‘Peace in South Asia linked to Kashmir’

Srinagar: Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has said that durable peace in South Asia is not possible without permanent settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.


The APHC Chairman addressing a gathering in Sara-e-Bala area of Srinagar said that India was using military might to suppress the ongoing freedom movement of the Kashmiri people but had totally failed to succeed in its nefarious designs, Kashmir Media Service reported.

Throwing light over the various facets of the life of the fourth Caliph of Islam, Hazrat Ali (RA), on his martyrdom anniversary, the Mirwaiz said that the Muslims should emulate the teachings and path shown by the great caliph.

He stated that the Muslim world was suffering on social, political and economical fronts only because they had strayed away from the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Khulafa-e-Rashdein.

Meanwhile, APHC leaders, Shahid-ul-Islam and Mushtaq Ahmed Sofi, visited Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar and took stock of the arrangements being made for the public rally to be addressed by Hurriyet leaders on 13th July to mark the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day.

As part of their joint programme, Hurriyet leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, would offer noon (Zuhar) prayers at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar following which they would lead a procession to the Martyrs’ Graveyard at the shrine of Khawaja Naqashband Sahib (RA) to pay tributes to the martyrs of 13th July.

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) has urged the world community, especially the UN, to take a strong notice of the recently released reports of Amnesty International and US State Department on the gross human rights violations in Kashmir at the hands of Indian state machinery.

Hurriyet leader and Working Chairman of the JKPM, Mir Shahid Saleem, in a statement issued in Jammu said that although it was a sincere attempt on the part of Amnesty International and the US State Department to focus on the gross human rights violations but these reports fell short of highlighting the real state of affairs in the occupied territory, reported Kashmir Media Service.

He said that the people of Kashmir were subjected to the worst kind of state terrorism by India and it was high time for the world community to break its silence and condemn the Indian brutalities in the strongest terms.

He said that Indian forces in Indian occupied Kashmir were involved in all kinds of human rights violations including fake encounters, custodial killings and rapes, but in spite of the strong voices raised by the local and international human rights bodies, India failed to reign in its forces in the territory.

Meanwhile, JKPM has supported the call given by Hurriyet leadership to take out a joint rally on July 13 to pay tributes to the martyrs of 1931 and other martyrs of Kashmir.