LAHORE - Civil society representatives gathered here yesterday at liberty roundabout, Gulberg to register their protest against the brutal acts of Indian forces on innocent Kashmiris.

They demanded of the human rights organizations especially the OIC and the UNO to stop India from persecution of innocent Kashmiris who are fighting for their right to self-determination.

Speaking on the occasion, President Civil Society Network, Abdullah Malik said that Kashmiris were going through hard time but Pakistanis will not stop raising voice to project their miseries at the international forums.

He said that human rights abuses in the Indian-occupied Kashmir were on the rise, ranging from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech.

Giving figures of Indian atrocities, Abdullah said that by July 25, 2016, some 50 to 56 people including two policemen have died during the unrest and over 5,800 people have been injured including 3,550 security personnel and 2,309 civilians.  There are also reports that at least 117 civilians were likely to lose their eyesight as a result of injuries caused by buckshot blasts, he added.

Former Education Minister, Mian Imran Masood said that United Nation’s inaction over severe violation of human rights in Kashmir was a condemnable. He also urged Pakistan government to raise the issue at all international forums.

Amna Ulfat of PML-Q said that prolonged silence of the Western world over disgrace of Kashmiri women by the Indian forces was highly questionable.