‘Kashmir is a dire picture of acute repression’: APHC condemns killing of civilian

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All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Monday condemned the killing of Shahid Ajaz of Shopian, sole breadwinner of his family , ‘murdered in cold blood as per family sources by the forces, and expressed deep distress against the unceasing policy of persecution and harassment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the valley , by the ruling authorities.’

APHC in a statement said while the viscous cycle of killings continues unabated , each day new ways to intimidate and ‘terrorise’ them is experienced by the people .

It said that the long-standing restrictions on mass leadership and freedom of expression, gag on local media along with the relentless violations of basic human rights, fresh roundups and indiscriminate arrests, random raids by agencies , dismissals of local Government employees, intense frisking even of young children , shifting of detainees to outside jails , arbitrary seizure of vehicles of two wheeler commuters, all create an atmosphere of fear and terror around .

Adding that efforts to seize resources and alter demography continue. The new law regarding sale of agricultural land for commercial purposes is a step in this direction.

“Kashmir is a dire picture of acute repression, killings death and violence. All killings irrespective of who dies and who kills are painful. Forces personnel stationed in every nook and corner of the Valley keep expanding their footprints. New bunkers are coming up in Srinagar city and in the outskirts.” APHC said.

It further said that the group extends its sympathies and support to the devastated family of shahid Ajaz and prays to almighty Allah for Jannah for young and innocent Shabir .

APHC denounces what it terms state repression and the mindset behind it, “It only adds to dissent and dislike.”

It believes that Peace cannot be forcibly implemented but favourably created.

APHC also strongly appeals to the world community and to the people of India to support the people of Kashmir in seeking the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with their aspirations.

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