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117th Day-Kashmiris continue to suffer under unabated Indian Siege

High Commissioner expresses solidarity with the Kashmiris

London:  High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri Muslims of the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) on 29 November 2019. On the occasion of the Juma (Friday) Prayer, collective Dua was offered for the Kashmiri victims of Indian atrocities in IOK.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, High Commissioner said the Kashmiri Muslims in the Occupied Kashmir have been under siege for the last 117 days. He briefed the members from various Muslim countries who gathered at the High Commission to offer Juma Prayer, about the humanitarian crisis in IOK. Mr Zakaria said no one knows the extent of sufferings of the Kashmiris as there is complete blackout of communication with no access to foreign media and human rights organizations to report on the situation. Mr Zakaria urged the gathering to pray for the Kashmiris and create understanding of the issue of human sufferings in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Mr Zakaria said it is deplorable that gross human rights violations of the Kashmiri people are occurring continuously in front of the entire civilized world and standard bearers of human rights. He said whatever the sporadic reports are coming out of the IOK, are heart rending. He quoted independent reports about killings of Kashmiris, torture of youth and arrests of about 13,000 young men by the Indian forces, which shows how humanity continues to suffer in IOK.


Later talking to the media, Mr Zakaria gave an update on the current situation in IOK and the efforts of the Government of Pakistan to help the Kashmiri people. He noted that Indian atrocities, mass killings, mass blindings, mass graves and other Measures to systematically change the demography of IOK have been documented by reputable international organizations. There is a need to deliver justice to the Kashmiri victims and punish the perpetrators.

The High Commissioner has been regularly expressing solidarity with the Kashmiris since the siege started on 5 th August 2019 with unilateral measures by India to change the status of Kashmir in violation of UNSC resolutions on Kashmir and related international conventions.

On the occasion, photos depicting Indian atrocities against defenceless Kashmiris were also displayed. The photos of the victims of Indian atrocities, as documented by various international institutions and human rights organisations helped visitors understand the magnitude of the human rights abuses in IOK.

November 29, 2019

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