Shutdown, march towards UN office in IOK today

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IOK authorities disallow JRL seminar on HR violations

Srinagar

In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities disallowed the Joint Resistance Leadership to organize a seminar at the Hyderpora residence of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, in Srinagar, today, by completely sealing the entire area.
The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had announced to hold the seminar titled ”Human Rights Violations in Kashmir and Criminal Silence of World Community” in connection with the World Human Rights Day to be observed today. Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and other prominent personalities were scheduled to speak in the seminar.
The Indian police and paramilitary personnel deployed in strength outside the residence of Syed Ali Gilani disallowed the participants to enter the venue. While Syed Ali Gilani was already under house detention, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also put under house detention, yesterday. The police since early morning did not allow anyone to enter the Hyderpora residence of the APHC Chairman.
Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement in Srinagar said that although the UN had formulated a charter in 1947 to safeguard basic rights of the people, however this institution failed to provide and secure these cherished rights. The resistance leaders reiterated the call for a complete shutdown and blackout, today, to mark the World Human Rights Day.
They said that a protest rally will also be taken out from Lal Chowk towards the UN Observers’ Office at Sonwar and urged the people to massively join the march.
Meanwhile, the Indian police arrested several leaders and activists of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League after subjecting them to brute force during a peaceful demonstration at Press Enclave in Srinagar, today. The arrestees including the party Chief Organiser, Imtiyaz Ahmed Shah, were lodged at Kothi Bagh police station. The party Chairman, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, in a statement in Islamabad strongly denounced the police action. The police also arrested noted human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, during an anti-India demonstration in Srinagar.
On the other hand, the cadres of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference have distanced themselves from the recent meeting of party’s President, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt with the India-appointed interlocutor, Dineshwar Sharma. The party members of district Badgam at a meeting chaired by district president Meraaj-ud-Din Soleh at Charar-e-Sharif expressed dissent over the meeting between Professor Abdul Ghani Butt and Dineshwar Sharma. The Vice President of Muslim Conference, Manzoor-ul-Haq Butt, in a statement issued in Islamabad said that Professor Butt by meeting the so-called interlocutor not only hurt the sentiments of sincere workers and office-bearers of the party but had also acted against the collective cause of the Kashmiri people.
In London, speakers at a round table conference stressing on the peaceful resolution of all international conflicts including the Kashmir dispute called for granting of the right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The speakers included Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Victoria Schofield, Frank Schwalba-Hoth, Soraya Boyd, Alaa Bayoumi and Lord Duncan McNair.—KMS

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