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Indian police arrest prominent Kashmiri rights activist

Published Sep 16, 2016 12:50pm


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Khurram Parvez was due to speak  in a session of the United Nations' Human Rights Council about Kashmir.— Photo courtesy: Indian Express/Facebook
Khurram Parvez was due to speak in a session of the United Nations' Human Rights Council about Kashmir.— Photo courtesy: Indian Express/Facebook

SRINAGAR: Police have arrested a prominent rights activist in India-held Kashmir a day after he was barred from leaving India to travel to Geneva to participate in a session of the United Nations' Human Rights Council, police and family members said Friday.

Police picked up Khurram Parvez from his home in the region's main city Srinagar late Thursday night.

A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, gave no details about the possible charges against Parvez. On Wednesday, immigration officials at New Delhi's international airport barred Parvez from boarding a plane to Geneva, even though he had a valid visa and letter of invitation from the UN body.

The arrest comes as the troubled Himalayan region has been hit by some of the most serious anti-India protests in recent years.

Triggered by the killing of a popular rebel leader two months ago, the protests have left more than 80 people dead and thousands wounded, mostly by government forces firing bullets and shotgun pellets to quell the demonstrations.

Parvez and his organisation, the Coalition of Civil Society, were the first to report and draw attention to thousands of mass graves in remote parts of Kashmir and to demand that the government investigate them to make clear who the dead were and how they were killed.

His organisation has also written scathing reports on cases of brutality involving some of the hundreds of thousands of Indian troops in the region and highlighted the widespread powers granted to troops posted in the area, which had led to a culture of impunity and widespread rights abuses.

Kashmir is India's only state with a Muslim majority and is divided between India and Pakistan. Most people in the state favour independence from mainly Hindu India or a merger with Pakistan.


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Tauseef Sep 16, 2016 12:56pm

Here we go the the one step ahead for biggest democracy of the world !

DV Sep 16, 2016 01:06pm

I'm from J&K and I never heard him before. Also Majority wants to stay with India. it is small group who wants freedom.

faisal Sep 16, 2016 01:08pm

So here comes the truth under the fake democracy of India in Kashmir where the fundamental rights of people are denied.

Shahzad S Iqbal Sep 16, 2016 01:10pm

Modi's Government is in much more trouble than it wants to believe. India's global prestige and stature are now at stake because injustice in Kashmir cannot be masked by economic importance or being the largest democracy....the will of the Kashmiri people cannot be ignored any longer, the suppression of the people's voice cannot continue any longer.....

SSB Sep 16, 2016 01:16pm

How is he I am From Jammu never heard about him

Anwar saad Sep 16, 2016 01:16pm

India in denial about its barbaric acts. Soon the world will respond with sanctions.

Nikesh Sep 16, 2016 01:17pm

Most of the educated people of J&K are mixing well with the main-stream India. they are serving the army, the police force, the local and central govt. and even playing in IPL. it's only the uneducated and poor Kashmiris who are being brainwashed to revolt against India. We will have to somehow cut the funding source of these trouble makers and things will fall in peace...

fida USA Sep 16, 2016 01:20pm

@DV If you are correct than ask India to allow the Kashmiri people the right of self-determination through vote and let the masses decide. Once it is determined that they want to be with India, India will save billions of dollars by withdrawing 700,000 forces and can use this money to feed India 400 million starving mouths.

Khwarezmi Sep 16, 2016 01:21pm

Indians are afraid this Kashmiri might expose their brutalities and Human Rights Violations infront of the entire world.

Sandeep Sep 16, 2016 01:30pm

@DV, you're right. Never heard of this person

Kamal Pasha. Sep 16, 2016 01:34pm

This shows the frustration of Modi's government. The minister Rajnath is on the world tour to complain about Pakistan but the Kashmiris and other Muslims are barred from leaving the country.,

Kamal Pasha. Sep 16, 2016 01:37pm

@DV, If majority want to stay with India then why are afraid of plebiscite.

ali Sep 16, 2016 01:48pm

@Kamal Pasha. exactly kamal.

nithyarb Sep 16, 2016 01:56pm

@Kamal Pasha. Because it's our land and we don't need to do plebiscite.

