Kashmir dispute major threat to peace
Srinagar, March 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership has called for peaceful protests after Juma prayers on Friday against India’s successive measures to suppress the Kashmir’s freedom struggle like fiddling with the State Subject Law Article 35-A and harassment of Hurriyat leadership at the hands of National Investigation Agency and Enforcement Directorate.

The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar, today, appealed to the imams and khateebs of all mosques to raise their voice against the anti-Kashmir policies of India in the territory. The leaders said that the Kashmir dispute was a major obstacle to the lasting peace in the entire region. They stressed the need for settlement of the Kashmir dispute on emergency basis in view of the escalating tension between the two nuclear-armed states, Pakistan and India.

The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, addressing a meeting at his residence in Srinagar said Kashmir is purely a political and humanitarian issue that needs to be resolved by means of sustained dialogue.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed on the second consecutive day, today, in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district against the killing of two youth by Indian troops. All shops and business establishments were closed while public transport was off the road in the area. The youth, Irfan Ahmad Rather and Adfar Fayaz were martyred by the troops during a cordon and search operation at Mir Mohalla in the Tral town, yesterday.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat in a statement in Srinagar said that the Indian authorities were making deliberate attempts to prolong the illegal detention of party Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, and her two associates, Fehmeeda Sofi and Naheeda Nasreen. The statement deplored that dirty tactics were employed to prolong the custody of Aasiya Andrabi and her associates who are languishing Tihar jail.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in a statement strongly condemned the continued illegal detention of party Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and other leaders and activists languishing in different jails and police stations.

Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi criticized the authorities for not producing party Chairman, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, before the session judge of the Kupwara court for hearing on the fixed date in a fake case against him.

Indian troops launched a cordon and search operation in Sumlar area of Bandipora district, today.


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