Month: May 2016

Qazi Yasir Opposes Separate Colonies for Pandits in Iok

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Today an extraordinary meeting of Ummat-e-Islami was held in Islamabad town which presided over by its chairman Qazi Yasir.

According to media source, key issues including separate townships, Hafta-e-Shaheed-e-Ummat and crackdown over pro-freedom leaders were discussed. Speaking to the members, Qazi Yasir opposed separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits. He said Kashmir has always been a symbol of communal harmony. He said India wanted to divide the land on religious basis by settling down the Pandits in separate colonies. “India has provided refuge to almost one lac Tibetans while it has deliberately kept the Kashmiri Pandit issue lingering to put a blot on our struggle for justice,” he said. He added if Kashmiri Pandits really want a solution, Kashmiri people were ready to welcome them with open hearts but it is evident from the discussions and debates going on that they want to focus on the suffering part, not the solution. Qazi Yasir, ridiculing the arrest of JKLF Chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik and dozens of youth in raids throughout the valley, said that the authorities had adopted a brutal tactic to muzzle the voices of Kashmiri people. Qazi Yasir demanded exemplary punishment for the men in uniform involved in the heinous crime of rape and murder of two women of Shopian, Asiya and Neelofar.

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Handwara Killings: Er Rashid Marshalled Out From Assembly

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In occupied Kashmir, members of so-called Kashmir Assembly belonging to National Conference legislators on Monday staged walkout from the house after puppet Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu began his budget speech.

Independent legislator Er Rashid was marshaled out of the assembly after he sought action against police and army personnel involved in the killing of five civilian in Kupwara last month. As soon as Drabu started his budget speech, NC lawmakers including Working President of the party, Omar Abdullah staged walkout while seeking authorities’ response on the killings of five civilians in Kupwara.

Wullar Tragedy: Shabir Remembers 22 Martyred Students

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General Secretary of All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), Shabbir Ahmad Shah has remembered the 22 students of Burning Candle School, Handwara, who were drowned in Wullar Lake on this day in 2006. According to media source, Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said: “Our hearts are still grieved over such a big loss of our children.” He said on that fateful day, the Indian forces deliberately played with the lives of those innocent children and gave an everlasting pain to the dozens of families. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, he said, “We are equally grieved over the loss of innocent children. The world silence over such tragedies of Kashmir is extremely unfortunate.”

Rich Tributes Paid To Aasiya, Neelofar in Iok

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All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) Chairman, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash has paid glowing tributes to Aasiya and Neelofar on their 7th martyrdom anniversary and said that strict action should be taken against the culprits.

According to media source, Aasiya and Neelofar were abducted by Indian men in Uniform on May 29 in 2009 and raped in custody. Their bodies were recovered from a shallow stream in the town on the next morning. Muhammad Yousuf Naqash along with party leaders Showkat Ahmad Khan and Sajjad Ahmad Lone visited the Rambiar Nallah, Shopian, where an event in memory of Asiya and Neelofar was organised. Addressing the gathering, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash said that the Shopian double rape and murder was one of the dastardly and shameful acts by the men in uniform in Kashmir. Syed Bashir Andrabi, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Mohammad Yasin Atai, Bilal Sidiqui, ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Farooq Tauheedi, activists of Democratic Freedom Party, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League and Muslim Khawateen Markaz took out a rally in Shopian to remember the two women, Aasiya and Neelofar. They also demanded impartial probe into the incident and exemplary punishment to the involved Indian troops.

Hurriyet leader Javaid Ahmad Mir in a statement issued in Srinagar, paying glowing tributes to Asiya and Neelofar of Shopian said that despite the passage of seven years, India and its stooges in the territory had failed to arrest and punish the people involved in their rape and murder.  Condemning the arrest of pro-freedom leadership including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabir Ahmad Shah and Muhammad Yasin Malik, termed it the worst kind of human rights violation and frustration of the authorities.  The General Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Mohammad Ramzan Khan and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement, Molvi Bashir Ahmad also visited Shopian and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. Qazi Yaser of Ummat-e-Islami addressing a meeting of his party in Srinagar demanded exemplary punishment for the men in uniform involved in the heinous crime of rape and murder of two women of Shopian, Asiya and Neelofar.

