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KEA expresses solidarity with Kashmiris

05 February, 2014

OSLO: The Kashmir European Alliance has expressed solidarity with the people of Kashmir.

Kashmir European Alliance President Sardar Pervez Mehmood said that the alliance pledges to stand by the people of Kashmir and will continue diplomatic efforts to make India give up illegal occupation and state terrorism in Kashmir.

"Kashmir European Alliance expresses solidarity with the families of thousands of disappeared youth. India has left no stone unturned in applying dreadful means to what it is not other than a systematic genocide in the troubled Kashmir region. Score of human rights forums and agencies have been reporting gross human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir."

He said Kashmir European Alliance strongly protests against the Indian army's clean chit to its men in the Pathribal fake encounter case and also demands revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act(AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir.

On 25 March, 2000, Indian military forces killed five men in Pathribal village of Anantnag district, claiming that the victims were the "foreign militants".

On 19 March, 2012, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the Supreme Court of India that the fake encounter at Pathribal in Jammu and Kashmir 12 years ago in which seven people were killed by the Indian army personnel were cold-blooded murders and the accused officials deserve to be meted out exemplary punishment.

Fourteen years later, the Indian army has closed Pathribal fake encounter case and given itself clean chit in Pathribal case. Recently, according to a report published in an influential Argentinean daily, Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina sent a forensic team secretly to Kashmir in 2012 to investigate the surfacing of mass graves. In August 2011, for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir, an official inquiry said that it is "beyond doubt" that there are scores of unidentified bodies lying in unmarked graves in the valley. It said as many as 2,156 bodies are buried at 38 sites since the unrest began in 1990.

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