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KU academics demand plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, August 04, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the academics at the University of Kashmir unanimously and openly spoke against the state terrorism unleashed by India on Kashmiri people and demanded the permanent resolution of the Kashmir dispute through right to self-determination.

The Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) at its meeting slammed India and its puppet administration in Kashmir for unleashing terror on people of Kashmir and turning a blind eye towards their plight. Historian and Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor Muhammad Ashraf Wani, who was first to speak at the meeting, vociferously called for plebiscite to allow people of Kashmir to choose their way.

“How long shall we, the Kashmiris, continue to suffer” he asked, asserting, “We cannot afford to remain apathetic spectators to this daily bloodshed. Those days are over. It is the first and foremost obligation of the university teachers to come together and say that we don’t want anything anymore than the permanent resolution of Kashmir dispute. We want our right to decide our future, because a lot of blood has been spilled in Kashmir.”

“Don’t expect it from bureaucrats or administrators. Our community has to apprise India, Pakistan and other stakeholders of the pressing need of the resolution of Kashmir dispute,” he said. Professor Khursheed A Butt from the Department of Commerce, said: “We are fighting for our rights. We are asking for our rights which are legal and just.”

He said it is important to be careful while using vocabulary vis-à-vis Kashmir. “There are no separatists. There are freedom-fighters, who are fighting the Indian occupation. We are asking for our rights enshrined in the UN resolutions and as promised by the India and Pakistan,” he said.

He called for continued debate, discussion, documentation and propagation in the university, on Kashmir dispute. “We have to apprise Indian people of the Kashmir crisis. Majority of people in India are very civilized. But the biased Indian media is misinforming them. They forget journalistic ethics for the sake of so-called national interest when it comes to Kashmir,” Professor Butt said, strongly condemning use of brute force and blinding of people.

Prof MY Ganai from the Department of History, on the occasion called for resolution of Kashmir dispute. He also called for repeal of draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and other black laws.

PROF GM Butt, Dean of Applied Science, said KUTA must ascertain the cause of Kashmir imbroglio. He called for constitution of a committee of academics which even could be a part of All Parties Hurriyet Conference to discuss various issues related to the Kashmir problem. “Kashmir issue has been left unresolved for decades but it cannot be allowed to remain so for long,” he said.

Professor Zafar A Reshi from Department of Botany said that he was pained to see the death and destruction around. “We can’t be oblivious to all this,” he said. The KUTA can provide attractive solutions to issues facing the people of Kashmir, he added.

Prof Manzoor Ahmad from Department of Physics said: “Today I feel proud to be part of KU teaching community which has risen to the occasion to condemn civilian killings and blinding and injuring of people.” Others who spoke on the need for Kashmir resolution included Prof Altaf Pandit from Department of Chemistry; Dr Shehnaz of Law Department; Dr Muheet Butt from Department of Computer Sciences, Dr Habibullah from Distance Education.

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