Kashmir settlement possible through tripartite talks

Srinagar, November 16, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, has said that Kashmir is an international dispute that can be resolved through tripartite talks in line with the relevant UN resolutions.Shabbir Ahmed Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that India had never been willing to fulfill its promises of holding plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir and had always tried to suppress the Kashmiris’ just liberation struggle through force. However, he said that killings, arrests, torture, molestation of women and other repressive tactics by Indian forces could not intimidate the Kashmiris into submission. Shabbir Ahmed Shah maintained that Hurriyet leadership had time and again demonstrated willingness for dialogue to settle the lingering dispute but the process could not succeed due to India’s continued intransigence.

The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement in Srinagar hailed the Kashmiri people for demonstrating exemplary communal harmony during Muharram. He castigated the occupation authorities for imposing curbs on Muharram processions in the name of so-called security concerns, terming it interference in religious affairs of the people. He also denounced the use of force against mourners, saying that such tactics could not drive the Kashmiris away from Islam.

On the other hand, five Indian troops were injured after unidentified persons attacked an Army convoy near Drugmulla in Kupwara district, today. Following the attack, the troops laid a siege in the area and started a search operation to nab the assailants. An Indian policeman was critically wounded in a separate attack in Janglat Mandi area of Islamabad town.

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