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Date: 28 Apr 2012

Pro-freedom leaders welcome UN chief's Kashmir remarks

Srinagar (PBI): Pro-freedom leaders including both factions of Hurriyat Conference Saturday welcomed Ban-ki-Moon's statement on Kashmir, expressing hope that the United Nations General Secretary will fulfill his "moral responsibility" by ensuring the implementation of the resolutions passed by the global body for a " just and lasting solution" of the 63-year-old issue.

According to a statement issued here, Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the resolutions passed by the UN on Kashmir were yet to be implemented. "As the head of the international body it was the responsibility of Ban-ki-Moon to ensure the implementation of these resolutions as well as press the Indian government for an end to human rights violations in Kashmir and revocation of draconian laws like AFSPA."

The Hurriyat Conference said that in view of the changing global scenario and the situation in south Asia, amalgam hopes that Ban-ki-Moon will realize the importance of a 'just solution' to the Kashmir issue. "Hopefully, Mr Ban-ki- Moon will press India and Pakistan to start a meaningful dialogue process for the resolution of Kashmir issue," the amalgam said.

Moon, who arrived in India yesterday, called for resolving the Kashmir peacefully.

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani while welcoming the UN chief's statement on Kashmir appealed him to start 'practical steps to resolve Kashmir dispute according to the wishes and aspirations of people.' "He should try to clear the impediments in implementation of United Nations resolutions during ongoing visit of India."

"Kashmir besides being an international issue is also a humanitarian issue and keeping it in abeyance continues to threaten human lives. It is both constitutional and moral responsibility of international community to play a positive role in perpetual resolution of Kashmir and pressurize India to grant people of Kashmir their birth right," he was quoted in a statement here to PBI.
Referring to the ensuing debate in United Nations on Kashmir, the octogenarian leader said that Kashmiris are keenly watching it and they will not accept any kind of modifications on the status of Kashmir.

Patron Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (R) and Executive Director Kashmir Centre Brussels Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo also welcomed the statement. "Tramboo called upon Ban-ki-Moon to act like counsel of oppressed Kashmir during Indian visit," a statement said here.

He said that to end 'uncertainty' in south Asia, resolution of Kashmir issue was imperative, the statement added.

[State Observer]

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