April 2003 News

Pak Infiltrators In J-K Worst Human Rights Violators: US

1 April 2003
The Indian Express

Washington DC: : Pakistan-backed armed intruders continued their incursions into Jammu and Kashmir throughout 2002 carrying out killings and numerous human rights abuses, the US State Department said in its annual report for the year. 'The concerted campaign of execution-style killings of civilians by Kashmiri and foreign-based militant groups continued and included several killings of political leaders and party workers,' the report released on Monday said. Militants were responsible for numerous serious abuses including killings of armed forces personnel, policemen, government officials and civilians, torture, rape and 'other forms of brutality', it said. The ultras carried out kidnappings and extortions in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeastern states, the report said. Quoting official government figures, it said militant activity increased notably during 2002 in Jammu and Kashmir. In two separate attacks in May and November, terrorists entered the Raghunath Temple in Jammu and killed 25 persons. While terming the October Assembly elections in the state as 'somewhat fair', it noted that more than 260 civilians, 250 security personnel and 370 militants were killed during the year.


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