Saturday, 11 April 2009

KNP concerned over missing people in Muzaffarabad

KNP concerned over missing people in Muzaffarabad
Dr Shabir Choudhry 10 April 2009

Kashmir National Party Spokesman Dr Shabir Choudhry has expressed serious concern over disappearance of Kashmiri youths from Muzaffarabad. Over the months dozens of young men have disappeared from Muzaffarabad, and people are really concerned about this, said Dr Shabir Choudhry.

Last night another young man Adnaan Mir disappeared without a trace. Last week a dead body of Shah Zaman was discovered from a deserted hotel building. Shah Zaman disappeared some weeks ago and no one knew anything about him until his dead body was discovered inflicting fear and worry among the citizens of the city.

About two months ago Khawaja Asim Rasool, a cousin of a famous political activist Khawaja Abid Kashmiri went missing and no one knows where he is. Khawaja Abid Kashmiri pursues a nationalist politics and wants a complete independence of the State from India and Pakistan.

Khawaja Abid Kashmiri while talking to Dr Shabir Choudhry said, ‘people are seriously worried about these disappearances’. He said over the months dozens of young men have disappeared and no one knows where they are and what has happened to them.

KNP Spokesman said, ‘this is very serious matter and we need to know what is going on. Are these people kidnapped by the agencies to teach lesson and harass those who oppose Pakistani domination in the area; or they are used for some other sinister motives’.

Dr Shabir Choudhry said, ‘this is a serious breach of UNCIP Resolutions under which Pakistan assumed control of these areas. Pakistani authorities must come clean on this matter and stop harassing those who espouse nationalist politics’.

Dr Shabir Choudhry said, ‘some organisation are only concerned about human rights abuse on the Indian side of the LOC; but we condemn and oppose human rights abuse on both sides of the divide, as our struggle is against wrong policies and human rights abuse rather than any specific country’.

Dr Shabir Choudhry said, ‘we have asked people to prepare a list of missing people that we can take up their case with the relevant authorities and international human rights organisation, including the UN and Amnesty International’.

KNP Spokesman said, ‘we will investigate human rights abuse in Gilgit and Baltistan and in Pakistani Administered Kashmir, and take it up at the international level that this trend must stop; and people of these areas are not intimidated for their political or religious views. END

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