Quds and Kashmir Day observed in occupied Kashmir
18 August, 2012
SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, Jumat-ul-Wida, today, was observed as the Day of Quds and Kashmir to impress upon the international community to come forward in a big way to help secure the people of Palestine and Jammu and Kashmir their inalienable right to self-determination.
Call for the observance of the Day was given by the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani.
The APHC Chairman addressing a mammoth gathering in Srinagar, today, asked India to bring to an immediate end the spate of arrests and detentions in occupied Kashmir and pave way for settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He called for inclusion of true representatives of the Kashmiris in Pak-India talks on Kashmir.
A resolution passed at the gathering and endorsed simultaneously by the people in almost all mosques of the occupied territory rejected the Indian state terrorism in Kashmir and the Israeli aggression in Palestine. It demanded withdrawal of Indian troops from Jammu and Kashmir.
The JKLF Chairman Muhammad, Yasin Malik addressing a huge gathering at Charar-e-Sharif called upon the United Nations and OIC to break their silence over lingering Kashmir dispute and come forth for its settlement. He warned India against crushing the peaceful freedom movement by use of brute force.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi while leading a protest demonstration at Lal Chowk in Srinagar demanded withdrawal of Indian troops and illegally settled Indian citizens from the territory.
Hurriyet leaders, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Masroor Abbas Ansari, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Hakeem Abdur Rasheed addressing big public gatherings in various areas of the territory urged India to immediately bring to a halt the spate of unwarranted arrests and detentions in the territory.
On the other hand, Indian police arrested Syed Ali Gilani and Muhammad Ashraf Sahrai detaining them at Humhama and Narbal police stations. The authorities placed senior APHC leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah under house arrest in Srinagar. The leaders were not allowed to offer Jumat-ul-wida prayers.
The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society in a statement issued in Srinagar said that many police officers decorated with awards on India's Independence Day were responsible for serious human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.