Month: January 2015
The shopkeepers and people held a protest demonstration against the activists of Hindu extremist and anti-Kashmir party, BJP, at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, today.
According to Media sources, the leaders of the business community addressing the demonstration said that BJP was trying to spread communalism and convert the Muslim majority status into minority in the occupied territory. They said that the people of Kashmir had rejected the Hindu extremist candidates through their voting. They said that the anti-Kashmir, BJP would not be allowed to disturb the atmosphere of Kashmir on the lines of communalism and its every such move would be resisted.
In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have put ban on the Tehreek-e-Hurriyet seminar by laying siege around the TEH office at Hyderpora in Srinagar, where the seminar was scheduled to be held, today.
According to Media sources, the authorities also placed Tehreek-e-Hurriyet General Secretary, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Democratic Freedom Party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah under house arrest to prevent them from attending the seminar. DFP Secretary General, Maulana Muhammad Abdullah Taari strongly reacting over the ban on the seminar and arrest of pro-freedom leaders in a statement said that the restrictions had betrayed the frustration of the authorities. He said that Shabbir Ahmad Shah was put under house arrest on Wednesday evening in a bid to prevent him from participating in the seminar. The Tehreek-e-Hurriyet was scheduled to organize a seminar on the settlement of non-Kashmiris in the territory, but the authorities deployed police in strength at the venue to disrupt the seminar. Meanwhile, a delegation of Freedom Party led by Maulana Taari visited Hurriyet leader, Mushtaq-ul-Islam at his Batamaloo residence and greeted him over release. Hurriyet leader, Zamurda Habib in a statement also denounced authorities for not allowing Tehreek-e-Hurriyet to hold seminar on the issue of non-Kashmiris’ settlement. She said that India could not succeed to suppress the Kashmiris’ movement through such tactics.
Indian legal experts have questioned the recommendations put forth by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs about granting citizenship rights to non-Kashmiris, saying that the panel is not competent to deal with the subject in view of India’s own constitution.
According to Media sources, the Congress lawmaker from West Bengal, Bhattacharya, who heads committee, in a media interview over phone from Kolkata, said, “These are just recommendations and the panel is not an executive authority.”
The Parliamentary Standing Committee last month recommended that the Indian government must impress upon the occupied Kashmir regime to grant non-Kashmiris the status of permanent residents of the territory.
The 31-member panel did not have a single member from Jammu and Kashmir, taking observers by surprise while raising questions on its motives. The territory has 10 members in Indian parliament—six in Lok Sabha and four in Rajya Sabha.
“In my opinion, the committee should not have dealt with the matter as it doesn’t fall within the jurisdiction of the Parliament or the Indian government,” said senior counsel Zaffar Ahmad Shah. If the IOK regime implements these recommendations, he said, it will be violating the J&K’s constitution and the law.
In 1987, the Indian Supreme Court dismissed a petition filed by non-Kashmiris seeking citizenship and other rights, stating it cannot grant any relief to them in view of the peculiar constitutional position of the territory. The Indian Home Ministry had submitted before the JPC that non-Kashmiris couldn’t claim to be the permanent residents of the territory.
“Legally speaking, the issue is that these people were not the owners of land in Kashmir in 1944. They were not ‘sahib-e-jaidad’. So they do not have a right of claiming to be the permanent residents,” it—according to the JPC report—told the panel. The ministry further apprised the panel that granting permanent residents status to non-Kashmiris is a political question.
Various Hurriyet leaders and organizations have continued to pay tributes to the two Kashmiri youth, Abid Khan and Sheeraz Ahmad Dar, who were martyred by Indian troops on Tuesday during a siege and search operation at Tral in Pulwama district.
According to Media sources, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the sacred blood of the martyrs would not go waste and sooner or later India had to accept the ground realities regarding Kashmir.
He said that during the 2008 and 2010 mass uprising millions of people came out on the roads and demanded their right to self-determination and reminded India about its forgotten promises made with the people of Kashmir.
APHC leader Javaid Ahmad Mir in a statement said, “Tral-like incidents remind that further delay in resolution of Kashmir dispute can have dangerous consequences on Kashmir’s future generations and India’s claim of being a democratic country.”
Paying glowing tributes to the youth, the Chief Patron of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front- R, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo in a statement in Srinagar said, “The sacrifices offered by the youths will not go waste.
Kashmir Freedom Front General Secretary, Mohammad Akbar Dar while paying tributes to the youth said that the sacred blood of the martyrs would never go in vain and sooner or later India had to accept the ground realities regarding the Kashmir.
Meanwhile, a Hurriyet delegation comprising, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Shabbir Ahmad Dar and Muhammad Iqbal Mir visited the residences of Tral martyrs and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families.
The United Jehad Council (UJC) Chairman Syed Salah-ud-Din in a statement, while paying rich tributes to the slain militants, said, “The two brave youth who achieved martyrdom in Tral yesterday were associated with HM for several years and always worked for the interests of the outfit. Commander Abid Khan and Sheraz Ahmad were a prized asset of our organization.”
Awami Itihaad Party President (AIP) and member of so-called Kashmir assembly, Engineer Abdul Rasheed has criticized the mass reshuffle in the civil and police administration aiming at bringing Hindu employees to all administrative posts to advance BJP’s communal agenda in the territory. He termed the move as a ploy to harm the basic aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
According to Media sources, Engineer Rasheed in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “There is a well-thought out conspiracy to change the dynamics related to basic charter of Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) and Kashmir Police Services (KPS) and strengthen the Indian Administrative Services (IAS).”
The latest administration changes by Governor, he added, reflects gross violation of these norms and when in future an administration takes over that will have excuse that Governor has already laid base for all this.
He vowed that AIP would go all out to preserve the genuine interests of Jammu and Kashmir.
It is worth mentioning that the Governor is bringing Hindu employees to almost all administrative posts to advance the BJP’s communal agenda in the territory.