GoI Provoking Kashmiri Youth: Navlakha

Indian HR Groups Pay Tribute To Aasiya Jeelani, Meet Mirwaiz

SRINAGAR: Noted human rights activist Gautam Navlakha on Saturday accused the government of India of “provoking” Kashmiri youth, and said that the voices of the Kashmiri people were going unheard even after they shunned the path of violence.

Heading a visiting 30-member team of human rights groups from various states, Navlakha was speaking at a seminar organised by the J and K Coalition of Civil Society to mark the 9th anniversary of journalist and rights activist Aasiya Jeelani who was killed in a blast in Lolab in 2004.

Speakers which included Prof Hameeda Nayeem, columnist Abdul Majeed Zargar, Dr. Altaf Ahmad, journalist Zahiruddin, Pritpal Singh, Prashant Haldar, Zamrooda Habib, and Paramjit Singh, paid homage to the slain young Aasiya Jeelani for her courage and commitment to work for the Kashmiri people.

In his speech Navlakha said that by suppressing the peaceful voice of people of Kashmir, authorities were pushing youth here to take up arms again.  

Navlakha and his delegation of human rights activists also called on the chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence.

Giving a detailed briefing about human rights violations in the state, the Mirwaiz described the visit of the HR delegation as “significant” as, according to him, every Kashmiri wanted the Indian masses to become aware of the aspirations and sentiments of the Kashmiri people.

The Mirwaiz said that contribution of the Indian civil society and human rights groups could prove effective in making the masses in the country aware about the real situation in Kashmir as they would be taken as credible voices.

The delegation, which met the Mirwaiz through the Coalition of Civil Society, included the activists of Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee, Association for Protection of Democratic Rights, West Bengal, Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab, Budi Mukti Committee, Bengal, Committee on Rights , Manipur,  Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Areas,  Company for Peace and Democracy , Manipur, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Jharkhand, People’s Democratic Rights,  and Andhra Pradesh and People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi.

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