In occupied Kashmir , the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed serious concern over the escalating tension between Pakistan and India, especially in Poonch and Rajouri sectors resulting in immense human and other losses on the Line of Control.
Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said the lingering Kashmir dispute is the bone of contention between the two countries and the bitterness would continue to prevail unless the dispute is resolved as per Kashmiris’ aspirations.
The prisoners at Central Jail Srinagar started a hunger strike to press for their demands. A five-member team of lawyers from Kashmir Bar Association that met the inmates in its report said, the prisoners are not allowed to meet the visitors and relatives.
The family members of the prisoners staged a protest demonstration at Press Enclave in Srinagar, today, against the threat to the life of the inmates. The protesters said that the prisoners were not safe in the jail and asked the authorities not to turn the jails into Guantanamo.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the ill-treatment meted out to the Kashmiri detainees in Srinagar Central Jail.
A UK-based scholar, Avinash Paliwal, in a media interview in London said that only a long-term political solution forged through dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir could prevent a serious Pak-India conflict from flaring up again in Kashmir.