Day: April 28, 2015
three more fake cases have been registered against senior Hurriyet leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt, “for questioning and threatening the integrity of India on three occasions” in the past.
According to media sources, these three fresh cases, which are in addition to the one lodged at police station Badgam for waging war and sedition charges on April 15, stand registered at Sumbal, Kralgund and Sopore police stations in north Kashmir and are currently at investigation stage, official documents have revealed. These FIRS have been registered against Masarrat following his release from four-year detention on March 7 this year from Baramulla sub-jail.
The dossier, based upon which he was later booked under PSA by District Magistrate Badgam on April 21 and later on April 23 shifted to Kot Bhalwal jail, was issued against Masarrat Aalam Butt by the police authorities. It reads, “On 28-03-2015, you visited village Markundal in Sumbal (Bandipora district) and addressed a huge public gathering” and raised anti-India and pro-Azad Kashmir slogans, besides instigating general public to rise against the integrity and sovereignty of India, upon which a case was registered in police station Sumbal.
“Similarly, you (Masarrat) led a procession through streets of village (Ganapora Kralgund) and ….delivered a highly provocative and anti-national speech to the gathering, mostly comprising youth. On this, a case was registered at police station Kralgund Handwara,” the dossier further reads.
Subsequently, on April 13, 2015, the dossier alleges, Masarrat visited Arampora, Model Town and Muslim peer areas of Sopore and “delivered highly provocative and anti-national speech to the gathering there. Provoking them against integrity and sovereignty of country, upon which a case was registered by the Police station Sopore”, the police further revealed in the PSA dossier.
The senior Hurriyet leader was arrested by police on April 17 from his Habbakadal home following an FIR against him for raising pro-Pakistan slogans and hoisting Pakistani flag during the April 15 rally to welcome the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani.
The participants of a conference, held in the United Kingdom about plight of minorities under India, through a resolution asked the UK government, political parties and foreign policymakers for recognition of and respect for the right of self-determination as set out in the 1966 International Covenants on Human Rights, so as take forward the only possible means of peaceful conflict resolution in Kashmir and other conflict areas.
According to media sources, the conference on “Safeguarding National and Religious Minorities in India…Towards a credible UK foreign policy.” was jointly organised by Sarbat Khalsa, Kashmir concern and Nations Without Frontiers in the council chamber, council house in Birmingham.
The conference was chaired by Lord Ahmed, and speakers included Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Grham Williamson, Dr Iqtidar Cheema, Charlottee Hodivala, , Reverend John Joshva Raja, Dr Gurdarshan Singh, Dhillon, Professor Zafar Khan, and many others representing Kashmiri, Sikh and Christian Diaspora.
The conference also took stock of Indian stand on the Indian policy that rejects UN-created international law on National self determination leading to grave unresolved conflicts in Kashmir, Punjab, Nagaland and elsewhere, costing hundreds of thousands of lives.
Resolution unanimously passed at the end of the conference urged the UK’s political parties, Foreign office officials and the new Government that will be formed after the general elections on the 7th May 2015 to take forward the proposals put forward at this Conference to protect the human rights of national and religious minorities in India. It asked for recognition of and respect for the right of self-determination, so as take forward the only possible means of peaceful conflict resolution in Kashmir, Punjab, Nagaland and elsewhere.
The resolution demand release of political prisoners, including prisoners of war in armed conflict initiated by Indian military forces, where those armed conflicts have come to an end. It also suggests for establishment of an international criminal tribunal to punish those who have carried out genocide against the minorities in India.
The participants stressed international condemnation of the ‘Hindutva’ movement that seeks to threaten, intimidate and marginalise national and religious minorities in India
The meeting called on the international community to recognise the struggle for national self-determination by the Sikhs in Punjab and the Kashmiri people as not only the lawful and peaceful means to conflict resolution.
a three-day Shahi Jeelan Conference organized by Karwan-e-Islami ended with religious scholars demanding an end to human rights violations in the territory.
