AAC observes Foundation Day, demands release of its chief Mirwaiz

Srinagar, June 20, 2023 (PPI-OT): Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) in occupied Jammu and Kashmir observed its 59th Foundation Day, today, with the commitment that it will continue to pursue to achieve the vision and mission of its founder and popular leader Shaheed-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq (RA) for which he strived all his life. A meeting of the AAC cadres and activists was held at the party headquarters Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal in Srinagar where they strongly protested the illegal and arbitrary house detention of their Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq since August 5, 2019. The party members praised the commitment of their leader in patiently bearing the trials of incarceration for the last nearly four years and the anguish it has caused to his family.

The meeting expressed great dismay at the offensive behaviour of the authorities in detaining the Mirwaiz arbitrarily, which is also a serious violation of his basic human rights, urging the human rights organisations in India and around the world to take cognizance of the matter and play role in his release. The speakers said the AAC has always advocated the principled stand of dialogue as a means of resolution of the Kashmir dispute which it believes is the most just and peaceful way in a civilised world. Therefore, both India and Pakistan should cooperate rather than confront to resolve this matter amicably, taking the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir into consideration, they added.

On the occasion, glowing tributes were paid to the sacrifices of the Shaheed-e-Millat and the leadership of the organisation, terming their contributions as unforgettable and precious for the Kashmiri people, who tirelessly devoted their whole lives to fulfill the vision of the martyred leader and also endured the hardships for following the path of truth and justice. The meeting recalled that in 1964, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq (RA) laid the foundation of the AAC and despite enduring imprisonment, bans and bars, he boldly and sincerely represented the aspirations of the Kashmiri people while advocating coexistence, peace and dialogue till he achieved martyrdom in 1990. Under the tragic circumstances of his martyrdom, young Mirwaiz Umar Farooq took over the organisational responsibilities and since then has continued to play the role of a responsible leader and statesman, the participants said.

The speakers reiterated their demand for the immediate and unconditional release of all political leaders, activists, journalists, civil society members and youth, including Mirwaiz, who are languishing in jails of IIOJK and India, urging the authorities to stop using incarceration as a means of harassing people.

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