Solution of Kashmir Issue must for Peace: Zafar Sharif
In a statement issued in London during JKLF London branch meeting held on Tuesday 5th May 2009, it reminded international community of its legal and moral obligations to intervene in the current most worsening situation in Kashmir on the eve of false elections. The statement said that enforcing undeclared curfew, beating people for speaking against these false elections and holding election on the behest of gun speaks itself about India’s claim of a democratic country in the world.
Speaking on this occasion, senior leader of JKLF and member of its diplomatic committee Zafar Sharif strongly condemned the Indian authorities for not allowing the people to express their anguish against the elections. He added that these kind of elections were held in Kashmir on numerous occasions before but history is evident that such elections have no bearing on the nature of the dispute. Zafar Sharif said that Kashmir issue must be addressed according to the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people for the lasting and durable peace in South Asian region.
Mahmood Hussain, a senior member of JKLF and member of executive committee of JKLF UK Zone, while speaking on this occasion said that India’s election drama in Kashmir is an attempt to deflect the international attention from Kashmir issue. He also condemned the continued arrest of JKLF leader Zahoor Ahmed Butt who was arrested by Indian authorities on 12th of February this year. Mahmood Hussain called on the Indian government to immediately release Zahoor Ahmed Butt and many other leaders who have been arrested in order to stop the popular voice of Kashmir people.
The meeting was also addressed by office bearers of JKLF London branch including Mahmood Faiz, Nadeem Iqbal, Javaid Rashid and Sanawar Hussain.