Gilani flays harassment of students in India

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has condemned the harassment of Kashmiri students studying in different educational institutions in India.
Syed Ali Gilani while talking to media persons at his residence in Srinagar upon his return from New Delhi said, “Kashmiri students are being harassed at the behest of communal forces like RSS and Shiv Sena.
If anything happens to them, India will be solely responsible.” He stressed the need for setting up higher education institutions in Kashmir so that Kashmiri “youth don’t have to move outside for higher education.”
He also advised the Kashmiri students studying at National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Srinagar to ensure protection of their colleagues from Indian states, but also urged the non-local students to understand gravity of internationally-recognized disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir. “Our religion teaches us that we should not have enmity or hatred against other people, irrespective of their religion, caste and nationality.
I urge our youth to maintain friendly relations with their counterparts from outside Kashmir. Students must concentrate on their studies,” he maintained.
Syed Ali Gilani, who has been ailing for the past several months, had gone to New Delhi on February 6 for a medical check-up. However, on March 11, he suffered breathlessness and chest pain and was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of Max Hospital in New Delhi. “On my return, police used force, arrested dozens of our activists and prevented people from reaching Hurriyet headquarters. Since 1947, the forces have been using oppressive measures to quell aspirations of Kashmiris,” he said.
About Mufti Sayeed’s daughter Mehbooba Mufti taking oath as puppet Chief Minister of Kashmir, he said, “Pro-India leaders need to read the writing on the wall. People of Kashmir continue to show unflinching affiliation with the martyrs. People’s participation in funerals of mujahideen in Shopian, Pulwama and other districts is a loud and clear message to India and its puppets that Kashmiris cannot be suppressed by any force.”
“Kashmiris do not favour any kind of bloodshed and believe in political solution under the charter of United Nations.
But stubborn approach of India will lead this entire region in general and Jammu Kashmir in particular to destruction,” he said. “Instead of resolving Kashmir dispute, India is permanently settling Army in Kashmir.
Army has taken over five lakh kanals land in Ladakh. Around 28 lakh kanals are under occupation of forces in Kashmir.
Besides, New Delhi wants to settle non-locals and West Pakistan refugees in the territory. We have to foil these conspiracies which are aimed to change demography of Jammu and Kashmir and dilute Kashmir dispute,” he said.—KMS

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