Modi’s remarks in Udhampur are absurd

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Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, senior APHC leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Mirwaiz-led Hurriyet forum while commenting on the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks have said that roads and tunnels cannot be substitute to the Kashmiris’ cherished demand for freedom.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Narendra Modi addressing a function while inaugurating a tunnel in Udhampur area of Jammu region, yesterday, asked the Kashmiris to choose between, what he said, ‘terrorism and tourism’.

Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Mirwaiz forum termed the Narendra Modi’s assertions as absurd saying it were, instead, Kashmiri people who wanted to get rid of terrorism unleashed by Indian occupational forces in the territory. They said that Indian oppression had deprived the Kashmiri youth of a chance to excel despite being competent enough to compete with the rest of the world.

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference in a statement in Srinagar said that Kashmir was a serious and a sensitive political dispute and extraordinary and exemplary courage was needed to resolve the seven-decade old issue. The APHC urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demonstrate statesmanship and resolve the Kashmir dispute in its historical perspective instead of taking cosmetic measures like construction of roads and tunnels in the disputed territory.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Chadoora, Wathura and Nagam and other areas of Badgam district for the sixth consecutive day, today, against the killing of civilians by Indian forces, last week. All shops and other business establishments were closed while public transport was off the road. Three civilians were killed when forces opened fire on protesters in Durbugh village of Chadoora, on Tuesday.

On the other hand, youth took to the streets and pelted stones on the forces’ personnel in protest against the detention of a student by Indian police at Imam Sahab area in Shopian district. In the face of stiff resistance by the youth, police had to release the youth.

Three Indian troops were injured in an attack on a convoy of Central Reserve Police Force near Pantha Chowk in Srinagar, today. CRPF spokesperson Rajesh Yadav in a media statement confirmed the attack.

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