January 2004 News

Qayyum wants more pressure on India: Rights of Kashmiris

26 January 2004
The Dawn

ISLAMABAD: Kashmiris will continue to observe India's Republic Day (Jan 26) as Black Day even after getting their legitimate right of self- determination. During the past 10 to 15 years, Indian troops have martyred about 90,000 Kashmiris, said former prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan while speaking in PTV programme 'News Morning' on Monday. On Jan 26, 1950, India had constituted its constitution of so-called secularism, he said, adding it simultaneously stepped up its inhuman activities to eliminate Kashmiris in the occupied valley. He urged the world community to increase its pressure on India to give Kashmiris their rights 'which are mentioned in the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council'. Sardar Qayyum appreciated President Gen Pervez Musharraf's efforts to highlight the issue on different international fora in an excellent manner and resolve the 56-year long lingering issue of Kashmir. To a question about the upcoming dialogue between India and Pakistan, expressing optimism, he said it would lead to take the issue towards better direction. Participating in the programme, Prof Nazir Ahmed Shaal, member of the APHC, AJK Chapter, said Kashmiris welcomed the forthcoming dialogue and hoped that they (Kashmiris) would be given their legitimate right of self- determination according to the resolutions of the UN Security Council. He said Kashmiris must also be included in the dialogue process at the appropriate stage to find out durable and acceptable solution of the issue as Kashmiris were the basic party to the dispute. MUZAFFARABA Kashmir across the Line of Control and elsewhere observed Indian Republic Day as 'black day' to apprise the world community of the rigid attitude of India towards implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. A call in this connection was given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in occupied Kashmir. The black day is observed every year on the eve of Indian Republic Day on January 26 by the Kashmiri people to draw the world attention towards the unresolved issue of Jammu & Kashmir due to inflexible and rigid attitude of India. In Muzaffarabad a rally, organized by the Kashmir Liberation Cell, was held in front of the old civil secretariat here on Monday. Speakers at the rally pledged to continue their struggle till the liberation of occupied Jammu & Kashmir from Indian tyranny. They were of the view that if India was sincere in resolving the Kashmir dispute peacefully, it should stop atrocities on the innocent people of Kashmir, who had been demanding their legitimate right of self- determination in accordance with the UN-adopted resolutions. Speaking as the chief guest, AJK Senior Minister Syed Mumtaz Gilani stated that Kashmiris would continue to offer sacrifices till they achieved freedom. He demanded that India should stop fencing the Line of Control to prove its sincerity in resolving the Kashmir dispute. AJK Minister for Electricity Sardar Mir Akbar Khan called upon India to show flexibility and sincerity in its attitude to make the ongoing peace process a success in the larger interest of the area. Raja Abdul Qayyum Khan, the minister for food, said that sacrifices offered by the Kashmiri people would not go waste, and a time would come when they would get rid of the Indian subjugation. The speakers were of the view that the world body had failed in implementing its responsibilities as regards the Kashmir issue. Later, the participants of the rally marched towards the UNMOGIP office here, where a protest note, addressed to Un Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was handed over to UN officials, urging the world body to play its obligatory and mandatory role for the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Besides others, the rally was also addressed by Jamaat-i-Isami's Muzaffarabad district chief Sheikh Aqeel ur Rehman and traders' representative Alhaj Ashraf Qureshi.-APP


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