Month: June 2016
In occupied Kashmir, leaders and activists of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front held a sit-in protest in Srinagar, today, against India’s anti-Kashmiri agenda.
According to media sources, a statement issued by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference said that the protesters led by JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik assembled in Nowhatta area of Srinagar and chanted high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. They were protesting against India’s designs to construct separate colonies for Indian soldiers and Kashmiri Pandits and Delhi’s so-called Industrial Policy. The protesters warned India and its stooges that the people of Kashmir would launch a forceful agitation if any attempt was made to settle Pandits and Indian soldiers in separate colonies. Others who participated in the protest included Muhammad Altaf Shah, Yasmeen Raja, Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Bilal Siddiqui, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Bashir Ahmad Butt, Ghulam Nabi Zaki and Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi.
Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district.
The troops killed the youth during a siege and search operation at Rang Warnow in Lolab area of the district. A senior police officer talking to media men claimed that the martyred youth was a militant who was killed during an encounter with Indian troops. The search operation was going on in the area. The killing triggered massive protests in the area, with hundreds of residents from Rang Warnow and other adjoining villages rushed towards the area to join protests. Pro-freedom and anti-India slogans were raised on the occasion. The protesters demanded the body of the martyred youth. Hurriyet leaders including Muhammad Shafi Reshi, Firdous Ahmad Shah and Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo in their separate statements paid glowing tributes to the martyred Kashmiri youth. On the other hand, complete shutdown was observed in Sopore against the killing of Mujahid Sameer Ahmad by Indian troops in Dragmula area, yesterday. Hurriyet leaders Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, Muhammad Musaddiq Aadil, Advocate Zahid Ali, Muhammad Maqbool Butt, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh and Qutb-e-Aalam during their visit to the bereaved family in Sopore eulogized the services of the martyred Mujahid. Meanwhile, a police officer and a security guard of a power plant were found dead under mysterious circumstances in Poonch and Ramban districts.
A court has quashed the illegal detention order of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League district President, Assadulllah Paray, under draconian law, Public Safety Act, and directed police to release him, immediately.
According to media sources, Advocate Bashir Ahmad Tak who pleaded the case of Assadulllah Paray in a statement issued in Srinagar said that police had arrested his client on fake charges. “He was booked by Bandipora police. His detention order was passed on February 16, this year,” Bashir Tak said. Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir quashed Assadulllah Paray’s detention order under the PSA and directed police to release him.
The puppet authorities have admitted that over 200 people including 36 foreigners and four non-state subjects are lodged in various jails of the occupied territory on the charges of being involved in armed struggle against India.
According to media sources, this was stated by the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, in a written reply to a question by Independent member Sheikh Abdul Rasheed in the so-called Kashmir Assembly. When asked whether the puppet administration had any plan to shift the prisoners lodged in various jails outside the territory to their native districts or divisions, she said no such proposal is under consideration. Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the portfolio of Home Department, refused to disclose the particulars of these prisoners.
The ugly fight between the Indian Army and the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to claim credit for killing the two Mujahid, who reportedly attacked a convoy, is a dangerous reminder of the stark fact that Indian armed forces are competing with each other for ‘kills’, said a report published in an Indian newspaper.
According to media sources, the report said ‘Kills’ is a word that has for long been used by the Indian Army and paramilitary battalions to measure success in Kashmir over the last few decades. Battalions, in fact, have been judged on the number of killings. The report mentioned the time when Indian armed forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir competed with each other to add numbers to their monthly reports to claim praise from commanding officers and secure medals for their battalions. In the late nineties, when some Kashmiri youth reunited with their families under the so-called settlement plan initiated by the then puppet Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, they were considered prize catches. In long interviews with some of these youth, when asked what was the motive for their accepting the offer, they said, “We thought we’d return to our families and restart life,” but were now regretting their decision. When asked why, they said, “We have become pawns in the hands of the Indian armed forces. The Army is holding us up as prizes and if we go to the market to buy essentials, the BSF catches us and says, ‘why did you give yourselves up to the army, why not to us. We regret the decision (to give up arms).” The BSF was then a critical part of the operations and has now been replaced by the CRPF. The boots on the ground may have changed but as the Pampore fight for bodies and weapons shows, the turf wars between Indian armed forces have not ended. A senior army officer who did not want to be identified said, “The fight between the Army and the CRPF when dead bodies of their colleagues are still lying on the ground is despairing.”
Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema, an umbrella body of Kashmir’s religious organizations will hold consultations to work out the strategy to counter the puppet regime’s move of profiling Imams and Ulema in the territory.
According to media sources, the Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads the MMU, in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the move as unacceptable and said that profiling of religious preachers was direct interference in religion. “We will hold a convention of religious organisations to counter the regime’s move after Eid-ul-Fitr. Do we need to seek permission for sermons as well?” he questioned. The intelligence wing of police have directed police stations to collect details of Imams of all mosques in Kashmir. The information to be collected about Imams includes their name, residence, sect or religious thought, and bank details. A senior police officer said that the directive has been issued to monitor activities of Imams. The Jammu and Kashmir Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadees (JAH) in a statement said that the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, should revoke the order or it would further dent her credibility. Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam, the son and deputy of Kashmir’s Grand Mufti, Bashar-ud-Din, asked if such a profiling was conducted on Hindu priests in Jammu, too? “It is wrong and illegal. How can they ask for one’s sect or maslak? Police have already earned a bad name and by conducting such acts it will further that bad name,” he said.
APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front (JKNF), Nayeem Ahmed Khan, has demanded release of all illegally detained Kashmiris before Eid-ul-Fitr.
According to media sources, Nayeem Ahmed Khan in a statement in Srinagar said that hundreds of Kashmiris, who were languishing in different jails because of their particular political ideology, were facing tough times.” “The Kashmiri prisoners are scripting a new history of resistance by exhibiting steadfastness and patience. The whole Kashmiri nation is heavily indebted to those who have been put behind bars for demanding their right to self-determination,” he said. Nayeem Khan pointed out that India had tried its every weapon including arrest to silence the voices of dissent in occupied Kashmir but miserably failed in its nefarious designs. He demanded shifting of the Kashmiri detainees lodged in different Indian jails like Tihar and Rajasthan to the prisons of the Kashmir Valley. He also paid glowing tributes to the youth, Sameer Ahmad, who was martyred by Indian troops in Kupwara, yesterday.