Pasban-e-Hurriyat (PeH) and APHC Leaders Present a Memorandum to UN Officials in Muzaffarabad

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: The people of Jammu and Kashmir residing both sides of the Line of Control observed the Indian Republic Day as a Black Day and held demonstrations In Muzaffarabd and Islamabad to remind the United Nations (UN) to settle the decades-long dispute between Pakistan and India through its promises to hold plebiscite in both parts of the Kashmir.

In Muzaffarabd Pasban-e-Hurriyat (PeH) an organization of Kashmiri Migrants and All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Azad Kashmir chapter jointly organized a protest rally to observe Indian Republic Day as a Black Day on Tuesday here in capital of Azad Kashmir Muzaffarabad. Scores of protesters form Kashmiri Migrants, United Jihad Council, APHC; Jamaat-i-Islami AJK, Jamat ud Dawa (JuD) AJK, supporters of political and religious parties took parted in the rally. Latter the leaders of APHC and Pasban-e-Hurriyat (PeH) presented a Memorandum to Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) near Domel in Muzaffarabad.

In Islamabad All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Azad Kashmir Chapter organized a sit-in protest today in front of UN office Islamabad Pakistan. Later APHC leaders presented a memorandum to UN officials seeking UN Secretary General’s attention towards the miseries of Kashmiri people. The memorandum said that UN must now discharge its obligations in resolving the long pending Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Security Council’s Resolutions as well as the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu Kashmir.

The sit-in was joined by the huge number of people belonging to all shades of life and addressed by the leaders and representatives of different political parties and human rights organizations. Those who spoke or were present on the occasion included Tahir Masood, Convener All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Azad Kashmir Chapter,Syed Yousuf Naseem, Hassan-ul-Bana, Aijaz Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Shafi Dar, Syed Pir Ali Raza Bhukhari(PMLN), Sy Rashid Ahmad Shah (PPP),Shazad Khan(Thereek-Ikhwate-e-Pakistan) and representatives of Muslim Conference.

The speakers said that while India was celebrating its Republic Day in New Delhi the democratic rights of Kashmiri people are constantly being denied and trampled in occupied Jammu Kashmir. Besides 700000 troops there are many draconian acts and laws like the AFSPA which have been causing gross human rights violations, they added.

While condemning the state terrorism especially the recent killings of civilians in south kashmir’s Pulwama district, the speakers lashed out at Indian brutal forces and maintained that Indian State has been built on violence and this violence has been institutionalised through various laws. They termed the silence of international community over these brutalities as highly deplorable.

Referring towards the recently authored book of NDTV’s reputed journalist Kishalay Bhattacharjee “Blood on my hands”, the speakers said that this book was a mirror to the Indian state system, wherein the author shows how this system has turned into a killing machine and how the killer army officers are crowned, awarded and promoted.

Welcoming the resumption of dialogue process between India and Pakistan,The APHC leaders asked both the counties to evolve a mechanism to include the primary party and the most important stakeholders to the dispute-the Kashmiri people, to make this process credible and result oriented.

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