Call for peace­ful protests to­day

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRI­NA­GAR—In oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, the Chair­man of All Par­ties Hur­riyet Con­fer­ence, Syed Ali Gi­lani has called for peace­ful protests, to­day, af­ter Fri­day prayers, against con­tin­ued de­ten­tion of Hand­wara vic­tim girl, sub­se­quent killing of five civil­ians and im­po­si­tion of re­stric­tions in the ter­ri­tory.

Syed Ali Gi­lani in a state­ment is­sued in Sri­na­gar, to­day, main­tained that all hell broke loose since the PDP-BJP al­liance took power in the ter­ri­tory where army and po­lice had been given a li­cense to kill peo­ple at free will.

He said that the de­ten­tion of the mo­lested girl had raised ques­tions over the au­then­tic­ity of the video recorded in the po­lice cus­tody. He termed the video as a ploy to di­vert the at­ten­tion of the peo­ple from the killing of five civil­ians in­clud­ing a wo­man.

Jammu and Kash­mir Lib­er­a­tion Front leader, Noor Muham­mad Kal­wal in a state­ment in Sri­na­gar con­demned the ar­rest of JKLF Gan­dar­bal and Islamabad Pres­i­dents Bashir Ah­mad Rathar and Muham­mad Ishaq Ganai. He said that Kash­miris’ free­dom strug­gle could not be sup­pressed through such tac­tics.

Hur­riyet lead­ers and or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing Syed Ali Gi­lani, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq, Muham­mad Yasin Ma­lik, Agha Syed Has­san Al-Moosvi AlSafvi and Nay­eem Ahmed Khan in their sep­a­rate state­ments said that the im­po­si­tion of curbs showed that Kash­mir was prac­ti­cally un­der mar­tial law.

The Am­rit­sar-based Sikh rep­re­sen­ta­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion, Dal Khalsa, in its state­ment ex­pressed grief over the demise of noted Kash­miri leader, Aman­ul­lah Khan.

Mean­while, speak­ers through a res­o­lu­tion unan­i­mously passed at the end of a con­fer­ence in Lon­don urged the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to pro­mote the right of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Kash­miris and other op­pressed peo­ple in the world as a means of peace­able con­flict res­o­lu­tion.

The event was hosted by Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans for Na­tional Self-De­ter­mi­na­tion. Be­sides Lord Nazir Ah­mad, oth­ers who ad­dressed the sem­i­nar in­cluded Bri­tish MPs and lead­ers of Kash­miri com­mu­nity.—KMS

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