Srinagar, November 24, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have hailed the decision of a US court to release the Executive Director of Kashmiri American Council, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai.
The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement issued in Srinagar termed Dr Fai a true advocate of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. “We welcome his release wholeheartedly,” he said. The veteran leader said, Dr Fai is a sincere spokesman of Kashmir and his contribution to the Kashmir cause is immense. “During his stay in America, he has talked about the disputed nature of Kashmir and India’s promise of right to self-determination. The entire Kashmiri nation is proud of him,” he added.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a media interview said, Dr Fai’s release is proof that Kashmiris’ struggle is based on truth and India should learn lesson from the US court and withdraw its troops from occupied Kashmir.
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a media interview said that the US court’s decision to free Dr Fai was a positive sign. “We are happy that he’ll be freed,” he said, adding, “It is a welcome sign. He has worked selflessly for Kashmir.”
The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, in a statement in Srinagar, while hailing the US court’s decision said that it was a good development. She maintained that Dr Fai was working for the Kashmir cause in the US and his release would be a good step.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, and opposition leader in the AJK Legislative Assembly, Raja Farooq Haider Khan, also welcomed the decision of the US court to release Dr Fai.
Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on July 19, 2011, for not abiding by some rules of the US. He was sent to Federal Prison for a two-year term in March 2012.
The decision to free Dr Fai came from a Virginia court after a motion moved by the prosecutor seeking cancellation of his remaining six-and-a-half-month detention.
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