Srinagar, August 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations have said that India has no right to celebrate its Independence Day in Kashmir as it is illegally occupying the territory against the will of the Kashmiri people.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “The Indian Independence Day has always brought countless miseries in terms of unending night raids, harassment, arrest of our youth and a suffocating environment for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” The APHC Chairman said that Indian people had every right to celebrate their Independence Day but forcing a suppressed and oppressed population to participate in “their movement of joy and happiness” was neither justified nor did it stand any ethical or democratic ground.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir in a statement condemned the Indian authorities for making people of occupied Kashmir hostage on India’s Independence Day. It denounced raids, crackdowns and arrest of Hurriyat leaders and activists. The statement denounced the arrest and house detentions of Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Bilal Siddiqi, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and other Hurriyat leaders.
Ittehadul Muslimeen Chief Maulana Muhammad Abbas Ansari in a statement said that since India had occupied Jammu and Kashmir by the dint of military might, it had no right to celebrate its Independence Day in the territory. Ittehadul Muslimeen President, Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, addressing a gathering in Sopore said that the people of Kashmir would continue to resist India’s forced occupation till complete freedom. He greeted people of Pakistan over their Independence Day.
Other Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Bilal Siddiqi, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi, Ghulam Nabi War, Mir Shahid Saleem, Javaid Ahmed Mir and the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in their statements said that the people of Kashmir were not against the people of India, but their criminal silence over deprivation of the Kashmiris of freedom and Indian brutalities made them partner in this inhuman crime.
The High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in its statement also condemned the nocturnal raids and arrest of innocent people in various places of the occupied territory terming it inhuman and undemocratic acts. It appealed to the international community to come forward and help the people of Kashmir in securing their inalienable right to self-determination.
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