Indo-Pak Affairs

Aziz’s martyrdom widely condemned-Pakistan calls for immediate end to violence

SRINAGAR: The martyrdom of senior Huriyat leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz has been widely condemned. Both factions of Huriyat Conference, JKLF and other liberation organisations have strongly condemned the killing of Sheikh Aziz. They have termed his killing as worst form of “state terrorism”. In a telephonic statement to Jammu based news agency, NAK, Lashkar-e-Toiba Spokesman Dr Abdullah Gaznavi quoting Lashkar Chief having said that India can not suppress the Kashmiris with use of force.

“The Lashkar chief has paid heartfelt tributes to the Sheikh Abdul Aziz and expressed sympathies with the bereaved family. He prayed for the early recovery of Shabir Shah and Asiya Andrabi who were also injured,” said the spokesman. Meanwhile, Al-Umar Chief Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar has also paid tributes to the Sheikh Aziz and warned India not to under estimate the Kashmiri people. He said that people can go to any extent to make India respect their wishes and aspirations.

Jamaat-i-Islami also strongly condemned the killing of Hurriyat leader Sheikh Aziz and others during the Muzafarabad march. In a statement issued here Jama’at spokesperson said, “Fanatics in Jammu were not controlled but here peaceful processions leading towards Muzafarabad were attacked and people were killed. International Community especially Muslim world should take immediate notice of the situation here”.

Meanwhile, PDP also condemned the killing of Sheikh Aziz and other civilians. “PDP deplored the atrocities carried out by police and CRPF personnel on the peaceful processions going for the Muzafarabad March,” a PDP spokesman said. He termed the police action against civilians as highly condemnable. “People were going to sell their product because of the economic blockade by the right-wing Hindu activist in Jammu but were fired bullets by the policemen”, he added.

In this regard Pakistan has called for immediate steps to end violence against innocent Kashmiris. In a statement Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed his grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of APHC leader Shaikh Abdul Aziz and condemned the excessive and unwarranted use of force against the people of Occupied Kashmir. He said Pakistan is deeply concerned over the deteriorating situation in Indian occupied Kashmir which is resulting in loss of life and property of the Kashmiri people.-SANA

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