Month: October 2015
In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Farooq Ahmad Mamoosi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Muhammad Musaddiq Aadil, Muhammad Yasin Butt and others visited Pulwama to pay tributes to Mujahid Afaqullah Butt, who was martyred by troops on Monday.
According to media sources, the leaders visited the family members of the martyred youth at Karimabad in Pulwama and expressed solidarity with them. Addressing people on the occasion, they reiterated that the sacrifices of the Kashmiri people would not be allowed to go waste, and that the mission of martyrs would be taken to its logical conclusion against all odds.
The Hurriyet leaders maintained that peace in South Asian region could be restored only after granting the people of Kashmir their inalienable right to self-determination. They went to the martyrs’ graveyard at Karimabad and offered fateha for all martyrs.
Meanwhile, forceful protest demonstrations were reported from Shopian and Pulwama, today, against the killing of Afaqullah and another youth, Abdul Mannan by Indian troops. Abdul Mannan belonged to Shopian. Several people were reportedly injured when police used brute force on protesters.
According to media sources, Afaqullah Butt, who was a student of the University, was killed during a clash with Indian forces at Drubgam in Pulwama along with his associate Abdul Mannan, two days ago.
Afaqullah Butt, a resident of Karimabad, Pulwama, had completed his B-tech Civil, in recent past and his name was enlisted in the degree holders who had to receive their degrees during the first ever Convocation of the University, postponed last week.
Hundreds of students assembled in the IUST premises this morning and offered prayers in absentia for Afaq.
“Afaq was our friend and colleague,” said a student adding there was no harm in holding prayers for the martyr.
“Afaq laid down his life for a collective good so it was our obligation to offer his funeral prayers,” said another student wishing anonymity.
‘Kashmir Black Day’ was observed in Sri Lanka wherein protesters urged the United Nation to implement its resolutions on Kashmir to resolve the decades old dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people and the UN Security Council resolutions.
According to media sources, the Secretary General of the United Nations was urged to encourage, facilitate and support efforts leading to a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute and also exercise the mandate entrusted to him by Charter of the United Nations to ensure the fundamental rights and freedoms of the oppressed Kashmiri people.
The appeal was made at a peaceful assembly organized by Kashmir Study Forum, Pakistani and Sri Lankan community opposite to the UN Office at Baudaloka Mawatha in Sri Lanka to mark the Kashmir Black Day.
Similar peaceful assemblies appealing to the world community to prevent human rights violations in the Indian occupied Kashmir and holding of plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir under the UN auspices were also held in other parts of the Island including Ampara, Batticaloa and Puttalam.
The Kashmir dispute has emerged as one of the greatest human crises in history which is marked by extra judicial killings, rape, detention, and kidnapping of Kashmiris.
The participants expressed their grave concern about the ongoing killings of civilians by Indian forces in the towns and villages of Kashmir.
The participants urged the United Nations to play its role for an immediate end of draconian laws such as Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA), Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978, The Armed Forces Special Power Act, Jammu & Kashmir Disturbed Area Act, Prevention of Terrorism Act and Article 370.
A memorandum with thousands of signatures urging UN to play its role to resolve the oldest unresolved dispute on UN agenda since 1947 was also handed over to the UN office. A signature campaign was also launched to raise awareness on Kashmir dispute.
In occupied Kashmir, despite restrictions and extensive deployment of Indian military and paramilitary in Pulwama district, forty five thousands of people including women from adjoining hamlets participated in the funeral procession of a 22-year-old youth, Afaq Ahmed Butt.
According to media sources, the deployment of Indian military and police in strength around Karimabad and adjoining areas of Pulwama district failed to prevent thousands of mourners from marching towards Karimabad.
Carrying black and green Pakistani flags, the mourners chanted pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans throughout the funeral ceremony.
Meanwhile, over twenty thousand’s people also participated in the funeral procession of another Mujahid, Abdul Mannan Ahmed Dar, at Amirabad in Shopian, and shouted pro-freedom slogans.
ANTI-INDIA PROTESTS HELD IN SRINAGAR, PALHALAN, PULWAMA PEOPLE WAVE BLACK FLAGS IN SRINAGAR, OTHER PARTS OF IOK
According to media sources, Indian police used brute force and fired bullets and pellets on protestors at Nowgam, Habba Kadal, Fateh Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Malarata and Batamaloo in Srinagar.
People participated in the protests in large number to express resentment over 68th anniversary of illegal Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian police beat up and arrested several leaders and activists of Democratic Freedom Party including senior DFP leader Muhammad Abdullah Tari and lodged them in police station Kothibagh.
A police official told media men that an activist of Democratic Political Movement Shakil Ahmed Butt along with some other party workers waved and unfurled black flags in certain parts of Srinagar city including Habbakadal, Fathekadal and Khankah Mowla areas.
A police party raided his house and arrested him.
Indian paramilitary forces and police personnel fired teargas shells and pellets on people during protest against Indian occupation at Palhallan in Pattan. Several youth including one Amir Ahmad Butt injured in police action. The forces also broke windowpanes of Masjid Abu Bakr in Palhallan.
Anti-India protests were also held in Pulwama and Shopian districts. Several persons including one Iqra Ahmad were critically injured in violent police actions.
Meanwhile, the Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) while staging protest against Indian occupation distributed pamphlets among the faculty, students and scholars. “The pamphlets explain the historic backdrop of 27th October in Kashmir history,” a student said. KUSU had hung banners in varsity as well.
In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and others have expressed grief and shock over the death and destruction in Pakistan caused by Monday’s devastating earthquake.
According to media sources, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said, Monday’s earthquake reminded of the natural calamity of 8 October, 2005. He said the quake and other furies of the nature were basically a warning of the Almighty Allah. Expressing his heart-felt sympathies with the families who lost their loved ones in the earthquake, he prayed to Almighty Allah for the early recovery of the injured.
The Democratic Freedom Party Chairman Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement while expressing grief over the massive earthquake in Pakistan extended his solidarity with the people of the country and prayed for their well being. “We also pray for strength to bear the loss and damages we suffered due to quake,” he added.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik while expressing solidarity with the affected people of Pakistan prayed for Allah’s mercy and kindness.
National Front Chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan expressing shock over the losses in Pakistan and Afghanistan due earthquake, in his statement said Kashmiris feel pain whenever Pakistan suffers any damage.
In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik has called upon international community to shun criminal silence and come forward in a big way to resolve the Kashmir dispute in the interest of peace and tranquility in the region.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yasin Malik who was placed under house arrest after he returned from hospital last evening in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Indian rulers with the help of their Kashmiri stooges were trying to communalize situation in Kashmir.
“RSS has been given a free hand and Muslims are being intimidated. He said that so-far dialogue process has meant meaningless because there is no intention to resolve the Kashmir dispute,” the statement added.
Terming silence of the international community as criminal and against moral ethics, the JKLF Chairman said it was at the behest of international community that Kashmiris transformed their struggle and started a non-violent peaceful movement again in 2008.
“But Indian with its military might crushed the non-violent movement and international community for its business interests kept silent and hence facilitated oppressive and undemocratic approach of India,” he lamented. He said that for lasting peace, durability and progress in South Asia and to ensure international peace and tranquility, international community must rise above its business interests and resolve pending disputes and issues including the issue of Jammu Kashmir.