Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML) has said that settlement of the Kashmir dispute is possible through the implementation of the relevant UN resolutions on Kashmir.
According to media sources, the JKML Acting Chairman, Abdul Ahad Parra addressing a party meeting in Srinagar reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to take the liberation movement to its logical conclusion. He also condemned the continued illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists including Masarrat Aalam Butt, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Dr Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadar Butt, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Assadullah Parray, Showkat Hakeem, Merajuddin Nanda, Fayaz Ahmed Talaq, Molvi Sajjad and Mir Hafeezullah and demanded their immediate release. He also praised the government and people of Pakistan for their continued support to the Kashmir cause and hoped that they would continue their moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris till the settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with their aspirations. Earlier in the meeting, Abdul Ahad Parra was unanimously elected Acting Chairman of the party. The meeting among others was attended by Muhammad Akram Najar, Feroz Ahmed Khan, Sajjad Ayubi, Bashir Ahmed Badgami, Muhammad Farooq Ghotapuri, Riaz Ahmed Shah and Muhammad Qasim Shah.
In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir National Front (JKNF) and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Political Front (JKPPF) have paid glowing tributes to prominent freedom leader, S Hameed Wani, on his martyrdom anniversary.
According to media sources, Indian police had arrested S Hameed Wani on April 18, 1998 in Soura area of Srinagar and killed him in custody. The JKNF spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that party Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan used to talk very high of his ideological friend and associate, S Hameed Wani. He used to call S Hameed Wani as a great politician, intellectual and an icon of the freedom struggle, the spokesman added. The JKPPF leaders, Fazal Haq Qureshi and Musaddiq Aadil in their statement in Srinagar paid rich tributes to S Hameed on his martyrdom anniversary and said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste.
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) has said that the extremist Hindu organization, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is communalizing the situation in Jammu to polarize the society for the electoral benefits.
According to media sources, APHC leader and the JKPM Chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem in a statement in Jammu said at a time when the whole world including Indian civil society is condemning the gruesome incident of rape and murder of an eight-year-old child and demanding punishment for the culprits, the communal Hindu outfits are shamelessly supporting those involved in the heinous crime.
He said the horrifying details of the crime put together by the crime branch of the police have stunned the whole world but the Jammu Bar Association and other communal elements are shamelessly running a campaign to shield the culprits of the crime. He said these people instead of looking it as an act of heinous crime are looking at it through the prism of Hindu Muslim lines.
He called upon the civil society of India and the world community to show the same resolve and outrage against the other incidents of crime against women committed by the Indian forces in Kashmir during the last three decades.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Tral town of Pulwama district, today, to protest against the use of brute force on students by the Indian forces, yesterday.
According to media sources, witnesses told media that all shops and other business establishments remained closed while the traffic was off the roads in the town.
Indian forces had used excessive force on protesting students of Degree Colleges Tral on Wednesday when they were protesting against the gang rape and murder of an eight year old girl in Kathua.
The forces’ personnel had resorted to teargas shelling in the premises of college resulting in injuries to many students. Several female students fainted due to heavy teargas shelling.
Locals said that the forces also damaged private vehicles and windows panes of the college while students were holding protest.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have arrested the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, and Ummat-e-Islami Chief, Qazi Ahmed Yasir, in Islamabad town.
According to media sources, a JKML spokesman in a statement said that the police took Mukhtar Ahmed Waza into custody after raiding his residence on Thursday morning and lodged him at Sherbagh Police Station in the town. He said that the police personnel also damaged household goods during the raid.
The Ummat-e-Islami in a statement said that the police had arrested Qazi Yasir during a raid at his residence on Wednesday night and detained him in Saddar Police Station in Islamabad town. It strongly denounced the police action and demanded immediate release of party Chairman and all other illegally detained Kashmiris.
Hurriyat leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the use of brute force by the Indian forces on the students who were protesting against the rape and murder of Kathua minor girl and termed it the worst kind of state terrorism.
According to media sources, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the assault on students in Sopore, Islamabad, Pulwama, Bandipora and at many other places in Kashmir. He said that trigger-happy Indian forces and police only knew to kill and injure people on the orders of their political masters.
The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), Aasiya Andrabi in her statement in Srinagar sternly condemned the use of force on the students peacefully protesting across the Valley. “While protests over the brutal Kathua rape and murder are held across the world, but when we come out to protest, bullets and pellets are being showered upon us,” she added.
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association in its statement in Srinagar denounced the use of force on the protesting students against the kidnapping, rape and gruesome murder of the eight-year-old girl, Aasifa. The Bar Association expressed concern over the situation and the manner in which pellet guns and toxic gases are used indiscriminately on the protesters.