Escalating fake encounter killings, UN urged to investigate in IIOJ&K
Following protests, Indian paper removes fake story about US diplomat’s ‘visit’ to Kashmir
In Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K), the Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami has demanded of the United Nations to set up a special tribunal to probe the killing of innocent Kashmiri youth in fake encounters by Indian troops.
The Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Indian troops had martyred hundreds of youth in fake encounters in different areas of occupied Jammu and Kashmir during the past 33 years.
He said that last year, Indian Army Captain Bhupinder Singh had killed three Rajouri youth in a fake encounter in Amshipura area of Shopian district.
The spokesman said that the police had confirmed in its charge-sheet filed in the court that Captain Bhupinder Singh had killed the youth in the fake encounter to get a reward of rupees two million.
Meanwhile, the Bar Association, in a meeting held under the chair of Advocate Nazir Ahmad Rongahas in Srinagar demanded an impartial probe into the killing of three innocent students by the Indian troops in a fake encounter in Srinagar.
On the other hand, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement has strongly condemned the cold-blooded murder of three boys by Indian troops saying fake encounters have become a new normal in the territory.
Meanwhile, in a statement in Srinagar, the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader and Member of Indian Parliament Justice retired Hasnain Masoodi has urged fascist Modi government for reversal of illegal actions of 5th August 2019 in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
On the other hand, An Indian newspaper withdrew a fake story about a recent “visit” of Lisa Curtis, an aide to US President Donald Trump, to the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) following a rebuke from Ms. Curtis
The story in The Deccan Herald is accompanied by a photograph of Ms. Curtis, deputy assistant to the outgoing president and senior director for South and Central Asia on the National Security Council, standing next to an Indian official at the foot of a snow-covered hill, without identifying the location.
“This photo was taken in January 2017 before I joined the (Trump) administration,” Ms. Curtis chided the newspaper on the Twitter Friday. “This journalist should’ve fact-checked”, she added.
The story, by-lined to Sameer P. Lalwani, is obviously part of India’s ongoing disinformation campaign that EU DisinfoLab, a Brussels-based independent and non-profit organization, exposed in a critical report about New Delhi’s use of fake Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) to promote its agenda.
Responding to Ms. Curtis’ tweet, journalist Lalwani said that the report was removed within two hours of posting, adding, “I now believe it is likely inaccurate …”
In the fictional report, Journalist Lalwani claimed that the US diplomat, who, according to him, was on back channel diplomacies, met politicians, members of civil society and security officials on the Kashmir visit.
Citing “sources”, the report also claimed that during the “high-profile” visit, Ms. Curtis spent time “taking feedback on the situation arising in Jammu and Kashmir post-abrogation of special status of the valley.”
“Obviously the Indians have not learnt any lesson from the damning EU DisinfoLab’s report about their machinations to spread disinformation,” a diplomatic observer said.