Rallies condemn attack on shrine in Valley
15 June 2001
Our Staff Correspondent
MUZAFFARABAD: Public meetings and rallies were staged in Azad Kashmir on Friday to condemn the grenade attack and killings of the faithful in a shire in occupied Kashmir. Participants of the rallies criticized India for continued repression in the held territory and most of them questioned its sincerity towards making successful the proposed summit meeting between Gen Pervez Musharraf and Atal Behari Vajpayee. The rallies were held in response to the call of Srinagar-based All Parties Hurriyat Conference to condemn the last week's grenade attacks on Charar-i-Sharief shrine in occupied Kashmir, in which about eight people mostly women were killed. In Muzaffarabad, a big public meeting was held at the old civil secretariat to protest against the unabated atrocities at the hands of Indian forces in Kashmir. AJK prime minister, Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, deputy speaker of the legislative assembly, Syed Shoukat Hussain Naqvi, Kashmiri refugees" leader Raja Izhar Khan, Hamayun Zaman Mirza and others spoke on the occasion. In his speech, the AJK PM regretted that on the one hand, India had extended talks offer to Pakistan while on the other it had stepped up inhuman atrocities in the held territory.