Islamabad, June 14, 2021 (PPI-OT): Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhary has said the family of noted Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari is still awaiting justice. It is pertinent to mention here that Shujaat Bukhari was martyred by Indian occupation forces in Srinagar three years ago. The spokesperson said that today, we sadly remember the assassination and salute and honour the courage and professionalism of the journalists in IIOJK who continue to face a relentless campaign of harassment and intimidation by the Indian occupation forces.
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhary said the situation has further worsened in the wake of India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019. The continued systematic intimidation of the Kashmiri journalists has been enabled by the grant of impunity to the Indian occupation forces under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
He said we once again call upon India to immediately lift all the restrictions on communication and media in IIOJK, withdraw frivolous cases filed against the Kashmiri journalists, and restore the fundamental freedoms of the Kashmiri people. The spokesperson urged the international community to take cognizance of India’s grave human rights violations in IIOJK which warrant an investigation under international scrutiny.
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