June 2007 News

Pakistan Wants Peaceful Solution Of Kashmir Issue: Tahir Iqbal

26 June 2007
Associated Press of Pakistan

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas, Major Tahir Iqbal has said that Pakistan wants a peaceful solution of Kashmir issue for peace and prosperity in the region He stated this while speaking at seminar 'Indian torture on Kashmiris in IHK' under the auspices of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) here Tuesday. Minister asked India to respond President General Musharraf's proposals on Kashmir positively so that longstanding issue of Kashmir could be resolved amicably. Maj Tahir Iqbal urged on Kashmiri organizations and parties to shun their differences for durable and peaceful solution of the issue. Regarding the Emma Nicholson's report he said, India liked her report only because she did not discussed basic human rights violation, which are happening in Indian held Kashmir in the report. The Minister strongly condemned human rights violations in occupied Kashmir by Indian troops and asked to implement UN resolutions on Kashmir which allows the people of Kashmir to exercise their birth right to self determination through a UN sponsored plebiscite. Convenor of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Yousaf Nasim said that 0.8 million Indian troops have transformed every house into torture cell in occupied Kashmir. He vowed that 'Kashmiris would continue struggle for their right of self-determination and sacrifices of millions of Kashmiris would not go waste' he added. Prof. Ashraf Saraf said that agonies and difficulties of Kashmiris started from the day when Indian forces entered Kashmir. Prof.Mrs.Taqdis Gillani said Kashmiri generation was growing under psychological torture due to indian forces brutalities. Executive Member APHC, Abbas Rizvi said the entire world was aware of the reality what was happening in IHK. Altaf Wani of APHC said from the last six decades Kashmiris were being tortured. Sardar Amjad Yousaf said that torture cells were the base of human rights violations and Idian troops have established these cells in the area to torture the Kashmiri people. Shaikh Tajamal-ul-Islam quoted the statement of former U.N General Secretary, Kofi Annan in which he said that Kashmiris were victims of unimaginable torture. In the last, four resolutions were adopted unanimously including, stoppage of HR violations in IHK and abolishing of all black laws. In another resolution, APHC demanded release of all persons detained in Indian and occupied jails, immediately. Through another resolution, it demanded Kashmir issue must be resolved according to aspirations of Kashmiri people. In another resolution, it welcomed President Musharraf's proposals on Kashmir regarding, demilitarization,self-governance and joint management and urged on India to respond these proposals positively.


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