Pakistan, India urged to prioritise Kashmir settlement

Srinagar, December 28, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, has asked Pakistan and India to prioritise resolution of the Kashmir dispute as the good relations between the two countries cannot be guaranteed without settling the decades-old conflict.

Professor Abdul Ghani Butt addressing a meeting of the leaders and activists of his party, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, in Ganderbal said that both the countries taking along the Kashmiris’ genuine leadership must start a credible dialogue process for the peaceful resolution of the lingering dispute.

He hailed the statement of Pakistan’s Prime Minister; Mohammad Nawaz Sharief, in which he had said that Pakistan would resume dialogue with India and urged New Delhi to respond in the same tune for maintaining peace and stability in South Asia.

Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, addressing a party meeting in Srinagar said that the Kashmiri people had rendered unparalleled sacrifices to get rid of Indian bondage and they would continue their struggle till complete success. He appealed to the world community to impress upon India to stop human rights violations in the occupied territory.

APHC leaders, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Zafar Akbar Butt, addressing public gatherings in Budgam and Kulgam areas said that Kashmir was purely a political dispute that could not be resolved by arrests, killings or increasing the number of Indian troops in the territory.

The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement condemned the continued illegal detention of Hurriyet leader, Mir Hafeezullah, and insulting attitude of a court in Islamabad against him. He appealed to the Amnesty International and International Committee of Red Cross to take cognizance of the plight of Kashmiri detainees and use their influence for their release.

Meanwhile, the APHC spokesman in a statement in Srinagar strongly denounced the house arrest of senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, and the arrest of a civilian by Indian police after subjecting him to severe torture in Badgam. He said that the civilian was thrashed by the police when he was going to visit the house of Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi.

On the other hand, complete shutdown was observed in Kakapora area of Pulwama against the arrest of youth including minors for participating in demonstrations against the recent killing of a youth by Indian troops at Hushroo in Badgam. The locals staged demonstrations on Srinagar-Pulwama road, demanding immediate release of the arrested youth.

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