Turkish journalists visit ISPR, briefed about human rights violations in IOJ&K
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – A group of Turkish journalists visited Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday.
According to a press release, the delegation was briefed about Pakistan-India February standoff, situation along the Line of Control (LOC)/ Working Boundary and human rights violations in under siege IOJ&K including implications for regional peace.
The group will visit Muzaffarabad on Tuesday and Chokthi on Wednesday to interact with locals and civilian victims of Indian ceasefire violations.
Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region continued to remain under military siege and curfew situation for 43rd consecutive day, with all shops, markets and business establishments closed while public transport off the roads. Besides, communication services including mobile, internet and TV channels are snapped from 5th of August, the day India scrapped Kashmir’s special status.
A majority of people are not timely informed about the death of their loved ones because of the military clampdown. Women married out of the native towns of their parents are the worst hit.
The clampdown has also caused a severe humanitarian crisis as there is acute shortage of daily commodities like food stuff, milk and life-saving medicines in the territory.
Despite curfew and restrictions and the severe curtailment of internet and mobile phone services, there has been an average of nearly 20 protests per day against India’s illegal occupation over the past six weeks. A media report quoting government officials said that public demonstrations have been constant against India in the Kashmir valley, mostly in Srinagar.
The report added that there had been 722 protests since August 5, with Baramulla district and Pulwama the biggest hotspots after Srinagar.
Sikh organisations condemns Indian govt’s decision
As many as 15 leftist and Sikh organisations in Punjab have jointly condemned Indian government’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and divide it into two Union territories. The development is much significant as these organizations never shared dice over the past three decades. However, under the banner of ‘Solidarity Committee for Kashmiri Struggle’ they have also supported the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people.