APPG UK to probe human rights abuses in IOK

Srinagar, October 26 (KMS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and all across the world will observe Black Day, tomorrow, to reiterate their pledge to continue the liberation struggle against India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir till complete success.

It was on 27th October in 1947 when the Indian troops landed in Srinagar and forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir in total disregard to the partition plan of the Subcontinent and against the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. The day will be marked with complete shutdown in the occupied territory and rallies in the world capitals. Call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik and supported by other pro-freedom organizations and High Court Bar Association.

Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir and Muhammad Ahsan Untoo led an anti-India protest in Srinagar, today, a day ahead of 27th October when India trampled all international norms and democratic values and landed its troops in the territory. Hurriyat leaders including Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Hilal Ahmed War, Muhammad Farooq Rehami, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Bilal Siddiqi, Muhammad Abdullah Tari and Nahida Nasreen in their statements termed the 27th October 1947 as the darkest day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar condemned the arrest of Syed Shahid Yousuf, the son of prominent freedom leader Syed Salahuddin, by India’s National Investigation Agency. The NIA, today, conducted a raid on the house of Syed Shahid Yousuf Shah in Soibugh area of Badgam district. The NIA sleuths took some phones and a laptop along. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir denounced the invoking of draconian law, Public Safety Act, against party activists, Abdur Rasheed Rathar and Showkat Ahmad Mir, and many youth from Pattan area of Baramulla for the third time.

In London, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir in the British Parliament has announced to start Parliamentary Enquiry on human rights violations in occupied Kashmir from 14th December, 2017. The announcement was made by Chairman APPG on Kashmir and MP Chris Leslie during a conference, which was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International in collaboration with the Pakistani High Commission in London and chaired by MP Barrister Imran Hussain. The event was attended by more than 20 parliamentarians of both Houses of UK Parliament and all political parties. Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner, Zahid Hafeez, and Executive Director of Kashmir Media Service, Sheikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, participated in the conference as special guests. The JKSDMI Chairman, Raja Najabat Hussain briefed the participants about the Founding Day of Azad Kashmir Government and the Kashmir Black Day.

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