Month: October 2014

Authorities Fail To Rehabilitate IOK Flood Victims: Mirwaiz

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All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has deplored that the winter has begun but the authorities have failed to rehabilitate the flood victims as they are living under the open sky.
According to Media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq chairing a meeting of Dar-ul-Khair, a voluntary group led by him for rehabilitation of the flood affected persons in Srinagar, maintained that it was the collective responsibility of Kashmiris to contribute in rebuilding process. He said that under the ‘Akh Akis’ (All Together) initiative, Mirwaiz has already announced to rebuild 100 flood-damaged houses. During the meeting, the APHC Chairman formed a committee led by the Imam of historic Masjid, Maulana Syed Ahmed Naqshbandi. “The committee will make damage assessment and also seek list of collapsed houses from respective Mohalla Committees to facilitate reconstruction process. We have received many applications so far, however Dar-ul-Khair will help those persons who are economically downtrodden and cannot afford to rebuild their houses,” Mirwaiz said. He said Dar-ul-Khair needs Rs 5.2 crore to rebuild 100 houses. “We have also constituted a committee of experts including engineers and craftsmen who will implement the reconstruction process,” he said. Mirwaiz said he personally made spot visits to flood-affected areas. “The condition of flood victims is pathetic. They cannot live in tents in winter. Our objective is to rebuild maximum houses before winter. This endeavor can only be successful if well-off people in Kashmir who were not affected by floods donate for the noble cause,” he said.

Massive Crackdown Launched Against Hurriyet Leaders In IOK

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Authorities have launched a massive crackdown against Hurriyet leaders and activists to thwart conducting of public meetings in connection with the farcical election boycott campaign in the territory.
According to Media sources, Indian police during house raids arrested Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Mohammad Abdullah Tari, Bashir Ahmad Butt, Ghulam Rasool Dar and others and lodged them in different police stations. The crackdown was continued till last reports came in. Police also arrested several leaders and activists of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu Kashmir including Ayaz Akbar from various places. On the other hand, the Indian police, while encircling the Maisuma area in Srinagar, arrested the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik who was to address a press conference regarding the election boycott. The Indian police also raided the houses of Hurriyet leaders, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Farooq Ahmad Dar and Javed Ahmad Mir and harassed the inmates. Javed Ahmad Mir talking to media persons said that India and its puppet authorities could not force the people of Jammu and Kashmir, demanding right to self-determination, into submission through such tactics. Meanwhile, the Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, JKSM vice president, Tufail Altaf Butt and JKLF leader, Saleem Haroon in their statements in Islamabad denounced the police action against pro-liberation leaders and activists.

Gilani Calls For Boycott of Sham Polls in IOK

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Veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has called for boycott of the so-called assembly elections in the territory
According to Media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that there was no justification of conducting sham polls when Kashmiri people were struggling for their survival. He appealed people to boycott the polls. He said, “The authorities totally ignored all the difficulties and miseries of the flood-hit people and announced the election drama. He said that Kashmir was a disputed territory and election here was a military operation, which was held to befool the Indian people and the international community. The veteran Hurriyet leader also expressed satisfaction over the rescue and relief work done by various pro-freedom organisations. He condemned the arrest of Hurriyet Ayaz Akbar, Rohama Bilal Ahmad, Mohammad Yousuf, Sajad Ahmad, Rayees Ahmad Butt and Shabbir Ahmad. He said, “Arresting and harassing the people at this time of disaster is the worst kind of political vengeance.”

Protest Against Arrest of Yasin Malik in Srinagar

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Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) activists staged a protest demonstration against the arrest of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Mohammad Yasin Mailk, by Indian police in Srinagar.
According to Media sources, Mohammad Yasin Malik was to address a press conference, today, and lead a campaign against so-called assembly elections, scheduled to be held, in Kashmir next month. Indian police resorted to brute force and fired tear gas shells on protesters in city’s Maisuma area. Malik was previously arrested ahead of Eid prayers at Abi Guzar near Lal Chowk while he was preparing to hold  a pro-freedom and an anti-election protest.

Election Boycott Call to be Taken Forward: HCJK

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An emergency meeting of Hurriyet Conference Jammu Kashmir (HCJC) held in Srinagar with Shabbir Ahmed Dar in chair.
According to Media sources, the representatives of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League), Islamic Political party Jammu and Kashmir and  Mohammad Iqbal Mir participated in the meeting. It was decided in the meeting that the call for election boycott by HCJK would be taken forward. The HCJK leaders on the occasion condemned the arrest of Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Abdullah Taari and Muhammad Yusuf Naqash and described it frustration of the authorities. The participants of the meeting, while lashing out at puppet administration, said: “They didn’t even spare the 78-year-old Hurriyet leader Muhammad Abdullah Taari.” Appealing people to completely boycott the upcoming sham elections in the territory, the leaders said: “We will not let the blood of our martyrs go waste. The pro-India parties have accepted their defeat even before the so-called elections,” they said. They said that by boycotting the elections, Kashmiris wanted to send a clear message to the world that the India had forcibly occupied Kashmir and the people of Kashmir didn’t want to live with India. The participants, while criticising the arrests, said the authorities resort to such measures on the onset of sham elections. They severely criticized the arrest of HCJK leaders. All the leaders paid glowing tributes to the three mujahidin martyred at Handwara and said that the mission of the martyrs would be taken to its logical conclusion.

Protest Held Against Killing of Woman in Bandipore

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People staged a protest demonstration against the killings of a woman by a speedy Indian army vehicle in Bandipora town.
According to Media sources, a fast moving Indian army vehicle deliberately hit a woman near Police Station Bandipora leading to on spot death of the lady. Soon after the incident, shopkeepers downed their shutters and protested against Indian state terrorism, eyewitnesses said, adding that Indian police resorted to tear gas to quell the protests.