Gilani sounds alarmed over occupied Kashmir situation in a letter to PM Khan

SRINAGAR: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Syed Ali Gilani has thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan and the people of Pakistan for their support to the Kashmir cause and sacrifices for the oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir Media Service reported.

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In a letter addressed to the prime minister, Gillani appreciated the way PM Imran spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in favour of the Kashmiri people and against the Indian decision to illegally change the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir. He pointed out that India’s attempt to force this illegal decision on the people has seen a widespread curfew in the region.

Gilani maintained that the freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people against the Indian occupation and tyranny has gone through many phases since 1947 and the years, 1988, 2008, 2010 and 2016, have remained as landmarks of the struggle. He said, it is the cumulative people’s resistance which has ensured that India has been unable to crush the freedom struggle.

The APHC chairman wrote, “It is possible that this is my last communication to you, ill health and issues of old age may not allow me to address you again.”

Gilani said, “all forms of communication, including phones and internet have been cut off. Thousands of people, including children, old men, teenagers, traders, lawyers, students and Hurriyat leadership and their relatives have been subjected to savage torture. The mass blinding of Kashmiri youth, which started in 2010 has also continued with hundreds more being injured by pellet guns in this phase of the struggle as well.”

Molestation, sexual harassment and even sodomy have also continued to be used as state policy to subjugate people, he pointed out.

The letter read, “Indian occupation forces are still molesting women after barging into their homes. Parents are being asked the ages of their young girls and the occupying forces are telling people that their intention is to dishonor Kashmiri Muslim women.”

“Many people have been threatened that they will be thrown out of their homes and notices are being issued that peoples’ houses will be taken over,” Gilani said. The APHC chairman also appealed to the premier to make an announcement of Pakistan’s withdrawal from all aspects of the Tashkent, Shimla and Lahore agreements as India has unilaterally brought these agreements to an end.

He has also urged the PM to re-designate the Line of Control as the Ceasefire Line since India has taken the situation back to the status as existed in 1947-48.

Gilani has pointed out that the Government of Pakistan should take all measures at the United Nations and with the international community to give the people of Jammu and Kashmir their promised right to self-determination.

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