MUZAFFARABAD - Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi on Saturday said that 484 innocent people  had been martyred by Indian troops since 5th of August 2019 and over  2,000 were injured in different army operations and fire incidents on mobs.

He expressed these views while talking to various delegations at Jammu and Kashmir House on Saturday. He said people of Occupied Kashmir were looking towards the base camp and the government of Azad Kashmir will never  leave them alone in this hour of trial and tribulations. He said the liberation of occupied Kashmir was the top priority of his government and all resources would be channelized to achieve this goal.

He said India had unleashed the systematic war of repressions in occupied Kashmir and constantly violating the Human Rights to crush the indigenous freedom movement.  The Prime Minister said more than 4,000 Kashmiri people were in various jails in India and Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and urged the United Nations to make special efforts for the release of Kashmiri leaders Musarat Alam Butt, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Asiya Andrabi, Khurram Pervez and others.

He said  Mirwaiz Umar Farooq  was still  under constant detention in Srinagar. He said that political prisoners were being deprived of basic  medical facilities while prominent  Hurriyat leader Mohammad Ashraf Sahrai had died due to non-availability  of timely medical aid. The Prime Minister  said that Kashmiri people will never compromise on their birthright of self-determination and the government stands with the Kashmiri people  who have been struggling for  the achievement of their fundamental right to self determination.

Meanwhile, in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat  Conference has condemned the inhuman treatment meted out to the illegally  detained Hurriyat leaders and activists lodged in hell-like jails of the territory  and India.

The APHC General Secretary, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani, in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed grave concern over the deteriorating health of the ailing incarcerated leaders including APHC Chairman Masarrat Aalam Butt, Vice Chairman Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Aasiya Andrabi, Dr Shafi Shariati, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahidul Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Fehmeeda Sofi, Naheeda Nasreen, Maqsood Ahmad Butt, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Muzaffar Ahmad Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Ayub Dar and Muhammad Ayub Mir.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the APHC leader said all the detainees are suffering from multiple ailments and proper medical care is not available in the jails. The inmates are being denied basic amenities and unhygienic food and atmosphere has further aggravated their health condition, he said.

He paid rich tributes to the exemplary dedication and steadfastness displayed by 

the illegally incarcerated leaders and activists against India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

The APHC General Secretary said more than six-and-a-half thousand resistance leaders and activists are languishing in different jails without any legal trial and because of the coronavirus pandemic, their families and relatives have been denied access to them. He said the custodial killing of a detainee, Zia Mustafa, in a fake encounter by Indian troops in the forests of Poonch, has created panic among the relatives of the prisoners.

The APHC leader urged the United Nations Human Rights Council and other human rights organisations to take cognizance of the plight of Kashmiri detainees and arrange medical treatment for the ailing prisoners through International Committee of Red Cross under the auspices of World Health Organization. He demanded early settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions and Kashmiris’ aspirations for ensuring durable peace in South Asia.