In occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said dialogue between Pakistan and India cannot be fruitful until progress is made on the Kashmir dispute.

Addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar today, he welcomed resumption of dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi.

He said the Kashmir dispute is the main impediment in the cordial relations between Pakistan and India and the peace, progress and prosperity of the South Asian region.

APHC leaders, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Syed Bashir Andrabi, in their addresses and statements said that the Kashmir dispute can only be resolved through tripartite talks involving Pakistan, India and the genuine Kashmiri leadership in line with the UN resolutions.

Senior Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in a statement in Srinagar appealed to the international community to take cognizance of the gross human rights violations committed by Indian troops in the territory.

People observed complete shutdown and staged demonstrations in Shopian and Pulwama against the killing of two youth by Indian troops during a siege and search operation in Shopian.

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