British High Comm Meets Mirwaiz, Malik
23 June 2009
: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Muhammad Yaseen Malik Tuesday apprised British High Commission officials about the present situation in the State particularly in wake of Shopian incident. The British High Commission delegation led by the first Secretary Jasper Thornton and Political Advisor in the Commission Susheel Airom met Mirwaiz and Malik at their respective residences. In a statement Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz apprised the delegation about the long pending dispute of Kashmir, human rights violation especially the recent alleged double rape and murder case of Shopian. The delegation was also informed about the arrests and detention of the pro-freedom leaders by the State authorities. Chairman JKLF Malik while talking to the Commission said: “Britain has the moral responsibility to solve the Kashmir issue as they have left it lingering in 1947. The Kashmir dispute has devastated the peace in South Asia.” Malik informed the delegation about the non-violent movement of 2008 and said: “Now we are demanding our rights via non-violent means as demanded by Europe. America and International community but India is not acknowledgement it.” “Instead India,” according to Malik “reiterated with killings, arrests, torture, draconian laws like slapping PSA, undeclared curfews and choking any liberal political space.” “Heavy military presence in Valley has no justification. Britain should urge India for immediate demilitarization, release of political prisoners, and an end to political suppression,” said Malik.