Hurriyat Plea On Missing Persons
8 August 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference today asked the United Nations to help trace the whereabouts of persons, who have allegedly disappeared in the State since militancy broke out in 1990. 'We appeal to United Nations General Secretary and international community to intervene and help in tracing out the whereabouts of over 8,500 disappeared persons in the State,' Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said addressing relatives of missing people at a sit-in at Sher-e-Kashmir Municipal Park here. Hurriyat Conference had organised a 'silent' protest to express solidarity with families of such people and also press the demand for tracing them. The Mirwaiz read out a draft resolution which would be sent to the UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Parliament over the issue. Maintaining that the Hurriyat was not playing politics over the issue, he said the outfit wanted the Government to come out with facts on the missing persons. The Hurriyat also attacked political parties, saying they have not uttered a word on these 'hapless people'.