Ghulam Nabi Azad had said security forces were killing common people in Jammu and Kashmir in the name of eliminating terrorists.
Three Kashmiri separatist leaders- Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik- issued a statement in this regard after they held talks at Geelani's uptown Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.
Interestingly, Afridi’s remarks on Kashmir came just days after he met Asif Ghafoor, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), of Pakistan Army.
In his tweet yesterday, Afridi said that the situation in ‘Indian occupied Kashmir’ was appalling and worrisome, and urged the United Nations to stop the bloodshed.
Data presented last month in Jammu and Kashmir assembly reveals that Rs 10.88 crore was spent on the security of separatist leaders, including moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, former chairpersons Abdul Gani Bhat and others.
After a meeting of the party, a spokesman for Tehreek-e-Hurriyat here said that senior Hurriyat leader Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai had succeeded Geelani as the Chairman.
Pakistan has brought up the Kashmir issue in the Security Council, accusing it of "selective implementation" of its resolutions.
Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma, who had in August last year denied the relief to Shah citing ongoing probe, directed Enforcement Directorate’s (Ed) special public prosecutor N K Matta to file a reply to the fresh bail plea by February 26.
After his release today, Saeed said he would gather people across Pakistan for the "cause of Kashmir" and try to help Kashmiris get their "destination of freedom".
He also said there was a decline in the incidents of extremism and that the credit for this should go to the followers of Islam in the country.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a conglomerate of senior separatist leaders, rejected any possibility of engaging in parleys with former Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma.