Kashmir dispute main hurdle to peace in region

Srinagar, June 18 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, senior Hurriyat leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, has said that Kashmir is the core dispute between Pakistan and India which is the main hurdle to peace between the two countries of the region.

Professor Abdul Ghani Butt talking to different delegations from Pulwama, Sopore and Patten that met him at his residence in Sopore said that the Kashmiri people were rendering unprecedented sacrifices for a sacred cause. He said Pakistan has always supported the Kashmir freedom movement, particularly on diplomatic and political fronts, for which the Kashmiris are thankful to the country. Professor Abdul Ghani Butt maintained that the United Nations Security Council has the moral duty to put pressure on India to settle the long-pending Kashmir dispute according to the will of the Kashmiri people.

The APHC President for Jammu province, Mir Shahid Saleem, in a statement issued in Jammu denounced the fragmentation of a disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir against the will of its people, deprivation of the political space to the resistance leadership, division of the social ethos on the basis of communal hatred and breaking of the backbone of economy by imposing strict curfew and lockdowns in the garb of Covid 19 pandemic by Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian regime. He urged the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, to take cognizance of gross human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian troops in the occupied territory.

Meanwhile, Ummat-e-Islami held public meetings in Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Ganderbal and other areas of IIOJK, today, in connection with the martyrdom anniversary of noted scholar, Dr Qazi Nisar Ahmed. Speakers at these events reaffirmed the Kashmiris’ resolve to accomplish the mission of their martyrs at all costs. Qazi Nisar was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Dialgam in Islamabad on June 19 in 1994.

Indian troops launched cordon and search operations in Srinagar, Badgam and other areas of the occupied territory, subjecting the locals to immense convenience.

On the other hand, Juma prayers could not be held at historic Jamia Masjid and other major mosques, shrines and imambargahs in Srinagar and other areas of the occupied territory due to restrictions imposed by the occupation authorities.

The Peoples Democratic Party youth President, Waheed Parra, who is facing detention under black law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was shifted from Srinagar Central Jail to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu. Parra is under detention since November, last year.

A report released by Kashmir Media Service, today, said India has some of the highest farmer suicide rates in the world but the trend increased since Narendra Modi came to power. It said that the suicide rate among Indian farmers rose by 40 percent after Modi became Prime Minister in 2014. The report said more than 500 farmers have died during the farmers’ ongoing agitation since November last year against three farm laws. It pointed out that in the last 25 years, over three hundred thousand farmers committed suicide due to anti-agriculture policies of the Indian government.