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Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times
Srinagar, September 17, 2013
Separatists in Kashmir on Tuesday raised the killings of five youths in south Kashmir and 10-day long curfew with visiting Canadian diplomats and asked the Canadian government to use its good books to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
"I apprised the Canadian delegation of the worsening political and human rights situation in Kashmir. I highlighted the recent bloodbath in Shopian and stressed upon them to impress the governments of India and Pakistan to solve the Kashmir issue, which is threat to south Asia's peace," said moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

A three-member delegation of the Canadian high commission led by Johany Forest, head of political and economic programme, met the Mirwaiz at his house here.

The Shopian killings, in which five youths, including a militant, were killed in CRPF firing, have started dominating the political scene. The separatists are using the killings to highlight alleged human rights abuses in the Valley.

Describing Kashmir "dangerous zone", the Mirwaiz asked the international community "to play their part in resolving the issue while keeping in view the political aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir".

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Force (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, who met the delegation, accused the international community of maintaining "criminal silence". "Peace is never established in a vacuum. The international community has to resolve the issues and conflicts, which are detrimental," Malik told the delegation.

He said the international community used to visit Kashmir and always persuaded leaders to follow a peaceful path. "But, when Kashmiris from 2008 unilaterally transformed their struggle and started a peaceful non-violent resistance movement, the world community disappeared suddenly," Malik added.