Amnesty team Kashmir visit evokes mixed reaction
Geelani rejects; Hurriyat (M), NF welcome
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, May 15: The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Saturday described the proposed Kashmir visit of 2-member Amnesty team as a “drama.”
“People should not attach any hopes with their visit as its members are Indian nationals and have been selected by Indian Home Ministry,” a local news agency KNS quoted Geelani as having said.
The Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq welcomed the visit. “People expect them to submit a honest report about the ground situation and the ongoing human rights violations in the state,” he added.
NF WELCOMES VISIT
Meanwhile the Jammu Kashmir National Front welcomed the proposed Kashmir visit of the Amnesty team beginning from May 17.
In a statement a NF spokesman hoped that the team would visit far-flung areas of Valley to assess the magnitude of human rights violations. He appealed to the visiting team to visit the sites of unnamed graves in border and other areas of the Valley.
Referring to the continuous detention of senior separatist leaders including the NF Chairman, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, and Shabir Ahmed Shah, he said, “They continue to be under detention despite court orders for their release.”
He urged the visiting AI team to visit jails and see for themselves the plight of detainees. “The team should also take cognizance of Shopian incident,” he said.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 May 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 May 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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