Srinagar, February 03, 2014 (PPI-OT): The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has appealed to the European Union to play an effective role in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
Syed Ali Gilani, who is in New Delhi, in a telephonic address to an International Conference organized by Islamic Forum in Greece said that the Kashmiri people were not against India or its people, but they wanted the fulfillment of those promises which were made by Indian rulers to held plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the right to self-determination was the birth right of every citizen and Kashmiri people were fighting to achieve the same right.
The veteran leader, while referring to the visit of a European Union delegation to occupied Kashmir in 2004, said that after analyzing the situation in the territory, the delegation described the Kashmir as “the most beautiful prison in the world” in which people were deprived of their basic rights.
Referring to the continued and serious human rights violations by Indian troops and police personnel in the occupied territory, Syed Ali Gilani said that there were more than 600 graveyards of martyrs. “Ten thousand people had been disappeared in custody and the same no of people were buried in unmarked graves while one lack people had been killed by Indian forces during last 24 years,” he pointed out.
Thanking the organizers of the conference for giving him a chance to express his views, the veteran leader urged them to play their role in highlighting the sufferings of the Kashmiri people at the world level. “As I have been denied the travel documents and from last three years the authorities are not allowing me to move out of my house, so I appeal to the international community and civilized world to monitor the situation in Kashmir and check the facts of Indian democracy,” he added.
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