ISLAMABAD - Senior Hurriyet leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah has emphasised that the Kashmir dispute was emerging as a cause of concern for world nations, and international community can no longer afford to remain indifferent to the need of resolving it, without further delay.

Shabbir, who is under house arrest, was addressing a party meeting in Pulwama over phone from Srinagar.

He thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for raising the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly and asked the world to take the speech in a serious manner because it represented the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

He also welcomed the statement of Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif that Kashmir was an unfinished agenda of the partition, Kashmir Media Service reported.

Hurriyet leaders, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Syed Bashir Andrabi in their statements said that the Kashmir movement could be taken to its logical conclusion by strengthening the Hurriyet forum led by the veteran leader, Syed Ali Geelani.

They said that the forum was the only strong and viable resistance platform against Indian occupation. Meanwhile, shutdown was observed in Awantipora to commemorate the first martyrdom anniversary of a Kashmiri youth, Showkat Ahmad Qasba, who was killed by Indian troops last year at Charsoo in Pulwama district.

Protest demonstrations were held at Barsu against nocturnal raids and arrests of youth. Normal life was badly affected in Rajouri against the assault on a Muslim by Hindu extremists on the pretext of transporting a buffalo for slaughter.

On the other hand, the authorities prevented the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Deeni Mahaz from holding a seminar on the political prisoners, who have been awarded life sentences. Muslim Deeni Mahaz was scheduled to hold the seminar in Srinagar.