Pakistan strongly condemns illegal detention of APHC leadership.

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 06 (APP): Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned detention of All Parties’ Hurriyat Conference. In news briefing Dr Faisal, spokesman of Pakistan Foreign Office said “We strongly condemn the illegal detention of APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik”. The spokesman further condemned the shifting of illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists from Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir to Indian Jails.

He said that deteriorating health of senior Hurriyat leaders, including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Massarat Alam Bhatt, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fahmida Sofi, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Aiyaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Mehrajudin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Maulana SarjanBarkati, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Qazi Yasir Ahmad, Nisar Ahmad Rather and hundreds of other leaders and activists languishing in notorious Indian Tihar Jail in New Delhi  and other different jails and interrogations centers in occupied Kashmir is also a matter of concern for us.

The spokesman further called India to stop misleading the international community and accept ground realities and aspirations of the people of Kashmir instead of continuing with its policy of brutal obduracy in the territory. Dr Faisal informed media that in November this year, the Indian occupation forces during so-called cordon and search operations killed  24 Kashmir’s including Noman Ashraf (16-year-old) and Raja Begum (80-year -old) in Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama and Budgam  districts  of the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

To a question on recent developments of Pak-US bilateral ties, the spokesman said Pakistan has consistently maintained that the solution to the war in Afghanistan lies in a negotiated settlement.“It is heartening to know that the US is finally realizing the same” he said. He further informed that Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad was in Pakistan for discussions. There is also activity in Qatar. We also remain engaged with the Afghan Government regarding the peace process. The point that has to be registered is that all the stakeholders involved in the Afghan peace process are now in agreement with our considered position that the solution to the Afghan conflict rests in dialogue through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process.

APP Hamza/shahzaib