Nayeem flays ban on students’ visit to Pahalgam, Sonmarg

Srinagar, June 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, flaying the authorities’ decision of banning local students to visit Pahalgam and Sonmarg, has demanded its immediate withdrawal. Nayeem Ahmad Khan in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “The order banning the local educational institutions to go for picnic to Pahalgam and Sonamarg in the peak summer months smacks of sinister designs.”

He feared that such acts would lead to disastrous consequences. He also demanded the dissolution of Amarnath Shrine Board to pave way for local Pandits to arrange the annual yatra.

The APHC leader said, the people of Kashmir have a tradition of 180 years of conducting the yatra smoothly but now yatra has been loaded with nefarious politics that has changed it into a tool of driving away locals gradually from the scene. “Banning local students from visiting Pahalgam and Sonamarag is to create a wedge between yatris and locals just to defame the ongoing liberation movement,” he added.

Calling for a complete shutdown on the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to the occupied territory on June 25, he said, “Kashmiri people have nothing against Manmohan Singh but his government has killed over 300 innocent Kashmiris in last five years. It hanged Muhammad Afzal Guru and even jailed his body.”

Nayeem Khan also expressed concern over the continued arrest of religious leader, Qazi Yasir, despite his serious ailment and demanded his immediate release.

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