UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — India is exerting pressure on Kashmiris as much as Israel is putting pressure on the Palestinians, Shah Ghulam Qadir, speaker of the legislature in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, said on Tuesday.
This came in a statement made during a meeting with a delegation of Turkish journalists, being a visit to Pakistan, to meet officials and monitor the situation in Kashmir.
Qadeer said the Indian authorities had cut off Internet and telephone service to Kashmiris and that Indian troops were targeting Pakistani citizens at the dividing line, without discrimination.
He continued: “Every day someone dies or is injured by the fire of Indian troops, and in Kashmir they practice all kinds of torture, and there are many women do not know the fate of their husbands.”
He said that Indian forces have arrested more than 4,000 people since the curfew was declared in Kashmir on Aug. 5, and that the detainees, including lawyers, members of local councils, heads of civil organizations and journalists.
“Indian forces follow Israel’s tactics, arresting and beating 10-year-old children, coming home at night and beating young people. Their goal is to get young people to carry out terrorist operations,” he said.
He pointed out that the Indian media began to talk about demographic change in Kashmir in 1993, after a proposal by the then Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres in this regard.
He pointed out that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to get rid of all races, in order to achieve his dream of building a “Greater India”.
“Moody is trying to get rid of all races and other religions in order to achieve Greater India, and this is what he is doing in the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir. To this end, 1.5 million Indians have acquired land and real estate in Kashmir,” he said.
On August 5, India announced the repeal of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives Jammu and Kashmir autonomy for more than half a century, followed by extensive security operations by the Indian security forces, including increased harassment of citizens and arrests of members and leaders of all local parties.
Jammu and Kashmir has been autonomous since it gained independence from Britain in 1947, including local laws and legislation. Among these laws were the prevention of foreigners from residing in the territory or obtaining property in the territory.
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