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Diplomatic campaign needed for Kashmir resolution: Rehmani

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Srinagar, July 09, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Chairman Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has strongly condemned the renewed wave of Indian state terrorism in the territory.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad expressed apprehension that the gunning down of two innocent youth in Markundal village of Bandipore district last week by Indian forces could cause a setback to fragile peace efforts between Pakistan and India.

“India is not willing to address the basic Kashmir dispute; and is retaliating Kashmiris by using military force and arbitrary laws of anti-democratic nature against them,” he added.

Rehmani urged the United Nations and its Human Rights Council to break their long silence on the situation by some tangible steps and shun rhetoric of the past. He suggested that for the purpose of resolving a conflict through dialogue all the three parties—Kashmir, Pakistan and India —should be on board.

He said that the Kashmir dispute was related to the right of self-determination and the people “didn’t consider mere trade agreements sufficient to break the intransigence of India on the issue.”

He said that India had prime responsibility to bring about rapprochement by revoking black laws in Kashmir to make any future interaction with Pakistan result oriented.

“Pakistan should contact friendly states like China and Turkey on the latest developments in Kashmir and set about a worldwide political and diplomatic campaign for the resolution of Kashmir according to the UN resolutions with their active consultation and cooperation,” he emphasised.

The struggle for freedom inside the valley and a diplomatic campaign across world by Pakistan must complement each other with full political faith and determination. The present elected government had every opportunity at hand to start the process, he added.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said India’s policy of ban on freedom of speech and assembly against pro-Hurriyet groups and forcibly preventing Syed Ali Geelani from offering Friday prayers was never conducive to peace in the region.

He urged Kashmiri courts to maintain independence and impartiality in the matter of political prisoners and set aside arbitrary orders of imprisonments against them for the sake of rule of law and human rights.
Rehmani denounced arrest of human rights activist Pervez Imroze, and mental and physical torture perpetrated on him during his imprisonment.

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