Sardar Attique deplores killing of Afzal Guru

MUZAFFARABAD: Former prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and president of Muslim Conference Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan Saturday denounced the brutal killing of Afzal Guru by India in Tihar Jail as a cowardly act.

He urged upon the international and regional human rights organizations to take serious note of the so-called largest and secular democracy Hindustan’s heinous crime, depriving Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru of basic right of access to a lawyer in his defence and to undertake all the court proceedings under internationally well-known notorious POTA Act.

He said this while addressing the participants of National Youth Summit 2013 organised here by social sector organization, ‘Aiming Change for Tomorrow’ and Valley Trackers.

Atiq briefed the youth on the core issue of Kashmir and the Kashmiris stance on the issue. He said, “We support and believe in, and will continue nonviolent democratic freedom movement for right of self-determination, till it will reach to its logical conclusion and we appealed UN, European Union, OIC, SAARC, ASEAN and all other international and regional bodies to wake up and come to the rescue of helpless Kashmiri people”.

He also spoke to the youth on the issues related to governance in an interactive session. An informal session followed where youth were asked to prepare action plans for post-summit social action projects.

The speakers at National Youth Summit 2013 urged the participants to promote entrepreneurship among them and work for prosperity of the country together.

At its third simultaneous day, the workshop discussed the importance of self-realization in success and the speaker urged the youth to come out of its bounds to play a role in the development of the country.

At second session of the day, titled ‘Developing Confidence’ Ms Asma Mustafa, a professional consultant and counselor, discussed the main factors that caused lack of confidence amongst many people. Indicators of low self-esteem were also discussed.

A session was also conducted on creativity where the youth were informed to come out of bounds to play a role for themselves and their coming generations, and that creativity and arts should be accepted to promote cultural harmony and peace.

Another workshop was held for volunteering to promote the spirit of self- lessness amongst young people.

The youth delegation also went on to a city tour where they were taken to the legislative Assembly of AJK. Deputy Speaker Shaheen Kauser Dar welcomed the youth on the arrival and had interactive discussion on the problems of Kashmir, the role of AJK government for the cause of Kashmiri people and the governance structure.

The youth travelled to the city to see some parts of Muzaffarabad later.

The evening dinner was held with the partners and sponsors of youth to thank the organizations who had sponsored or partnered in the arrangement of the National Youth Summit 2013 in Muzaffarabad.

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