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India's 'dirty priority' is to suppress people in occupied Kashmir: President Alvi

Dr Alvi said there was only one ventilator for every 71,000 people, one doctor for every 3,900 but one soldier for every nine

By Web Desk
April 19, 2020
AFP/Rakesh Bakshi/Files

President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday said India's "dirty priority" was to suppress the people in occupied Kashmir, a region that has been under a brutal lockdown since August 5, 2019, when New Delhi revoked its special status and imposed a communications and media blackout.

Dr Alvi also shared sobering data on occupied Kashmir. According to him, there was one ventilator for every 71,000 people, one doctor for every 3,900 people, and one armed soldier for every nine people in the Muslim-majority region.

He sourced his data to the Greater Kashmir and Economic Times publications and the Jammu And Kashmir Civil Coalition Society.

"The dirty priority of the Indian Govt is to suppress the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir," he said. "Their soldiers have carried out this primary task through heinous brutalization, torture & suppression.

"With more than 95K innocent killed since 1989 these numbers shout out to the world," the president added.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, too, tweeted about India's wicked tactics, comparing the Narendra Modi-led government to the Nazis.

"The deliberate & violent targeting of Muslims in India by Modi Govt to divert the backlash over its COVID19 policy, which has left thousands stranded & hungry, is akin to what Nazis did to Jews in Gerrmany," PM Imran wrote.

"Yet more proof of the racist Hindutva Supremacist ideology of Modi Govt," he added.

'Corona jihad'

An New York Times report earlier this week said the outbreak of coronavirus in India had triggered a series of attacks against Muslims across the country, with the health ministry of Modi's Hindu nationalist government claiming that Muslims were spreading the virus.

“Young Muslim men who were passing out food to the poor were assaulted with cricket bats. ... Other Muslims have been beaten up, nearly lynched, run out of their neighborhoods or attacked in mosques, branded as virus spreaders,” the paper said.

It highlighted that Hindu extremists were scapegoating the country’s entire Muslim population for deliberately spreading the virus through “corona jihad”.