Hurriyet leaders have called for political resolution of the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people.
According to media sources, Hurriyet leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza addressing a public rally in Sali area of Islamabad district said that Kashmiri people were peace-loving and they always believed that the dispute should be settled through negotiations. He said that escalation of tension between India and Pakistan was due to the lingering Kashmir dispute, which continued to pose a serious threat to peace in entire South Asia. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt, in his statement issued in Srinagar said that the talks between Islamabad and New Delhi could not yield any result unless India accepted Kashmir as a dispute. He said that the people of Kashmir would never give up their struggle and they would take their liberation movement to its logical conclusion at all costs. Zafar Butt also paid glowing tributes to the victims of Shopian double rape and murder incident, Aasiya and Neelofar. These two women were abducted by men in uniform on May 29 in 2009 and raped in custody. Their bodies were recovered from a shallow stream on the next morning. He said that the killers of these innocent daughters of Kashmir had not been punished yet and the victims’ family was still awaiting justice. Meanwhile, the JKSM leaders visited Shopian and expressed solidarity with the family of Aasiya and Neelofar. The party leaders also led peaceful anti-India protests in Badgam, Ganderbal, Sopore, Shopian, Pulwama and other areas. Hurriyet leaders including Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi and Tahoor Ahmed Siddiqui addressing a gathering at Kreshbal Noorbagh in Srinagar said that awarding of an army officer who tied an innocent civilian to his jeep was not only condemnable but also a serious crime against the humanity. On the occasion people strongly protested and raised slogans in favor of freedom and against India. On the other hand, the Acting Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Jahangir Ghani Butt, in a statement in Srinagar expressed serious concern over escalation between Pakistan and India and said that unresolved Kashmir dispute was the main reason of tension between the two countries. He said that permanent peace in the region was impossible without settlement of the Kashmir dispute according to the will of the Kashmiri people.