Mirwaiz Calls for Complete Shutdown on Jan 26



Calling for a complete shutdown on January 26, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (m) Saturday appealed people to observe the “Republic Day of India as a Black Day”.

“During the past seven decades most of the political, economic, and religious rights of the people of Jammu Kashmir had been trampled upon by a country that claims to be the biggest democracy in the world. It was using its military might and tactics of suppression and coercion to make the lives of Kashmiris nightmarish,” a statement issued by APHC-m said.

Maintaining that the people of Kashmir were not against celebration of the national or Republic Day of any country but the way in which, during the past seven decades, “India had muzzled the voice of Kashmiris by crushing their democratic and human rights undemocratically, it becomes incumbent upon them to observe a complete shutdown on January 26 to appraise the international community about the atrocities being committed by India in Kashmir”.

Meanwhile, APHC-m Chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq urged the international community to come forward and use its influence for resolving the long-pending Kashmir issue. He said, “till this issue was not resolved as per the wishes and aspirations of people of Jammu Kashmir, a lasting peace in South Asia would remain a distant dream.”

Terming Kashmir a nuclear flashpoint that could lead to unthinkable destruction of the entire region, Mirwaiz said an unresolved Kashmir issue could anytime push the two nuclear neighbours towards a nuclear showdown.

Stressing upon understanding the seriousness of this issue Mirwaiz said besides the international community it was also the responsibility of the leadership of India and Pakistan to involve the people of Kashmir in a meaningful dialogue process to find an agreeable and durable solution of this issue so that the dangers hovering over the region could be ended.

“The just struggle of the people of Kashmir could not be suppressed by using military might and committing atrocities like the killings of innocent civilians, use of excessive force on the common masses or ban on peaceful political, religious and social activities of the resistance leadership,” he said.

He urged the international community to take serious note of these human rights violations and use its influence on New Delhi to stop committing atrocities on Kashmiris.


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