Thursday, December 8

Kashmiris observe Right to Self-determination Day

Srinagar, January 05, 2018 (PPI-OT):Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed the Right to Self-determination Day, today, to remind the world community that the UN resolutions on Kashmir remain unimplemented even after the passage of more than six decades. On this day in 1949, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution, acknowledging the Kashmiris’ right of self-determination.

The occupation authorities had put Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Aasiya Andrabi, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Bilal Siddiqui, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Muhammad Yasin Attai and Molvi Bashir Irfani under house arrest or in custody to prevent them from carrying out activities in connection with the Right to Self-Determination Day.

The detention of leaders is also aimed at preventing the leaders from participating in a rally announced by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in Sopore, tomorrow. The resistance leaders have called for complete shutdown in Sopore, tomorrow, on the completion of 25 years to a deadly massacre by Indian troops in the town. Over 60 civilians were martyred and more than 350 shops and other structures including residential houses were gutted when the Indian troops set the town ablaze on 6th January in 1993.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement in Srinagar said that India could not deny the legitimacy and authenticity of the UN resolutions that formed basics of the Kashmir dispute and guaranteed its peaceful settlement as per the Kashmiris’ aspirations. Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, addressing a gathering in Badgam and Hurriyat leaders, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Hilal Ahmed War, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Zafar Akbar Butt, Firdous Ahmed Shah and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League in their statements deplored that the UN had failed to implement its resolutions on Kashmir despite the passing of several decades.

Meanwhile, people staged forceful demonstrations in Pulwama and Shopian areas after the Indian troops launched cordon and search operations. The troops used brute force to disperse the protesters. Residents of Pampore offered funeral prayers in absentia for the youth who were recently martyred by Indian troops in Lethpora area of Pulwama. They also raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

In Islamabad, speakers at a seminar organized by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter said that the UN resolutions including the one passed on 5th January, 1949 provided legal base to the Kashmiris’ liberation struggle. Speakers of a function held in Muzaffarabad under the auspices of the Kashmir Liberation Cell urged the world community to fulfill its responsibilities regarding settlement of the Kashmir dispute to save the Kashmiris from the Indian brutalities.

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