Pure Ind Sep 16, 2016 02:00pm

@Kamal Pasha. Plebiscite can be achieved only when a generation is allowed to live in normalcy & then decide, terrorism cannot be used as an excuse or tool to scare people, when equal opportunities are given to rest of all Muslims in India even the opportunity to become Prime Ministers or Presidents then what harm can come if Kashmiri Muslims also join in?? Give a peaceful tenure of 15 to 20 yrs, then let the youth decide whether they want to stay with an ever growing India in IT, Space & Technology or otherwise!!

Mohammad Ali Samo Sep 16, 2016 02:03pm

@DV If majority wants with India as you are stating than why imposing of Curfew? cutting off internet access! detaining human rights activists! We are neither blind nor deaf .

lafanga Sep 16, 2016 02:05pm

@SSB If he is unknown then why arrest him?

Zak Sep 16, 2016 02:09pm

'Kashmir is India's only state with a Muslim majority and is divided between India and Pakistan. '

Get it right. 'Kashmir is not only indian state' , 'but only state occupied by india pending UN plebiscite for final status'.

lafanga Sep 16, 2016 02:09pm

@Sandeep "you're right. Never heard of this person"

If he is so unknown and India has nothing to hide then why arrest him? Let him go to Geneva and make whatever noise he wants to.

The more you try to justify, the more India gets exposed. Admit it. India is in a no win situation in Kashmir.

AKKS Sep 16, 2016 02:08pm

Well done India!

Desi Dimag Sep 16, 2016 02:26pm

Very good step by India. These propaganda machines must be shut.

Desi Dimag Sep 16, 2016 02:28pm

All stone pelters and terrorists are activists in Kashmir.

Neighbour Sep 16, 2016 02:29pm

Those who wants to leave India are free to leave for good.

Ahmed bin Babar Sep 16, 2016 02:39pm

Nu lala gees are resorting to undemocratic methods to cover up their crimes against the innocent Kashmiris...

Ammar Chowhan Sep 16, 2016 02:49pm

@DV this is what we call " state of denial". Writing is on the wall and u are not accepting the reality.

nik Sep 16, 2016 03:02pm

@Shahzad S Iqbal : here in India number of investment from world corp orates r increasing day by day , it has no effect no where not even in international arena. This is not biased comment but reality. India is same as before and its image is going better day by day because of our economic development. Especially world is impressed by our ISRO achievements .

fida USA Sep 16, 2016 03:05pm

Why phony democracy of India is so afraid of one man Khurram Parvez? India keeps on blaming the Pakistan government for internationalizing the Kashmir issue, but the fact is that India herself took the issue to the UN in 1948. India claims that People of Kashmir have given their verdicts through election that they want to be part of India, than why keep 700,000 soldiers in Kashmir and why not let one soul Parvez takes his air out of his system at the Geneva conference. The fact is that India is afraid of this man from Kashmir who is going to expose Indian Genocide n Kashmir.

Rahim proud Indian kashmiri Sep 16, 2016 03:17pm

Under constitution no one is above law & sovereignty of this great nation & must be arrested if propaganda tools are activated to sabotage its integral & internal matter.

Samir Sep 16, 2016 03:23pm

@DV Then you should have no problems with Kashmiris voting if they want to stay with India or not right?

Namo Sep 16, 2016 03:24pm

@Kamal Pasha. Plebiscite can take place only when Pakistan acts on the first point of the resoloution read the resoloution before you make any comments.

chinto Sep 16, 2016 03:27pm

@DV If you are ignorant then it's your mistake because you can not deny fact.

Manmohan Bhatt Sep 16, 2016 03:28pm

We condemn any kind of terrorism .

Namo Sep 16, 2016 03:31pm

@Zak get it right Kashmir is part of India whether you like it or not.

Aisha Sep 16, 2016 03:40pm

To all those commenting "majority wants to be with india" - then please let there be a referendum and let the majority decide. Oh wait, you won't do that would ya? Because deep down inside you know what the outcome will be.

raj Sep 16, 2016 03:41pm

@faisal democracy does not support for anti national activity...

