Transporters, Traders Protest Against  HR Violations

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SRINAGAR — A large number of transporters and traders Saturday took out a protest rally in Srinagar against the human rights violations.

The Kashmir Transporters Welfare Federation held a peaceful protest demonstration here after scores of transporters assembled at Pratap Park in Srinagar and chanted slogans against the human rights violations.

The protest demonstration, they said, was held on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership which has  asked people to protest the HR violations and observe December 3-9 as human rights week.

Chairman of the Federation Sheikh Muhammed Yousuf said: “The drivers including auto drivers, sumo drivers, Mini bus service drivers and KMD Drivers participated in the protest”.

Amid sloganeering, the protesting transporters were carrying banners, reading slogans like “Stop Killing Kashmiris”, “Stop genocide of Kashmiris” and “Kashmiryun ka qatal aam band Karo band Karo”.

Scores of KCC&I members headed by its president Sheikh Ashiq assembled at Srinagar’s Press Enclave and chanted slogans against the HR violations and killings in Kashmir.

The members of KCC&I said that there must be an immediate end to the human rights violation in the State as thousands of people have been killed, maimed and “blinded so far.”

“Even the 18-month-old baby was not spared as she lost her eyesight due to pellet injury in her right eye,” they said, adding that human rights organizations should take notice over such violations here and help in putting an “end to the rights violations.”

The protesters appealed to the world community to raise their voice against the ongoing killings of Kashmiris, arrest of “innocent youths  and harassment of people.”

Malik Denounces HR Abuses

Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik has denounced the gross human rights’ violations by  troops in Kashmir.

In a statement issued here, he said that the state was resorting “to coercion and use of force and tramples democratic norms and ethics when it has something to hide or deny.”
 
“Indian state has long been denying our freedom and right to self-determination and this is why it is using military power to suppress our voices,” he said.

He said what is being inflicted upon people of Kashmir, especially in south, north and central districts is unspeakable. “Torturing men, women and children has become a routine,” he added.

The JKLF Chairman said India is legalising killings and shielding troops through draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFPSA).

He said the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for candlelight and torch-bearing protests against human rights abuses but they were responded with an iron fist.

Malik urged upon the world community and the international human rights organisations to take cognizance of human rights violations by troops.

Meanwhile, following the JRL call to protest against human rights violations the JKLF leaders and activists along with scores of people organised candlelight protests at Ilahi Bagh in Srinagar.

 

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