Pakistan assails India for harassment of Geelani’s household

Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned the “reprehensible act” of registration of circumstances towards the grieving members of the family of the long-lasting Kashmiri chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani by the Indian occupation forces.

Geelani’s household was charged underneath a draconian anti-terrorism legislation for chanting pro-freedom slogans and wrapping the physique of Hurriyat chief with Pakistan’s flag after he died, officers in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) mentioned.

Police in IIOJK mentioned a case underneath the so-called Illegal Actions Prevention Act (UAPA) — which successfully permits folks to be held with out trial indefinitely — was registered on Saturday towards the Geelani’s household.

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Geelani’s son Naseem mentioned that police took his father’s physique away to be buried in the course of the evening simply hours after his demise and didn’t permit the household to carry out final rites.

“We advised the visiting law enforcement officials that that they had taken management of every little thing after my father’s demise and that we have been mourning. We had no manner of figuring out who was doing what,” the son advised AFP on Sunday.

In an announcement, the International Workplace spokesperson mentioned that after denying the household the proper to bury Syed Ali Shah Geelani as per his will, the Indian forces had additional resorted to harassing his household by registering circumstances towards them on trumped-up fees.

He mentioned that India’s mistreatment of the Geelani’s household was a part of its agenda to drive Kashmiris to stop them from demanding the train of their inalienable proper to self-determination. “Nevertheless, it’s going to by no means succeed, because the resolve of the Kashmiri folks is getting strengthened with the passing of each day,” he added.

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The spokesperson urged the worldwide neighborhood to take critical notice of this unprecedented repression, and the persisting systematic human rights violations within the IIOJK.

He additionally referred to as for holding India to account for its inhuman, unjust and unlawful actions.

A video extensively shared on social media confirmed the Kashmiri chief’s physique wrapped in a Pakistani flag earlier than law enforcement officials took it away amid a scuffle along with his members of the family.

Chants of “we wish freedom” have been heard within the background throughout the mayhem.

Prime Minister Imran Khan got here down exhausting on the Indian authorities led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) for snatching the physique and registering a case towards the household.

The premier mentioned on Twitter that it was “one other shameful instance of India’s descent into fascism underneath the Nazi-inspired RSS-BJP govt”.

Anger has simmered within the territory since 2019 when New Delhi controversially revoked the occupied area’s semi-autonomy and introduced it underneath direct rule.

Residents within the Muslim-majority area say repression has intensified within the two years for the reason that adjustments.

India has used the vaguely-worded UAPA laws towards 1000’s of Kashmiri residents, journalists and dissidents, in accordance with activists.

(With further enter from AFP)

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