Srinagar, March 04, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has welcomed the renewed efforts by Pakistan and India to re-engage on the path of dialogue after a breakdown of diplomacy and a period of high tensions.
The APHC at a meeting of its Executive Council in Srinagar, today, termed the meeting of the foreign secretaries of the two neighbouring countries a positive development. Referring to the new political developments in occupied Kashmir, the APHC reiterated its stand that farcical elections in the territory had no bearing on the Kashmir dispute nor could they overshadow the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.
The meeting was presided over by the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and attended among others by Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Bilal Ghani Lone, Muhammad Musaddiq Adil and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza.
The APHC said that that the two counties should engage each other and involve the leadership of Jammu and Kashmir in a combined effort to find a solution that accommodates the needs and interests of all parties and which upholds the Kashmiri people’s aspirations and right of self-determination.
Senior Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, addressing a meeting of his party workers in Islamabad town said that settlement of the Kashmir dispute should be the priority in the dialogue process between Pakistan and India.
APHC leader, Syed Bashir Andrabi, visited Noorpora area of Tral and expressed solidarity with the family of a youth who was recently martyred by Indian troops. Addressing a gathering on the occasion he said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste.
Meanwhile, business community observed strike across the Kashmir Valley, today, to protest against the delay in the rehabilitation of the traders affected by the devastating floods of September 2014. The traders also staged a demonstration at Lal Chowk in Srinagar which was participated by liberation leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Javaid Ahmed Mir.
In Geneva, the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, addressing a high-level segment of the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council said that the denial of right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir continued to stain the collective conscience of the international community. He urged Pakistan and India to settle the long-standing dispute through talks.
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