‘Demilitarize Kashmir, revoke black laws’
Posted by Admin on August 9, 2010
New Delhi, Aug 8: The Kashmiris who staged a sit-in outside the Jantar Mantra here on Saturday evening demanded demilitarization of the Valley, revocation of draconian laws AFSPA, J&K-PSA, Disturbed Areas Act and release of all political prisoners arrested in last 21 years.
The participants comprising, teachers, journalists, students, businessmen also demanded allowing of international agencies to investigate into the mass graves in Kashmir and the crimes against humanity committed by armed forces and holding of dialogue with Kashmiris.
Faculty of Delhi University SAR Geelani, who spoke in the meeting was unequivocal about the demand for Kashmir freedom. Revolutionary poet Vara Vara Rao who was an emissary of the present CPI (Maoist) asserted that the people of Kashmir were not alone in their struggle against Indian State. He pointed out that the masses of Dankaranya, Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand were with the struggle for freedom of the people of Kashmir.
Noted film maker, Sanjay Kak pointed out that the Kashmiris should stop looking at themselves as victims. Mrigank from the Nav Jawan Bharat Sabha expressed solidarity for the movement of the people of Kashmir. Narender from the Popular Front expressed his organisation’s support for what he termed as the “complete independence” of the people of Kashmir. Kavita Krishnan from the CPI (ML) (Liberation) talked about the atrocities committed by the army on the people of Kashmir as well as the need for a meaningful dialogue.
Sharmila Purkayastha from the PUDR, former Ambassador Madhu Bhaduri, Karen Gabriel from Delhi University, Banojyotsna Lahiri from DSU JNU, Om from AISA JNU, Tara Basumatary from DU also spoke on the occasion. Greater Kashmir