UN-supervised plebiscite in Kashmir urged

Srinagar, June 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the students of Degree College Shopian, today, held forceful protest demonstrations against the killing of young student Aadil Farooq Magray by Indian troops, last week.

The students boycotted classes and when tried to come out of the college premises to hold a march, Indian police and paramilitary forces resorted to massive force including teargas shelling on the protesting students. The action led to clashes between the students and forces’ personnel. Several students were injured while one female student fainted during the clashes.

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, urged Amnesty International, International Committee of Red Cross and other human rights organizations to prevail upon India to release all illegal Kashmiri detainees before Eid. He said that hundreds of Hurriyet leaders and activists including Masarrat Aalam Butt, Aasiya Andrabi and Fehmida Sofi were languishing in jails under draconian Public Safety Act.

The Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the plight of political prisoners lodged in various jails and demanded their immediate release. The forum said that the detainees were being deprived of basic facilities prescribed in the jail manuals.

APHC General Secretary Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement paid glowing tributes to Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah on his 50th anniversary for his immense religious, social and political contribution. Hurriyet leader, Masroor Abbas Ansari in a statement and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza during a visit to the family members of martyr Aadil Farooq in Shopian denounced Indian atrocities in the territory.

Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders of AJK chapter held a protest demonstration in Islamabad against the Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir. The leaders strongly condemned the continued illegal detention and house arrest of APHC leaders and described it as the worst kind of human rights violation.

On the other hand, a British expert and historian Victoria Schofield speaking at an event on the sidelines of the 35th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva said that the UN-supervised plebiscite, pledged under UN Security Council resolutions, was a key requirement to resolve the Kashmir dispute. UN Independent expert Alfred de Zayas said that the World Body was duty-bound to implement UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. Kashmiri leader Altaf Hussain Wani moderated the event, while Sardar Amjad Yousuf was a keynote speaker.

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