resolutions, instead of attending the forum’s event in Srinagar.

APHC leader said that frequent raids on the houses of civilians search operations, harassment and humiliation of ordinary citizens have become a habit of the trigger-happy occupation forces. Shabbir Shah said that ahead of the G-20 conference, Kashmir Valley has been turned into a military fortress.

“Hundreds of innocent people, mostly young boys, have been arrested under the pretext of so-called security reasons”, adding that victimizing innocent Kashmiris, was part of the Indian regime’s policy to prevent Kashmiris from pursuing their collective goal. Terming it as a serious violation of basic human rights, Shah said that the ground situation in Kashmir, which belie the Indian government’s lofty claims of normalcy, serves as an eye opener for the world in particular the G-20 nations who have been invited by India to attend the group’s upcoming event being hosted in Srinagar.

Shah said that it was high time that the G-20 countries should take a holistic review of the situation and paid heed to the clarion calls emanating from Kashmir.

Reminding G20 countries of their moral and legal responsibilities on Kashmir, Shah said that G20 meeting in the restive region was nothing but a ploy to hide Indian war crimes in the occupied territory. He asked the United Nations to hold India accountable for committing war crimes in Kashmir and take tangible steps to help resolve the Kashmir dispute as per the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.