JKPM Seeks Justice for Sailan Massacre Victims.

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Image may contain: 1 person, crowd and outdoorJammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) has sought justice for the victims of a massacre where 19 innocent civilians were killed by Indian forces in 1998. According to media sources, the JKPM Chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem speaking at a function organized to remember the victims of Sailan massacre on their anniversary said that the carnage was one of the worst incidents of human rights violations. He said that on the intervening night of 3rd and 4th August, 1998 the forces personnel had attacked Sailan village of Surankote in Poonch district and gunned down 19 members of a family including 11 children and women. He said India, which claims to be the largest democracy in the world and is seeking permanent membership of the UN Security Council, has got such a horrendous and dismal record of the human rights violations in Kashmir which has no place in the civilized world. The JKPM leader said even after 19 years of the incident, the authorities have failed to bring the culprits of the heinous crime to justice. He said that Indian judicial system too has failed in punishing the culprits of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. He appealed to the world human rights bodies to exert pressure on India to bring the perpetrators of the killings to justice. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) in a statement in Srinagar decried delay in justice to the families of Sailan massacre victims despite passing of 19 years. “The Sailan massacre is not just an illustration of the brutality of crimes committed in Jammu and Kashmir by the armed forces. It is an apt example of the manner in which the system seeks to exhaust, disappoint families of victims, and in the end attempt to ensure impunity for the armed forces,” it added.

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