Month: March 2015

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Indian Army has refused to reply a query relating to the court martial in Machil fake encounter case and Court of Inquiry in Pathribal case.

According to media sources, an RTI was filed by Venkatesh Nayak, Programme Coordinator in Access to Information Programme, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, to get documents relating to court martial in Machil fake encounter case and the Court of Inquiry into the Pathribal case but the PIO of the Indian Army rejected the request invoking section 8(1) (h) – impeding investigation, prosecution or arresting offenders.

Venkatesh Nayak had sought a photocopy of the entire text of findings of the court martial in relation to the conviction of five army personnel in Machil fake encounter case in 2010.

He had also sought a photocopy of the charge sheet filed before the court martial in relation to the case along with a photocopy of the sentence awarded to the convicted troopers.

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MASARRAT VISITS MARTYRS’ FAMILIES IN SRINAGAR

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Senior Hurriyet leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, Masarrat Aalam Butt visited the residences of martyrs; Wamiq Farooq, Tufail Mattoo and Umar Qayyum in Srinagar.

According to media sources, the senior Hurriyet leader on the occasion expressed solidarity with the families of martyrs and expressed the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the liberation struggle, against all odds.

Besides others, he was accompanied by Abdul Ahad Parra, Feroz Ahmad Khan, Malik Ghulam Nabi, Riaz Ahmad Shah, Tahir-ul-Islam and Javed Ahmad Najjar.

FRESH FLOODS FEARED AMID HEAVY RAINS IN IOK

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In occupied Kashmir, dozens of structures including residential houses have been damaged due to landslides caused by heavy rainfall in the Valley over the past 24 hours, police said.

According to media sources, a landslide caused by the rain in Budgam district destroyed eight residential houses and 10 cowsheds last evening.

At least 26 residential houses were damaged by the landslide, but there were no reports of loss of life, they said. The residents of the area were evacuated to safety in view of flood danger.

The rainfall has also forced closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway due to landslides at some places, an official of the Traffic Department said.

In Pulwama district, hundreds of families putting up in houses near the banks of river Jhelum from Nayina to Lethpora area have started shifting to safer locations in view of increasing water level in the river.

Panicky residents fearing that the river might swell again as it did during devastating floods in September last year, have started relocating as heavy rains continue to lash the valley. Reports pouring in from various parts of the district suggest that all the diversions on various streams, including the Rambi area, have been washed away by gushing waters.

Roads leading to Srinagar, Islamabad, Rahmu, Tahab, Chatarpora, Payer and Pakharpora have been blocked. Various areas of the district have been completely cut-off from the district headquarters, reports added.

Incessant rains have lashed the Kashmir region since last evening even as the MeT department has warned of week-long wet spell, flash floods and landslides in various parts of the valley.

Kashmir valley has been witnessing heavy rainfall since yesterday, leading to sudden surge in water level of rivers, streams and rivulets, causing panic among the residents about possibility of fresh floods.

INQILABI PAYS TRIBUTES TO KASHMIRI POLITICAL DETAINEES

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Hurriyet leader and the Chief Patron of Jammu and Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi has paid glowing tributes to illegally detained Hurriyet leaders and activists languishing in different jails of India and the occupied territory.

According to media sources, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the political detainees were enduring hardships for the just cause of freedom from the Indian bondage. “Hurriyet leader Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo has spent over 22 years in jails. We salute his steadfastness and determination and have decided to give ‘Asai-Sofi’ award to him,” he announced.

He said that Kashmiri martyrs like Ashfaq Majeed Wani, Advocate Jaleel Andrabi and Shabbir Siddiqui offered their lives for freedom and those who were languishing in jails awere guardians of their sacrifices.

Demos in Palhallan over Indictment of Killed Youth

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hundreds of people staged

demonstrations in Palhallan area of Baramulla district against the Indian

police for booking a youth, whom they had shot dead during a protest last

month, on charges of stone-pelting.

According to media sources, people took to streets against the

naming of the martyred youth, Farooq Ahmad Butt, in an FIR. They raised

anti-India and pro-freedom slogans, demanding dropping of charges against

the youth.

Farooq Ahmed Butt was killed and two other people were injured when

Indian police had resorted to unprovoked firing on peaceful demonstrators

in Palhallan on February 9, this year. The killing had triggered massive

protests in the area, forcing the occupation authorities to order a

magisterial inquiry into the incident. The enquiry had exonerated Farooq

Butt of all charges and declared him innocent, but the police report

indicts him as a stone-pelter.

