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Suppressing opinions, protests unfairly undemocratic, of India: Ali Raza

18 February, 2013

BRUSSELS: Kashmir Council EU Chairman Ali Raza Syed has said that forcing people not to express their views and lodge protest is totally undemocratic and unfair attitude of New Delhi.

In his recent condemnation regarding continued arrest of the innocent people particularly detention of a number of youth in India Held Kashmir, He said, situation in IHK became worst after hanging Kashmiri activist Afzal Guru without fair judicial trial by the Indian authorities.

Reports received from Srinagar said, more than 200 youth were arrested without any warrant in the held valley in last 3-5 days, while being pulled out of their houses, and families being harassed by police, who shamelessly demand money from families for release of arrested youth.

Reacting on the situation, Chairman Kashmir Council EU said that people wanted to record their protest against the execution of Afzal Guru but authorities imposed curfew in the valley.

He said, IHK has become a prison for the people where more than seven lakhs of occupational security forces were deployed to control unarmed Kashmiri people.

Ali Raza Syed that Indian human rights organizations had also admitted that Afzal Guru's execution was wrong and unfair step taken by New Delhi.

"No one favors secret execution. It is really pity that Afzal was hanged and even his family members were not intimated about his execution,'' he pointed out.

He said that even Indian legal experts also admitted that Afzal was denied opportunity of legal remedy by blocking information about his execution to his family.

Ali Raza Syed added that denial of last wish and rejection to defend his legal rights in the court has exposed the real face of so-called Indian democracy.

"Siege of the whole population of Kashmir and declining all civil liberties in IHK should be matter of concern for International Community,'' he declared.

He called International Human Rights Organization to ask the Indian government to hand over of the bodies of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Butt to Kashmiris for proper funeral and decent burial.

Chairman Kashmir Council EU also lauded the efforts of Peoples Rights Movement (PRM) for highlighting the Kashmir issue; particularly for raising issues of mass graves and other human rights related issues by the Srinagar based human rights organization were highly appreciable.

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