Srinagar, June 16, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, has said that the Kashmiris have been rendering unparalleled sacrifices to secure their internationally-recognised inalienable right to self-determination.
Shabbir Ahmed Shah in a statement in Srinagar said that the Kashmir dispute was the main hurdle in the way of permanent peace in South Asia and cordial relations between Pakistan and India. He appealed to the world community to impress upon New Delhi to stop its troops from committing human rights abuses in the territory.
Hurriyet leaders, Syed Ali Gilani and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, in a joint statement issued in Srinagar deplored that India was keeping innocent Kashmiri youth behind the bars by implicating them in false cases. They said that such tactics could not suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom sentiment.
APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt addressing condolence meetings in different areas of Srinagar and Budgam said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste.
On the other hand, an eight-member team of Delhi-based Centre for Policy Analysis addressing a press conference in Srinagar demanded complete withdrawal of Indian troops, repeal of draconian laws from occupied Kashmir and release of Kashmiri political prisoners.
It said that the probe should be conducted into the cases involving rapes and deaths at the hands of Indian troops and police personnel in the territory. The team was led by noted journalist and civil society activist, Seema Mustafa, and comprised Muhammad Saleem, John Dayal, E N Rammohan, Dr Balachandra Kango, Harsh Mander, Sehba Farooqi and Professor Kamal Chenoy.
Meanwhile, a report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, on the occasion of Father’s Day, today, said that hundreds of children in occupied Kashmir continued to wait for the return of their fathers who had been subjected to custodial disappearance by Indian troops during the past twenty-four years.
It revealed that since 1989 the troops had subjected over eight-thousand Kashmiri youth to custodial disappearance and around 300 of those disappeared were married and had children. The report pointed out that the unabated Indian state terrorism during the period had rendered over one lac children orphaned due to the killing of their fathers by the troops.
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