Srinagar, March 16, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that the Kashmiris will never surrender before India’s use of force and they will continue their struggle till they achieve their inalienable right to self-determination.
The veteran leader, who is under house arrest in Srinagar, in a statement, today, said that the first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had promised that the Kashmiri people would be given an opportunity to decide their fate by themselves. However, he deplored that the Indian rulers had been carrying on with the policy of victimizing the Kashmiris for demanding the fulfilment of the same pledge. Syed Ali Gilani demanded immediate release of illegally detained Kashmiri youth. He termed the invoking of draconian law, Public Safety Act, against senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, and his shifting from Srinagar central jail to Kot Bhalwal jail, Jammu, as political vendetta.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, who is also under house arrest in Srinagar, in his statement said that the crackdown by Indian police on leaders and activists of his party and other pro-freedom organizations was admission of defeat by India in Kashmir. He described the shifting of Shabbir Ahmad Shah to Kot Bhalwal jail under the PSA as frustration of the puppet administration.
The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party General Secretary, Muhammad Abdullah Tari, in a statement said that the puppet regime could not break the resolve of the party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, by putting him behind the bars.
The APHC spokesman in his statement denounced in strong terms the curbs on Hurriyet Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and slapping of PSA on Shabbir Shah. Hurriyet leaders, Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Farida Behenji, in their statements deplored that New Delhi had stepped up its state terrorism in the territory after the judicial murder of Muhammad Afzal Guru.
In Geneva, the International Council for Human Rights-Kashmir Project dedicated the Kashmir UN Week outside the headquarters of the United Nations to the victims of rape in occupied Kashmir and the recent execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru. The Kashmir UN Week, which commenced on Monday, attracted large crowds. Addressing the visitors, the Chairman of ICHR-Kashmir Project, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, deplored that Indian troops involved in rape incidents of Kunan Poshpora and Shopian in the occupied territory were not brought to justice so far.
Speakers at a seminar on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council said that the culture of impunity had resulted in the killing of over one lac deaths besides rape and custodial disappearances in occupied Kashmir. The speakers included Altaf Hussain Wani, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Sardar Amjad Yousaf, Mrs Shamim Shawl and Mrs Sadani Malaine.
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