Srinagar, April 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has hailed the Amnesty International’s assertion that Muhammad Afzal Guru was not given a fair trial and maintained that New Delhi has no respect for human rights and religious sentiments of the Kashmiri Muslims.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar deplored that instead of meeting the Kashmiris’ demand to hand over the mortal remains of Kashmiri leaders Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, India had launched crackdown in the territory.
He said that Hurriyet leaders and youth were being booked under the draconian law, Public Safety Act and harassed through frequent police raids. He urged the visiting Amnesty team to pay a visit to different jails of the territory to take stock of the plight of the detainees.
On the other hand, noted human rights activist, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo along with a delegation met the members of Amnesty team G Anantha Padmanabhan, V K Shashi Kumar and Miss Christine. He informed them that New Delhi had been subjecting the people of Kashmir to the worst kind of persecution.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Yasin Malik, the High Court Bar Association President, Zafar Ahmed Qureshi and family members of Muhammad Afzal Guru sharply reacted to the Indian Supreme Court’s ruling staying the execution of eight death row prisoners. They said that the court verdict had vindicated that India had always used a different yardstick for the Kashmiris.
Addressing a function organized by the JKLF in Srinagar, today, liberation leaders including Bashir Ahmed Butt and Javed Ahmed Mir paid glowing tributes to noted Kashmiri religious scholar, Maulana Showkat Ahmed Shah on his second martyrdom anniversary. Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza in their statements eulogised the services of Maulana Showkat Shah for the ongoing freedom movement. The Maulana was martyred in an explosion at Maisuma in Srinagar on this day in 2011.
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