Animesh Kolkata Sep 16, 2016 03:44pm

@DV:: Thanks Mate. Hope Pakistani people and media are reading your message

Citizen Sep 16, 2016 03:44pm

@Anwar saad , good luck with that

Rahat, Ajmer Sep 16, 2016 03:56pm

@Rahim proud Indian kashmiri proud of you brother.India is united by the people like you.Salute you again.

Usman, Aligarh muslim university Sep 16, 2016 04:03pm

@Rahim proud Indian kashmiri Very well said.Whole India 1.25 billion awam is united under its constitution & will never let anyone to enter into its internal matter.

Iftikhar Husain Sep 16, 2016 04:08pm

By stopping this young man India can not hide the atrocities they are committing in Kashmir. Stop killing innocent people and accept the demand of the people of Kashmir.

faisal Sep 16, 2016 04:09pm

@DV Then why don't ask Indian Govt to held a plebiscite and let the world see with whom Kashmiris really are. I am sure Indian Govt and you know very well too that Kashmiris want freedom only.

Man Sep 16, 2016 04:10pm

Modi trying to hide his atrocities on Kashmiris but will fail.

IAHMED Sep 16, 2016 04:12pm

@DV(Indian) By changing your name Mr Indian you will never be a Kashmiri, If this happened then 7 lacs Indian soldiers will not be there in Kashmir, Do you know why because India fear to LOST Kashmir.

NPS Sep 16, 2016 04:32pm

@DV, thank you very much!

Pakistani-Guy Sep 16, 2016 04:58pm

@DV and SSB Exactly Pakistan's point.

S. A. M. Sep 16, 2016 04:59pm

@DV if your claim is authentic why then do many civilians are killed in Indian held Kashmir. and if it's about peace and serenity in Indian held Kashmir why is india stopping pervez from speaking up in the UN. what's fearing Indian govt. let the pandora box be opened.

Sohail Khan Gem Sep 16, 2016 04:59pm

@DV sir if it's a small group of kashmiri people demanding freedom from India. So where is the big group of kashmiri protesting against "Anti India movement" and condemning it. I never heard about a big group of kashmiri people chanting for support of India. The whole kashmir wants freedom. And freedom is their natural right.

Indian-Guy Sep 16, 2016 05:00pm

Another mistake at a very wrong time.

Pakistani Sep 16, 2016 05:15pm

@DV "Also Majority wants to stay with India.." Of course. Tell the 600,000 Indian soldiers who have been there for decades to come back then.

Sohail Khan Gem Sep 16, 2016 05:18pm

What's the India tries to hide in Occupied Kashmir? I think there is something which is everything ;-)

Zak Sep 16, 2016 05:19pm

@Namo kashmir is not part of india whether you or I like it or not. It's the citizens of the nation of kashmir who will decide, not foreign occupation nations.

Zak Sep 16, 2016 05:20pm

@DV good, then your single man statement can be proven by IN kashmir plebiscite. Then you can prove pakistan wrong. Now support UN plebiscite and campaign to your government.

Zak Sep 16, 2016 05:23pm

@SSB that's because you are not from indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, otherwise every kashmiri has heard of him. He is a hero for them like the brave freedom fighter Burhan Wani.

Mehmood Sep 16, 2016 05:23pm

@NAMO. Pakistan is ready to do its part for implementation of UN resolution but first two parties need to agree on implementing the UN resolution. You know in your heart you are giving lame excuses. If Pakistan does vacate you will occupy the the remaining Kashmir like you did with siachin. Very disappointed at my Indian friends here, non of them have the courage to condemn a bad move on part of their government here.

Sohail Khan Gem Sep 16, 2016 05:30pm

@Zak agree with you. It's upto kashmiri whether they live independent or emerged with Pakistan.

Dr S Shetkar Sep 16, 2016 05:52pm

@Kamal Pasha. All kashmiri pandits should be re-established in kashmir, so that there vote can be counted in the plebiscite. You cant change the demography and then demand a plebiscite. Jai Hind....

