Salahuddin expresses dismay,supports Geelani’s strike call
ZUBIN MEHTA SHOW
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
Islamabad, Sep 5: The Chairman of United Jihad Council Syed Salahuddin on Thursday expressed dismay over the decision of the German embassy to hold Zubin Mehta concert at Shalimar garden in Srinagar.
“Since 1947, over half a million people have been killed by forces in Kashmir and about ten thousand Kashmiris have been subjected to enforced disappearances”, the UJC chief said in statement.
He stated that these gross and large-scale violations of human rights in the troubled region continued unabated.
Regarding Germany’s role in hosting the concert in “disputed territory”, Syed Salahuddin said, “The country that claims to be the champion of human rights did not even bother to send a fact-finding mission to take stock of the human rights situation in Kashmir.”
On the contrary, he said, that Germany did not find any ingloriousness in hosting a musical concert, which he said was meant to create an impression that the struggle in Kashmir had came to an end.
Terming it as a condemnable act on the part of Germany the UJC chairman maintained that the Germany’s role has been highly disappointing. Lending full support to strike call given by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani he said, “By observing strike on 7th September the valiant people of Kashmir would send a clear cut message to the world that Kashmir is not an integral part of India.”
Expressing serious concern over Zubin Mehta concert, the vice-president of Democratic Freedom Party Mehmood Saghar said that the event being hosted at the Shalimar Gardens in Srinagar is aimed at painting a rosy picture of Kashmir before the outside world.
Hailing Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society for organizing a parallel show Saghar said, “If German ambassador Michel Steiner is really a Kashmir lover then he along with his other associates must voluntarily visit the Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir concert being organized by civil society”. He said that Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir concert would certainly give the Steiner and his fellow visitors a real feeling of abysmal situation Kashmiris have been facing over the years.
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