Karachi, 10 July: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party strongly condemns the aggression by Indian authorities on Kashmiris in India-held Kashmir during the Eid-ul-Fitr and slams Nawaz Sharif over his criminal silence.
The authorities had placed the top Kashmiri leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik under house arrest, and did not allow them to join the congregational Eid prayers, which is a religious obligation for the Muslims. Kashmiri people were allowed to gather for Eid prayers amid strict restrictions, later on, the youngsters were detained by security forces and hence the protests broke out. Indiscriminate teargas and flash bangs were used on the peaceful Kashmiri protesters, straight fire was also opened on them which resulted in killing and injuring injuring many.
In a statement, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari severely criticized the Indian authorities for curbing the rights of Kashmiri Muslims. “While the Muslims of the entire world celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, our Kashmiri brethren marked the day of festivities amid the violence carried out by Indian Army. Scores of people, including women, were injured on a day that was supposed to be a festival of joy and celebrations. Kashmiri leaders were denied the right to offer Eid prayers, while the people were traumatized by brutality of the Indian army. Such aggression by Indian authorities has exposed the sham democracy prevailing in India.”
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party also condemned the murder of the young Hurriyat leader Burhan Wani that has led to the bloody riots in Srinagar.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called the silence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a ‘criminal’ and ‘heinous’ act. “Nawaz Sharif has turned a blind eye to the persecution of innocent Kashmiris. His criminal silence has damaged the very cause of Kashmir which is the aorta of Pakistan. Pakistan Poeples Party will not tolerate any such anti-Kashmir agenda.”
He further reiterated the commitment that Pakistan Peoples Party stands united with the oppressed Kashmiris and will voice for their rights at every forum and oppose the Indian hostility with full zeal.