Indian forces using civilians as human shield: Gilani, Shah
04 October, 2013
Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that entire occupied territory has been converted into a concentration camp where Indian troops barge into the houses at their free will with impunity, maltreat inmates and take away precious goods with them.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, denounced the crackdown and assemblage of people for identity parade on the 1990's pattern in the villages of Kulgam, He said that such practice was in vogue in the territory for the last over 24 years.
"Nothing is safe from Indian troops, who enjoying immunity under draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Disturbed Areas Act regard break into the houses, breaching the sanctity of private life and treat women immodestly and ransack households," he added.
The veteran leader pointed out that making thousands of people hostage on the pretext of presence of a few Mujhaideen in a village or a town was the worst form of state terrorism. Syed Ali Gilani said that forcing people to stand in queue during the crackdowns was tantamount to using them as human shield in case of an encounter with Mujahideen and such act, he added, was a war crime under International law.
Syed Ali Gilani called upon international human rights organizations to play their role in saving the lives of the people in the occupied territory.
Senior APHC leader and Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmad Shah addressing a party meeting in Islamabad town denounced harassment of youth by Indian army and police in Kolgam and other adjoining areas.
The meeting condemned repeated invoking of draconian Public Safety Act against the illegally detained Hurriyet leaders including Masarrat Aalam Butt, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Mir Hafizullah, Muhammad Ishaq Ittu, and Shakil Ahmad Butt.