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WikiLeaks: Indian forces torturing Kashmiris

London: US diplomats were secretly briefed by staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about the systematic abuse of detainees in Kashmir, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

The dispatches reveal that US diplomats in Delhi were briefed by ICRC in 2005 about the use of electrocution, beatings and sexual humiliation against hundreds of detainees, the ‘Guardian’ reported on Friday.

Other cables show that American diplomats, as recently as 2007, were concerned about widespread human rights abuses by Indian security forces, who they said relied on torture for confessions.

WikiLeaks: Indian forces torturing Kashmiris

The revelations come at a time of heightened sensitivity in Kashmir after renewed protests and violence this year, the daily said.

The most highly charged dispatch is likely to be an April 2005 cable from the US embassy in Delhi which reports that the ICRC had become frustrated with the Indian government which, they said, had not acted to halt the “continued ill-treatment of detainees”.

The embassy reported the ICRC concluded that India “condones torture” and that the torture victims were civilians as militants were routinely killed.

The ICRC has a long-standing policy of engaging directly with governments and avoiding the media, so the briefing remained secret, the report said.

An insurgency pitting separatist and Islamist militants – many supported by Pakistan – against security services raged in Kashmir throughout the 1990s and into the early years of this decade.

It claimed tens of thousands of lives, including large numbers of civilians who were targeted by both militants and security forces, according to the report.

The ICRC staff told the US diplomats they had made 177 visits to detention centres in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere in India between 2002 and 2004, and had met 1,491 detainees. They had been able to interview 1,296 privately.

In 852 cases, the detainees reported ill-treatment, the ICRC said. A total of 171 described being beaten and 681 said they had been subjected to one or more of six forms of torture.

These included 498 on which electricity had been used, 381 who had been suspended from the ceiling, 294 who had muscles crushed in their legs by prison personnel sitting on a bar placed across their thighs, 181 whose legs had been stretched by being “split 180 degrees”, 234 tortured with water and 302 “sexual” cases, the ICRC were reported to have told the Americans.

“Numbers add up to more than 681, as many detainees were subjected to more than one form of (ill-treatment),” the cable said.

The ICRC said all branches of the Indian security forces used these forms of ill-treatment and torture, adding: “The abuse always takes place in the presence of officers and … detainees were rarely militants (they are routinely killed), but persons connected to or believed to have information about the insurgency.”

The cable said the situation in Kashmir was “much better” as security forces no longer roused entire villages in the middle of the night and detained inhabitants indiscriminately, and there was “more openness from medical doctors and the police”.

Ten years ago, the ICRC said there were some 300 detention centres, but there are now “a lot fewer”. The organisation had never however gained access to the “Cargo Building”, the most notorious detention centre, in Srinagar, the report said.

The abuse continued, they said, because “security forces need promotions,” while for militants, “the insurgency has become a business”.

In the same cable, American diplomats approvingly quoted media reports that India’s then army chief, Lieutenant-General Joginder Jaswant Singh, had “put human rights issues at the centre of a (recent) conference of army commanders”.

The cables reveal a careful US policy of pressure in Kashmir, while maintaining a strictly neutral stance.

Secret Graveyards in Occupied Kashmir & Indian Torture Methods

Secret Graveyards in Occupied Kashmir & Indian Torture Methods

A Sovereign Kashmir: Random Thoughts-140

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

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Indian democracy means secret graveyards in occupied Jammu Kashmir. Look at the way a fanatic India with fascist agenda in its neighborhoods as part of GST keeps innocent besieged Kashmiris under its terror boots! Look at the way Indian terrrocracy keeps defenseless Kashmiris under perpetual curfew conditions to terrorize them so that they give up their birth right to sovereignty and freedom. Look at eh way terror India employs terror methods to silence the sovereignty seeking Kashmiris!

For years, rather decades now India state terrorists have been on critical rampage in occupied Jammu Kashmir with selective targeted killing of Muslims by calling them

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Muslims are suffering at the hands of security forces all over the world

Muslims are suffering from security forces all over the world. Since the Muslims are generally like everyone else, scared for their safety and jobs, so they say and do nothing. But, the insurgents on the other hand are not suffering from these security forces since they play by different set of rules and they would kill security personnel quickly as seen played out now in Algeria and Yemen. Since the rank and file Muslim is quiet and not looking to fight, the insurgents have taken up their cries for justice. Once, these quiet and docile Muslims would not cheer for Al Qaeda types, in privately these days they are rooting them on to kill these security forces. Security forces are trained by Euros and Americans for the very purpose of abusing soft target Muslims! These security forces are not equipped to take on insurgents without the help of Euro and or American Agents. The security forces hunt, kill and abuse unarmed Muslims and now Al Qaeda types are hunting the security forces. This is a important region and one that is for the taking if the Muslimeen can gather forces and run out the turncoat and secular government

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On Kashmir India acts as a police state, not as a democracy

On Kashmir India acts as a police state, not as a democracy, Delhi has been unwilling to solve this tragic and brutal conflict, and has scuttled any attempt at meaningful discourse

Many years ago, I met two journalists from India in London and we found ourselves talking about Kashmir. Mostly, they listened patiently to my impassioned tale of what goes on, but the moment I touched upon the brutal counter-insurgency methods employed by the Indian security apparatus in the disputed territory

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Pakistanis are taking comfort in conspiracy theories that allege Indian or American agents

“America cannot and should not solve Pakistan’s problems, that is up to Pakistan,” she told reporters. “But in solving its problems, Pakistan should understand that anti-Americanism and conspiracy theories will not make problems disappear.”

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PAKISTAN THINK TANK POLICY PAPER

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THINKERS FORUM PAKISTAN

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