File photo of AJK President Sardar Masood Khan. PHOTO: ANADOLU AGENCY

India has lost its war in Occupied Kashmir, says AJK president

The occupation forces are busy in massacring defenceless and innocent Kashmiri people, says Masood Khan

​ Our Correspondent May 14, 2020
MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has strongly condemned the brutal killing of Pir Merajuddin Shah at the hands of Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir, saying the aggravation of Indian army is a proof that New Delhi has lost its war in the disputed region.

“I condemn the murder of Peer Mehrajudin in cold blood by occupation forces for crossing a checkpoint. I also condemn the use of brute force, including, pellet guns, against the demonstrators protesting the gruesome murder," the AJK president added.

Reacting over the latest killing in IOJ&K on Thursday, he said: "India cannot keep Kashmiris enslaved at gunpoint for a long time because a majority of the people of the occupied region are now totally alienated from New Delhi.”

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President Masood also said that on one hand, the international community including Pakistan and Azad Kashmir are fighting coronavirus while on the other, the occupation forces are busy in massacring defenceless and innocent Kashmiri people, and Merajuddin's killing on Srinagar-Gulmarg Highway is its latest example.

Such happenings, he said, are proof that Occupied Kashmir has become a battlefield where the sanctity of precious human lives has ceased to exist. The people of occupied valley are undergoing double lockdown – the first which had started on August 5 last year and the other after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

"The entire world is enforcing lockdown to protect human lives but Occupied Kashmir is the only region in the world where the people are being killed under the garb of lockdown."

The AJK president said that under the cover of Covid-19 pandemic, in the dead of night, stealthily, on April 2, while the whole world was preoccupied with coronavirus, the BJP-RSS regime unveiled an evil plan called the new domicile rules to usurp the livelihoods, land and businesses from the people of IOJ&K. "This all was done without the consent of the people. It was a decree that emanated from New Delhi."

Earlier, in an article written for Halal magazine of Pakistan Army, President Masood stated that the fascist regime rolled the dice last year when it abrogated Article 35A of its own constitution, which recognised the established rights of the people of the occupied valley to permanent residence, acquisition of property, jobs and seats and scholarships in educational institutions. "These rights predated the Indian occupation of the state in 1947."

He went on to say that new domicile rules will give domicile to anybody who has lived in the occupied territory for 15 years, has studied there for seven years or has appeared in the 10th or 12th class examinations.

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"Thus, they open doors for Hindus from all over India. First the military officers and civil servants, overwhelmingly Hindus, who have served in IOJ&K, as well as their families and children would have the right to get domiciles. Then hundreds of thousands of Hindu refugees and migrant workers, not from Jammu and Kashmir, would qualify."

The president said this will pave the way for land grab — attachment of Kashmiri properties and fertile farmland as well as plundering of Kashmir's forests and biodiverse habitats. "Non-natives will expropriate large tracts of land for RSS operatives and Indian enterprises. This move is a lever for the saffronisation of Jammu and Kashmir."

He further said that the Indian forces deployed in Occupied Kashmir consider themselves above the law and believe that they have got the licence to operate and kill any civilian with impunity.


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