World powers urged to address Kashmir dispute

Srinagar, August 04, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah has called upon world powers and international human rights bodies to address the Kashmir dispute for laying a strong foundation of peace in South Asia. Shabbir Ahmad Shah, who continues to remain under house arrest, addressing a meeting of his party at his residence in Srinagar, today, appealed to the United Nations, European Union, OIC and other world forums to stop acting as mute spectators and impress upon India to leave Kashmir in the better interest of peace in the region.

Hurriyet leaders and organizations including Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Masroor Abbas Ansari, Syed Saleem Gilani, Muhammad Shafi Reshi and Jamaat-e-Islami in their separate statements said that the Muslim-dominated Jammu and Kashmir had increasingly become the target of Hindutva forces led by Sangh Parivar. They rejected the Indian plan to settle army personnel in the territory, saying that the move would be opposed, tooth and nail. The leaders said that the attacks and vandalizing of properties and hotels of Muslims in Jammu were provocative acts, which could give the situation an ugly turn anytime.

The survivors of Sailan massacre in Poonch district staged a protest demonstration at Press Enclave in Srinagar to press for an action against the Indian troops and policemen involved in the carnage. The survivors said that justice was denied because the perpetrators were backed by the Indian army. Nineteen people including four women were gunned down by Indian troops and police personnel on 4th August in 1998 in the district.

In New Delhi, Indian Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Lok Sabha said that 113 cases of attacks against journalists were reported from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Tripura states of India in 2014.

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