Martyrs’ mission to continue till Kashmir settlement
Srinagar, February 24, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, has said that the Hurriyet Conference is custodian of Kashmiri martyrs and it will continue their mission till resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
Professor Abdul Ghani Butt in a media interview in Srinagar termed the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru more political than a judicial decision. He said that India was not expecting such a severe reaction in the occupied territory against the execution. He demanded immediate shifting of the mortal remains of Kashmiri leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, to Kashmir from New Delhi’s Tihar jail for decent burial.
On the other hand, the authorities continued to place the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai under house arrest. Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shoukat Ahmad Bakhshi and Ayaz Muhammad Akbar remained lodged in different jails and police stations.
The relatives and family members of Syed Ali Gilani expressing concern over the restrictions on his movement and contact with the outside world demanded his immediate release. Muhammad Altaf Shah, the son-in-law of the veteran Hurriyet leader in a media interview in Srinagar said that they had not been able to establish contact with him as the Indian police had snatched his mobile phone.
Medical students, doctors and para-medics of Government Medical College Srinagar staged a demonstration in the lawns of the college against the hanging of Afzal Guru.
The students from Kashmir University held a candle light protest demanding justice for the women of Kunan Poshpora, who were raped by Indian troops on February 23, 1991. APHC leader, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, in a statement deplored that the troops involved in the gruesome incident were roaming free, despite the passage of twenty-two years.
Another APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt, visited Srinagar, Kulgam and Ganderbal areas and expressed solidarity with the families of the Kashmiris who were recently martyred by Indian troops. He said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement, Firdous Ahmed Shah, addressing a party meeting in Srinagar urged India to give the Kashmiri people their inalienable right to self-determination for ensuring permanent peace in South Asia.
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