Pakistan’s support to Kashmir cause appreciated

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other liberation leaders have expressed gratitude to the people and Government of Pakistan for observing the Kashmir Solidarity Day to show unity with the Kashmiri people engaged in a just struggle to secure their inalienable right to self-determination.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is also the President of Jammu & Kashmir Tahreek e Hurriyat (TeH), in his message called upon Pakistan to galvanise its efforts to highlight the Kashmir dispute at the global level more vigorously. Syed Ali Shah Geelani also called the international community to force India to give the right of Self-Determination to the people of Jammu & Kashmir according to the resolutions of United Nations Organisation (UNO).

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, whose travel documents are forfeited by the Indian authorities and is under house arrest since long time strongly beleives that the future of Kashmir is not with India but with Pakistan.

Another APHC leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq maintained that Pakistan had always supported the Kashmir cause on moral, political and diplomatic levels and this support had been a source of inspiration for the Kashmiris. He hailed the message of President of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, on the Solidarity Day that the country was firmly committed to finding a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He urged India to reciprocate Pakistans sincere efforts and come forward to settle the dispute, once and for all.

Other senior Hurriyat leaders, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Yasmeen Raja, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Musaddiq Aadil, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Javed Ahmad Mir and Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in their messages maintained that Pakistans unflinching support had been the main motivating force of the Kashmir liberation movement.

Shabbir Ahmad Shah and the High Court Bar Association of the Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir in their statements condemned the puppet administrations recent decision to prosecute Nayeem Ahmad Khan and other Hurriyat leaders in false cases.

The APHC-AJK at a meeting in Islamabad with its Convenor, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, in the chair, also denounced the action.

On the other hand, Pakistanis living in Britain organized a function in Slough in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day. Addressing on the occasion, the speakers including heads of Kashmir Centres in London and Brussels, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl and Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo said that observance of the Solidarity Day was reiteration of the commitment of the people and government of Pakistan that the Kashmiris were not alone in their just cause.


Geelani draws international attention towards detainess in OSJK

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), veteran Syed Ali Shah Geelani has urged International Red Cross and Amnesty international to take serious note of pathetic conditions of political detainees and impress upon India to shun its callous attitude towards them and provide them with basic necessities as per jail manual.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is also the President of Jammu & Kashmir Tahreek e Hurriyat (TeH), was commenting on the High Court Bar Associations report on the plight of political prisoners in Jammu jails praised the HCBA role in the ongoing liberation movement.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that the lawyers had disclosed the pathetic condition of political prisoners in Jammu jails with sense and responsibility.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a statement said that India and its authorities in occupied Kashmir were subjecting the political prisoners to worst kind of atrocities and torture in jails.

Terming the details revealed by the Bar Association horrific Geelani said that report was an eye-opener for those who believe India is a great democracy.

Haling the members of Bar Association, Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that the Bar had always provided free legal advice and assistance to the detainees.

Another APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan has said that pro-India politicians are the biggest hindrance in resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Nayeem Ahmad Khan in a statement issued in Srinagar said, The pro-India politicians talk of plebiscite in one week, autonomy in the other, Atoot Ang in the next and finally they end up on bowing before the tricolour.

He said that the politicians of autonomy and self-rule, to achieve their ends, damage the collective interest of the Kashmiris. The attitude of changing colours by the pro-India politicians from time to time has damaged the political strength of Kashmiri people and the role played by them leads to the agony of the people, he added.

The APHC leader said that activities of pro-India politicians could only pro-long the agonies of Kashmiri people but the movement would not get killed and the people of Kashmir would achieve their goal.

India denied travel documents to APHC Chairman Geelani to visit Pakistan

Srinagar, MTT news Desk: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), while denouncing the denial of travel documents to Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has termed it as unconstitutional, unjustified and added, Omer Abdullah and its administration to explain why Syed Ali Shah Geelani is not being allowed to move outside and why undue restrictions are being imposed during his stay at his residence.

APHC in its statement has explained that pro freedom leader had no political agenda, instead wanted to condole Jamat e Islami Pakistan and the bereaved family of late Qazi Hussain Ahmad. Refuting their tall claims to uphold ethics of democracy, the authorities while denying the necessary travel documents have denied the right to freedom and citizenship rights, said spokesman and added, there remains no doubt that their belief in democracy has proved to be a hoax.

APHC spokesman in press statement said that Syed Ali Shah Geelani had expressed his will to visit Pakistan to extend his condolence and for this purpose even submitted a reminder on 8th January.

Spokesman said that Passport office in its response had replied that they need permission from higher ups and indicated that the Hurriyat office would be informed in due course of time.

Even after a lapse of one week no intimation has been provided by the said department and added it a clear indication that there is no change in their policy with regards to Syed Ali Shah Geelani and authorities in Delhi and Omer Abdullah are in no mood to provide the travel documents.

Spokesman in his statement has mentioned that other leaders affiliated with the Hurriyat too have submitted their applications and documents for issuance of passport but since last one and half year the authorities on the pretext that verification from intelligence is awaited, are not issuing the requisite travel documents.

Spokesman has strongly condemned the attitude of the authorities and added that why Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other leaders affiliated with his organization are not being issued the said documents and denied this right and why they are being subjected to political vengeance? Spokesman in an explanation has sought a reply from authorities that, is this because Syed Ali Shah Geelani does not believe in hypocrisy in politics and or he always pleaded the Kashmir case in an unambiguous manner.

Spokesman said that undue restrictions have been imposed on political activities of Syed Ali Shah Geelani because of his zealous spirits and passion for freedom struggle and his movement prohibited because of the apprehension lest world may become aware about the real and grave situation in Kashmir.

Terming the denial of authorities as suppression of basic human rights and in its appeal to Amnesty International has urged to take cognizance of this serious matter and impress Indian authorities to give due regard to basic rights and furnish the travel documents to political leaders.

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