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Lift curbs and see how Kashmiris react, Gilani to India

11 October, 2012

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, reacting to the Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's statement on Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has challenged the Indian government to lift restrictions on the political activities of pro-freedom leaders and see how people in lakhs would come on streets like 2008 and 2010 uprisings against New Delhi's occupation of the territory.

Syed Ali Gilani in a media statement in Srinagar said, "New Delhi is stifling the voice of people by dint of its military might. Hundreds of thousands of armed forces and police have been given a free hand under the cover of draconian laws like AFSPA and PSA to gag their voice. Even minors and students are not spared. They are arrested, booked under PSA and sent to jails for years."

"The Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram knows there is graveyard-like silence in Kashmir due to presence of gun toting forces."

The veteran leader said that the Chidambaram's statement was aimed at misleading international community and the people of India.

P Chidambaram had said that only a small section of people were talking about freedom in Kashmir.

Gilani also reacted sharply to the justification put forth by the puppet home department in the so-called assembly for sealing the house of Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori. He said that Sopori had disposed of his whole property in Sopore and constructed a two-room house on three marlas of land at Chanapora in Srinagar.


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