‘Settlement of Kashmir dispute must for South Asia peace’
Srinagar, February 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM), Zafar Akbar Butt has denounced the arrest spree, checking, frisking and thrashing of people on Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to the territory.

Zafar Akbar Butt addressing public gatherings in connection with mass contact programme at Chanpora, Gopalpora, Methan, Civil Lines and other places in Srinagar said nowhere on earth people are caged and cities and villages turned into military garrisons but is witnessed in occupied Kashmir only.
He said people in the territory have no other choice than to resent the forced occupation of Kashmir by India. He said, “We were expecting that Modi, instead of giving threats, will announce steps and measures for peaceful resolution of the lingering Kashmir dispute.”

Meanwhile, Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza addressing corner meetings in different areas of South Kashmir said both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers and cannot afford continued tension. So, he said, it is in the interest of the entire region that New Delhi and Islamabad come closer by settling the Kashmir dispute.

He said the Kashmiris believe that killings, arrests and cordon and search operations by the troops cannot deter them from raising their voice against the Indian occupation. He said peace and prosperity of South Asia, in general, and India and Pakistan, in particular, is at stake because of the Kashmir dispute.

Grand Mufti-designate of the territory, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam in a statement in Srinagar said that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute and need political and democratic settlement according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. He said Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in his speech in Srinagar hurt the feelings of the Kashmiri people by threatening them. He said India is committing state terrorism in Kashmir as its forces are killing innocent Kashmiris on daily basis.

President of Kashmir European Alliance (KEA), Sardar Pervez Mehmood, in a statement issued in Oslo said that India is committing gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. He said peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute would bring progress and prosperity in South Asia.


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