Kashmiri youth forced to take up arms: Navlaka

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Srinagar, April 21: Dozens of civil society activists across India Saturday said that India should fulfil its promise and should give Kashmiris’ their right to self determination.
Speaking at a function on the ninth death anniversary of social activist Aasiya Jeelani, most of the social activists from Nagaland, West Bengal and Jharkhand said India should allow the international law and international institutions, including the United Nations, to operate, monitor and recommend action on the continuing violations in J&K.
On the sidelines of the seminar, noted social activist Gautam Navlakha said that political space in Kashmir has been choked, which can have adverse effects, and youth are once again forced to take up the guns. He said the right to self determination is the only viable solution for the state. The government institutions have also failed to deliver justice.
Writer and columnist Dr Altaf Hussain in his speech said that Indian state was guilty of committing heinous crimes and human rights violations in the state. “All the impunities are a great shame to the heroes of India like Ghandhiji and others,” he said and added that in Afzal Guru’s case the Supreme Court of India, the highest seat of justice, has got exposed as in the race of satisfying the conscience of a group of people in India. It had sent an innocent Kashmiri to gallows.
He further said that people of Kashmir have never been communal or extremist, which some forces tried to portray. “Kashmir’s have a rich history of communal harmony,” he said.
In his speech noted Journalist, Zahir-u-Din said, “We never accepted any occupation. Kashmiri’s are a great people. We fought Sikhs, Afghans, Dogras and our struggle since 1947 is unparalleled,” he said.
He also said that the Indus Water Treaty incurs Kashmir an annual loss of Rs 6000 crores. “If India returns our water resources and projects, the half of North India will experience darkness,” he said.
Among others who spoke at the occasion included Zamrooda Habib, Hameeda Nayeem and others.

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