Month: January 2016
The so-called Republic Day of India, for Kashmiris as a Black Day-I
The so-called Republic Day of India, for Kashmiris as a Black Day-II
Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), Aasiya Andrabi, has said that India is trying to divide Jammu and Kashmir on sectarian lines with new census in the territory.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Aasiya Andrabi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that many private, illogical, and unnecessary questions had been asked in the census format. She said that these questions had a potential of dividing Kashmiri society on sectarian lines. Aasiya Andrabi said that the format she had come across through sources included the questions like: “Which sect of the religion a family belongs to? Who are the relatives, especially in laws, of a family? Has the family any links/relations with any militant (muhjahid)?” The DeM Chairperson said that it was actually an intelligence gathering exercise to be done in the name of census. She said that the inclusion of such suspicious questions strengthened the doubt that a deliberate attempt was being made to fuel sectarian discard in Jammu and Kashmir, where all the Muslims lived as brothers and sisters otherwise. She asked the people not to answer these questions. Aasiya Andrabi said that Hurriyet leadership should rise to the occasion, take note of this important issue, and devise an effective strategy against this Indian plan.
In occupied Kashmir, pro-freedom leaders have denounced the authorities for not taking action against the perpetrators of Kupwara massacre and other such incidents in the territory.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement issued in Srinagar, said that massacres carried out by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir in January 1990 represented the ugly face of Indian democracy. “Kupwara massacre and before that Handwara massacre are glaring examples of Indian terrorism in Kashmir,” he said, adding that Kupwara and several other massacres represented, on one hand, the Kashmiri resilience and love for freedom and, on the other, a glaring example of India using its military might to suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle. He said, “From Gaw Kadal to Kupwara and from Sailan to Handwara, these Kashmiri Jalyanwala Bagh’s are also an ample evidence of the double-faced approach of the international community, which has turned a blind eye to these mass killings.” He said Kashmiris are fighting for their freedom and martyrs who laid down their lives at Kupwara are our heroes. He condemned the arrest of pro-freedom leaders including that of JKLF in Kupwara. The JKLF-R Patron, Barrister Abdul Majeedd Tramboo in his statement issued in Srinagar said that 22 years after the incident, the culprits were roaming free while the martyrs’ relatives were moving from pillar to post to seek justice. “On the fateful day, Kupwara turned into a slaughter house when the forces personnel opened fired indiscriminately upon the innocent civilians resulting in on-spot death of 27 persons and critically injuring about a hundred,” he deplored. Hurriyet leader Firdous Ahmad Shah led a march in Handwara to express solidarity with the victims of a carnage in the area in 1990. On the occasion, he said that no one would be allowed to play with the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt, also paid tributes to the victims of Kupwara massacre. Speaking to people during his visit to Civil Lines areas in Srinagar under mass contact programme, he said, “Kashmiris will never forget the Kupwara massacre.” The Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, in a statement issued in Srinagar paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Kupwara massacre and a youth, Mushtaq Ahmad Laroo, who was recently martyred by Indian troops in Kokernag area of Islamabad.
The Delhi High Court adjourned till March 16 the hearing on a petition challenging the validity of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Kashmir Media Service, as the hearing of the case started before a division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice JayantNath, the counsel for the territory, GM Kawoosa, submitted that the petitioner had not served a copy of the additional affidavit to him. Subsequently, the court adjourned the case till March 16 with a direction to the petitioner to serve a copy of the additional affidavit to the parties in the case. The petitioner, Kumari Vijayalakshmi Jha, has urged the court to decide whether a temporary provision lapsed automatically with the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir on January 26, 1957. “From perusal of Article 370, it becomes clear that the said provision of Article 370 was valid till the Constituent Assembly, constituted for framing the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir exited/continued,” the plea said. Last year, the High Court of the territory had ruled that Article 370 assumes a place of permanence in the Constitution and is beyond amendment, repeal or abrogation. “Article 370, though titled ‘Temporary Provision’ and included in Para XXI titled ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’ has assumed place of permanence in the Constitution,” a division Bench court had ruled in a 60-page judgment.“ It is beyond amendment, repeal or abrogation, in as much as Kashmir Assembly before its dissolution did not recommend its Amendment or repeal,” the bench added.
At least seven policemen were killed and six others were injured in a Maoist land-mine blast in Chattarpur area of Palamu in Indian state of Jharkhand on Thursday.
According to Kashmir Media Service, reports quoting officials said that seven policemen were killed and six others were injured in a Maoist laid land-mine blast at police vehicle in Palamu, Jharkhand. A mini-bus carrying 12 police personnel was attacked by Maoists in Palamu late last night. Jharkhand has been at the centre of the Naxalite-Maoist insurgency. Since the uprising of the Naxalites in 1967, 6,000 people have been killed in fighting between the Naxalites and counter-insurgency operations by the police, and its paramilitary forces. Jharkhand is a state in eastern India carved out of the southern part of Bihar on 15 November 2000. The state shares its border with the states of Bihar to the north, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to the west, Odisha to the south, and West Bengal to the east. It has an area of 79,710 km2 (30,778 sq mi). The city of Ranchi is its capital while the industrial capital is Jamshedpur.
India has decided to raise five Reserve Battalions to be deployed in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the Indian cabinet which met in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the raising of five Indian Reserve Battalions for Jammu and Kashmir, an Indian government official spokesman said. Besides, four battalions will be deployed in Chhattisgarh, three in Jharkhand, three in Odisha and in Maharashtra.