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National Kashmir Conference on Feb 3: Turabi

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ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Abdul Rashid Turabi has said that political leadership of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir will attend a National Kashmir conference on February 3 to observe solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who are the worst victims of Indian state-terrorism. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Turabi said that seminars and conferences on Jammu and Kashmir will be held in all district headquarters of Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Abdul Rashid Turabi lamented that Pakistan was keeping mum when Indian own investigation had proved that the Samjhota Express carnage was staged by Indian own secret agencies. He urged the government to shun its apologetic approach towards India on Mumbai attacks, which were also the work of Indian secret agencies.

Abdul Rashid Turabi also asked the government to plead for the right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir.

“Why we feel shy of raising the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations and other international forums, when India does not feel shy of hiding the truth and staging farces like Mumbai attacks and carrying out massacres like that of Samjhota Express,” he argued.

He said that there was a unique civil rights movement of its kind in Kashmir which has spread its tentacles to every nook and corner of Jammu and Kashmir for the last nine months. “There are unarmed civilians on one side and the armed-to-teeth Indian troops on the other,” Turabi added.

He said that the Kashmiri leadership has been placed behind the bars. Syed Ali Gilani is under house arrest for the last 120 days. They are even not allowed to offer Eid or Juma prayers. Nor can they attend the final rituals of their relatives who are killed by the Indian army.

Abdul Rashid Turabi said that Pakistan’s silence has emboldened the Indians and they have unleashed a wave of terror in the State. As a result, 125 youth have been killed during the new phase of resurgence, thousands were landed in jails and property worth millions was torched or destroyed.

Turabi called upon the people of Pakistan to stand by their Kashmiri brethren and observe the February 5th with full zeal and fervor. He also urged the media to expose the Indian brutalities and persecutions against the people of Kashmir. -SANA

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