Month: June 2014
The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) organized a protest rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, in solidarity with Quit Kashmir Movement launched by party the Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in occupied Kashmir.
According to Media sources, the rally, led by JKLF supreme leader, Amanullah Khan, was attended by a large number of party leaders and activists.
“A memorandum to UN Secretary General was Ban Ki-moon handed over to the officials of UN observer’s office in Islamabad, on the occasion,” said a JKLF spokesman in a statement issued in Islamabad.
The memorandum drew attention of Ban Ki-moon towards the worsening human rights situation, arrest and harassment of pro-freedom leaders and activists and settlement of non-Kashmiris in the occupied territory.
Amanullah Khan, while paying tributes to Muhammad Yasin Malik’s courage and passion said, “The jails and incarcerations could not break our will and our struggle for freedom will continue till the achievement of desired goal.”
Meanwhile, a meeting of members of JKLF Supreme Council and zonal and district bodies was held under the chairmanship of party’s Vice Chairman, Sheikh Muhammad Afzal, in Srinagar.
The meeting strongly condemned the continued detention of Muhammad Yasin Malik and other JKLF leaders. The members said that these undemocratic oppressive measures would not subdue the resolve of Kashmiri people and their march towards freedom would continue till complete success.
In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has said that India’s claim to be the largest democracy in the world has proved hollow and fake since its rulers are continuously using force upon people in the territory to crush their liberation sentiment.
According to Media sources, the APHC during its Executive Council meeting at Rajbagh in Srinagar maintained that New Delhi was using force to restrict even religious and political activities of the genuine leadership of Kashmir, besides usurping the right to freedom of speech. The meeting chaired by APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq took detailed view of the ongoing political situation besides discussing the organizational matters.
The meeting said, even if Hurriyet believes in peaceful struggle, restrictions are being put on the religious and political activities of the leadership while innocents are being made victims of violence and threat, adding, it only shows that the anti-Kashmir policy is being pursued by the occupation authorities.
The participants while condemning the continued curfew in Sopore said that after the killing of a youth, Arshad Ahmad Shah, the town has been left on the mercy of gun-wielding troops and police personnel.
The APHC strongly castigated the beating of APHC leader, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, by police in Sopore. It deplored that the police severely flogged the leader and inflicted physical injuries, adding that police instead of bringing peace was engaged in hooliganism. It termed the action against the leader as an open example of state terrorism. It also condemned the continued house arrest of Hurriyet leaders including Zafar Akbar Butt, Shahid-ul-Islam.
Meanwhile, Fateha Khwani was held for the daughter of senior leader of Awami Action Committee, Abdul Rashid Tanki, who passed away recently.
In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have rejected the probe announced by the puppet administration into the recent killing of a youth by Indian troops in Sopore town terming it mere eyewash.
According to Media sources, senior leader of Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in an interview in Srinagar said that many commissions had been ordered by the authorities in the past but not a single culprit had been booked so far. He demanded an impartial investigation into the incident by an independent agency.
He said that Machil fake encounter, Aasiya-Neelofar double rape and murder case in Shopian were examples of human rights violations by Indian forces in the territory and till date no one had been punished.
“We have no hope that justice will be delivered to victim family as the probe announced by authorities is just to befool the people,” he added.
Ayaz Akbar, the spokesman for the forum led by Syed Ali Gilani in an interview said that the puppet administration ordered the probe to buy time only. “These probes have no credibility. We demand an impartial probe by an independent investigating agency so that culprits would be booked,” he added.
It is to mention here that the authorities have ordered a probe into Sopore firing incident in which a youth, Arshad Ahmad Shah, was killed and several others were injured. Deputy Commissioner Baramulla has been asked to submit the report about the incident within 15 days.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has strongly denounced a proposal of creating separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in occupied Kashmir.
According to Media sources, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad termed the move as a big conspiracy to pierce a poisonous dagger into the communal harmony and geographical unity of Kashmir that can ultimately unleash armed Hindu-Muslim conflict across the territory. He said that the idea had been bought from Zionists and could prove to be another Israel for this volatile region.
The JKPFL Chairman emphasized that it was a baseless allegation that the Kashmiri Muslims forced the Pandits to flee from their homes in 1990, rather it was the then Governor of the territory, Jagmohan Malhotra, who manipulated and directed their evacuation just to launch an ethnic cleansing of the Muslims by Indian army. “Muslim always wished them (Pandits) back and protected those who preferred to stay in their homes,” he added.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani warned that the conspiracy would be a dooms day for secularism and would demolish the centuries-old communal harmony between the Muslims and Hindu communities in Kashmir. “The Kashmiris have always been ready to welcome back the displaced Pandits, but the new proposal of the Delhi regime would shut all such possibilities of their return to Kashmir,” he stated. He said, a state for Pandits in the territory was unacceptable and therefore the Pandits living in India for the last two decades should think over it many hundred times before taking the risk. The Indian proposal is only to complicate the internationally-recognised Kashmir dispute, he added.
