Masood briefs Italian journalists about J&K situation

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ISLAMABAD: AJK Sardar Masood Khan during an interaction with a delegation of Italian journalists here at Jammu and Kashmir House on Tuesday, claimed that India has unleashed a reign of terror on the innocent Kashmiris living in Indian Occupied Kashmir in order to quell the freedom movement and deny them their inalienable right to self-determination.

The Italian media delegation consisted of Mr. Alberto Negri, Daily 2 Sole 24 Ore Newspaper; Mr. Gianluca Di Feo, Deputy Editor in Chief of La Repubblica and Ms. Emma Jacqueline Charlotte Rossi, Freelance Journalist.

During the meeting, the President informed the delegation that in the latest phase of repression after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani, Indian occupation forces have murdered, tortured, blinded and illegally incarcerated thousands of Kashmiris under the guise of so-called cordon and search operations in the occupied territory.

He said that India is using brute force to suppress the legitimate freedom struggle of Kashmiris and on countless instances used sexual violence including rape and sexual harassment as an instrument of war. He said that according to conservative estimates over 2000 innocent unarmed Kashmiris have been affected by the lethal pellet guns used by Indian forces.

President Masood Khan said that under the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Public Safety Act, the Indian occupation forces have been granted immunity from any prosecution and are openly perpetrating war crimes against the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that armed personnel ransack homes, demolish properties and destroy the livelihood of Kashmiris.

President Masood also invited the journalists to visit Azad Kashmir and see for themselves the endeavours made by the Azad Government for promoting and protecting human dignity, encouraging economic development, and the efforts made for providing access to education, health and livelihood.