SRINAGAR: Dal Khalsa on Saturday termed the arbitrary arrest of human rights defender and JKCCS coordinator Khurram Pervez as a “sheer sign of frustration” felt by the authorities in New Delhi and Srinagar.
Condemning the arrest of Khurram without any charges, the party’s secretary for Human Rights Prithpal Singh said, “The silencing of voice that speaks for human rights of oppressed people was a heinous crime.”
“Khurram was a voice of voiceless and suppressing or intimidating his voice nullifies the very notion of India being a practicing democracy,” he said in a statement emailed to media.
Singh, a resident of Basel, Switzerland, said the “malicious intention of the Indian state and its agencies” was evident when it barred the human rights activist from travelling to Geneva to attend the UN proceedings and inform the world about “the concerns and pain of aggrieved Kashmiri people”.
The statement said that Prithpal slammed the Indian government for showing “arrogant” behaviour by refusing the UN officials an unconditional access to visit Kashmir to probe the allegations of use of excessive force by its forces against the unarmed civilians since July 8.
Prithpal appealed to Zeid Raad Hussein, the U N high commissioner for human rights in Geneva to move beyond lip service as human rights situation in Kashmir has “worsened”.
He urged the International body to exert its clout and pressurize Narendra Modi government to allow UN officials to visit Kashmir as it did in the case of Sri Lanka.
“Deaths and destruction has become order of the day in Kashmir. The regime led by Modi and Mehbooba was hell bent in suppressing all saner voices and dissent with brute force”, he said.