Children detained, blinded with pellet guns in IOK: Mazari


ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari Thursday lashed out at Indian security forces in held Kashmir for brutally assaulting children in the valley.

While commenting on a tweet by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, the minister lamented that the world body showed no concern “over the continuing brutal attacks on Kashmiri children by an Indian Occupation Force blinding them by using pellet guns and incarceration them in prisons across India”.

In another tweet, Mazari quoted an Indian news report regarding the hate speech of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader against Muslims and Christians.

She said: “In 2014 the world was warned of BJP’s ethnic cleansing agenda – but we ignored it as a mere rant coming from an extremist! Now the same extremists are in power and carrying out their fascist agenda with a finger on the nuclear button too!”

In occupied Kashmir, life remained crippled on the 66th day on Thursday, as military lockdown has cost the territory’s economy over Rs 200 billion in the past two months.

Human Rights Watch has also urged India to release political prisoners, end crackdown operations and restore internet and mobile services in occupied Kashmir.