India is deliberately prolonging the unlawful detention of Kashmiri prisoners in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
According to an analytical report by Kashmir media service, over 13,862 Kashmiri civilians have been arrested by the Indian government from August 5, 2019, to October 2020. The report added that the prisoners are confined to cells and denied medical treatment in Indian jails.
The report also mentioned that India is openly using the Public Safety Act (PSA), a lawless law, to stifle dissent in IIOJK.
The report said that India is flouting Geneva Convention on prisoners’ rights by carrying out arrests, unlawful detentions, and extrajudicial killings as tools to pressurize Kashmiris and break their resolve for freedom. However, these cruel tactics will not deter Kashmiris to pursue the path to freedom.
The report urged the international community and human rights groups to raise their voice for the release of Kashmiri political detainees.
Chairman of Pir Panjal Freedom Movement Qazi Muhammad Irshad has appealed to Kashmiris to boycott the so-called District Development Council elections to convey to the international community that they do not want elections but freedom from India’s illegal occupation.
Qazi Muhammad Irshad in a statement issued in Jammu said that India has taken away all the basic rights of Kashmiris by turning occupied Kashmir into a big jail particularly after August 5, 2019, when it revoked its special status. He said that India was inflicting all kinds of oppression on Kashmiris to force them to surrender their freedom movement.
Qazi Irshad said it was the responsibility of the international community including the United Nations to take notice of India’s atrocities on unarmed Kashmiris and play a role in resolving the Kashmir dispute in its historical context