Indian troops and police have started a massive frisking operation in the territory ahead of January 26, the Republic Day of India, causing immense inconvenience to the people.
According to media sources, the police have erected several makeshift checkpoints in Srinagar where the main official function of Indian Republic Day will be held. Over 40 checkpoints have been set-up from Hari Singh High Street to Dalgate on the one side and from Amira Kadal to Zero Bridge, on the other. Similar ‘nakas’ have been set-up on Srinagar-Baramulla Highway and also on the entire byepass stretch from Nowgam to Hyderpora. A tight vigil is also being maintained on Srinagar-Jammu Highway, which has been declared ‘hypersensitive’, apart from some other areas which have been declared ‘sensitive’. An eyewitness told media that joint teams of Indian police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are stopping passenger vehicles and asking the commuters to step out and line up for frisking and searches. “I was asked to show documents of my two-wheeler and also my identity proof. A policeman also asked me where from I was coming and where I am going?” he said. “From sudden cordon and search operations to frisking, everything is happening in downtown Srinagar these days,” said Reyaz Ahmed, a resident of Nowhatta. A massive deployment of Indian forces’ personnel has been made on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway. A witness said that passenger of vehicles, and those travelling on motorcycles, have to face intense frisking at Pampore, Sempora, Pantha Chowk and Sonwar areas. Another witness said that vehicles were also thoroughly frisked on Srinagar-Baramulla Highway near Shalteng, HMT and also near Pattan. Additional Director General of Police, Muneer Khan, admitted that there were more security measures this time compared to previous years.
In occupied Kashmir, Dr Bilqees Shah, the wife of illegally detained senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabbir Ahmed Shah, has been summoned by India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) to its Delhi office again.
According to media sources, a DFP spokesman in a statement in Srinagar confirming the fresh summon to Dr Bilqees said she has been told to appear in the Delhi office of ED on January 30. The husband of Dr Bilqees, Shabbir Shah, is undergoing illegal detention in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. He was arrested by ED on July 25, 2017 in a fake case registered against him in 2005. Dr Bilqees was summoned and questioned by the ED earlier also.
The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) Chapter held a protest demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today, against the Indian state terrorism and continued detention and house arrest of Hurriyat leaders in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, addressing the demonstration, the speakers strongly condemned the arrest spree and other human rights violations by the troops in the occupied territory. They demanded of the international community to play role in granting the Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination.
The speakers said that entire South Asia was facing uncertain situation due to delay in the resolution of the lingering Kashmir dispute which was also not in the interest of India. They said that permanent peace in the region was impossible without settling the Kashmir dispute according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. The speakers said that Kashmiri people were rendering unprecedented sacrifices for a great cause and they would continue their struggle till it reached its logical conclusion.
In occupied Kashmir, the puppet administration, today, admitted that it has arrested 11,290 persons in last two years.
According to media sources, the puppet regime in a written reply in the so-called Kashmir Assembly said that in 3,733 FIRs 11,290 persons were arrested.
Foreign Office spokesman, Dr Mohammad Faisal has condemned the continued killing spree by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, Dr Mohammad Faisal in his weekly briefing in Islamabad, today, said that Indian occupational forces during violent and illegal operations and fake encounters martyred six Kashmiri youth in Shopian and Baramulla areas recently. He also deplored that Hurriyet leaders and activists including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt and Nayeem Ahmed Khan continued to remain under illegal detention, which is highly condemnable. He said Shabbir Ahmed Shah’s wife, Dr Bilquees Shah, has submitted an application before the court that her husband is suffering from various ailments and has been on regular medicine for the past six years. She also said that Shabbir Shah is being slow poisoned in Tihar Jail of New Delhi, he added. The spokesman said before coming to the press briefing, he summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, J P Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian troops along the Working Boundary, today, in Sialkot Sector, resulting in the martyrdom of two innocent women (45-year-old Perveen Bibi and 20-year-old Ayesha) while injuring 5 others including three females. The Indian troops along the Working Boundary started indiscriminate and unprovoked firing with heavy mortars and automatic weapons since Wednesday night on the civilian populated villages in Sialkot.
He urged that the India should permit the UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.
In occupied Kashmir, residents of Shamsipora village of district Islamabad held a protest demonstration outside Deputy Commissioner’s office Islamabad, today, against the setting up of a camp by Indian Army in a playground.
According to media sources, scores of the protestors assembled outside the DC office and shouted anti-India slogans. Locals told media that panic gripped the area this morning after Indian Army personnel started measuring a local play ground to set up a camp. They said that the army men refused to listen to the village elders and asked them to go and talk to the Deputy Commissioner. The residents later went to the DC office and staged a protest. “The land belongs to us. How can they take away that land without even letting us know?” said an elderly protester.
India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA), today, filed a chargesheet against 12 people including several Hurriyat leaders in a false case registered against them in May last year for their active role in the ongoing Kashmir freedom movement.
According to media sources, the NIA filed the chargesheet before a Special Court in New Delhi against Hurriyat leaders, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Peer Saifullah and Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, noted Kashmiri businessman, Zahoor Ahmed Watali, photojournalist, Kamran Yusuf, and a youth, Javaid Ahmed Butt. The chargesheet also includes the name of Hizbul Mujahideen Chief, Syed Salahuddin. The chargesheet says that these people have waged a war against India. The NIA also sought permission to continue its investigations in the case.