Sehrai Denounces Arrest Spree in Occupied Kashmir

Srinagar, January 29 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has strongly denounced the arrest spree unleashed by Indian police and troops across the territory particularly in Kulgam, Islamabad, Pulwama and other areas of south Kashmir.
According to media sources, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India had converted the occupied territory into a big jail where people were being denied all basic freedoms. He said that these arrests and detentions had made the life of masses miserable. He said that under the garb of arrest and detention, the authorities were subjecting the people to vengeance for their commitment to the ongoing freedom movement. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman expressed anguished over the frequent cordon and search operations (CASOs) carried out by Indian troops across the occupied territory and termed these actions a collective punishment inflicted upon the people. He pointed out that Kashmiri youth, particularly students, were continuously being targeted and humiliated by the Indian forces’ personnel without any justification. He said, due to an environment of fear and terror created by the forces, the people are going through severe mental trauma. Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai deplored the silence of the world community over the gross and systematic human rights abuses being committed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. He said, it is high time for the international community to impress upon New Delhi to understand that violence is not and cannot be the answer to popular demands for justice, freedom and the right to self-determination. The senior APHC leader maintained that plebiscite under the UN supervision to determine the future status of Jammu and Kashmir is the only way to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute. KASHMIR VOICE
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