In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Thursday staged a protest in Srinagar against authorities’ failure to stop braid-cutting incidents.
According to media sources, scores of workers of various pro-freedom organisations took part in the protest staged at Abi Guzar lane near the Lal Chowk.
The protesters were holding placards with messages urging an end to braid-cutting attacks. “Stop braid-chopping”, “Attacks on dignity of daughter not acceptable” and “Attacks on Kashmiri women and braid chopping is a ploy to intimidate Kashmiris” were some of messages written on placards.
The growing incidents have forced people to form local committees in every locality who remain awake throughout the night to ensure no braid-cutting incident occurs.
These incidents have already created fear psychosis across Kashmir with fear griping the womenfolk who find it very difficult to venture out of their homes.
Those who participated in today’s protest programme included Zamrooda Habib, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Ghulam Qadir Baigh, Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidhi, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Farooq Ahmad Sodagar , Imtiyaz Hiader, Siraj ud din Mir, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Advocate Yasir Ahmad Dalal, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Muhammad Yasin Ataiee, Nisar Hussain Rather, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Ishfaq Ahmad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Abdul Hamid Alaie, Muhammad Sideeq Hazari, Sahil Ahmad War, Farooq Ahmad Sheikh and Firdous Ahmad Shah.
High Court Bar Association has strongly condemned the firing by Indian troops on a group of people at Walarhama village in Pahalgam area of South Kashmir, which injured at least five civilians including an old woman.
According to media sources, the Bar Association in a statement in Srinagar maintained that when the braid choppers were caught by people in Kulgam, Kupwara and Uri, Indian army and police immediately reached the spot and resorted to firing and teargas shelling to rescue the braid choppers.
It said the same happened at Wularhama, where a braid chopper was spotted by the people, who ran away and took shelter in an army vehicle, and the army resorted to indiscriminate firing to rescue the culprit.
The Bar also condemned the subjecting of under-trial prisoners lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail, Jammu, to physical torture and stripping.
The lawyers’ body demanded immediate release of Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Masarrat Aalam Butt and other political detainees.
The Bar Association expressed serious concern over the extension of judicial remand of Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Merajud Din Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam and Zahoor Ahmad Watali by a Court in New Delhi.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has strongly denounced Indian rulers for their yet another method of torture being inflicted on the women of Kashmir in the shape of braid cutting by spraying unconscious to punish them for the movement of freedom.
According to media sources, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad said this is in addition to killing of innocent people inside and along the LoC, pellet-blinding, crack-downs, night raids, arrests, long detentions, false & fabricated cases under the inhuman laws in the length and breadth of Kashmir.
He said the Indian regime wants to brutally suppress the Kashmiris to impose a grave-yard silence everywhere. The failure of rulers to condemn braid-choppers, nab them, arrest and uncover their identity and bring culprits to book has given credence to the popular theory that the particular mysterious syndrome has deep conspiracy behind it and the army, police and civil authorities from Delhi to Srinagar under PDP-BJP are in hand and glow to create a mental and societal chaos and fear in Kashmir.
The JKPFL Chairman said the authorities are responsible as the womenfolk have gone into swoon due to the braid-chopping incidents across Kashmir. But, the current gamble being played by elements inimical to peace in the valley will further darken the political climate adding to instability, uncertainty and mass uprising in South Asia, he maintained.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, said that the vulnerability of the Kashmir syndrome warrant focus by the world organizations and leaders: the UN & OIC Secretary General, European Union leadership and the heads of the permanent members of the Security Council should constitute fact-finding missions urging India to permit them to enter the troubled region of Kashmir for an on the spot investigation of the political and humanitarian developments to initiate remedial measures forthwith.
In occupied Kashmir, protests were held amid shutdown in Srinagar and Pulwama areas on Thursday against fresh incidents of brad-chopping and highhandedness of Indian forces.
According to media sources, the residents of Hazratbal took to streets against braid chopping of a woman in Dhobi Mohalla area of the city and staged massive protests. Two incidents of braid-cutting have taken place in the area in the past one week.
All shops and other commercial establishments were closed, while traffic was off the road in the area.
Meanwhile, clashes were reported from Tral area of Pulwama district against the ransacking of houses by forces in the town. Youth took to streets and clashed with the forces in Main Town area of Tral.
The town witnessed complete shutdown against the ransacking of three houses of Kashmiri youth by Indian troops.
In occupied Kashmir, Private Schools Association of Kashmir (PSAK) has expressed concern over the unabated braid chopping incidents happening in the Valley which has created fear psychosis among students at all levels in schools, colleges, universities and coaching centres.
According to media sources, the PSAK President, G N War in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the incidents happening in almost each and every district had affected the students both physically and mentally. “Girl students fear to come to school, boys fear to venture into outside areas as the former might be victim of braid chopping and later getting accused of such incidents by mobs, he added.
He said both academics and extra-curricular activities stand affected as it has disturbed the student community entirely. “Even the discussions and normal talk in educational institutions start and end with braid chopping incidents,” he said.
He said, “Our biggest victims have been students at coaching centres. These students both boys and girls used to come for tuition early morning and leave late evening, but now they fear to attend classes. Girls and their parents don’t want to take any risk and fear they may be their next target,” said G N Var.
Chairman of All Parties Huriryat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has greeted government as well as people of Pakistan over its becoming the member of United Nations Human Rights Council for the next term.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar hoped that Pakistan would continue to raise its voice against human rights violations perpetrated in any part of the world, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian occupational forces.
He said that despite strong opposition from America and India, the rest of the 151 countries expressed their faith and confidence in Pakistan. “It is encouraging that Pakistan has to share great responsibilities to restore human values, highlight and focus its attention on human rights violations wherever these occur in the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat has called a meeting of its executive council on October 21 at its head office, Hyderpora, Srinagar, to discuss some important issues including prevailing situation.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat has paid glorious tributes to religious scholar, Showkat Ahmad Falahi, who was martyred by Indian forces.
According to media sources, the DeM General Secretary Nahida Nasreen in a statement issued in Srinagar said the martyr, Showkat, was a religious scholar who in the truest sense had contemplated Islam, role of youth in the society and significance of freedom struggle. She said that Showkat belonged to a family that had deep roots in Islam. “The martyrdom of Falahi is a huge loss to the Kashmiri people and the Kashmir cause.
Nasreen expressed solidarity with the family.
Showkat Ahmad Falahi was killed in Imamsahab area of Shopian district on Monday.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in its statement while paying tributes to Showkat Falahi said that he sacrificed his life for better future of Kashmiri people. The JKML also paid tributes to martyrs Waseem Ahmad Shah and Nasir Ahmad Mir, who were martyred by troops during a cordon and search operation in Pulwama, recently. The party denounced the rising incidents of braid cutting in the territory.