Kashmiri leaders to meet Clinton
12 March 2000
Islamabad: The delegations of the leaders of Occupied Kashmir and Azad Kashmir will call on US President Bill Clinton during his visit to India and Pakistan. The purpose of this meeting is to draw the attention of President Clinton towards the grave situation of Kashmir. According to informed sources the meeting of Azad Kashmir leaders with President Clinton will be arranged by the Foreign Ministry with the cooperation of US Administration. The list of these leaders will be finalised within one or two days. The sources said that a delegation of Occupied Kashmir leaders will also meet President Clinton during his visit to India. According to PTV, APHC acting Chairman Mirwaiz Maulvi Omar Farooq said that they will inform President Clinton about the gravity of Kashmir issue. APP adds: Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Party has decided to hold a protest rally, on March 20, in New Delhi on the occasion of the arrival there of President Clinton''s South Asian visit. According to the head of the party, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, a caravan of the party workers will leave for New Delhi on March 19, in 10 buses. The rally will be held on Lodhi road and the US President will be urged to get the Kashmir issue resolved. Meanwhile, the APHC has congratulated all sections of the people in Occupied Kashmir, including businessmen, transporters and government employees for successful two-day strike to attract world attention to the plight of 22,000 Kashmiri detainees, including senior APHC leaders. It was also a practical demonstration of solidarity with the Kashmiris'' cause. The APHC spokesman also denounced expulsion of four students from Aligarh University for protest demonstration against the puppet Chief Minister of Occupied Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah during his recent visit to the campus. He also condemned Indian authorities for custodial killing of a Peoples League worker, Hussain Khan of Batmaloo, Srinagar. He was killed in Budgam. He also said, that another worker of the party, Muhammad Maqbool Butt was severely tortured in custody at Isoo, in Islamabad and left semi-conscious. The troops shot dead two women at Subzian, in Poonch. The victims were Zahida, Imtiaz and Sharifa Begum. A retired Girdaraw, Ghulam Muhammad Butt was shot dead at Thanamandi, in Rajouri when he was coming out of mosque after offering prayers. A Mujahid Commander was shot dead by troops in custody in Rajouri. The martyred was identified as Maulvi Javed.