Dr Fakhtoo completes 26 years of imprisonment

Srinagar, February 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyat leaders have expressed gratitude to the government and people of Pakistan for their unwavering and vigorous support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle for securing their right to self-determination.

Syed Ali Gilani thanking Pakistan for observing the Kashmir Solidarity Day, today, in his message said, people in Jammu and Kashmir are challenging a big power and Pakistan acknowledging their right to self-determination extends its persistent support to them. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his message said that Pakistan being one of the main parties to Kashmir dispute had always played a frontal role at both regional and international level in highlighting the sufferings of Kashmiris and violation of their basic rights by Indian troops.

Other Hurriyat leaders including Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Bilal Siddiqi, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Zafar Akbar Butt, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiaz Reshi, Muhammad Shafi Lone, Abdul Aziz Dar, Ghulam Nabi Wasim, Ghulam Nabi War and the Chairman of United Jihad Council, Syed Salahuddin in their statements said that Pakistan’s continued support for the Kashmir cause had always been a source of encouragement for the Kashmiris.

Meanwhile, the illegally detained Patron of Muslim Deeni Mahaz, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, completed 26 years of imprisonment in Indian jails, today. Dr Fakhtoo was arrested in February 1993 in a false case and the Indian authorities have not released him despite recommendations by government-constituted review boards and committees.

Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, in a statement in Srinagar strongly reacting to Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s speech on his visit to occupied Kashmir said that the people of Kashmir were not scared and they could not be cowed down by the threats of India. Narendra Modi in his speech in Srinagar on Sunday said that New Delhi would suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom movement through military might.

On the other hand, Indian police and troops in their fresh crackdown arrested eleven youth from Pulwama and Baramulla districts. Indian troops conducted massive cordon and search operations in Shopian and Samba districts.

Speakers at an event held at Westminster Palace in London in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day expressed serious concern over the plight of the people of occupied Kashmir and urged the international community to take immediate measures to resolve the Kashmir dispute to mitigate their sufferings. Kashmir Council Europe organized a candlelight vigil in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, to express solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir. The participants of the vigil condemned the genocide of Kashmiris being committed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.


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