Pandits Should Oppose Separate Colonies: Bhushan Bazaz

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chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Forum (JKDF), Bhushan Bazaz, has vehemently opposed the demand for establishment of separate colonies for Pandits in the Valley and has asked Pandits to oppose the move.

According to media source, Bhushan Bazaz in a statement issued in Jammu said that the creation of separate colonies was a challenge to Kashmiriyat and the majority of Pandit population will not accept this proposal which will divide the Kashmiri society. “The Muslims and Pandits have always lived like brothers, shared happiness and sorrows with one another. There is love and affection between these two communities but under a well planned conspiracy India with the help of some zealot Pandits want to create a wedge between Pandits and Muslims,” he added. “The demand for separate colonies for Pandits is a conspiracy of the BJP leadership, who had launched the infamous Praja Parishad movement in Jammu in 1952, under the leadership of Late Balraj Madhock which was rejected by Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, because that was aimed at destroying Kashmiri nationalism and religious harmony, which has been a hallmark of our Kashmiriyat,” Bazaz said. Bhushan said the proposals like the creation of separate Pandit townships and Sainik Colony is nothing but a move from India to widen the gap between Pandits and Muslims.

2-Day Int’l Kashmir Seminar in Islamabad on Wednesday, Thursday

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The Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) is organizing a 2-day International Kashmir Seminar at the Jinnah Convention Centre in Islamabad on Wednesday and Thursday.

According to media source, more than ten Hurriyet leaders, lawyers and journalists from IOK have reached Pakistan to attend the seminar. Hurriyet leader, Zafar Akbar Butt reached Lahore, today, and Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi will arrive tomorrow. The seminar will be on Kashmir conflict—international dimensions and current Indian plans to suppress righteous freedom struggle in occupied Kashmir. The speakers will throw light on the role of international community in resolving the Kashmir dispute, indigenous freedom movement and the current Indian agenda to suppress the Kashmir freedom movement by bringing demographic changes in the territory. The speakers will also discuss gross human rights violations in IOK and mechanism to stop them and the recent BJP/RSS anti-Kashmiri moves of penalising people for not showing Jammu and Kashmir with India and bringing Hindu fundamentalists to IOK under the garb of industrialists.  Meanwhile, the APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Kashmir Bar President Mian Abdul Qayoom, Aasiya Andrabi and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai were also among the invitees. However, they will not be able to attend the event because Indian authorities have refused to give them travel documents. Similarly, APHC leader Altaf Ahmad Shah and APHC spokesman Ayaz Mohammad Akbar have been put under house arrest to prevent them from attending the seminar. AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, Vice Chancellor of MUST, Dr Habibur Rehman, Vice Chancellor of AJK University, Professor Dr Khawaja Farooq Ahmad, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Shaikh Tajamul-ul-Islam, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Sherry Rehman, Shireen Mazari, Masood Ahmed Khan, Naseem Zehra and Talat Hussain are expected to deliver their speeches.

Mirwaiz Vows To Resist Anti-Kashmir Policies at All Costs

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Chairman of his own Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that said the entire Hurriyet leadership has a clear stand against the anti-Kashmir and anti-people policies aimed at harming the interests of Kashmiri people.

According to media source, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said that changing the demographic character of the territory or diluting the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir would be resisted with complete determination and unity. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, the united approach of Hurriyet leadership has unnerved the Indian government and its local collaborators.  “The authorities have lost the courage to fight us politically. Shifting Muhammad Yasin Malik to Central jail, putting Gilani sahib under continuous arrest and restricting my movement shows frustration of the authorities. I want to maintain that despite all curbs, we would take joint stand on issues concerning Kashmiris and resist tooth and nail the anti-Kashmir policies,” Mirwaiz said. The Mirwaiz termed the statement of puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on establishing colonies for Kashmir Pandits and Sainiks as ambiguous. “The statement has created confusion,” he added.  Meanwhile, his forum in a statement denounced the continued house arrest of its Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.