KUTA protests civilian killings, calls for resolution of Kashmir issue

KUTA protests civilian killings, calls for resolution of Kashmir issue

Srinagar: Kashmir University Teachers Association on Wednesday called its emergent general body meeting to discuss the prevailing situation in Kashmir.
After threadbare discussion, the members resolved that the political issue of Kashmir, which is taking a huge toll on civilian lives in Jammu and Kashmir and in the entire region, should be resolved as per the wishes and aspirations of people of the state.
“The KUTA is of the firm opinion that Kashmir is not a law and order problem but a political issue which needs a just political resolution. The KUTA members urged the United Nations and other world countries to impress upon all stakeholders to resolve the Kashmir issue permanently. The members strongly condemned killing, blinding and maiming of Kashmiris and use of brute force on people, and stressed upon international human rights organizations to ensure that these human rights violations are stopped forthwith,” it said in a press release issued here today.
The KUTA members demanded ban on use of pellet guns, pepper grenades and bullets on peaceful protesters and immediate halt to undue harassment, ransacking of properties and witch-hunting of Kashmiri youth day in and day out.
They also demanded release of all political prisoners and youth languishing in jails within and outside J&K.
“After the general body meeting, all the KUTA members marched in the University and wore black bands as a mark of protest against the terror unleashed on people. Hundreds of teachers participated in the protest march, and vowed to continue to raise their voice against the oppression and repression of people,” said the release.
Earlier, KUTA office-bearers gave an overview of the need to convene the general body meeting in view of the prevailing circumstances.

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