Altaf Hamid Rao.
“The Indian occupied Kashmir Valley is in the grip of political turmoil and violence has become a daily occurrence”, said Justice (Retd) Manzoor Hussain Gillani, the former Chief Justice of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
He was speaking at an interactive session hosted by Kashmiri NGO – Centre for Peace, Development and Reforms (CPDR) with the coordination of Riphah University yesterday.
The meeting was aimed at to enhance the understanding of the participants about the current Kashmir situation through the exchange of views with Justice (R) Gilani, the former Chief Justice Supreme Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, who has recently visited the Kashmir Valley on a personal trip to his ancestral town in the Indian occupied state.
Prominent among others who graced the occasion included Ambassador (Retd) Arif Kamal; Dr. Rashid Aftab of Riphah University; Dr. Shaheen Akhtar, Head of Department of International Relations, National Defense University, Islamabad; Ershad Mahmud, Executive Director CPDR; Prof. Dr. Waqas Ali Kausar, Chairman Department of Governing and Public Policy (NUML), Mrs. Ammara Durrani, freelance writer, Head of Department (Governance and Public Policy), National University of Modern Languages (NUML); Raja Mansoor Akhtar, Deputy Secretary General of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Syed Ali Muneeb, Jalaluddin Mughal, Program Officer CPDR and others.
Justice Gillani, while addressing the session, briefed the participants about his observations regarding the socio-economic and political changes taking place in the region especially during the post Burhan Wani era.
Justice Gillani also acquainted the participants with the knowledge about the impacts of current uprising in occupied Jammu & Kashmir on the daily life as well as on the socio-economic and political activities in the valley.
While responding to the questions by the audience, Justice Gillani stated that he has observed an overwhelming pro-Azadi sentiment among the youth in the occupied Valley and felt complete alienation.He suggested that a political process should be begun to address this issue as soon as possible.