KAC opposes pandits settlements in IHK

LAHORE: The Kashmir Action Committee has strongly opposed the establishment of settlements in Kashmir valley for retired army personnel and pandits, describing it as Indian plan to change the demography of Kashmir.

At a meeting yesterday, presided over by Justice (r) Sharif Hussain Bokhari, the KAC also condemned the arrest and detention of Kashmiri leaders and restrictions imposed on freedom of expression and association on the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

A press release issued after the meeting said that people of J&K have unfettered right to self-determination, which was recognised by the UN Security Council and UN Commission for Pakistan and India through various resolutions. Pakistan and India, the statement said, are under moral and legal obligation to provide the people of Kashmir an opportunity to decide their future.

The statement said that gross violation of human rights has been going on in occupied Kashmir at the hands of state actors since 1947.  The KAC demanded an end to oppression, death and destruction and rights violations in India-held Kashmir.

The KAC reiterated its resolve to continue to support peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination. Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh, Lt Col Ali Muhammad Mir, Farooq Azad, Dr Khursheed Sikandar, Omar Zaheer Advocate, Mrs Maimoona Azam, Mrs Rahat Saeeduddin and Mrs Najma Haleem were among the meeting participants.–Staff Reporter

UAE president’s gesture for the poor

LAHORE: As many as 150,000 flour bags (20kg each) are being distributed on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, among the needy people of Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Kashmore, Ghotki and Kharan districts.

The benevolent help has been going on since 2003 during the holy month of Ramadan.

According to a press release, the locals and notables of these districts have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the UAE president for this act of kindness.–Staff Reporter

Bus stop construction demanded

LAHORE: Nazim Shaukat in a statement has said that a bus stop in front of Civil Lines should be constructed because this is without a roof. People are facing difficulties in this hot weather as the construction has stopped.

He demanded from the authorities concerned to immediately construct the bus stop.–PR