Kashmiris have right to use arms against Indian force: Farooq Haider

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MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider has criticised the  arbitrary action against the Kashmiri leadership in Jammu & Kashmir and termed all actions as intimidation.

Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, he said banning of the Jamaat-i-Islami and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) was yet another example of the human rights situation in J&K, where freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and political activities were suppressed beyond description.

 “When you divest people of all options, they are bound to resort to unconventional methods,” the AJK premier said, alluding to attacks by Kashmiris on the occupation machinery in held Kashmir.

He, however, made it clear that since Kashmir was a war zone where the Indian army was in direct conflict with the civilian population, the latter had every right to use arms against the former.

Farooq Haider said India was using its National Investigation Agency as a tool to bow down Kashmiri people after the failure of all of its machinations to quell the popular freedom struggle in occupied Kashmir.

The AJK prime minister also asked the government of Pakistan to exploit diplomatic channels to help Mr Malik’s family visit him at the earliest.“Pakistan is an important non-permanent member of the UN Security Council with regard to Kashmir. It’s its responsibility to play a proactive role with regard to Kashmir,” he said.

In this regard, he suggested that the Pakistani missions in P-5 and other nations should reach out to their foreign ministers and explain to them the situation in occupied Kashmir with reference to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on the region.

In reply to question, Mr Haider said he had asked Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to separately speak to all parliamentary parties in AJK before a joint session with them. He said he would also invite the foreign minister and recently appointed chairman of the parliamentary Kashmir committee to visit AJK at their earliest convenience.