HajiKaji Sep 16, 2016 06:05pm

Instead of discussing this non-entity mentioned in the article, let us talk about Nabeel Ahmed Wani. By topping the BSF Assistant Commandant Exams, Nabeel has shown to the world what Kashmiris are interested in. They are interested in progress, economic growth, education and well being. Nabeel is indeed a torch bearer for the aspirations of young Kashmiris. I hope the Kashmiri youth look at him for inspiration and follow his path.

faisal Sep 16, 2016 06:12pm

@raj What is being anti national? So you think that Scottish people are all across the UK were anti national? Moreover, Kashmir is not the part of india, so Kashmiris have every right of freedom and self determination and that too accepted by India itself.

RainMan Sep 16, 2016 06:18pm

@Khwarezmi "Indians are afraid this Kashmiri might expose their brutalities and Human Rights Violations infront of the entire world."

In his group there were 3 other Kashmiris too travelling to Geneva for annual UNHRC meet, he was the only one stopped. So your allegation does not hold water.

marcus Sep 16, 2016 06:19pm

if india have nothing to worry about then why refuse him to leave the country? afterall, india has done nothing wrong or has it?

mishra Sep 16, 2016 06:30pm

@Shahzad S Iqbal always growing don't worry about India's image ..its more respected than ever globally because of modi...all pakistani know this very well.

ozzy Sep 16, 2016 06:33pm

@Dr S Shetkar it still wont change the outcome and you know that.

N_Saq Sep 16, 2016 06:37pm

This article says it all that what kind of pressure the Indian leadership is in on IHK internationally.

As I said it before, this time it is different. IHK residents have shown resilience against the atrocities of Indian forces and are fighting back. The walls that India has built around IHK are beginning to crack. The pressure is on and before you know they will come down crumbling. There are lessons in history that you cannot hold on to something forever that does not want to be with you i.e. East Germany, Bosnia etc.

The saner elements are warning the leadership and are questioning India's policy towards IHK. The saner elements wat peace between the two countries for the sake of future generations. It is about time and I hope that the saner voices prevail.

Random Indian Sep 16, 2016 07:16pm

Bad move, he should have been allowed to go. He is entitled to his opinion.

xyz-indian Sep 16, 2016 07:29pm

good job Indian agencies.

Akhtar, USA Sep 16, 2016 07:31pm

@DV How can I tell without referendum under UN arrangements.

Akhtar, USA Sep 16, 2016 07:37pm

@nithyarb Why do u support bramdoogbugti and interfere in Balichistan, that belongs to Pakistan. Besides , Kashmir was not part of India before partition.

Faiza Sep 16, 2016 07:42pm

Just because some people have not heard of him, does not mean he doesn't exist! I have heard of this activist, and there is no justification to stop him from flying out to Geneva. If India claims to be the world's largest democracy then it should act like one too.

Oz Sep 16, 2016 07:46pm

Modi is digging more holes for himself by this draconian strategy. Such atrocities cant go unnoticed for long and India should really think about sanctions that could potentially be imposed for violation of human rights.

fawad Sep 16, 2016 07:57pm


Prove it!! Get the military out and do a referendum ..

BhattCK Sep 16, 2016 08:31pm

@Shahzad S Iqbal But the question is : The will of how many Kashmiris ?...

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Sep 16, 2016 09:24pm

This is a part of daily on-going operations since last 70 years or so against the hapless and helpless Kashmiri people by the biggest dictatorial, autocratic and biased country in the world under the so-called guise of democracy, human rights and fair treatment for all. What a silly joke?

Satya Sep 16, 2016 10:06pm

He is safe and alive this is true democracy

Chirag Patel Sep 16, 2016 10:32pm

@fida USA after the firat 2 stepa of un resolution are met....india dont mind

Chirag Patel Sep 16, 2016 10:32pm

@Samir after first 2 steps of un resolution are met....india will do plebiscite

Rahul USA Sep 17, 2016 01:15am

@Anwar saad let's see who responds to whom

balachangchi Sep 17, 2016 05:03am

they are not "right" activist rather they are "wrong " activist