Month: March 2016
APHC leader and the Jammu and Kashmir National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, has paid rich tributes to Ashfaq Majeed Wani, Dr Abdul Ahad Guru, Advocate Jalil Andrabi and Syed Shabbir Ahmad Sidiqui on their martyrdom anniversaries.
According to media sources, Nayeem Ahmad Khan in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the martyrs of Kashmir had sacrificed their precious lives for the freedom of Kashmir. He said that that Kashmiri people would never hesitate to offer any kind of sacrifice in the ongoing struggle to achieve the goal of freedom from India. He praised those who laid their lives for the Kashmir cause and said that attempts were being made to deviate the liberation movement from its right track, but vowed that the freedom lovers would not allow any such attempt to succeed. Nayeem Ahmad Khan expressed shock over the killings of unarmed civilians, including women and children in the terrorist attack in Lahore on Sunday. Hurriyet leaders, Firdous Ahmad Shah and Khawaja Firdous, in their statements paying tributes to these martyrs said that they had accomplished their job, and now the people of Kashmir were duty-bound to carry forward their mission to its logical conclusion.
In occupied Kashmir, pro-India National Conference President, Farooq Abdullah, has called for opening of all trade and travel routes along the Line of Control to enable people-to-people contact and help revive the lost glory of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media sources, Farooq Abdullah addressing party workers in Srinagar said, “New Delhi and Islamabad should cooperate for opening all routes like Jammu-Sialkot, Kargil-Skardu, Mirpur-Nowshera and Turtuk-Baltistan.” He said, both the countries will have to sit together to find solution to all issues. He said National Conference would continue to encourage dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad. “We have always maintained that Kashmir is a political issue that needs a political solution and we will continue to strive for restoration of peace,” he said. Farooq Abdullah criticized black law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and said that genocide of Kashmiri youth was committed due to privilege enjoyed by Indian troops under this law. He said that this law caused destruction of villages upon villages in the territory.
About 40 percent of women surveyed in Delhi said that they have been sexually harassed in a public place such as a bus or park in the past year, with most of the crimes occurring in the daytime, said a report.
According to media sources, the study published in the journal International Criminal Justice Review further says that women in Delhi hardly feel safe. The study found 40 percent of the women surveyed in the Indian capital reported sexual harassment in the past year. The women said they have been sexually harassed in a public place such as a bus or park in the past year, with most of the crimes occurring in the daytime. All this happened despite introduction of legislation after the December 16, 2012, rape and murder of a woman by a group of men on a moving bus in Delhi. The law doubled prison terms for rape and criminalized voyeurism and stalking. The results based on a survey of some 1,400 men and women in the capital city further revealed that 33 percent of women have stopped going out in public and 17 percent have quit their jobs. “What this means is that women, despite 2012 rape incident, are still afraid,” said one of the researchers, Mahesh Nalla, professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University in the US. “Women in India do not feel safe being in public spaces, which is clearly a human rights issue,” Nalla noted. Nalla and co-investigator Manish Madan, assistant professor at Sweden’s Stockton University, surveyed the people in New Delhi on a host of issues and found that 40 percent of female respondents were sexually harassed in the past year and 58 percent were sexually harassed at least once during their lifetime.
High Court has quashed the illegal detention of three youth who were booked under black law, Public Safety Act (PSA), and has directed the police to release them.
