Charred Kashmiris’ bodies await world action against India

November 30, 2020

Srinagar, (KMS): Indian forces continue to kill Kashmiris and destroy their properties by using chemical weapons in illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir despite the fact that the world is observing the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, today.

An analytical report released by Kashmir Media Service, today, said, although chemical weapons have been banned but India is using them against Kashmiris in violation of the Chemical Weapon Convention that prohibits the use of chemical and biological weapons even in war, what to talk of against civilian populations like in IIOJK. 

The report said that there have been a number of deaths due to use of chemical weapons by Indian troops in IIOJK. The bodies are burnt to such an extent that they are beyond recognition and this kind of burning could only be possible when some chemicals are used to destroy houses. The recovery of charred bodies of three Kashmiri youth, Jehangir Khanday, Kifayat Ahmad and Faisal Ahmad under the debris of four houses, destroyed by the Indian army at Bahmnoo in Pulwama on 4 July 2017 suggested usage of chemical weapons.  The bodies were so extensively burnt that they were beyond visual recognition. Earlier, in a similar action the same year, the troops killed three youth and demolished a house at Kakapora in Pampore.

In December 2016, the first incident in which Indian army used banned chemical weapons on people was seen in forest areas of Islamabad district in south Kashmir where a 22 year-old-boy Majid Zargar was killed and then chemical was put on his entire body. He could not be recognized as his entire body was burnt and nobody was able to say that this is really a body of some human being as it was collected from different sites that too in very small pieces. The report suggests that Indian Army is emulating Israeli tactics by using white phosphorus bombs to destroy houses of Kashmiris. The same tactics were used by Israel during its attacks on Gaza and it seems that these weapons have been provided by Israel to India for use in IIOJK.

Particularly after August 5, 2019, Indian occupational troops as a policy take control of the bodies of the Kashmiri youth, killed by detonating their houses with chemical weapons during cordon and search operations, and bury them in the army-run graveyards to hide their crimes from the world. The charred bodies of the youth and their secret burial even without letting their parents to attend their funeral prayers are testimony to the fact that Indian is blatantly using chemical weapons in IIOJK.

India must be punished for violating international laws especially when the whole world is destroying or deactivating their chemical weapons, New Delhi is stockpiling them endangering peace in the region. Subjugated and traumatized Kashmiris who are seeking their right to self-determination for decades are a test for global conscience.

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