Continued house arrest taking heavy toll on Gilani’s health: APHC

Srinagar, September 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has welcomed the statement of Pakistan Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, at the United Nations General Assembly that Kashmir dispute should be resolved peacefully and expeditiously and his call to the UN Security Council to fulfill its obligation towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said, Pakistan has always raised the Kashmir dispute at international forums and advocated its settlement in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. He maintained that the people of Kashmir deeply appreciate the diplomatic, moral and political support extended by Pakistan to their just cause. The Mirwaiz also thanked the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states for their full support to the Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination at the OIC foreign ministers’ meet in New York.

The Acting President of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Jahangir Ghani Butt, addressing party meetings in Baramulla districts also hailed the Pakistan Prime Minister for highlighting in the UN the Indian atrocities on the people of occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference in a statement in Srinagar said that continued house arrest was taking a heavy toll on the health of its Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani. It said that since 2010, Syed Ali Gilani had been confined to four walls of his residence as the puppet authorities had practically turned his residence into a sub-jail.

Indian police arrested several traders and transporters after subjecting them to brute force when they tried to conduct a protest march in Srinagar. Traders’ and transporters’ bodies have called for complete strike on Monday against the summoning of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Association President, Yasin Khan, by India’s National Investigation Agency to its headquarters in New Delhi.

Complete shutdown was observed in Tral town on the 2nd consecutive day, today, over the killing of three civilians including a girl in a blast. APHC leader, Zamruda Habib, visited the families of the killed civilians and expressed solidarity with them.

In New Delhi, India’s Enforcement Directorate filed, today, a charge-sheet against senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in a decade-old false case.

On the other hand, the global human rights watchdogs, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International India-Chapter, in their statements said that the Indian government was not willing to accept important recommendations made by other UN member countries on May 4 during India’s third periodic review. These recommendations included greater accountability of Indian armed forces, ensuring freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and abolishing the death penalty.

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