Gilani addressing a seminar in Delhi

Syed Ali Gilani addressing a seminar in New Delhi organised by the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners said, “All previous dialogue processes with India have failed without solving the issue as New Delhi didn’t want to find out amicable solution to the Kashmir dispute.”

He reiterated that the Kashmir dispute could be resolved only through right to self-determination and the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be given a chance to determine their fate. He said that Kashmir was not an internal dispute but an international one and added the interlocutors should be boycotted. He informed the audience that Kashmiri youth were being targeted by Indian police and paramilitary forces during the peaceful protest demonstrations.

Earlier, noted Indian author, Arundhati Roy, expressed solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their fight for justice and right to self-determination. She said, India needs as much azadi (freedom) from Kashmir as Kashmir needs from it.

Umar Farooq appeals Obama to prioritise Kashmir

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has appealed to the American President, Barack Obama to impress upon India to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. Mirwaiz addressing his party workers in Srinagar, said that during his visit to India, the Obama must prioritise the Kashmir dispute in his talks with the Indian leadership to ensure peace and stability in South Asia.

He emphasised that India should withdraw its forces from the occupied kashmir.

On the other hand, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent Kashmiri youth during siege and search operations in Banihal. Dozens of people were injured when Indian police resorted to violence against peaceful protestors in Srinagar, Baramulla, Shopian and Islamabad. An Indian soldier was killed in mysterious circumstances at an army camp in Uri.

The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in a meeting in Srinagar, today, expressed concern over the deteriorating health of illegally detained senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah. Dukhteran-e-Millat in a statement strongly condemned the arrest of Hurriyet leader, Massarat Aalam Butt.