Farooq Rehmani, Altaf Wani welcome President Erdogan’s statement on Kashmir

Islamabad, September 22 (KMS): The Convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has hailed the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement of concern and Saudi Foreign Minister’s offer of mediation on the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement deplored India’s volt-face over the Saudi offer for mediation on the Kashmir dispute. He said that the Modi regime believed in and practiced tyrannical methods vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir. He said undoubtedly the Hindutva regime had plunged entire population of IIOJK as well as the minorities in great risk by playing with their life, honour, property and demography, creating horrific conditions for them. He deplored that the Modi regime was not allowing the people to move freely in Srinagar in the vicinity of late Syed Ali Gilani’s grave, which was under strict vigilance and nobody was allowed inside the house of the veteran leader without recording his bio-data.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani appealed to all the members of the UN General Assembly to make their views explicitly clear on such an international issue like Jammu and Kashmir. He strongly condemned the police and military actions against the youth especially sympathizers of the APHC who are being prosecuted on fake and fabricated past cases and stories without any substantial evidence or involvement in any subversive activity.

The JKPFL Chairman said the proof of India’s popularity was evident in daily police raids, killings and detentions. “If the people of Kashmir were with India why the number of political prisoners and killings was increasing day in and day out? Besides, top Kashmiri leaders were facing mock trials, long detentions or life sentences and long detentions and imprisonments of APHC Chairman Masarrat Aalam Butt, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Fehmeeda Sofi, Naheeda Nasreen, Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar etc.,” he said.

“The number of Kashmiri youth in other prisons of India besides Tihar Jail is undisclosed and the parents are moving from pillar to post without any knowledge,” he said. He called upon the honourable members of the UN General Assembly that the situation was humanitarian and political and required instant focus of the world body, failing which the entire region could plunge into any unimaginable catastrophe in near future,” he added.

Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Altaf Hussain Wani in a statement also expressed his gratitude to the Turkish president. Terming it as a welcome development, Wani said, “We deeply appreciate the role of our brotherly country that besides lending all-out support to our struggle have significantly contributed in raising global awareness about the peaceful settlement of the long-running Kashmir conflict”.