Srinagar, February 23, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, speakers at a seminar in Srinagar, today, paid glowing tributes to the role and courage of the Kashmiri women in the ongoing liberation struggle.
The seminar was organised by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference to mark the anniversary of Kunanposhpora mass rape incident as Kashmiri Women’s Résistance Day. Call for the observance of the day was given by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, Support Group for Justice for Kunanposhpora Survivors and supported by the APHC.
Around one hundred women were raped by Indian troops in Kunanposhpora area of Kupwara on the night of 23rd February, 1991, during a siege and search operation.
Addressing the seminar the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said that Kashmiri women were the worst victims of Indian state terrorism as they were not only subjected to killing and molestation but their dear ones were murdered, arrested or disappeared in custody. He appealed to the international community to take cognizance of Indian brutalities on the Kashmiris and play its role in the settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
Other speakers of the seminar included Pervez Imroz, Zaheer-ud-Din, Dr Javed Iqbal, Aijaz-ul-Haq and Nazir Ahmed Ronga. APHC leaders, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Muhammad Musaddiq Aadil, Zafar Akbar Butt, Javed Ahmed Mir, Syed Bashir Andrabi and others attended it.
Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Wajahat Qureshi and Muhammad Yasin Attai, addressing a gathering in Ganderbal urged the world human rights bodies to play their role in bringing to justice the Indian troops involved in Kunanposhpora incident.
Indian police arrested the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leaders, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Sheikh Abdur Rasheed and Muhammad Siddique Shah when they were on their way to Kunanposhpora to express solidarity with the victims.
On the other hand, a youth of Baramulla district died, yesterday. He was ailing since the time he was critically injured in Indian troops’ firing on peaceful protesters during the 2008 mass uprising.
In Muzaffarabad, the International Forum for Justice Jammu and Kashmir organized a sit-in protest at Afzal Guru Chowk in support of provision of justice to the victims of Kunanposhpora mass rape. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, in a statement in Islamabad deplored that Indian troops involved in the gory incident were not punished, despite the passage of 23 years.
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