Month: September 2015
According to media sources, the JKLF leader, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, while distributing relief among the affected people of recent floods at Laisoo in Kulgam said that the party had always tried to reach out to the people who were devastated by natural calamities. “Reaching out to the affected and needy people is our religious and humanitarian duty,” he said.
Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri was accompanied by Gulam Rasool Hazari, Abdul Satar, Assadullah Sheikh, Ghulam Hassan and others. On the occasion warm blankets, Rice and other relief goods were distributed among the needy.
In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyet leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabbir Ahmed Shah, has strongly reacted to the recent statement of Indian Deputy Home Minister, Kiren Rijiju, that Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India.
According to media sources, Shabbir Ahmed Shah who is under continued house arrest in Srinagar in a statement suggested Kiren Rijiju to re-read the history before issuing statement on Kashmir. “Kashmir was never part of India but was annexed by it in 1947 through military invasion,” he said.
Shabbir Shah said that it was India that took the Kashmir dispute to the UN and promised to the Kashmiris of holding plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that Rijiju’s statement was nothing but an attempt to mislead the Indian masses. “He (Rijiju) should go through history to know about the speeches of first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with regard to Kashmir. Such distortion of facts can’t change the reality of Kashmir issue,” he said.
Senior Hurriyet leader expressed strong resentment over the accepting by Delhi High Court of a petition challenging the continuation of the Article 370 that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and termed the move as reflection of the RSS mindset. He said that apart from taking forward the freedom movement, the Kashmiris had to devise strategies to counter every challenge the RSS and Saffron brigade was posing before them.
The DFP Chairman also welcomed the meeting between the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Pakistan Prime Minister, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, and hailed the peace and negotiation remarks of the UN Chief. He expressed the hope that the UN would discuss the long-pending Kashmir dispute during the ongoing session of its General Assembly and play role in resolving it as it had done with regard to the issues of Croatia, South Sudan and East Timor. “The stand adopted by Pakistan with regard to Kashmir in the UN is laudable and we hope the nation will continue to highlight the plight of oppressed Kashmiris before world community and succeed in pressurizing India to resolve the Kashmir dispute,” he added. http://www.kashmirvoice.org
In occupied Kashmir, the signature campaign started by Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) to press for the release of illegally detained Kashmiri political prisoners lodged in different jails has reached Kulgam.
According to media sources, people from all walks of life participated in the campaign in Kulgam. The participants extensively sought information about these Kashmiri heroes who sacrificed the best part of their lives for the Kashmir cause. They wrote heart-wrenching messages on the banner erected to place the signatures on.
Meanwhile, the MDM spokesman, Master Nazir in a statement strongly condemned the continued unlawful detention of the Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, and other Hurriyet leaders and activists including Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Nadeem Qasmi and Bilal Farooq Kakapoori.
He termed their detention as political vendetta and said that the Indian rulers were unable to fight the Hurriyet leaders ideologically and were using force to overpower them but these tactics could not suppress their resolve and commitment to the Kashmir cause.
Kashmiri representatives, Altaf Hussain Wani and Syed Faiz Naqshbandi terming right to self-determination as a fundamental right of the Kashmiri people have said that the Kashmiris were promised this right by the United Nations Security Council.
According to media sources, taking part in general debate on item 8 during 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Altaf Hussain Wani drew attention of the Council towards India’s intransigence towards the Kashmir dispute. He said that the denial of this right by India had led to a regime of human rights violation in occupied Kashmir.
He maintained that the policy of repression and suppression by India continued in all forms to crush the Kashmiris’ will for the realization of their right to self-determination.
Syed Faiz Naqshbandi in his address said that the black laws imposed by India in occupied Kashmir facilitated human rights violations with impunity. “Human rights defenders are attacked, harassed and arrested by Indian forces for raising voice for their right to self-determination,” he said.
Instead of implementing the UN resolutions to grant the Kashmiris their promised right to self-determination, India is committing heinous crimes in the territory to silence the dissenting voices, and to continue its occupation, he added.
Meanwhile, speakers at a seminar organized on the sidelines of the UNHRC Session in Geneva called upon the UN to implement its resolutions regarding holding of an impartial plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir.
The seminar was moderated by Noted American Scholar and social scientist Professor Joseph Wronka and the speakers included Mrs Daniala Dongues, representative of Scales for Justice, Imama Shah, rights activists from Western Shara, Leon Siu from Hawaii and Altaf Husain Wani, Kashmiri representative.
According to media sources, the JKNF spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Nayeem Khan has been kept under house detention since the beginning of this month. He was not even allowed to offer Eid prayers.”
He said that the restrictions on Nayeem Khan and other Hurriyet leaders reflected the anti-people mentality of the present puppet regime. “It seems that the puppet authorities have decided to deal with pro-freedom camp by means of arrests and restrictions,” the spokesman added.
In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have hailed the stand taken by Pakistani Prime Minister, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations for the resolution of longstanding Kashmir dispute as per the relevant resolutions of the World Body and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
According to media sources, Hurriyet leaders including Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Bilal Siddiqi, Zamruda Habib, Advocate Muhammad Shafi Reshi, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar and Molvi Mushtaq Ahmad in their joint statement issued in Srinagar said, “The position taken by the Prime Minister of Pakistan reflects the position taken by the forum led by Syed Ali Gilani.”
The leaders said, the state of Pakistan and the forum are on same page. “The forum led by Syed Ali Gilani is the amalgam of all pro-freedom parties who have faith in resolution of Kashmir dispute as per the UN resolutions,” they said.
“Pakistan, India, OIC and international community should understand the fact that pro-freedom voices are united under the leadership of Syed Gilani and are representing the aspirations of oppressed Kashmiris,” the statement added.
The leaders condemned the suspension of communication links and detention of Hurriyet leaders in the occupied territory on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
Meanwhile, Dukhtaran-e-Millat in a statement in Srinagar also appreciated Nawaz Sharif for raising the Kashmir dispute during his meeting with the UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon.
It also strongly denounced the continued illegal detention of the party Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, at Women’s Police Station in Ramabagh, Srinagar.
In occupied Kashmir, prominent Hurriyet leader and Chairman of Islamic Political Party, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash has said that the veteran Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Gilani, is the real representative of pro-freedom sentiments in the territory.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Syed Ali Gilani’s stand on the Kashmir dispute had been uncompromising and unwavering.
“He has the capacity to lead Kashmiri people towards salvation from Indian occupation. The forum headed by him has the real representative character as it sincerely represents the aspirations of Kashmiri people,” he added.
“Unification of pro-freedom camp is imperative under the banner of the forum led by the veteran leader,” he said and appealed to all Hurriyet leaders and parties to join hands with Syed Ali Gilani in the best interest of the ongoing freedom movement.