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Youths determined to oust India from Kashmir: Geelani

Updated Aug 12, 2016 09:21am


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RAWALAKOT: Participants of a procession pass through a street here on Thursday.—Dawn
RAWALAKOT: Participants of a procession pass through a street here on Thursday.—Dawn

MUZAFFARABAD: Rallies and demonstrations were held in different parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Thursday to condemn bloodletting in India-held Kashmir as well as “criminal silence” of the international community towards the human rights violations.

In Rawalakot, civil society activists, mostly students, took out a big procession to express solidarity with the Kashmiris braving Indian repression.

The unique aspect of the procession that paraded through different streets amid playing of Kashmiri national songs was that most participants carried AJK’s flag.

Syed Ali Geelani, a senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, addressed the rally by telephone from Srinagar.

He said that entire Kashmiri nation, particularly the younger generation, was determined to overthrow India’s illegal rule at all costs.

He thanked the people of Rawalakot for expressing solidarity with their brethren living under India’s occupation.

A spokesman for Yasin Malik, the Srinagar-based chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, read out his message to the participants by telephone.

He said that Mr Malik, Mr Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other pro-freedom leaders were united and that’s why they were put under detention every now and then.

Organiser Kashif Mir also spoke.

A similar rally was organised in the town of Dhirkot in Bagh district.

In Muzaffarabad, Syed Salahuddin, chief of the United Jihad Council, said that if the United Nations and the international community failed to take stock of the situation in India-held Kashmir, Kashmiris could consider trampling the Line of Control.

“Kashmir has been in the grip of curfew for the past 34 days, with the number of deceased persons nearing 80 and that of the injured exceeding 6,500. Even food and milk for children have become scarce, but the UN and international community have adopted criminal silence,” he said at the rally outside the press club.

Published in Dawn, August 12th, 2016


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Comments (18) Closed

LoKarLoBaat Aug 12, 2016 06:47am

Wishful thinking

KarachiWala Aug 12, 2016 07:02am

One simple question, What are the children of these leaders living? Are they educated and working? Why is the same education not available to Kashmiris on both sides of the border. Also how do these people maintain their homes? Who pays them?

AHA Aug 12, 2016 07:25am

Terrorism is terrorism and we are facing consequences of classifying it. May god bless us

KJ Aug 12, 2016 07:27am

What did you expect him to say?

Bilawal BB Aug 12, 2016 09:18am

It is time to trample the line of control and put an end to this 65 year old issue. Once this is done, there will be no further problems as there won't be a Kashmir worth living anymore.

Third Party Aug 12, 2016 09:42am

On the other hand these youth deserve better educations and jobs...what a waste ?

Tarro Aug 12, 2016 09:55am

Misguided mob of youth...they should be route properly to save the next generation else everything is so horrible in future which may or may not be controlled.

Ahmed bin Babar Aug 12, 2016 10:07am

The critics should go back to dialogue or face the option of armed struggle which is quite legal in line with the International law...

Shehzad Aug 12, 2016 10:12am

J&K, Azad Kashmir, Aksai Chin should be given independence.

The Kashmiri Pandits can choose to return to the newly form state.

Indian Aug 12, 2016 10:31am

Hence kashmiri youh are most unfortunate people on this earth.

Aakh Koshur Aug 12, 2016 10:45am

@KarachiWala : All children of Separatists are well educated. Most of them are either working in Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore. A couple of them live abroad. Kashmir was education hub of J&K before 1989 and after that we see a decline.. why?

Rohit Singh Aug 12, 2016 10:45am

For political gains these leaders are ruining the lives of so many youths by misguiding them.

Ghazala, Srinagar Aug 12, 2016 10:52am

Pelting stones & violence has got nothing & must not be glorified. Remember, Kashmiris will never support terrorism & violence.Hence, start to make cordial atmosphere for discussion not by pelting stones.

Sushma, Qayamat tak Aug 12, 2016 11:02am

International media, foreign Govts, even OIC decides not to interfere in Indias internal matters. The world knows it very well India is a secular democracy with 2nd largest muslim populated nation.

NT Aug 12, 2016 11:05am

If you are really under occupation, you wouldn't be able to give all these speeches and interviews!

Kamal Pasha. Aug 12, 2016 11:53am

Keep on fighting for your rights. There is no other way. Pakistanis are always with you.

Khan USA Aug 12, 2016 01:00pm

@Third Party First freedom !

Himanshu Aug 12, 2016 01:46pm

"Even food and milk for children have become scarce" - i mean REALLY????? J&K takes 10% of the central fund with population of 1% whereas Uttar Pradesh takes 8.3% with population of 13%. Also theres no tax there..