Mirwaiz urges demilitarization to settle Kashmir dispute
11 January, 2014
SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has demanded demilitarization, scrapping of draconian laws and release of all political prisoners to create a conducive atmosphere for settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing Juma congregation at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, said that the continued presence of Indian troops was the main cause of worsening human rights situation in the territory.
The Mirwaiz denounced the statement of the Indian Foreign Minister, Salman Khursheed on Kashmir, terming it as deplorable. The Minister had asserted that Kashmir was an integral part of India.
The Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, accompanied by party leaders and activists, visited the residence of a martyred youth at Awantipora in Pulwama and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
The youth, Wasim Ahmad Dar, was recently shot dead by Indian troops during a siege and search operation in the area. Talking to mourners on the occasion, the JKLF Chairman reiterated that the ongoing resistance movement in the territory could not be defeated despite use of brute force by India.
APHC leaders, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Syed Bashir Andrabi and Javed Ahmad Mir addressing gatherings in different areas of the territory said that time had come for India to resolve the burning issue of Kashmir in its right perspective without any further delay.
The leaders asked people not to fall prey to the deceptive tactics of pro-India parties, saying that the sacrifices rendered by the people of Jammu and Kashmir would not be allowed to go waste.
Hurriyet leaders, Firdous Ahmad Shah and Ghulam Ahmad Parray in their statements said that the Kashmir dispute could only be settled through meaningful and result-oriented dialogue.
The Dukhtaran-e-Milat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi in a statement expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health of illegally detained Hurriyet leader, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo and demanded his immediate release.
Meanwhile, Indian troops in their continued act of state terrorism martyred one more youth in Sopore. The operation was going on till last reports came in.