Srinagar – An 11-member civil society delegation led by noted journalist, Seema Mustafa, today met the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, at the party headquarters at Rajbagh here.
The delegation from prominent civil society group, Centre for Policy Analysis (CPA), comprised noted social and women activists, politicians, analysts and educationists, and included Laila Pasha, Dr Jotyshina Chattergee, TK Raja Lakshmi, Ms Chenoy, Zakiya, Sahiba Farooqui and Promila Lamba.
During the meeting, both the General and Executive Council members of the Hurriyat, including Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Musaddiq Adil, Abdul Rashid Untoo, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Bhat, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, GM Nagoo, Yasmeen Raja, Hakeem Abdul Rashid and Abdul Manan Bukhari, were present.
Mirwaiz told the delegation the dilly-dallying to resolve the Kashmir dispute once and for all had led to killings, blood-letting, suppression, torture and worst atrocities against women and human rights violations in the state. Due to this, an army of orphans, widows and physically challenged persons has been created in the disputed territory, he said, adding it was again due to the lingering dispute that custodial killings and enforced disappearances had become order of the day and thousands of mass graves had surfaced in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mirwaiz said the unbridled powers the troops enjoyed under the AFSPA, PSA, and Disturbed Area Act gave them immunity against legal action. He told the delegation that the APHC had given certain proposals to the government of India to create conducive atmosphere on the ground ahead of the resolution of the dispute. These included revocation of black laws, demilitarization, release of all political prisoners languishing in jails, end of human rights violation and lifting of restrictions on pro-freedom leaders to carry out their political activities.
Mirwaiz, said that it was highly unfortunate that the GoI did not shun its traditional rigidity and continued with its narrow-minded policies despite international pressure. He said this policy of inflexibility was dangerous for security, peace and progress of South Asia.
The civil society delegation agreed with Mirwaizs observations and demanded that the process of demilitarization and revoking of black laws should begin immediately to provide security and relief to the common man. They said the delegation would inform the civil society in India about the problems faced by Kashmiris and would try to pressurize the GoI to stop the rights violations in Kashmir.
Later the CPA invited Mirwaiz to attend a protest which is going to take place at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, on 10th December which the latter readily accepted. (KNS)
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