EU delegation meets APHC leaders
23 September 2007
The News International
Islamabad: Leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Sunday held a high-level meeting with a European Union (EU) delegation in Srinagar, reiterating the need for India's positive response to the four-point formula of President Gen Pervez Musharraf on Kashmir. APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, senior Hurriyat leaders Professor Abdul Ghani Bhatt, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi and Fazal Haq Qureshi represented the APHC at the meeting. Mirwaiz Farooq said the EU delegates hoped that India will include Kashmiri representatives in the talks' process to make it a result-oriented exercise. He said the EU was against using of any military means to resolve the dispute. In a statement in held Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir People's League spokesman expressed serious concern over the continued illegal detention of party Chairman Sheikh Abdul Aziz, who is languishing in Kathua jail and not being released despite court orders. Meanwhile, a large number of people took to the streets at Hiranagar in Kathua district to protest against severe thrashing of three civilians, including a minor boy, by Indian troops. In Mendhar, over 800 students staged a demonstration against continuous occupation of local Boys Higher Secondary School by Indian troops. On the other hand, another Indian trooper committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance at Khour in Jammu, taking the death toll from such incidents to 48 since January 2007. And, a policeman was injured in an attack at Galhota in Mendhar.