Islamabad, January 10 (KMS): Chairman of Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) Altaf Hussain Wani and APHC AJK leader Shaikh Abdul Mateen have condemned in strong terms the Indian occupation authorities’ act of filing a concocted case under the notorious Unlawful Activities (Prevent) Act (UAPA) against London and Saudi Arabia based Kashmiri rights activist Muzamil Ayoub Thakur and Dr. Asif Dar.
In a statement issued in Islamabad on Monday, the KIIR chief while terming the occupation authorities’ act as unjustified and uncalled for said that every Kashmiri whether he/she lives in Kashmir or in any other part of the world has right to speak and support the ongoing struggle for right to self-determination and expose India’s brutal suppression in the troubled region. Being strong proponents of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination, he said, Thaukur and Dar have been championing the cause of Kashmir peacefully at international level and no power whatsoever can stop them from raising voice for the voiceless victims of Kashmir.
“The fact remains that India wants to choke every dissenting voice within and outside the valley”, he said adding that after ruthless suppression in the valley India’s racist regime was now hellbent on silencing every Kashmiri who dares to call spade a spade and speaks against India’s brutal suppression and its settler colonialism policies in Kashmir.
Filing of FIRs against the Kashmiri civil society activists, he said, was part of the apartheid regime’s nefarious game plan to enable complete silence on Kashmir. He, however, maintained that implicating Kashmiri civil society activists in false and fabricated cases won’t deter them from pursuing the cause for which Kashmiris have rendered matchless sacrifices.
Urging the world human rights organizations to take effective cognizance of matter, Mr. Wani said that India was using black laws such as UAPA, PSA and other laws to suppress political dissent in the region.
APHC-AJK leader Shaikh Abdul Mateen in his statement said that Modi cannot weaken the sentiments of the Kashmiris living in IIOJK or abroad through registration of false cases against them. He said that people of Jammu and Kashmir would continue their struggle till they are given the right to self-determination under the UN Security Council resolutions.