PPP-PaK condemns HR violation in JK

Greater Kashmir

Muzaffarabad, Dec 10: Activists of Pakistan Peoples Party staged a token hunger strike here on Monday on World Human Rights Day to condemn the curbs on media in Pakistan but a pro-independence organisation held a meeting to draw attention towards what it said unabated human rights violations across the Line of Control.
 The PPP-PaK chapter hunger strike camp was set up outside the press club where party’s secretary general Chaudhry Latif Akbar MLA and other leaders called upon the international community to force the Pakistan government to allow free flow of information to the public in the country.
 “Pervez Musharraf’s government has strangled the media to cover up unlawful favours of his administration to the King’s party candidates in the forthcoming elections,” Akbar said.
 He said it was ironical that the people in this part of Kashmir were compelled to raise voice against checks on fundamental rights in Pakistan on a day which they used in the past to draw world attention towards human right abuses across the LoC.
 At the office of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (Yasin), speakers regretted that despite the so-called policy of “zero tolerance” there had not been any reduction in human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir.
 “On the one hand Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh drums the beat of zero tolerance a day in and a day out but on the other his forces have not discontinued bloodbath and other abuses in Jammu and Kashmir,” said JKLF leader Sirajuddin Mir.
 He paid tributes to the “dauntless struggle of Yasin Malik for emancipation of Kashmiris” and said they would leave no stone unturned to achieve the goal of Jammu and Kashmir’s complete freedom and independence.