According to media sources, Chairman of Karwan-e-Islami, Maulana Ghulam Rasool Hami addressing participants in Srinagar said, “We demand an end to human rights violations in Kashmir. Under the garb of communal agenda voices of dissent are being suppressed.”
Expressing satisfaction over the working of Karwani-Islami, he discussed the challenges being faced by Muslims across the world.
“Karwani-Islami will work for the betterment of Muslims and as youth are being pushed into drug addiction and so our role as torch-bearer in fighting the menace deserves appreciation. Already number of programmes are being run to check the menace and would continue to fight it tooth and nail,” he added.
He said the need of hour is to educate the children about Islam. “The syllabus is being framed in a way to push the students far from the basic tenets of Islam,” he pointed out.
Moulana Qaer Raza Khan, Moulana Muhammad Ashraf Raza, Moulana Muhammad Muzaffer Khateeb, Moulana Qazi Abdul Qayoom, Moulana Abdur Rashid Dawoodi, Moulana Pervez Bakshi, Moulana Wali Muhammad Rizvi and Qazi Yasir participated in the conference.
noted Kashmiri religious scholar, Qazi Yasir, has strongly condemned the arrest of senior Hurriyet leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt, under draconian Public Safety Act.
According to media sources, Qazi Yasir, addressing a religious gathering in Srinagar, said that India would not be able to weaken the Kashmiris’ resolve for freedom through arresting leaders like Masarrat Aalam Butt.
The religious scholar demanded immediate release of all illegally detained leaders including Masarrat Aalam Butt.
Qazi Yasir paid tributes to saints saying that they played pivotal role in spread of Islam in the South Asian region.
Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League has criticised the statement of RSS leader, Andresh Kumar in which he had called for sending Hurriyet leaders to Pakistan, terming it as reflection of fascist mindset of Hindu extremist leaders.
According to media sources, the JKML leader, Abdul Ahad Parra addressing public gathering at Dev Bug in Tangmarg said that India must vacate Jammu and Kashmir, as it was the land of the Kashmiris and not of India. He said that the people of Kashmir had been struggling to liberate the territory from illegal occupation of India for the last 67 years.
Abudl Ahad Parra said that India had occupied the territory illegally by virtue of military might and the international community knows it very well.
The JKML leader denounced the arrest of senior Hurriyet leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt under draconian Public Safety Act. He vowed to continue the liberation struggle till it reached its logical conclusion.
Jamaat-e-Islami has expressed concern over the award of Permanent Residential Certificates (PRCs) to non-Kashmiris, saying that it is a conspiracy of the Indian government to dilute the Muslim identity of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media sources, the Jamaat General Secretary, Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz addressing the yearly party congregation in Kulgam said that the plan to sabotage the Muslim character of the territory was being executed through awarding permanent residential certificates to children at schools.
He said that the Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination was based on justice and the people of Kashmir had started the struggle in 1947 since the start of the dispute.
The JI leader said that his party had been advocating the solution to the Kashmir dispute as per relevant resolutions of the United Nations.
Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz maintained that the Jamaat was not against the return of Pandits, but was against settling them in separate townships in the Valley, as it was against the spirit of communal harmony.
Senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt has said that India and Pakistan should hold dialogue across the table without any further delay and the true representatives of Kashmir should be included in the dialogue process.
According to media sources, Professor Butt addressing party workers at Sopore said that people of Kashmir were owners of their destiny and resolution of issues should be according to the aspirations of Kashmiri people.
Prof Butt castigated Indian media for making propaganda against people of Kashmir and against freedom of Kashmir. He said those were propagating on Indian media against the Kashmir freedom who had no have knowledge of Kashmir dispute.
He said that both India and Pakistan should take people of Kashmir into confidence and seek permanent solution to the lingering Kashmir dispute through a meaningful dialogue. Solution to the dispute will bring stability and peace in the region, he added.