ISLAMABAD: A protest demonstration was held under the auspices of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter outside the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today.
The demonstration was held against the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hours before his address to the UN General Assembly, today.
The Hurriyat leaders in their speeches on the occasion said that Narendra Modi was pursuing a policy of genocide of Kashmiris and the Indian forces were involved in the extra-judicial killing of innocent Kashmiris in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. They said that the people of Kashmir were not sacrificing for any kind of privilege but for their birthright to self-determination. They said that the Indian government was trying to change the Muslim majority status of the territory by providing domiciles to non-Kashmiris while it was also planning to convert mosques and other Muslim places of worship into temples in the occupied territory.
The speakers deplored that Hurriyat leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Masarrat Alam Butt, Aasiya Andrabi, Maulana Mushtaq Veri and Dr Abdul Hameed Fayyaz had been detained in different jails of India and the occupied territory. Similarly, they said, senior Hurriyat leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi and other leaders have been placed under house arrest.
The Hurriyat leaders appreciated the speech of Prime Minister, Imran Khan in the General Assembly and said that he had truly expressed the sentiments of Kashmiris. They said that earlier Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan had also supported the Kashmir cause in his address to the UNGA. They added that Kashmiris were giving sacrifices for a great cause and would take the liberation movement to its logical conclusion at all costs.