SRINAGAR: Senior Hurriyat leaders including Chairman Islamic Political Party – JK Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Chairman Tehreek-e-Muzahamat Bilal Sidiqi, and President Muslim Democratic League Hakim Abdul Rashid visited Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi to felicitate the ‘Islamic Republic’ on its National Day.
As per a statement issued here, the leaders while praying for the strong, stable, and prosperous Pakistan thanked its government, people, and political parties for their continuous moral, political, and diplomatic support to the ongoing movement of Kashmir.
The Hurriyat leaders separately met prominent civil society members of India including Kuldeep Nayar, Prem Shankar Jha, Justice Rajender Sachar, OP Shah, Swami Agnivesh and Shishobha Barvey and apprised them about the “volatile” situation in Kashmir due to “unabated oppression of Indian forces and police”.
They urged them to play role in “stopping the human rights violations, releasing the prisoners and revoking of the draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA)”.
The leaders cautioned the civil society members about the “disastrous impact” of the unresolved Kashmir on South Asia including the subcontinent and stressed upon them to initiate the process of unconditional, meaningful, and sustained political dialogue with Pakistan and resistance camp of Jammu Kashmir for the just, honourable, and lasting solution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of the State.
“India should respond positively for initiation of such process. This is vital for peace, stability, and economic development of the entire South Asian region,” they said.
The APHC leaders, however, “regretted” for not participating in the International Kashmir Conference organized by OP Shah as “authorities in J&K had launched a crackdown on the top leadership of Kashmir including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, and hundreds of activists”.
“Though in principle, we don’t hesitate in putting forward our stand and point of view on Kashmir but the present situation made us to stay away from the said conference,” the leaders told the civil society members.
“The civil society members supported our call for unconditional political dialogue and sustained engagement in this regard for the lasting and amicable solution of Kashmir dispute,” the Hurriyat leaders said.