Nisar Ahmed Thokar
Islamabad: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Pakistan Chapter) on Monday staged a protest demonstration at diplomatic enclave in Islamabad to mark Indiaâ€™s Independence Day as black day.
The protesters carrying placards and banners inscribed with anti-India and pro-freedom slogans have called upon the international community to discharge its moral obligations vis-Ã -vis the settlement of long pending dispute in line with the UN resolutions.
Terming India as a usurper the APHC leaders said that the country that claims to be the worldâ€™s largest democracy on one hand had deprived Kashmiris of their fundamental rights for last 70 years while on the other its forces have let loose reign of terror in the region to choke off every dissenting voice.
Expressing grave concern over political and human rights situation in the restive region they said that Kashmiri youth were being killed ruthlessly by Indian forces in fake encounters. They said that the India was using brute force to crush Kashmirisâ€™ freedom movement. Speakers on the occasion while denouncing massive crack down against Hurriyat leaders said that the persecution of political activists and vilification campaign against them was deep rooted conspiracy to harass and defame the movement leadership.
The APHC leaders also urged the international community to take effective cognizance of Indian atrocities in Kashmir and pave a way for the peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute.
Of those who spoke on the occasion included, APHC- M convener Faiz Naqashbandi, Abdul Majeed Mir the acting convener of APHC-G, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Altaf Hussain Wani, Saleem Haroon, Manzoor-ul-Haq Bhat, Tahir Masood, Raja Najabat, Fida Kiani and others.