Hurriyat Leaders would not be part of Pakistan National Day’s function, FO

On Wednesday, Foreign Office (FO) released a statement in which special concerns are shown over the arrest and detention of Hurriyat leaders in India-held Kashmir.

The statement added that Hurriyat leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah, Asiya Andrabi were arrested or detained in order to prevent them from attending the Pakistan Day function.

The function would be held at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on March 23.

Tension between Pakistan and India is going high these days specially on LOC and working boundary.

Cross-border firing appears to have become a new norm following an Indian claim of a ‘surgical strike’, unrest in Kashmir and the Uri army base attack in September 2016.

Pakistan’s stance is that India is attempting to divert the world’s attention away from atrocities committed by government forces in India-held Kashmir.

Pakistan and India have, most recently, locked horns over Kashmir since Indian forces stepped up crackdown against protesters after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by government forces in July last year.