Amnesty International demands ban on pellet guns

IOK bar to abstain from court work tomorrow

Srinagar, September 13 (KMS): The human rights watchdog, Amnesty International has demanded that the pellet-firing shotguns, which have been responsible for blinding, killing and traumatizing hundreds of people in occupied Kashmir, must be immediately banned.

Releasing a report, titled “Losing Sight In Kashmir, The Impact of Pellet Guns” at a local hotel in Srinagar, the Director Amnesty International India, Aakar Patel said that no amount of violence from the youth could legitimize the use of pellet guns. He said that the Amnesty had raised the issue with the government of India, which understands that the damage caused by the pellets was disproportionate. Patel pointed out that his organization was working in Kashmir for a long time, and since 1989, no case or FIR registered against the forces had been acted upon.

The Amnesty report has identified the cases of 88 people whose eyesight was damaged by metal pellets fired from pump-action shotguns used by the police and Central Reserve Police Force in the occupied territory between 2014 and 2017.

Meanwhile, the High Court Bar Association in a statement issued in Srinagar announced to abstain from court work from tomorrow against the summoning of its President, Mian Abdul Qayoom, once again, to New Delhi by India’s National Investigation Agency. The Bar said that the move was intended to humiliate the Bar leadership.

Indian forces launched a cordon and search operation in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, today. The operation was launched in Bandpawa area of the district. The troops sealed all entry and exit points of the village and started the search operation.

In Geneva, Kashmiri representative, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi apprised the participants of the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council about the grim situation of human rights in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He informed the world body that India did not allow a UN fact finding team to visit Kashmir as suggested by the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

On the other hand, the International Federation of Journalists while expressing serious concern over the continued detention of Kashmiri photojournalist, Kamran Yusuf by India’s National Investigation Agency, in a statement termed the NIA move an attempt to intimidate the journalist community.

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