Islamabad, January 29, 2023 (PPI-OT):The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter has strongly condemned the attachment of APHC office in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir by India’s notorious National Investigation Agency (NIA). APHC-AJK Convener Mehmood Ahmad Saghar and General Secretary Sheikh Abdul Mateen in a statement issued in Islamabad said Kashmir is a disputed territory and the kangaroo courts of India cannot impose its decisions on the Kashmiris in the disputed territory.

They said that earlier the authorities had removed the board from the APHC office in Srinagar and ordered to confiscate it, which is completely against the democratic principles. Saghar said that APHC is a platform to represent sentiments and aspirations of Kashmiri people and raise the demand for the settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per UN resolutions. He urged the World Body to come forward and stop India from carrying out such brutal and undemocratic acts. Meanwhile, APHC-AJK chapter’ former convener, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement in Islamabad strongly castigated India for attaching the APHC office in Srinagar, saying the Indian establishment has choked the sole representative institution of the Kashmiris for their basic rights and inalienable birth right to self-determination.

He said, “The APHC has a status as observer before the OIC and international and regional organizations, including many Indian politicians and constitutionalists have in the past remained engaged with it for finding out a solution to this international dispute of the erstwhile princely State of British India. Hence, it is against the UN Charter and the UN resolutions on Kashmir to seize office of the organization, the only representative and collective voice for a peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute.” Muhammad Farooq Rehmani asked the UN to take notice of the prejudicial and revengeful step of the Modi regime against the APHC and also urged the OUC to intervene in it.

At the same time, he urged Indian jurists, legal luminaries and others to take into account the consequences of such draconian measures by the Modi regime, explicitly warning that no such action, however, harsh and punitive would deter the people of Kashmir from continuing their just and peaceful struggle for the right to self-determination.

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