Kashmiri journalists problems solution top priority: PM

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Ch Abdul Majeed has said Kashmir issue is a “stark reality” and voices for its resolution would continue to get louder.
A delegation of Kashmir Journalists Forum (KJF) led by Ejaz Abbasi called on Prime Minister here at Kashmir House on Sunday. Media Adviser to PM Syed Azadar Hussain Shah was also present on the occasion.
The delegation briefed the Premier problems the Kashmiri journalists community faces.
The PM assured the journalists that government was fully aware of problems and issues of the journalists and steps are being taken to resolve them. The Prime Minister appreciated the journalists’ s efforts for high lighting the Kashmir issue at national and international levels.
The Premier strongly condemned the Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir. He said that Indian forces and media were trying to shut the voices of people fighting for right to self determination accordance with UN resolutions on Kashmir.
“It does not warrant that anybody raising such voice be declared as traitor or anti-national. It is unfortunate that talking about the resolution of Kashmir these days has become a taboo in India, and anybody taking up this issue is immediately being declared an anti-national. Anti-national cases are registered against those saying the death sentence of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat was erroneous,” he said.
The Premier said the anger and unrest in Kashmir were due to “suppressive” policies of the government of India.
“If atrocities, use of military might, or economic tactics could suppress the people’s voice, there would have been no demand for freedom in Kashmir today,” he said.
He said India’s defence budget “had exceeded beyond limits” due to the unresolved Kashmir issue.
“According to a United Nations report, 40 per cent children in India are malnourished,” he said. He also condemned the arrest of Hurriyat (M) leaders.

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