Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt, under the mass contact programme addressed people at Padshahi Bagh, Lasjan and Nowgam areas of Srinagar, today.
According to media sources, during his visit, Zafar Akbar Butt paid glowing tributes to Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Abdul Majeed Dar, on his martyrdom anniversary and other Kashmiri martyrs. He said that Abdul Majeed Dar was among the frontline commanders who laid the foundation of the ongoing freedom struggle.
The JKSM Chairman said that the great martyrs like Abdul Majeed Dar had written the history of Kashmir’s freedom struggle with their blood and the Kashmiris were indebted to the great and unparalleled sacrifices rendered by their martyrs for a noble cause. He saluted the commitment, dedication and steadfastness of the Kashmiri people and said that they would continue their martyrs’ mission till it reached its logical end.
Zafar Butt paid homage to martyrs including Aijaz Ahmed Dar, Bashir Butt, Farhat Ahmed, Bilal Ahmed, Saifullah and Farooq Showkat on their anniversary. He also strongly condemned the arrest of two youth from Padshahi Bagh by the Indian police during night raids and demanded their immediate release and other political activists.
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has felicitated the Pakistanis on the eve of their National Day and said that the Pakistan Resolution, passed on March 23, 1940 in Lahore was a source of inspiration and guideline for the Muslims of Indian subcontinent.
According to media sources, the DFP in a statement issued in Srinagar while congratulation the government of Pakistan, its people, civil society, political, social, religious and military leadership expressed the hope that the country will move forward keeping in view its responsibility of uniting the Muslim Ummah.
Every day of every Kashmiri is a Pakistan Day as our hearts beat for Pakistan and we always pray for peace, progress, and stability of the country, the statement said.
“Since Pakistan emerged as a nuclear power, the country became the main target of the enemies. The country, prior to becoming a nuclear nation, fell victim to many internal and external conspiracies of which the Fall of Dhaka was an open example,” it said.
Terming Pakistan as a worldly hope for the Muslim world, the DFP said that the Kashmiris believed that a strong Pakistan could play a crucial role in bringing peace in South Asia. Millions of people have sacrificed their lives for achieving Pakistan and the country has to rise to overcome its problems, it added.
The DFP statement said that the Muslim countries of the world were duty-bound to secure the interests of Pakistan and rise to protect and secure this country keeping in view its strategic importance. “Pakistan is the vision of Allama Iqbal (RA), and dream of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (RA), the country always raised voice in favour of oppressed and subjugated Muslims across the world and the undeterred role it played with regard to Kashmiris’ fight for self-determination is hidden from none,” it added.
Meanwhile, the DFP expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of writer, poet and journalist, Maqbool Sahil. The party condoled his passing away and said his death is a great intellectual loss. It prayed for the eternal peace to the soul of Maqbool Sahil and patience of his nears and dears.
Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, today, visited the residence of a martyred youth, Eisa Fazili in Srinagar and expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.
According to media sources, a Hurriyat forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that the Mirwaiz paid glowing tributes to the martyr and expressed solidarity with his family members. Eisa Fazili was a resident of Soura area of Srinagar.
Fazili was killed along with two other youth during a cordon and search operation by Indian troops in Hakoora area of Islamabad district on March 12.
In occupied Kashmir, a minor girl was assaulted and raped in Akhnoor area of Jammu district.
According to media sources, the victim girl’s father informed police that his mentally disturbed daughter was raped in Badgal village of Akhnoor, police confirmed.
The girl’s father said that her underage daughter had gone out with her nine-year-old brother for some work but was waylaid and raped, the official said. He said the perpetrator of heinous crime fled the scene.
A police official said that a case under various sections including rape was registered and the culprit was arrested. He said the medical examination of the girl was conducted and the report was awaited.
Earlier, an eight-year-old girl, Aasifa, was also abducted, raped and subsequently murdered in Heranegar area of Kathua district in Jammu region.
Indian forces launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Hajin town of Bandipora district, today.
According to media sources, an official said that the personnel of Indian army, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force launched the search operation in Khochak Mohalla of the town.
He said that the cordon was laid early Wednesday morning and door-to-door searches were conducted in the area.
However, the forces’ personnel were compelled to lift the cordon after youth came out of their houses and pelted stones on them.
Meanwhile, the force continued search operations in Samboora and Bijbehara areas of Pulwama and Islamabad districts, respectively.
In occupied Kashmir, senior journalist and writer, Maqbool Sahil, passed away in Srinagar, this morning. He was fifty.
According to media sources, Maqbool Sahil prolific Urdu and Pahari writer and broadcaster fell while walking in Lal Bazar area of Srinagar city. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Doctors said he died due to cardiac arrest. His death shocked his colleagues and community of writers and intellectuals across the occupied territory.
Muhammad Maqbool Khokhar alias Maqbool Sahil was born in 1968 at Adhal village in Kokernag area of Islamabad district. He graduated from SP College and started his journalistic career from local daily “Morning Times” where he worked from 1986 to 1989. He worked for Jamaat-e-Islami’s “Azaan” as front page calligrapher and had good command over Kashmiri, Urdu, Pahari and Dogri languages.
Besides writing for Rising Kashmir, Maqbool Sahil was working as senior editor with Kashmir Parcham and Buland Kashmir, Urdu publications of Rising Kashmir. He also performed in TV serials of Gojri and Pahari languages. He hosted talk shows and mushairas on Kashmir channel.
A day before his death, he had posted his picture on Facebook with an Urdu couplet ‘Zindagani! Khush numa too aur bhi ho sakti thi… Sharat lekin sakht thi, uss ko bhi rakhna tha qareeb.” A few days back, he had posted some of his latest Kashmiri poems in his own handwriting to showcase his command over Kashmiri language.
Maqbool Sahil had a long association with Urdu weekly Chattan where he contributed analytical articles and interviews.
A twist came in his professional career in 2005 when he was arrested by Indian police in a fake case. He was detained for two years before court quashed his detention orders. He later penned down his ordeal in an Urdu book Shabistan-e-Wajood, which was well received by readers.
On March 10 Maqbool Sahil was given the “Best Staffer Award” on completion of 10 years of service with Kashmir Media House group. “Shabistan-e-Wajood” was awarded the 2009 Reporters without Borders (RSF) prize.
The Indian Supreme Court is likely to hear the petitions challenging Article 35-A on April 9, one of the petitioners has said.
According to media sources, Labha Ram Gandhi, one of the petitioners, on his return from New Delhi after holding deliberations with his advocates told media in Jammu that the matter has been listed for hearing in the Apex Court for April 9 in the tentative list.
On October 30, a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India, Dipak Mishra, Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwikar and Justice DY Chandrachud had deferred the hearing of petitions by three months following the submission by attorney general, KK Venugopal, that the court proceedings would hamper the dialogue initiated by the India-appointed interlocutor, Dineshwar Sharma.
Article 35-A of Indian Constitution gives special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.