IIOJK in focus

APHC, leaders reiterate call for shutdown, march on Thursday


Srinagar, August 29 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference have reiterated call for shutdown and a march towards the grave of veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Gilani at Hyderpora, Srinagar, on his first martyrdom anniversary on Thursday.

APHC General Secretary Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani in a statement issued in Srinagar urged the Kashmiris living across the Line of Control and abroad to hold protest demonstrations to expose Indian crimes in the occupied territory. He said that Syed Ali Gilani was the leader of the century who dedicated his entire life and sacrificed everything for the sacred cause of freedom. His life struggle and sacrifice is the role model for the generation to come, he added.

Molvi Bashir Irfani said that India can kill Kashmiris but cannot defeat spirit of freedom. He appealed to the UN, OIC and international human rights organization to take cognizance of human rights violations by India in Kashmir and take immediate and concrete steps to stop Indian state terrorism.

Senior APHC leader Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in a statement issued in Srinagar said the best way to pay tribute to the martyred leader is to accomplish his mission— freedom from India and resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per aspirations of the Kashmiri people. He said that Syed Ali Gilani dedicated his whole life for the freedom cause and Indian authorities kept him under house detention till his death. In violation of basic human rights, Agha Moosvi said, Gilani was not even provided medical facilities during house detention. The senior APHC leader appealed to the Kashmiri people to arrange prayer sessions and Quran Khawanai in their houses and at mosques for the departed souls.

Agha Moosiv said the time is ripe for the international community to come forward and facilitate a settlement of the Kashmir dispute to pave the way for durable peace in South Asia and to avert a nuclear catastrophe between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India. He said that peace in the region is linked to the settlement of the Kashmir dispute in its historical perspective.

Democratic Political Movement Chairman Syed Bashir Andrabi said that Syed Ali Gilani was such a great leader and freedom icon who inculcated the spirit of freedom among the Kashmiri people. He was such an influential orator and committed freedom leader, he added.

APHC leaders Khadim Hussain and Syed Sibte Shabbir Qummi in a joint statement in Srinagar while pledging support to shutdown and the march towards Hyderpora, Srinagar, on Thursday, denounced the India’s fascist actions in IIOJK. They said New Delhi has unleashed a reign of terror to convert the Muslim majority into a minority in the occupied territory.

Other Hurriyat leaders including Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Farida Behanji, Yasmeen Raja, Zamruda Habib, Abdul Ahad Parra, Firdous Shah, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League Chairman Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Imtiaz Reeshi, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir and APHC-AJK leaders Altaf Ahmed Butt, Zahid Ashraf and Nisar Mirza in their statements also paid tributes to Syed Ali Gilani.

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