Srinagar, March 12, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has strongly denounced the remarks of Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde that the government of India would not return the body of Muhammad Afzal Guru to his family.
The APHC at its Executive Council meeting, which was presided over by Professor Abdul Ghani Butt in Srinagar maintained that the Kashmiris would continue their struggle to get the mortal remains of their sons of soil, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru.
The meeting condemned the continued detention of APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyet leaders. Others who attended the meeting included Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Bilal Ghani Lone, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Musaddiq Aadil.
The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement said that the Valley had been turned into a police state through use of oppressive measures by the authorities to suppress the people’s voice for freedom.
A 24-year-old driver, who was injured in clashes with Indian troops during protest demonstration in Islamabad town on Friday last succumbed to his injuries in a Srinagar hospital.
The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Democratic Freedom Party, Javed Ahmad Mir and Firdous Ahmad Shah in their statements condemned the continued detention of Hurriyet leaders and youth. The Jammu Kashmir National Front in a statement castigated the authorities for crushing civil liberties and perpetrating human rights violations in the territory. APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt along with a delegation visited different hospitals in Srinagar to enquire about the health of those injured in police shelling during protest demonstrations.
Meanwhile, the Bihar-based Lok Jan Shakti Party leader, Ram Villas Pasvan has criticized India and its authorities in the occupied territory for continuously keeping ailing Syed Ali Gilani under house arrest.
In London, the Kashmir Centre Advisory Council staged a sit-in and a photo display showing day-to-day human rights violations taking place in occupied Kashmir. The event was held outside the Common Wealth Secretariat in London.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of International Chamber for Peace and Conciliation- Kashmir Concern, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl urged all the fifty-three Commonwealth countries to evince interest to resolve the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan, India and the people of Jammu and Kashmir. KMS
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