Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani while paying tributes to the three youth martyred by Indian troops in Tral has said that our youth lay their lives to end the age-old slavery of their people.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “This puts a huge responsibility on our shoulders to honor these sacrifices and take the movement to its logical end.”
“Authorities have created appalling situations in the territory. They have set forth their strategy and are looking for excuses to create 90’s like situation in Kashmir to justify the use of the force against the people,” he said. On the direction of Syed Ali Gilani, a Tehreek-e-Hurriyat delegation comprising Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Umar Aadil Dar, Sajjad Ahmad Pala, Sajad Ahmad and others visited Tral and Pulwama to participate in the funerals of the martyred youth. Dukhtaran-e-Millat in a statement issued in Srinagar also paid rich tributes to the youth killed in Tral and said the best tribute to them was to remain firm to their mission. The Ummat-e-Islami in a statement while paying tributes to the martyrs condemned the ransacking of Jamia Masjid Islamabad and harassment of youth.
As unrest against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s pro-upper caste policies is growing, dozens of activist organizations took out a protest march in New Delhi vowing to jointly oppose the attacks on people with the motto “An attack on one is an attack on all.
According to media sources, the march was started from the Ram Lila Maidan, passed through the busiest streets of central Delhi and culminated at a rally at Jantar Mantar. The protestors carrying placards condemned Modi government’s policies and vowed that they would take on the communal and fascist forces head on. They also highlighted human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing the rally, activists and leaders from different organizations vowed to jointly oppose the attacks on people with the motto “An attack on one is an attack on all”. Lok Raj Sangathan President A Raghvan said the people of Kashmir are being brutally silenced because they demand the withdrawal of armed forces from their territory. He said they are being subjected to state-repression.
Other speakers also expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in the troubled-Jammu and Kashmir. They said the people’s voice cannot be suppressed by using force. Lambasting the Modi government, speakers said attacks on weaker sections of people have become normal.
“In the name of religion, innocent Muslims are being lynched by Hindutva mobs. Minorities are being targeted based on what they eat and how they appear or dress. Dalits are subjected to barbaric caste oppression and attacked brutally when they raise voices of protest,” the speakers said.
They declared that the root cause of all problems is the present system and state institutions. “It is strengthening India’s alliance with the ruling classes of US and Israel who have violated the sovereignty of people and caused untold suffering to people in many countries of West Asia and other regions. It is taking India on a dangerous course at the behest of big business houses and foreign monopolies, who want to continue increasing their wealth, gravely endangering peace and security in this region. It is spending people’s money on building an industrial-military complex,” speakers said.
The aim of the rally was to bring together all sections of people whose rights are being violated by the Indian state and its institutions so that they can explore the ways to change the present state of affairs.
The rally was organized by Lok Raj Sangathan, Social Democratic Party of India, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, United Muslim Front, Communist Ghadar Party of India, CPI (M-L)-New Proletarian, Citizens for Democracy, Welfare Party of India, Association for Protection of Civil Rights, Sarvahara Patrika, Students Islamic Organisation of India, AIFTU (New), South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, Purogami Mahila Sa ngathan, National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations and many others.
In occupied Kashmir, welcoming the statement of UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Kashmir, the Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) has said the Kashmir dispute can only be resolved through implementation of relevant resolutions of the United Nations on Kashmir.
