APNA flays APHC for ignoring plight of OGB


Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Karachi Saturday, July 5—July 11, 2008

By Our Reporter
RAWALPINDI: Leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) always bewailed the Indian excesses in Indian-administered Kashmir (IAK), especially in Kashmir Valley alone, but ignored that Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PAK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (OGB), which were also part of Jammu Kashmir and politically and constitutionally still are, also had their problems.According to a press release, the leadership of Jammu Kashmir All-Parties National Alliance (APNA) including Farooq Niazi (chairman), Mirza Wajahat Hassan Khan (former chairman), Ali Ahmed Jan (vice chairman), Prof MARK Khaleeque (spokesman), Arif Shahid (secretary general), Sabir Kashmiri and M Iqbal Advocate (CEC members), Arif Kamal Butt (joint secretary), and some others, stated this while commenting on the attitude of the APHC leaders during their recent visit to Pakistan.They said that the political, democratic, economical, social and human rights of these territories were also ruthlessly trampled, rather more than in IAK; and the conscious people and their leadership here had been struggling for such of their rights for the last 60 years. But APHC that considered itself the representative of whole of Jammu Kashmir had never mentioned the plight of the people of these territories, even in a single word, they lamented. They said that not only that APHC did not mention the problems, pains and deprivations of the people of these territories they also didn’t touch the plight of the unfortunate refugees who were made to cross LoC during the militancy of last 20 years. They opined that perhaps to APHC, Jammu Kashmir dispute was only Indian specific and not Pakistan and China — it didn’t consider the occupation of Jammu Kashmir by Pakistan or China a problem. The leadership of APNA declared that they believed in the reunification and freedom of whole of Jammu Kashmir — Valley of Kashmir, Jammu, Laddakh, Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PAK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (OGB), and considered till the final settlement of dispute all these parts as disputed. However, they also favoured a peaceful solution of the dispute through negotiations and dialogue and demanded all the political, democratic and constitutional rights for the people of all the parts of divided Jammu Kashmir including free for all human and goods traffic across the LOC till the final settlement of the dispute. The APNA leadership also advised APHC to avoid converting Pakistan into a ‘complaint office’ against India, but demand of both Pakistan and India to withdraw their forces from all the parts of Jammu Kashmir.

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