ISLAMABAD: The Indian troops in their unabated state terrorism subjected thousands of Kashmiris to custodial disappearance during the past 29 years from the occupied valley and the families of the victims have not been given any information about their whereabouts.
According to the data released by the Research Section of the Kashmir Media Service (KMS), more than 8,000 Kashmiris have vanished in the custody after they were picked up by the Indian troops, police and paramilitary forces.
The report maintained that thousands of unnamed graves had been discovered in the territory and the human rights activists feared that those graves could be of the disappeared Kashmiris.
The Indian government on August 5 repealed the special status given to the occupied Kashmir under the constitution’s Article 370 and Section 35 A, and bifurcated the region into two Union Territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. The arbitrary move is feared to spark unrest in the disputed territory.
The decades-old conflict of Kashmir has resulted in horrific wars and continuous border tensions between Pakistan and India. The issue has strained the bilateral relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours as it is at core of their foreign and security policies.
On August 30, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said he would tell the world at the United Nations General Assembly session about the ongoing human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir.
Addressing an event held to observe the ‘Kashmir Hour’ at the Prime Minister Secretariat, Imran Khan had said, “If it was not for Muslims, all the world would have united to raise voice against it. I regretfully say that when it is time for providing justice to Muslims, international organisations like the United Nations stay silent.”