At Dal Lake,Kashmiri youth hold seminar,discuss how to restore peace

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Srinagar: At Dal-Lake under the shades of Chinar, dozens of Kashmiri youth assembled under the banner “CONCERN” and threw light on the ongoing unrest and steps needed to be taken to restore peace. The students from different schools of valley spoke about the prevailing conflict.

Shafaq Khan, a student of class 12th said India has flown enough blood of Kashmiris in river Jhelum and it is the high time for the world’s largest democracy to accept the hard reality and meet the demands of Kashmiris to give permanent peace a chance in Kashmir.

She also recited a self- written poem of her about the prevailing situation. Khan said by beating the traditional drum about Kashmir, India is only pushing them towards the wall which will give birth to more Burhan Wani’s.

Another student Mehr Nissa of calls 12th said peace is being slaughtered in Kashmir. “We all know and understand the importance of peace. We are being denied our genuine rights even in the past and even now. In 1931, there was no peace in Kashmir then and there is no peace in Kashmir now,” she said.

She said history is being repeated repeatedly in Kashmir. “I have never heard about water cannon being used in Kashmir on protesters like other parts of India. Tear gas shells are not aimed to quell protests but to kill civilians,” she said in her five minute speech.

Another girl student Rifat Jan from Baramulla said atrocities on Kashmiris aren’t new. “We have seen a 13-year girl has been blinded of no fault of her. We want permanent peace in Kashmir which will come only by addressing the core issue of Kashmir,” she said.

The students said their studies in the present circumstances aren’t a priority, but the priority is safety of sense of security. “How can we study when we hear gun bursts after every hour,” said one student.

Yamin Ahmed, another student, said whenever massive uprising erupts in Kashmir, peace becomes a commodity, which everyone tries to sell here at the behest of various agencies.

Others who participated in the seminar are Syed Iftikhar Hussain Geelani, Bashir Ahmed, Insha Matoo, Aijaz Mir, Qaisar Afzal, Manzoor Ahmed, Iqbal Ahmed and various others who shared their opinions how to end the unrest and restore normalcy in the region. (PTK)

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