Rehmani pays tribute to victims of Gaw Kadal massacre, other Kashmiri martyrs

Islamabad, January 20 (KMS): The Convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has paid rich tribute to the victims of Gaw Kadal massacre and all other Kashmiri martyrs.

Indian troops had killed more than 50 innocent people by resorting to indiscriminate firing on peaceful demonstrators in Gaw Kadal area of Srinagar on January 21 in 1990. The demonstrators were protesting against the molestation of several women by troops, the previous night.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad called for bringing to book the killer regime of India under the international humanitarian law. He said that Gaw Kadal was the beginning of an unimaginable episode and one after another massacres were designed by the Indian agencies in 1990s. Another dark aspect of all such blind killings by the Indian forces, he lamented, is that no impartial investigation was conducted and no criminal in uniform was tried or sentenced ever.”

The APHC-AJK Convener deplored that the question of Kashmir’s freedom had long been kept under carpet and the international community and economic powers were criminally mum. He added that economic prowess was being managed and manipulated without giving the oppressed people of Kashmir and Palestine and other subjugated regions their economic and political rights to shape their future and develop their own resources.

He emphasised duly independent role of the Kashmiris in the international and regional talks as basic and aggrieved stakeholder in the final resolution of the Kashmir dispute as the people of Kashmir believe that the 74 years old dispute was not a mere territorial question which could not be settled without recognition of the Kashmiris’ participation in all talks between India and Pakistan.

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