Srinagar, April 29, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, have welcomed the statement of senior Congress leader and former Indian Minister, Mani Shanker Aiyar, where he stated that people in Kashmir have a feeling that they are being ruled by Indian police and army.
The APHC Chairman in a media interview in Srinagar said that Congress had been in power in India for most of the time but unfortunately their policies had remained anti-Kashmir. “They are hoodwinking and keeping people in India in dark about the realities in Kashmir,“ he said, adding that Aiyar should convey his feelings to people in power in India.
“They (Indian rulers) are more interested in safeguarding their interests than keeping human values and rights in mind while dealing with Kashmiris,” he said while expressing surprise over Aiyar’s assertion about need for continuation of draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the territory. “It only speaks about his double speak. If on one hand he has concern for Kashmiris and their feelings, how come he advocates AFSPA in the same breath,” the Mirwaiz added.
Senior APHC leader and the President of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, in an interview said, the statement of Aiyar makes it clear that Kashmir is being ruled by police and army.
“He has also endorsed the fact that police killed youth and young children during 2008-2010 uprising which should be an eye-opener for all as Aiyar himself is part of Congress that has been in power during the period,” Shabbir Shah added.
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