Indian action against APHC leaders flayed
10 January 2003
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned the Indian government's decision to suspend the passports of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders to prevent them from travelling abroad. This recent move of the Indian government to harass the APHC leaders is yet another manifestation of its policy to suppress the freedom movement in the Indian-held Kashmir. The government of Pakistan has called upon the international community to take note of this latest Indian violation of the fundamental rights of Kashmiris. To facilitate a peaceful settlement, in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people, the Indian government must put an end to harassment of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference leadership, respect fundamental rights, including the right to assembly and peaceful protest, and enter into a meaningful dialogue with Pakistan for a fair settlement of the Kashmir dispute.