In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani while holding India responsible for the uncertainty in the territory has paid tributes to the three youth, killed by Indian troops on Monday. Zahid Ahmad, Irfan Ahmad and Asif Ahmad were killed by the troops during a cordon and search operation at Kellar in Shopian district.
Syed Ali Gilani said due to disputed status and conflicting nature of Kashmir “our fourth generation is pushed to the wall and forced to face extreme situations”. He said, “Kashmir is the world’s most highly militarized zone. Our youth are not safe and young generation while sensing humiliating and barbaric approach towards the womenfolk is forced to take extreme steps.” He added, “Authorities in New Delhi should understand and differentiate between right to self-determination movement and terrorism.”
The APHC Chairman said the Kashmir dispute is recognised and accepted by international community and there is no doubt that the liberation movement is indigenous and local in nature. “Bullying and military might can neither suppress our sentiments nor can break our resolve,” he said and urged the international community to take steps for amicable and lasting resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He said peace and tranquility in the South Asian region will remain a distant dream unless the Kashmir issue is resolved as per aspirations of Kashmiri people.
Syed Ali Gilani also expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health of illegally detained Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Merajuddin Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Farooq Ahmad Dar in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. “If anything untoward happens to them, the Indian authorities will have to face serious consequences,” he warned.—KMS