Separatists Begin Highlighting Crisis In J&K On SAARC Eve
26 December 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: With the twelefth SAARC Summit in Islamabad round the corner, Kashmir seperatists have started issuing appeals and highlighting the crisis in Kashmir . In a statement issued here, the Hurriet Conference (G) has tried to get the attention of the heads of the seven SAARC member countries towards Kashmir situation. 'Though India enjopys a vital position in SAARC, its troops in J&K have been violating all the international norms and laws', the statement said. Apart from killing innocents, many of them in custody, Indian troops, it said, have been using rape as a weapon of war. While the peaceful political activities are banned, it has alleged many of the political activists have been framed and sent to jail. It refered to the cases of Sheikh Abdul Aziz, Mohamad Ashraf Laya, Masrat Aalam Bhat, Shakeel Bakhshi, Naeem Khan, Firdous Ahmad Shah, Farooq Tawhidi, Shabir Ahmad Zar, Zamrooda Habib who are behind bars for prolonged periods. Hurriet (G) has appealed the SAARC members to send teams to the J&K state to see the state of human rights and intervene and stop the bloodshed. Besides, it has said that the peace in the South Asia is impossible tioll the Kashmir issue is settled. Another seperatist Salim Geelani has hoped that the India and Pakistan would start writing a new chapter of history on the sidelines of SAARC summit that in the long run will help solving Kashmir issue.