Pakistan condemns harassment of Kashmiri journalists by Indian occupation forces

Pakistan on Sunday condemned the harassment, illegal arrests and registration of fake criminal cases against journalists and civil society activists by Indian occupation forces in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK)

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office: "The reported attack on Kashmir Press Club yesterday [Saturday] manifestly reflects India's entrenched use of brute force and coercion to forcibly silence those raising voices against its horrendous crimes and egregious human rights violations in IIOJK

" The FO statement also condemned the use of "draconian and inhumane laws, including Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Public Safety Act (PSA) and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)", terming them India's colonial mindset

Read: EU closely monitoring IIOJK’s human rights situation: VP India’s state-sponsored terrorism can never weaken the resolve of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination, the statement said, urging the international community, particularly the UN, to hold India accountable over harassment of journalists and rights activists

Last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) expressed concerns over the arrest of journalist Sajad Gul in IIOJK

Gul, who has been contributing to various publications and recently joined The Kashmir Walla, was charged under sedition charges days after he posted a video of his family members protesting against the killing of their relative by the Indian occupation forces in Srinagar

“CPJ is deeply disturbed by reports that the Kashmiri journalist was arrested days after posting a video of a protest on social media,” the CPJ’s Asia chapter had said in a tweet

Date:17-Jan-2022 Reference:View Original Link