“We do not understand why police booked him under stone pelting charges,”

said a protester, Riyaz Ahmad.

The residents of Palhallan threatened to launch a massive agitation if

charges against the martyred youth were not dropped immediately.

Meanwhile, dozens of youth, facing fake cases in Islamabad town staged a

demonstration in the District Court Complex seeking withdrawal of charges

against them. They said that their normal lives had suffered immensely as

they had to attend the court proceedings frequently.

“If we skip the hearing due to any unavoidable circumstance police issue

warrant and summon us to police stations,” said Asif Ahmad Dar, a BA

final year student from Malakhnag area of the town.

“Whenever any untoward incident happens in the town police harass us,”

said Aadil Ahmad of Mattan Chowk.

“The mental agony we and our families undergo is beyond expression,” said

Mudasir Ahmad Wagay, a BA 2nd year student of Sherpora area.

HCBA SEMINAR CALLS FOR GREATER UNITY AMONG HURRIYET CAMP

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speakers at a seminar have

called for greater unity among the pro-freedom camp to carry forward the

ongoing liberation movement in a more effective manner.

According to media sources, the seminar was organized by Jammu

and Kashmir High Court Bar Association in Srinagar to pay tributes to

noted Kashmiri human rights defender, Advocate Jaleel Andrabi, and the

speakers included lawyers and members of pro-freedom organizations. The

seminar deliberated upon the settlement of non-Kashmiri refugees and

constitution of a Delimitation Commission announced by the PDP-BJP ruling

alliance in the territory. Jaleel Andrabi was abducted by Indian troops

on March 8, 1996, from Srinagar and his body was recovered from River

Jhelum on March 27.

Advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front said,

“It is strange that we are fighting for one cause yet we are scattered.

Our enemy is very clever and does not want us to be one.” He came down

heavily on PDP for forging alliance with BJP. He said that constitution

of Delimitation Commission and settling of non-Kashmiri refugees in

occupied Kashmir were aimed at changing the Muslim majority status of the

territory.

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader, Javaid Ahmed Mir, also called

for greater unity among the Hurriyet leadership. He said that the PDP-BJP

coalition regime was run by RSS from Nagpur. He said that settling of

refugees was aimed to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.

The President of High Court Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom, urged the

people to defeat the nefarious designs of BJP-PDP alliance in the

territory.

The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, said that agenda

of BJP-PDP had been conceived by RSS. She pointed out that non-Kashmiri

refugees had already been settled in Jammu. “Lubha Ram Gandhi has already

exposed the Indian game plan. It is now only an eyewash, when someone

says that they will be settled,” she added.

Mohammad Yousuf Mir of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in his speech said

that all the issues including settlement of non-state subjects were

offshoots of the Kashmir dispute. “Unless the Kashmir issue is settled,

these peripheral issues will crop of from time to time,” he said.

Mohammad Yousuf Mir said that pro-freedom leadership should evolve a

strategy to defeat India’s nefarious designs in occupied Kashmir.

Advocate Ghulam Nabi Shaheen said that six lac Muslims were killed in

Jammu in November 1947 just to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir

and settlement of nearly a million refugees would again change the

demographic composition of the territory. Advocate Majid Jahangir said

that the biggest human rights violation was that New Delhi was refusing

to leave Jammu and Kashmir.

Others who addressed the seminar included Advocate Nazir Ahmed Ronga,

Advocate Arshad Andrabi, Dr Nissar-ul-Haq, Peer Saif-ullah, and Advocate

Mohammad Amin Butt. They paid rich tributes to Jaleel Andrabi and other

Kashmiri martyrs and vowed to continue their mission till success.

CRPF PERSONNEL RESORT TO AERIAL FIRING IN SRINAGAR

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the personnel of Indian

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) resorted to aerial firing in Srinagar

when people prevented them from arresting a youth.

According to media sources, the CRPF personnel tried to arrest

the youth who had burst firecrackers near one of their bunkers soon after

Australia defeated India in the Cricket World Cup semi-final on Thursday.

However, people prevented the attempt of the CRPF men, who resorted to

aerial firing, creating panic in the area.