The JKPFL Chairman said, “Let the people of Jammu and Kashmir be given the right to self-determination; the 1947 position of the state of Jammu and Kashmir be restored and all the regions and major communities allowed to talk to each other to resolve the differences, if any, for a lasting solution. No communal and conspiratorial approach to Kashmir will benefit this region,” he maintained.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops and police personnel have subjected over one hundred thousand Kashmiris including men and women to torture during the past 25 years.
This was revealed in a report released by the Research Section of Media sources, today, on the occasion of the UN International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture. The report emphasized that the occupation forces use mental and physical torture as a weapon to terrorize the people of Kashmir and intimidate them into submission.
The report said, besides at least one hundred and twenty six thousand and two hundred people who were arrested, thousands of other civilians including aged men and women, students and children in the occupied territory were subjected to severe physical torture by Indian paramilitary forces and police personnel under black laws.
In occupied Kashmir, a delegation from Belgium met senior leader of Hurriyet Conference and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabbir Ahmed Shah, at his residence in Srinagar.
According to Media sources, Shabbir Ahmed Shah apprised the delegation from International Movement for Fraternal Union Among Races about the grim human rights situation in the territory due to the unresolved Kashmir dispute.
He informed the members of the delegation about the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation movement and the excessive use of force by the occupation authorities to suppress it citing the recent killing of a youth, Arshad Ahmed Shah, by Indian troops in Sopore town. He said that thousands of people including Hurriyet leaders like Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Masarrat Aalam Butt and Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo continued to languish in jails for challenging India’s illegal occupation on their homeland.
Shabbir Shah said that the Kashmir dispute remained unresolved due to the non-serious approach adopted by the United Nations and the European Union. “Had UN and the EU showed seriousness, the Kashmir dispute would have been resolved long ago,” he added.
Hurriyet leader said that the Kashmiris wanted friendship between Pakistan and India but that was not possible without addressing the Kashmir conflict. He maintained that resolution of the lingering dispute could be brought about as per the relevant UN resolutions and the Kashmiris’ aspirations through tripartite talks involving Pakistan, India and the genuine Kashmiri leadership.
The delegation comprised Associate Director of International Movement for Fraternal Union Among Races, Pal Beersmans and Consultant, Mulder.
In occupied Kashmir, speakers at a seminar have said that countering the India’s designs to change the demographic character of Jammu and Kashmir and dilute its special status by revoking Article 370 are the biggest challenges to pro-freedom leadership.
According to Media sources, the seminar on “New Challenges to Resistance Movement” was organized by High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir at Sadder court complex in Srinagar. Addressing on the occasion, President of the Bar Association, Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom, expressed concern over settlement of Pandits in particular areas in South, Central and North Kashmir.
“We are not against return of Pandits but they should put up where they were previous residing alongside their Muslim brethren,” he added. He requested the participants to take stock of the plan and suggest ways and means to defeat the nefarious designs. “Article 370 may have been hollowed out due to its gradual erosion but still remains relevant as it reminds the government and people of India of their commitment to right to self-determination to people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
In his speech, Advocate Nazir Ahmad Ronga said that Kashmir’s resources were being destroyed apace and it would prove an irreparable loss to the Kashmiris. He urged the pro-freedom leadership to unitedly take the freedom struggle to its logical end.
Advocate G N Shaheen said, “We are on a crucial stage of our freedom struggle and should take lessons from freedom struggle of Palestinians, Northern Ireland and others.”
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, vowed that the Kashmiris would sacrifice anything and everything for the freedom movement.
Addressing the seminar, the Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, said that the biggest challenge before the pro-freedom leadership was to counter the designs by India to change the demographic complexion of the territory.
Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan, President Doctors Association Kashmir, said that the Kashmiris should carry forward the struggle with dedication. “This freedom struggle needs blood. It needs martyrdom and that we should be ready for it,” he said.
Advocate N A Tabassum, Advocate Bashir Siddiq, Advocate Muhammad Amin, Advocate Syed Manzoor, Advocate Arshad Andrabi, Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Shakeel Qalander and Abdul Samad also addressed the seminar.