Day: April 9, 2015
The authorities have enhanced the so-called security in Srinagar and other areas after the killing of three Indian policemen in various attacks at different places in the Kashmir Valley on Monday. According to media sources, Indian troops and police personnel have been deployed in strength in Srinagar and all other major towns of the territory with the directives to remain alert. More barricades and police check-posts have been established at various intersections in Srinagar. The police carried out frisking and random searches in Srinagar, Baramulla, Sopore and other areas, causing huge inconvenience to the people. The troops and policemen have set up checkpoints on various roads, where vehicles and commuters are being checked thoroughly.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference has expressed serious concern over the harassment of the students from the Kashmir Valley by the students of Jammu region at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University in Rajouri. According to media sources, the APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar stressed upon the Vice Chancellor and administration of the university to promote and maintain peaceful atmosphere in the campus so that students could pursue their studies without any hurdle. “Students also should refrain from indulging in scuffles on trivial issues and concentrate on their education instead. The University students should work hard to build their future. They should be focused on carving out a bright career – the basic aim for which the parents have send them to the university,” he said.
Ved Bhasin Lifts The Curtain on Logic Behind Jammu Massacre Says Kashmir Movement is Strong and Relevent
Ved Bhasin, who is credited for institutionalizing journalism in occupied Kashmir and highly respected in the journalistic circles for his professional integrity and intellectual acumen, gives an eyewitness account of the dirty tactics applied by the India-backed rulers to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir. According to media sources, Ved Bhasin in an interview with a daily newspaper in Jammu referring to 1947 massacre of Jammu said, “The riots at that time were organised and planned by the rulers with the support of RSS and other organisations. During riots, Maharaja’s Prime Minister Mir Chand Mahajan invited minority leaders from communal parties and National Conference.” He adds: “We met at Maharaja’s palace. I was in the meeting as a representative of students. There were some prominent names like Trilok Chand Dutt, Girdhari Lal Dogra and Om Saraf. Mahajan told us that power was being transferred to the people of J&K and that Hindus and Sikhs should demand parity.” Ved Bhasin further reveals: “Om Saraf replied to him saying how parity could be demanded when there was so much difference in the Hindu and Muslim population. Mahajan pointed at a forest area down the Maharaja palace, where some Gujjars (Muslim villagers) had been killed recently, and said population can also change.” The veteran journalist, who has been witness to the watershed moments in the Jammu and Kashmir’s politics during his career of more than five decades, recollecting the 1947 memories said, “When Jammu city was placed under curfew, Muslims were not allowed to come out of their houses while Hindus were moving freely. Convoys of RSS men used to start from the Praja Parishad chief Prem Nath Dogra’s House in Kacchi Chawni. They were armed and moving freely from lane to lane, massacring people. The then Governor of Jammu, Chet Ram Chopra called me and told me if I were not his relative, he would have got me arrested. He told me to stop talking of communal amity.” When asked about any retaliation by Muslims against Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir in the wake of Jammu massacre, Ved Bhasin said, “There was communal amenity in Kashmir. Not a single Hindu (Kashmiri Pandit) was touched despite they being a microscopic minority.” About Nehru’s commitment with the Kashmiris, Ved Bhasin said, “In Lal Chowk, Sheikh Abdullah and Jawaharlal Nehru addressed a large gathering of people. Nehru promised them plebiscite and Sheikh promised a special position of the State. Both backtracked. Sheikh launched the Plebiscite Front and Nehru forgot his referendum demand.” Commenting on a question regarding Kashmir cause, he said that the Kashmir dispute was the consequence of the partition of Indian subcontinent. “There cannot be peace in Kashmir until there is peace between India and Pakistan. Mufti Muhammad Sayeed is talking of abrogation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) but it would not be removed until there is forward movement on Indo-Pak talks,” he added. To a query about present status of the freedom struggle, Ved Bhasin said that the Kashmir movement was strong and relevent.
Member of so-called Kashmir Assembly and Awami Ittihad Party Chairman, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, while castigating BJP for raising venomous slogans against Pakistan in the House has termed the act as epitome of hateful polity and vision-less approach. According to media sources, Engineer Abdur Rasheed was reacting to BJP MLA’s anti-Pakistan slogans raised at the floor of the House. Engineer Rasheed protesting in the House said, ”Raising anti-Pakistan slogans by BJP members frequently will just raise fanatic fires and act as irritant in solving real issues. Internal issues need to be addressed and house first set in order rather than raising anti-Pakistan slogans everyday without any concrete vision.” He termed it as hypocrisy on part of the BJP members, who uttered no word against China, but directed all their angst against Pakistan on border issues.
Senior Hurriyet leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, Masarrat Aalam Butt visited Handwara and Rafiabad areas to express solidarity with the families of youth, who were martyred during 2008-2013, and political prisoners detained in different jails. According to media sources, the senior Hurriyet leader on the occasion reiterated that the Kashmiris’ sacrifices for securing their right to self-determination would not be allowed to go waste. He said that the martyrs’ mission would be taken to its logical conclusion, against all odds. The Hurriyet leader denouncing inhuman treatment being meted out to the Kashmiri detainees said that India could not weaken the liberation struggle through such brutal tactics. He called upon the international community to play its role for peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per the Kashmiris’ aspirations in the larger interest of peace and stability in the South Asian region.
Several people were injured when police used brute force an employees’ protest in Srinagar. According to media sources, police used brute force and detained scores of members of Urban Local Bodies Employees United Forum (ULBEUF) during protest against the anti-people polices of puppet regime at Press Enclave in Srinagar. Meanwhile, people staged protests in Tangmarg town against the arrest of two persons Tariq Ahmad Lone and Manzoor Ahmad Lone. Eyewitnesses said that as soon as the news of the incident spread, people of Qazipora came out and blocked Srinagar-Gulmarg road.