Shehryar Afridi blames India for replicating Israeli occupational model in Jammu and Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Kashmir Committee Chairman Shehryar Khan Afridi Thursday blamed India for replicating the Israeli occupational model in Jammu and Kashmir under a well thought out plan and said that India had sent its top police and civilian bureaucrats to Israel who later helped India annex Kashmir after August 5, 2019 events.

Addressing the participants of a seminar titled ‘Palestine and Kashmir Crisis: Call for justice’, held here jointly by Kashmir Committee and Muslim Institute at PIPS, Shehryar Afridi urged the world to stand up and prevent genocide of Kashmiris by the occupational regime of Hindutva terrorists.

Afridi said that before October 5, 2019, the Indian regime had sent its top police and civil bureaucrats posted in Jammu and Kashmir to Israel for learning, training and then brought back to replicate the Israeli model in Jammu and Kashmir.

He maintained that those sent to understand the Israeli security system included the infamous police officer, Imtiaz Hussain, who is blamed for killing 200 Kashmiri Muslims. Upon return, Afridi said Imtiaz Hussain was posted as security in-charge in Srinagar to suppress protests in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the disposition of local population from Jammu and Kashmir was another area where India is learning from Israeli regime and India is replicating the same in Kashmir.

“Settler colonial project of Israel is being implemented in blatant violation of UN resolutions. 40,00,000 new domicile certificates have been issued out of which 500,000 issued to people from mainland India who never visited Kashmir. Non-local Indians are being given tourism opportunities while jungles are also leased to people from mainland India while Kashmiris are being refused. Gulmerg hotels are being refused to locals and India is leasing those to Indians now. India is economically strangulating Kashmiris and dispossessing the Kashmiris in blatant violation of the UN resolutions,” he added.

He added that, in a bid to cement the military occupation on Kashmir, a militarisation process is being pushed to a new hight and the new bunkers are being constructed with concrete material on sides of roads and streets.

“There is 400 percent increase in bunkers post August 5, 2019 and the military men harass the Kashmiri people on streets on one pretext or another just to provoke them. India has imposed military lockdown in guise of Covid-19 lockdown,” he said.

Afridi stressed that the Modi regime is silencing the genuine voices and rights activists in Kashmir, depriving families from their very basic livelihood opportunities in a fascist manner. The Indian authorities have illegally and illogically terminated the services of many Muslim government officials in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, he noted.

The Kashmir Committee chairman said the Indian authorities have set up a Special Task Force to initiate action against government employees on their social work and pro-freedom sentiments, beating youth to the submission.

“The belligerent Modi regime in IIOJK had completed a list of 1000 Muslim employees for the termination and it is reported that more than 500 govt employees are being terminated from their services in IIOJK since Aug 5, 2019,” he said.

“The purpose behind the termination is to make Kashmiris subservient to New Delhi. Furthermore, Modi regime is hell-bent to kill the economy of Kashmir and is using various tools to keep naive people away from the benefits of their own resources,” he added.

Other distinguished speakers included AJK President Masood Khan, Lord Nazir Ahmed, President Muslim Institute Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali, Ambassador of Palestine to Pakistan Ahmad Rabaie, while senior diplomats from Turkey, Azerbaijan and others also attended.

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