Demilitarisation, repeal of black laws from IHK sought
01 November, 2012
SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has demanded demilitarisation of Jammu and Kashmir, revocation of all draconian laws, release of political prisoners, an end to human rights violations and restriction on free movement of Hurriyet leaders in the territory.
The APHC leaders made the demand during a meeting with a delegation of an Indian civil society group, Centre for Policy Analysis at APHC headquarters in Srinagar. The delegation was headed by prominent Indian writer, Seema Mustafa.
The APHC leaders were led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyet leaders who were present in the meeting included Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Yasmeen Raja, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed and Musaddiq Aadil.
The Hurriyet leaders said that the worst human rights violations including massacre of innocent people, arbitrary arrests and custodial deaths were being perpetrated by Indian troops and police personnel to intimidate the Kashmiri people into submission. The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani addressing an Eid Milan party in Srinagar said that the world community had failed to fulfil its commitment to the Kashmiris. He appealed to the Islamic world to prevail upon New Delhi to stop application of nefarious tactics against the people of Kashmir.
Speakers at a daylong seminar, which was held at the Kashmir University in Srinagar through a unanimously passed resolution called for repeal of black laws including Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act and independent investigation into the incidents of violence against women during the past 23 years in the occupied territory.
Besides noted Indian journalist Seema Mustafa, prominent among others who spoke on the occasion were vice-chancellor of Kashmir University, Professor Talat Ahmed, Dr Hameeda Nayeem, Sabeha Farooqi, Parveena Ahangar, Syed Shakeel Qalandar and Mubeen Shah.
Liberation leaders, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Aasiya Andrabi and High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in their separate statements condemned the uploading of blasphemous images on the social networking website, Facebook by some anti-Islam elements at Chattru in Kishtiwar.
The Amnesty International in a statement issued in Srinagar urged the authorities in occupied Kashmir to immediately release an 18-year-old youth, Muhammad Mubarakh Butt, detained under black law, Public Safety Act.