Puppet admin disallows Seerat function in IOK

Srinagar, December 12, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities in brazen disrespect to the religious freedom disallowed the holding of Seerat conference on the Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi day in Srinagar, today.

The Seerat conference was scheduled to be held at Hyderpora residence of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in Srinagar, today. Heavy contingent of police was deployed outside the residence of Syed Ali Gilani to ensure no one could enter the venue. The entire Hurriyet leadership including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik were invited to attend the conference. However, the authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest, while Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik along with other Hurriyet leaders was stopped outside Syed Ali Gilani’s residence, and was not allowed to enter the house. Hurriyet leaders and organizations in their statements termed the act as interference in religious matters.

Meanwhile, despite restrictions and chilly weather, thousands of devotees thronged Dargah Hazratbal, mosques and other shrines to observe the Eid-e-Milad with religious zeal and fervor. The devotees prayed for the early liberation of Kashmir from Indian bondage.

The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview in Srinagar, said that the joint resistance leadership was working on a transition from short-term agitation to a long-term protest. The Mirwaiz said that the ways for a sustainable movement against the illegal occupation of India would be explored.

The APHC General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement, today, termed the recent remarks of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh about Pakistan and Kashmir as far from reality. He asked the Home Minister to go through the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir and the promises of the Indian leaders. He emphasized that if India was sure of its claim on Kashmir then what prevented it from implementing the resolutions of the World Body.

APHC and Dukhtaran-e-Millat delegations visited the families of Majid Zargar and other martyrs in Arwani area of Kulgam district and expressed solidarity with them. Hurriyet leader Bilal Sidiqee and a delegation of Salvation Movement visited the father of the martyred Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, in Tral.

On the other hand, Jose Ramos-Horta, who won the 1996 Nobel peace prize for his role in resolving the violence in East Timor in an interview with Indian newspaper The Hindu called upon India to allow the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to play a role in de-escalating tension over the Kashmir issue. Jose Ramos-Horta said that reducing Indo-Pak military tension in South Asia would be difficult in the absence of impartial military observers. He urged both India and Pakistan to address the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

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