Modi regime has turned IIOJK into a gigantic prison: G A Gulzar

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The Vice Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, has said that Narendra Modi-led Indian government has turned illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir into a gigantic prison ahead of Hindu pilgrimage Amarnath Yatra in the name of security for the yateers.

Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar in a statement in Srinagar said the deployment of an additional 60000 troops will further increase the miseries of the Kashmiris who are under the constant siege since 5 August 2019.

He said the Kashmiris are not against the Yatra but deployment of more and more forces’ personnel and extension in the duration of the pilgrimage is disastrous for the already fragile environment of occupied Jammu and Kashmir. “In addition to that the large inflow of people will also result in environmental pollution and melting of glaciers which may result in scarcity of water resources and drought,” he said.

Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar pointed out that the Modi regime is bringing more and more Hindus to IIOJK to intimidate the Muslim population. He said Indian forces have intensified search and cordon operations, arrest spree and other atrocities on a large scale which has created the atmosphere of fear in the entire region. The heavy deployment of forces, checking at every step and frisking have not only made the lives of ordinary people a living hell but have hampered all business and economic activities and thousands of Kashmiris have lost their livelihood, he said.

The APHC leader said India turns IIOJK into jail in the name of Yatra security whereas religious rights of Kashmiri Muslim are curbed and masques are kept under siege. He said, Kashmiri Muslims are not allowed to offer Juma and Eid prayers and there is a ban on Muharram and Eid Milad-un-Nabi (peace be upon him) processions in the occupied territory. He deplored the Indian duplicity and called upon the international community to take cognizance of the situation.

He urged the environmental experts of the world to take note of the environmental hazards associated with the large scale and extended Amarnath Yatra and save occupied Kashmir and its inhabitants from the disasters of climate change.

It is to mention here that 62 days long Amarnath Yatra will commence on 1st July 2023 and will culminate on 31st August.

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