NEW DELHI: A group of 25 people from different walks of life in India and occupied Kashmir has urged New Delhi to recognize Kashmir as a dispute and accept that its resolution can only come through political means and not through military intervention and suppression of all human and democratic rights of the Kashmiri people.

The group in a statement issued in New Delhi sought withdrawal of Indian army and other paramilitary forces from civilian areas of the occupied territory.

It also demanded repeal of draconian laws Public Safety Act and Armed Forces Special Powers Act, release of all political prisoners, grant of access to a UN fact-finding mission to occupied Kashmir, establishment of a judicial tribunal to examine all cases of extrajudicial killings, including that of Burhan Wani.

The statement said that the group members visited the occupied territory with the objective of understanding first hand from ordinary people and civil society situation of the Kashmir Valley that had emerged over the past four and half months since the extrajudicial killing of three members of Hizbul Mujahideen, Burhan Wani, Sartaj Sheikh and Pervaiz Lashkari.

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