SRINAGAR: Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) on Wednesday thanked the people of Pakistan in general and government of Pakistan and “Azad Kashmir” in particular for highlighting the Kashmir issue on the occasion of ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’.
A DeM spokesperson in a statement issued here said, “We thank Pakistan which has been raising the voice of the beleaguered Kashmiris at the world stage for last so many years. The people of Kashmir being under brutal military occupation cannot achieve what Pakistan can, being a sovereign country.”
“The people of Kashmir continue to remain oppressed and the recent incident of a youth of south Kashmir’s Pulwama is testimony to the fact. The youth was called to an army camp by army officer and thrashed ruthlessly. He was asked to put on a rifle so that the army would ‘fake’ an encounter and kill him,” the spokesperson said adding that there are numerous cases of such “brutality” in nook and corner of the valley.
DeM said Pakistan has a political, religious and social responsibility to help Kashmiris and raise voice for them worldwide besides take practical steps for the resolution of the dispute.
The spokesperson further said that while on February 5, the Muslim Deeni Mahaz chairperson Dr Muhammad Qasim completed 26 years in jail, his wife and chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Syeda Aasiya Andrabi along with her two aides Nahida Nasreen and Sofi Fehmeeda continue to languish in Delhi’s Tihar jail “illegally”.
“Despite the fact that the trio is critically ill particularly Baji Sahiba, they are still being denied medical assistance in the jail,” the spokesperson said and appealed the Amnesty International and other rights organisations and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to take note of this “grim situation and fulfil its responsibilities to highlight the human rights situation in the valley.