IOK situation fast deteriorating under dual-lockdown

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan Wednesday said the situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) was fast deteriorating under a dual-lockdown imposed by the Indian government.

The AJK president made these remarks while individually speaking to leading national political leaders and influential members of the diaspora community, said a news release.

The president said due to the coronavirus pandemic, life around the world had come to a standstill and a strict lockdown too had been imposed in AJK to help contain, control and eliminate the coronavirus. Due to the effective implementation of lockdown in AJK, the number of infected individuals was only around 60 and no deaths had been reported so far. He added that foreign travelers were traced and tracked so as to ensure that no potential victims are left out. 

President Masood Khan apprised that the situation in IOJK was fast deterring. He added that under the cover of the coronavirus lockdown, young Kashmiris were being mercilessly killed.

He said recently under the so-called cordon and search operations almost 80 Kashmiris had been martyred, adding that the exact number had yet to be known. Over 13,000 young Kashmiris, he said, some as young as 9 were incarcerated and are being tortured. The Indian leadership has claimed that these boys have been sent to “de-radicalisation camps”. “International human rights organisations have called for the release of prisoners, as the cramped prison cells are high-risk areas for the transmission of the coronavirus”, said Masood Khan. Additionally, he said that the coronavirus patients in IOJK were not even given proper treatment and care.