Photo Story: Shades of Conflict

Photo Story: Shades of Conflict

Witnessing human rights abuses such as torture, detentions, trauma, extrajudicial killings and rapes every day at the hands of the Indian troops, Kashmiri people have been robbed of their basic rights. Being worst sufferers of conflict and prime victims of violence, they have been exposed to different kinds of vulnerabilities. They have lost their rights, their innocence, their hope and they will continue to be victimized until the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue.
While the people in other parts of the world enjoy the privilege of being humans but sadly the Kashmiri people feel cramped, shut in a hovel, fettered and imprisoned because of the insolent doubts and fears that this decades’ long conflict has put on them.

01. Cousin sister of Arif Lelhari waiting to shower flowers on him at his native village Lelhar Kakapora area of Pulwama district, 35 kilometres from Srinagar, summer capital of Indian Administered Kashmir.
Arif, an LeT (Lashkar-e-Toiba) fighter was killed in a gunfight with Indian forces at Hakripora village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on August 01 2017.

Abu Dujana, the operational commander of LeT was also killed in the same gunbattle.

02. Chairperson/Co-founder APDP, Parveena Ahanger(not in frame) wipes the tears of an elderly mother whose son has been subjected to enforced disappearance in Indian controlled Kashmir.
According to reports of different human rights watchdogs, about 10,000 persons from Kashmir were subjected to involuntary disappearance. Their families believe that their lost ones were either killed extra-judicially or may be languishing in different Indian prisons.

03. A Relative of Ayoub Lelhari crying during his funeral prayers at Lelhar Kakapora. Ayoub, a popular rebel from Lelhar Kakapora, was killed in a brief gunbattle at Banderpora Koil Village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on August 16 2017. He had joined the rebel ranks some 4 years ago, according to locals.

04. A Kashmiri toddler wails to mourn the death of an armed fighter, Arif Lelhari, at his native village Lelhar Kakapora area of Pulwama district 35 kilometres from Srinagar, summer capital of Indian occupied Kashmir.
Arif, an LeT (Lashkar-e-Toiba) fighter was killed in a gunfight with Indian forces at Hakripora village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on August 01 2017.
Abu Dujana, the operational commander of LeT was also killed in the same encounter.

05. Safiya Azad, 40, holding the photo of her disappeared husband Humayun Ahmad Azad during a sit-in protest on the occasion of ‘International Day of the Disappeared” at Pratap Park, Srinagar on August 30 2017.
Safiya was married to Humayun at the age of 15 after passing her 9th grade exams. One and a half year later, Humayun was picked up by 137 Bn. of Border Security Forces on 21 April 1993, never to return home, leaving behind her & a 6 -month old son.
Safiya ran from pillar to post to demand justice but was denied with the court terming her husband an active militant, a blame which she refutes. The son is now 23, graduated with a Hotel Management degree, with his mother still supporting him for his education and the family expenses by working as a private-school teacher.

06. Sajah Bugum, 70, wife of Mohammad Akbar breaks down as she participates in a sit-in protest on the occasion of ‘International Day of the Disappeared’ at Pratap Park, Srinagar.
Sajah, a resident of North Kashmir’s Kupwara District told this reporter that her son was picked up by Indian forces in 2004 and never returned. ”We both (Sajah and Akbar) are searching for him from last 13 years”, she said.

07. A boy kissing the face of his elder brother, Fardeen Khanday.
Fardeen, an armed fighter associated with JeM (Jaish-e- Mohammad) was killed on first day of 2018 in a 37-hour long gunbattle with Indian forces at Lethpora Awantipora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

08. Brother of Fardeen Khanday shouting Pro freedom and Pro Pakistan slogans while accompanying him on his last journey to home at his native village in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Fardeen, an armed fighter associated with JeM (Jaish-e- Mohammad) was killed on first day of 2018 in a 37-hour long gunbattle with Indian forces at Lethpora Awantipora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

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