According to media sources, the DeM Secretary General, Nahida Nasreen in a statement in Srinagar said, “There is no other option than implementing UN resolutions for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute.” She said several resolutions were passed by UN but Indian obduracy has always impeded their implementation. Nasreen said India and Pakistan do not need to find a new solution to Kashmir issue as an acceptable and permanent solution lies in the implementation of UN resolutions. She said UN should pressure India to implement these resolutions in Jammu Kashmir. Hurriyat leader and Democratic Political Movement General Secretary Khawaja Firdous Wani in his statement also hailed the statement of UN Gen Secretary Antonio Guterres and said that political engagement and dialogue was the only civilized and viable approach for just, honorable and lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute. The Chairman Islamic Political Party, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash in his statement also called for political engagement to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that Jammu and Kashmir is becoming a flashpoint and its disputed nature is outspreading beyond limits.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement while commenting on China’s increasing interest in Kashmir dispute said the possibility of Jammu and Kashmir becoming a battlefield can’t be ruled out as the situation could take a new turn. China recently offered to mediate in resolving the Kashmir issue but the offer was rejected by India saying it will resolve the dispute bilaterally with Pakistan. Gilani said that China is emerging as a major alternate power to the West. He said India and Pakistan share borders with China and any stress in Pak-India relations can’t be viewed neutrally by China. He said that any delay in the resolution of Kashmir issue could lead to dangerous complications as the situation in the region was becoming more complex and explosive. “The lingering Kashmir issue is proving detrimental for the whole region and millions of people living in the region are in a state of continuous anxiety, confusion and facing uncertain situations,” he said. Three full-fledged wars between the two countries were fought and thousands were killed and properties worth billions shattered.” The APHC chairman said that India and Pakistan were making huge investments in military expenses because of Kashmir dispute while as majority of their population lived below the poverty line and are deprived of basic amenities. He said even though both countries are nuclear powers, China’s growing interest made the situation even more complex. Gilani said the prevailing situation and emerging phenomenon demand immediate concern and consideration from both India and Pakistan. He urged both countries to take tangible steps for the lasting solution of Kashmir dispute. The situation is going out of control and new trends are emerging, said Gilani. “This is a crucial time for both India and Pakistan and an opportunity for both to make a history while addressing the issue in its right perspective or history won’t forgive them for any negligence in this regard,” said Gilani. He strongly condemned the reign of oppression unleashed by forces in Islamabad, desecration of Jamia Masjid and detention of innocent youth. Attacking and desecration of holy places is unbearable, he added.
Hurriyat leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was not allowed to attend the funeral prayers of his maternal uncle in Srinagar, today.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was arrested when he stepped out of his house at Nageen in Srinagar to attend funeral prayer of his maternal uncle and close aide Tariq Ahmed Buch.
The Mirwaiz, who is under house arrest from past more than three weeks, tried to defy the detention was arrested by the police. He told media men that he had asked the police officers to accompany him to the funeral of his uncle. “I asked police officers to place me under detention again after offering the funeral of my uncle. But they didn’t allow me to join the funeral,” he said. “As I defied house arrest to lead funeral prayers of my maternal uncle and close aide Tariq Ahmed Buch, police arrested and detained me at police station!,” tweeted Mirwaiz. Meanwhile, Convener of Hurriyet forum AJK Chapter , Syed Faiz Naqash Bandi in a statement while condemning the curbs on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed deep sorrow over the death of Tariq Ahmed Buch and expressed his solidarity with the bereaved family.
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, has that the torture and oppression of Kashmiri youth by Indian troops is forcing them to join the armed resistance.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Subjecting peaceful youth to third degree torture and humiliation and putting their families to unwanted trouble, killing them with impunity, celebrating their death and then fabricating a desired narrative through biased media can only be termed as naked Hitlerism.” JKLF chief visited the families of Sajad Ahmad Gilkar at Pandan Nowhata, Tafazul Islam at Syed Pora Cherpora Narabal and Aaquib Gul at Gouripora Sanatnagar. He was accompanied by JKLF leaders, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri.
APHC-AJK chapter has condemned the stepped up Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir as well as unprovoked firing along the Line of Control.
According to media sources, the APHC AJK at a meeting in Islamabad also expressed grief over the death of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s uncle, Tariq Ahmad Buch. The meeting denounced the arrest of Rehan Mukhtar, the 12-year-old son of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League Chairman, Mukthar Ahmad Waza, by Indian police. Rehan was lodged in Islamabad police station four days ago. The participants of the meeting demanded immediate release of Waza’s son. Those who attended the meeting included Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Abdul Majeed Mir, Mehmood Ahmad Saghar, Manzoorul Haq Butt, Altaf Hussain Wani, Syed Aijaz Rehmani, Parvez Ahmad Shah, Sheikh Abdul Mateen, Muhammad Shafi, Abdul Hameed Lone, Mian Muzaffar, Javed Jehangir, Haji Muhammad Sultan, Nisar Mirza, Imtiaz Iqbal Wani and others.