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Gilani, Shabbir React to PM Manmohan Singh’s Statement

Lawyers protest against illegal detention of Qayoom

Srinagar (KMS): Veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani and senior Aall Party Hurriyet Conference leader Shabbir Ahmed Shah have reacted strongly to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent statement that Kashmir dispute will be resolved within the framework of Indian constitution.

Gilani in a media interview in Srinagar said that the Kashmiris had rendered countless sacrifices during the past over six decades to secure their inalienable right to self-determination promised to them by India and the United Nations.

APHC Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani (R) and Shabbir Ahmad (L) during a press conference in Sri Nagar

He said that the Kashmiri dispute should be settled by keeping in view its historical perspective.

Shabbir Ahmed Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Manmohan Singh’s assertion had reflected that India was not ready for resolving the conflict over Kashmir. He urged the Government of India to give up intransigence and solve the dispute through tripartite talks.

Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement appealed to the Amnesty International and International Red Cross to take cognisance of illegally detained Kashmiri Hurriyet leaders and activists. APHC leader Nayeem Ahmed Khan in his statement said that the occupation authorities had unlawfully arrested over 4000 Kashmiris during the last eight months to suppress the just liberation struggle.

On the other hand, lawyers in the occupied Valley boycotted the court proceedings, today, to press the demand of unconditional release of the High Court Bar Association President, Mian Abdul Qayoom. They also staged a sit-in protest in the premises of the Lower Court Srinagar. Mian Qayoom was re-arrested by the police and booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act, for the third time after a court ordered his release, yesterday.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar flayed the authorities for re-arresting Yasmeen Raja immediately after her release from Srinagar Central Jail. Indian police arrested district president of Jammu and Kashmir Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Raja Merajuddin from Telbal area of Srinagar.

One Indian trooper was killed while another injured in a snow avalanche at Chinigund in Kargil, today.

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