the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has appealed to the people to observe complete shutdown on August 15, the Indian Independence Day.
The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India had no moral right to observe its Independence Day as it had held people and land of Kashmir illegally from last 73 years through military might.
He deplored that all basic human rights and civil liberties had been ruthlessly snatched and violated by India in the occupied territory. “Around six lakh people have been murdered, tens of thousands tortured and imprisoned, thousands killed in custody and fake encounters, thousands disappeared, eyes of thousands of our children damaged and with each passing day new records of terrorism are set. Shopian fake encounter is a fresh example,” he added.
The spokesman said history bears testimony to the fact that Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir is highest militarised place on the earth where more than one million Indian troops have been unleashed to terrorize and punish the whole population for demanding their right to self determination.
For last one year the occupied territory has been turned into an open concentration camp where people have been subjected to unbelievable trauma and state terrorism, he deplored.
The spokesman said, “Not only our identity has been snatched but New Delhi is racing towards a well-planned genocide to change the demographic character of the Muslim majority territory to satisfy its Hindu totalitarian and fascist goals.”
He appealed to the people of Kashmir to observe complete shutdown on the Indian Independence Day to convey a strong message to New Delhi and the world that the people of Kashmir reject its illegal and illegitimate occupation of their land and will continue their struggle to achieve their right to self-determination.
Suppressing others’ freedom and celebrating own is an insult to the very idea of freedom, the spokesman maintained.