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Martyred Kashmiri cricket star remembered at UN in Geneva

Srinagar, June 21, 2016 (PPI-OT):The rising star of Kashmir cricket, Naeem Butt, who was killed by Indian army personnel two months ago, was remembered at the United Nations in a special event dedicated to him during the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

The World Muslim Congress and the International Kashmir Lobby Group Youth Forum for Kashmir (YFK) jointly organized the event. This was the first time that an entire side-event was dedicated to one man from Kashmir.

The event, “The Story of A Promising Sportsman Killed by Indian Army in Kashmir”, started with a 20-minute presentation by Kashmir lobbyist, Ahmed Quraishi. The presentation included a 3-minute heartrending short video report on the last day in the life of Naeem Butt, who was killed while shopping for grocery on April 12, 2016.

International human rights activists and defenders listened intently in the hall as the film titled “Indian Bullet For a Kashmiri Cricketer”, written by Quraishi and produced by Waqar Malik, garnered sympathy for Butt, who was 19 when killed by Indian troops.

“The reason we are dedicating this event to Naeem Butt is because his case has implications for education in conflict zones and disputed territories worldwide,” said Quraishi. “India is the only occupation force in the world today that targets students in a disputed territory,” he added. The landmark event was chaired by Syed Faiz Naqshbandi and Ishtiyaq Hameed.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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