Hurriyat (M) Reacts To Army Chief’s AFSPA Statement

KL Desk

Srinagar

Asserting that ‘black laws’ like AFSPA have been the major cause of sufferings for the Kashmiri people, Hurriyat Conference (M) has termed the recent defense of AFSPA by the Indian Army Chief, General Bikram singh as “rubbing salt to the wounds of Kashmiris”. APHC spokesman said that the statement of General Bikram Singh was a clear indication of the “aggressive policy” undertaken by the Indian Union against the Kashmiris in a bid to crush the non- violent freedom struggle pursued by them.

Spokesman said on one hand the Indian government and its Kashmiri collaborators were talking of meaningful dialogue, claiming situation has become peaceful in Kashmir, but on the other, the recent statement of Indian Army General defending AFSPA in Kashmir clearly contradicted the official version and reflected the dubious policy of the Union over Kashmir dispute.

The APHC also said that the statement inferred that Kashmiris would continue to be harassed and repressed due to the  unbridled powers under AFPA and other black laws vested to the state agencies and Army.  Asserting that the recent Indo-Pak tension on LOC was the direct fallout of unresolved K issue, the spokesman said lakhs of people have been killed and thousands others have to forcibly migrate from their homes due to violence.

Spokesman said there was no possibility of normalization of relations between the two countries without the resolution of K issue.

Meanwhile following the instructions of APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar farooq, a high level APHC delegation led by senior hurriyat leader Zaffar Akbar Bhat visited the family of Gh Mohammad Beigh whose whole family members were allegedly ruthlessly beaten by the police for no fault.

“A  hurriyat activist Bilal Ahmad was also targeted by the police. The family informed the visiting delegation that the police was harassing the family from past one week. They also said many of the family members were kept hostage by the police in police station. The delegation expressed concern over the outright police brutality. It also expressed solidarity with the family members”, the spokesperson added.

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