Srinagar: Expressing serious concern over the escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan due to the rising incidents of cross-LOC firing, Hurriyat Conference (M) has stressed upon the leadership of both the countries to exhibit political maturity and take the path of dialogue to solve the Kashmir and all other pending issues.
Stressing that the main victims of the cross-border firing are often innocent people living along the line of divide on both sides, the Hurriyat stated that apart from the loss of lives due to firing and mortar shelling, the people living along the border suffer the worst and often have to flee from their homes to safer places.
Hurriyat (M) stated that the main cause of tension between the two countries is the pending Kashmir dispute and it is due to this lingering dispute that both the countries have fought wars. Hurriyat (M) said that there is a war like situation continues to prevail on the borders even present day. Hurriyat stated that besides Indo-Pak the unresolved Kashmir dispute has created insecurity and instability in the entire South Asia.
The statement once again stressed that the dialogue was the only way to move forward. It further stated that both countries should take steps on priority basis to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat has expressed concern over the killing of Fayaz Ahmad in Pulwama and Shanawaz Khan in Kralgund Langate, Hurriyat said that the killing of unarmed persons is not acceptable to any civilized society.
Meanwhile a spokesman of Hurriyat has condemned the house arrest of Hurriyat Conference media advisor Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam from the past two days.
Hurriyat leaders to attend Pak day function
Pakistan has invited Hurriyat (M) leaders to attend the Pakistan Day function on March 23 in New Delhi, which will be observed at Pakistan embassy in the Indias capital.
Sources told KNS the invitation has been sent to all the factions of Hurriyat Conference, civil society members and some journalists.
They informed that Hurriyat (M) leaders including the amalgam chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Maulana Masroor Ansari, Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Fazal Haq Qureshi, Shahid-ul-Islam, Javid Mir, Musadiq Adil, Abdul Manan Bukhari, Hilal War, Abdul Majeed Banday and Mushtaq Sofi have been invited for the function, slated to be held on Mar 23.
Besides, Hurriyat leaders, scores of civil society members and some journalists from Kashmir have also been invited to attend the function.
No relief for Geelani
There was no relief for chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and several other leaders of the amalgam while restriction on chief of moderate Hurriyat Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have been lifted and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) head Mohammad Yaseen Malik has been released from central jail.
However, official sources said that restrictions on separatist leaders had been imposed to prevent law and order yesterday when there was a call for sit-in against the arrests and plight of detenues in jails.
Meanwhile, life returned to normal in Maisuma, Gaw Kadal, Haji Masajid, Red cross road and nearby areas where business and other establishments remained closed yesterday due to restrictions imposed by security forces to foil any procession and demonstrations.
Geelani remained under house arrest since May last year, a spokesman of the Hurriyat (G) Aiyaz Akbar said.
He said large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside his Hyderpora residence to prevent him to move out.
I was released from house arrest last night, Aiyaz said adding however, other senior leaders, including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrayee, Mohammad Ashraf Laya and Nayeem Ahmad Khan remained under house arrest.
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