Srinagar, August 30, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and the All Parties Hurriyet Conference leaders staged sit-in protests in Srinagar to mark the International Day of Disappeared Persons, today.
A large number of people including the friends and family members of those who have been subjected to enforced disappearance by Indian police and troops during the past twenty-four years participated in the protest at Partap Park in Srinagar that was led by the APDP leader, Parveena Ahangar. Carrying the pictures of their missing relatives, they demanded their whereabouts.
“I want to kiss the remains of my dear son, at least tell me where he lies buried,” cried 75-year-old Saja whose son disappeared in Kupwara district 11 years ago.
“The true fate of the people who have disappeared, possibly may never be known,” Ghulam Nabi, the father of 27-year-old Mukhtar Ahmad, who disappeared after he was arrested by Indian troops during house raids in 2000.
The JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, along with Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Mohammad Zaman Mir and other party leaders and activists while joining the APDP’s sit-in called upon the world community to pay heed to the worst kind of human sufferings in the territory.
Meanwhile, APHC leaders led by Syed Saleem Gilani held a protest sit-in at press colony in Srinagar. It was attended by Hurriyet leaders and activists including Zafar Akbar Butt, Javed Ahmad Mir, Yasmeen Raja, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Hakeem Abdul Rashid, Abdul Majeed Wani, Imtiyaz Reshi, Chaudhry Shaheen and a rights defender, Yasin Hassan Malik.
The demonstrators on the occasion urged the Amnesty International, Asia Watch and the UN Human Rights Council to constitute a team to conduct probe into the enforced disappearances and the mass graves discovered in the occupied territory. They also demanded immediate release of all illegally detained political prisoners and youth languishing in different jails and police stations.
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