Srinagar March 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement Chairman, Zafar Akbar Butt has urged meaningful dialogue among all stakeholders for peaceful and democratic settlement of Kashmir dispute. According to media sources, Zafar Akbar Butt addressing a news conference in Srinagar, today, after a twenty-day tour of Pakistan, said that during his stay in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Pakistan, he observed that all people concerned with Kashmir cause, yearn for stability and peace in the region. He said, “We are not against talks between India and Pakistan but if you want to see the result on ground then take resistance leadership on board’’, said he and stressed for greater unity among those pursuing right to self-determination. He said during his interaction with different sections including religious clerics, students, politicians, journalist fraternity and ruling and opposition parties in AJK and Pakistan, his observations were, that everybody has a mission and everyone wants to make an end to hostilities between two nuclear countries. He said the world community is taking interest in resolution of Kashmir dispute but more is needed, adding that during his meeting with politicians in Islamabad and Muzaffarabad, he stressed authorities to set Kashmir desk at all embassies across the world to highlight Kashmir dispute, particularly the human rightist violations in the territory. He said present prevailing situation and emerging phenomenon demand immediate consideration from both India and Pakistan and urged to think above rhetoric and take considerable and tangible steps for its lasting solution. He said the prominent personalities he met included AJK President, Masood Ahmad Khan, AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Hyder, Speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir, Kashmir Committee Chairman, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs of Pakistan, Sardar Mohammad Yusuf, prominent leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, journalists, Bar associations, AJK based Hurriyat leaders, human rightists groups, religious clerics, columnists, writers, scholars, students and various other organisations and their leaders and it was evolved that everybody had to play role towards settlement of Kashmir dispute. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum have termed the anti-Kashmir remarks of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat as the reflection of the fascist ideology of Hindu extremist organisation on how to deal with the political will and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.
According to media sources, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar said that Bhagwat’s remarks that “Kashmiris should be dealt with force as they only understand the language of power” showed how the affairs of J&K were run by such intolerant persons. “The remarks reflect the policy of Indian leadership vis-à-vis Kashmiri people. It shows their arrogant approach,” the statement said. Bhagwat on Friday had called for using shakti (strength) and yukti (tact) against the pro-freedom people in Jammu and Kashmir. Syed Ali Gilani asked the Indian leadership to shun coercive measures and acknowledge the ground realities about the long-pending issue and adopt a realistic and rational approach for its lasting and peaceful solution. “The right to self-determination is an inalienable, accepted and birthright of the subjugated nations and no power on earth can deny this right,” he said. “Indian authorities are pursuing the policy of repression and coercion. People are being brutally killed, properties razed to ground, people and leadership caged on fake allegations, youth tortured and subjected to disappearance in custody. The rape is being used as war weapon against women,” the statement added. “Our view is unambiguous that Kashmir is a political issue in nature and instead of force and coercion, political steps should be taken to solve it as per UN resolutions,” he said. The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said eulogising the army for keeping the territory and people under forcible control and banking on military strength as a means of resolution of the world acknowledged dispute was highly condemnable. The Hurriyat forum spokesman said that Kashmir was the world’s most militarized zone where Indian forces were laced with unbridled powers under draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). “Instead of looking at a political resolution to this purely political and human problem, such people want the army to do this job for them through force and power,” he added. “There are 18 resolutions pending about Jammu and Kashmir in the UN and the settlement of this dispute lies in implementation of these very resolutions,” the spokesman said. The Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) while reacting to the utterances of RSS said, “The people like Bhagwat only spread hatred and divide people so as to achieve their goals.” The DFP asked SS chief to go through history and learn some lessons from it. Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement said that the statement reflected mental bankruptcy and narrow-mindedness of Indian leaders. KASHMIR VOICE
New Delhi, March 18 (Kashmir Voice): Indian Human Rights Commission has sought the intervention by the United Nations Military Observer Group (UNMOG) to stop ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media sources, the Commission, while disposing of the case filed by Centre for Peace and Protection of Human Rights (CPPHR), asked for taking appropriate action within eight weeks in connection with the case. The Commission in a directive to deponents said, “These complaints be transmitted to the authority concerned for such action as deemed appropriate. The authority concerned is directed to take appropriate action within eight weeks and to inform the complainant of the action taken in the matter.” KASHMIR VOICE