Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Arif Shahid murder- KNP announced 5 day hunger strike outside Pakistani High Commission

Arif Shahid murder- KNP announced 5 day hunger strike outside Pakistani High Commission
London                      15 May 2013

Kashmir National Party leaders have strongly condemned the brutal murder of Kashmiri nationalist leader Arif Shahid in Pakistan on 13 May 2013.

The KNP leaders said, ‘The deceased leader was a true Kashmiri and throughout his life he struggled against those who occupied his motherland. He was a brave soldier of struggle of unification and independence of forcibly divided Jammu and Kashmir’.

The KNP leaders further said, ‘He always spoke for the oppressed and victimised people of Jammu and Kashmir, and strongly advocated for rights of the people of Gilgit Baltistan as well. He was elected the Chairman of All Parties National Alliance which opposed the Pakistani occupation of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan; and wanted closer ties between people of these two regions’.  

‘It looks those forces which did not like his struggle, finally eliminated him to send the message that they will not tolerate true Kashmiri nationalist struggle on this side of the Line of Control’, the KNP leaders added.

KNP leaders said we want to show complete solidarity with the deceased, his family and the Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Conference, a party Arif Shahid was heading; and we will observe 5 days hunger strike outside the Pakistani High Commission in London. The hunger strike will start at 9am on Monday 20 May 2013; and for this purpose all necessary arrangements have been made.

The KNP leaders, Abbas Butt, Dr Shabir Choudhry, Zubair Ansari, Sarwar Hussain, Asim Mirza, Basharat Khan, Abdul Ghafar Shapal, Mohammed Ishtiaq, Raja Zahoor, Mohammed Shoaib, Ch Razaq, Mohammed Anees, Zile Hussain Naqvi, Hamid Butt, Mohammed Nadeem and others have demanded full and impartial investigation of this callous murder that the culprits could be apprehended and appropriately punished.

Issued by Dr Shabir Choudhry
Contacts: Abbas Butt: 0794 9812543
Dr Shabir Choudhry: 0779 094 2471

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