AAC says frequent closure of Jamia Masjid is aimed to weaken its centrality

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SRINAGAR: Awami Action Committee (AAC) discussed the current political situation and developments in a marathon meeting that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq presided over.

Jamia Masjid Srinagar closed for 12 consecutive Fridays in 2016 on Sep 30, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Expressing sorrow and grief over the killing of 15-year-old Amir Nazir, the participants extended their sympathy to his family. The members reiterated their resolve that to continue to strive for achieving the right to self-determination for which  immense sacrifices are being made by the people of Kashmir.

They condemned the ban on the peaceful political activities of pro-freedom leaders, curbs on peaceful protests by the masses unabated use of pellet guns against Kashmir, killings, torture, arrests and detention, repeated impositions of restrictions and other measures adopted by the ruling class. The participants said that such measures have neither in the past nor will they in the future be of any consequence in suppressing the peoples’ movement, all that they do is strengthen peoples resolve further to fight the occupation.

Asserting that Kashmir dispute was neither a law and order problem nor a bilateral territorial issue between India and Pakistan, the meeting said it was primarily about the people of Kashmir with regard to being given the basic right to decide their political future. tThe participants stated that the resolution to this human issue can be either through the implementation of UN resolutions or through dialogue and deliberations among India, Pakistan and the main party the people of Kashmir.

Observing that at international level there is more awareness and concern regarding the situation in Kashmir, much work needs to be done to channelize it, to put pressure on Indian leadership to  shun its obduracy and repression and take steps to respect the human rights of the people of Kashmir and resolve the dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris. This would be in the interest of all parties involved in the dispute and give stability to the region to focus on progress and growth which both Modi and Nawaz Sharief want for their respective countries and people, AAC said in a statement.

On the occasion AAC president, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq urged members to reach out to people as much as they can to help and assist them in these trying times. He also stressed upon them to make the programmes of joint resistance leadership a success, and be vigilant against the anti-movement people and their designs to subvert the sacred struggle.

The meeting, the statement said, also condemned the frequent sealing of Jamia Masjid by the army and the police forces particularly on Fridays. They said it is an effort to weaken the centrality of the Jamia Masjid as its pulpit advocates the political aspirations of Kashmiris since centuries.

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