MUZAFFARABAD: Protest rallies were carried out in a number of cities and towns of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) for the second consecutive day to denounce recent killings by the Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir.
In Muzaffarabad, the capital of AJK hundreds of people participated in an anti-India rally, taken out from GPO Chowk and concluded in front of the Central Press Club.
Addressing the protesters, United Jihad Council (UJC) Chairman Syed Salahuddin condemned the brutal use of force by India in the occupied valley, resulting in martyrdom of at least 20 innocent civilians in southern Kashmir.
He appealed the United Nations and other global bodies to play their role for the permanent settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and help stop the rising human rights violations in the held valley.
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“Kashmiris are peace loving people and it is India that forces us to take guns. We seek permanent settlement of Kashmir dispute as per the wishes of the people of Kashmir under the UN Security Council’s resolutions,” Salahuddin said.
The UJC chief said the Kashmir dispute was not a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India. Kashmiri people are the basic party to the dispute and no solution is possible without participation of Kashmiri people, he added.
Salahuddin appealed to the world community to come forward and put pressure on the two countries for the durable settlement of Kashmir dispute to bring permanent peace and stability in the region.
The Kashmiri leader said that the Kashmir movement was indigenous and had no any global agenda. Emphasising that Kashmiris wanted implementation of UN resolutions passed by the world community, Salahuddin said Kashmiris will not accept any solution of the issue short of freedom from India.
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He said it is time for Pakistan to launch a diplomatic campaign to expose India at the global level that how a largest democracy on the planet is blinding the girls, children and women in the IHK.
“Political prisoners in IHK and other Indian jails are in miserable conditions as they are not being provided proper health and food facilities in prisons which is the worst kind of human rights violations.
Human rights bodies and international human rights watchdogs must be given permission to visit the valley to assess the rights violation at the hands of Indian forces,” UJC chief Salahuddin said.
Similar rallies and protest demonstration were held in other parts of Azad Kashmir.
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