According to media sources, Justice Rabistan Tashi while terming the detention of Nasir Ahmed Ganai, a resident of Raipora Palhallan, as illegal, quashed his PSA and directed the police to release him. Advocate Bashir Ahmed Tak, counsel for Nasir Ahmed Ganai submitted before the court that all the charges leveled against his client were frivolous while the fact was that he had already been bailed out by court and yet PSA was slapped on him. “My client was arrested on 31 January 2014 and the irony is that police have charged him for the alleged role in stone-pelting in the year 2010. What were police doing and why it waited for 4 long years? Police have also accused him of being the part of group that pelted stones on a police vehicle in October 2013 in Palhallan and for that charge he had already been bailed out by the court,” Advocate Bashir Ahmed Tak told the court. After hearing the arguments from both the sides, Justice Rabistan Tashi quashed his detention under PSA and directed the police to release him. Nasir has been lodged at Kathua jail in Jammu. In another case, Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar quashed the detention of a computer engineering student, Muhammad Adil Mir, under draconian PSA. Mir also hails from Raipora area of Palhallan. The High Court also quashed PSA detention of Zubair Ahmed Turray, a resident of Bongam area of Shopian, against whom PSA had been slapped for participating in anti-India demonstrations. The court ordered immediate release of ZubairTurray. He has been lodged at Udhampur jail in Jammu since November 2015.
the continued siege and search operations have hit the business badly in Tral town.
According to media sources, the residents of Tral town talking to media men said that they were facing severe hardships due to continued siege laid down by Indian forces’ personnel around different hamlets of the town. These personnel, they added, belong to Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve police Force and Special Operations Group. “This was the fourth consecutive day when forces cordoned off Dadsara area of the town and started search operations paralyzing daily life,” the locals said.
a Kashmiri youth detained at Central Jail in Srinagar has said that police had forced him into confession with third degree torture and blackmailing about a crime that he never committed.
According to media sources, the youth, Ishaan Majeed, told his relatives in the jail that police also warned him that his mother would be stripped if he refused to take the blame of a murder of a student, whose body was recovered on a railway track in January this year. Police arrested Ishaan Majeed on January 14. “I went to meet my son at Central Jail Srinagar,” Abdul Majeed, father of Ishaan Majeed, told media adding that he categorically denied murdering the student. “My son told me that he was forced into confession at Air Cargo camp of police in Srinagar where he was lodged after his arrest from Bandipora,” Abdul Majeed said. “We will bring your mother here and strip her naked. Then you will see what happens,” Majeed quoted his son as narrating his ordeal. “My son had been forced to accept all the charges,” he added. Ishaan told his father that police took him to railway station on January 16 where he was threatened to be thrown under the moving train. “This boy is an irritant, throw him on the railway track and let the train crush him. And then we will tell his family that he committed suicide,” Ishaan quoted a senior police officer having told his men at the railway track, according to his father. Majeed quoted his son as saying that a senior officer of the cargo camp warned him against retracting his confession. “Otherwise, we will get a knife from somewhere and say that you committed murder with a knife,” he quoted his son as saying. The body of an engineering student, Owais Bashir, was found from Humhama railway track on January 12. Police claimed that Owais had a deep wound on the back of his head, but the autopsy report refuted the claim saying that the boy died due to fatal bleeding and there were torture marks on his body.
A prayer session was organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in Srinagar on the martyrdom anniversaries of Ishfaq Majeed Wani, Shabbir Siddiqui, Dr Abdul Ahad Guro and Advocate Jalil Andrabi.
According to media sources, the Hurriyet leaders who participated in the prayer ceremony held at Martyrs’ Graveyard in Eidgah area of the city included the JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shakeel Ahmad Bakhshi, Shoukat Ahmad Bakhshi, Bashir Ahmad Butt, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Shabbir Ahmad Dar and Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi. The leaders said that the sacrifices of these martyrs had center-staged the Kashmir dispute at the global level. JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik while addressing the meeting said that Ishfaq Majeed Wani was a born leader and the days and years of his life were a shining evidence of his greatness. He said that the martyr was a symbol of courage, fearlessness, piousness, passion, and resistance against illegal occupation and injustice. Meanwhile, Hurriyet leader, Syed Bashir Andrabi, in his statement said that sacred mission of martyrs was very precious and freedom lovers would continue their struggle till accomplishment of this mission. On the other hand, Devinder Singh, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum, a constituent of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, in his statement in Jammu said that the martyrs of Kashmir had sacrificed their precious lives for s sacred cause. He said, it is the duty of every Kashmiri to raise voice for the freedom of Kashmir.