Only Kashmir solution can avert Pak-India clash
Srinagar, April 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed serious concern over the escalating tension between Pakistan and India, especially in Poonch and Rajouri sectors resulting in immense human and other losses on the Line of Control.

The Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said the lingering Kashmir dispute is the bone of contention between the two countries and the bitterness would continue to prevail unless the dispute is resolved as per Kashmiris’ aspirations. The forum also demanded the rollback of the order about the Kashmir highway closure.

The prisoners at Central Jail Srinagar started a hunger strike to press for their demands including the withdrawal of First Investigation Report registered against them in connection with an incident, recently took place inside the prison. A five-member team of lawyers from Kashmir Bar Association that met the inmates in its report said, the prisoners are not allowed to meet the visitors and relatives.

The family members of the prisoners staged a protest demonstration at Press Enclave in Srinagar, today, against the threat to the life of the inmates. The protesters said that the prisoners were not safe in the jail and asked the authorities not to turn the jails into Guantanamo. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the ill-treatment meted out to the Kashmiri detainees in Srinagar Central Jail.

Meanwhile, a cancer patient whose ambulance was denied permission by the Indian troops to move on Srinagar-Jammu highway during the movement of CRPF convoy died on the road. The video of the incident surfaced on social media in which an Indian soldier is seen denying permission to the ambulance boarding the patient, Abdul Qayoom Banday, and his attendants. A 13-year-old boy, identified as Sajjad Ahmed, was crushed to death by an Indian army vehicle in Gulpore area of Poonch district, today.

The authorities booked a youth, Aijaz Ahmed Butt, under the black law, Public Safety Act, in Handwara and shifted him to Kot Bhalwal Jai in Jammu. Unknown persons lobbed a grenade at the residence of pro-India National Conference leader, Muhammad Ashraf Butt, in Tral area of Pulwama district, today.

On the other hand, India’s infamous National Investigation Agency while continuing with its policy of harassing the Kashmiri people has issued summons to the President of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, Muhammad Yasin Khan, to appear before its Delhi headquarters for questioning on Thursday.

A UK-based scholar, Avinash Paliwal, in a media interview in London said that only a long-term political solution forged through dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir could prevent a serious Pak-India conflict from flaring up again in Kashmir. Avinash Paliwal, a lecturer and Deputy Director of the South Asia Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, said that young Kashmiris, who grew up witnessing state oppression and violence, are angry at the Indian state. He asked New Delhi to accept that Kashmir was a contested issue, which required a negotiated solution.


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