Srinagar, June 17, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, pro-freedom leaders and organizations including Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Zafar Akbar Butt have challenged India to hold referendum to assess the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The leaders during media interviews criticized the Indian Congress party leader, Rahul Gandhi for his statement that New Delhi had over the years transformed the mood in Kashmir. If the situation has really changed in Kashmir, the leaders questioned, then why there is no political space for pro-freedom leaders and why there are restrictions on their movement.
Commenting on the Rahul’s statement, an APHC spokesman said that the people of Kashmir had shown their true sentiments in 2008 and 2010 by holding anti-India protest demonstrations at a mass level.
The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement denounced the re-arrest of Kashmiri liberation leader, Mushtaq-ul-Islam and his shifting to an unknown location by the Indian police.
Thousands of people including JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik attended the funeral in absentia of the deceased Kashmiri leader, advocate Abdul Khaliq Ansari at Badshah Chowk in Srinagar, today. High-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans were raised on the occasion. Advocate Abdul Khaliq Ansari died in Mirpur on Sunday.
Puppet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had to face embarrassment when Kashmiri Pandits did not allow him to attend their religious function at Kheerbhawani in Gandarbal and forced him to leave the area amid slogans against him.
A prominent Indian writer and the Centre for Policy Analysis Director, Seema Mustafa talking to media men in Srinagar said that there was no government on ground in occupied Kashmir and deep alienation had created a vacuum, which would hardly get filled in the years to come.
Former Director General of Indian paramilitary, Border Security Force, E.N. Rammohan in a media interview in Srinagar acknowledged that the personnel of 4th Rajputana Rifles were responsible for the 1991 Kunan Poshpora mass rape incident in Kupwara. E N Rammohan, who served as IG BSF in Kashmir Valley from 1993 to 1995, termed the incident as a blot on the Indian democracy.
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