Friday, November 26, 2010


Srinagar, Nov 26 (Only Kashmir): A group of Indian civil society has strongly condemned the attack on APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was heckled and roughed up at a seminar in Chandigrah on Thursday by hooligans of a Hindu extremist organisation, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
The Indian civil society group in a statement termed the attack undemocratic and an activity of anti-social and fascist elements. “This is a violation of human rights and an attack on the democratic norms,” it said.
The Indian civil society members said that they fully appreciated and endorsed the efforts of pro-liberation leaders to reach out to the people in India to discuss the Kashmir dispute and establish a sustained process of dialogue and understanding
Demanding Indian government to establish special investigation team to punish the individuals and organizations involved in the criminal act, they urged the civil society groups all over India to invite pro-freedom leaders to their cities and also enable people from different parts of the country to visit the occupied territory to promote better understanding about the longstanding dispute which would eventually lead to its resolution.
The Civil society members who denounced the attack included Swamy Agnivesh, Admiral Ramdas, Mazher Hussain, Mahesh Bhat, Mohini Giri, Kamala Bhasin, P.V. Raja Gopal, Jatin Desai and Sandeep Pandey.
Meanwhile, the Head of Dal Khalsa Amritsar, H S Dhami, in a statement said that the assault was planned with the connivance of the state authorities to deter the resolve of the real Kashmiri leadership in reaching out to Indian civil society to muster the support for their just cause.
On the other hand, the President of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Forum, Pandit Bhushan Bazaz in a statement in Jammu also denounced the attack on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.


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