Srinagar, September 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that it is the moral duty of all people and nations of the world to impress upon India to stop the use of lethal weapons against the people of Kashmir for demanding their basic political rights.

This was said during the forum’s Executive Council meeting chaired by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Srinagar. The meeting was attended by Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Bilal Ghani Lone, Muhammad Musadiq Aadil and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza.

The meeting unanimously said that the strong censuring of the Indian Government by the Amnesty International with regard to the indiscriminate and inhuman use of pellet guns against the people of occupied Kashmir based on facts and figures should serve as an eye-opener to all champions of human rights in India and world over and should shake the conscience of nations across the globe.

The Amnesty report highlights the plight of the people of occupied Kashmir and the reign of terror unleashed upon them by the use of pellets that have killed scores of people and left hundreds of youth partially or fully blinded or maimed and injured since last year.

The forum spokesman said that the meeting strongly denounced the frequent cordon and search operations conducted by Indian forces in the Valley especially in South Kashmir villages, turning the villages into a garrison and keeping the entire population caged and hostage for hours together causing them great distress. The meeting also condemned the continued policy of oppression and suppression against the people of Kashmir by the puppet authorities especially the killing of youth, arresting and detaining them under one pretext or the other, and persecuting them and their families to harass and intimidate them, he said.

Participants of the meeting said that the arrests of Hurriyat leaders and activists, businessmen, journalists and students by Indian’s National Investigation Agency and the frequent raids being carried out and notices sent to people from all walks of life in Kashmir by the agency was an obvious attempt to intimidate and malign the leadership and those associated with the liberation struggle and to defame and degrade the freedom movement itself. They said, these tactics have failed in the past and are destined to fail yet again.

The meeting reiterated that the Kashmir dispute is essentially a political and human issue and not resolving it keeps increasing the huge threat to peace and stability not only in South Asia but in the entire world.

Later, the puppet authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza under house arrest.

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