Month: July 2016
Kashmir University Teacher’s Association (KUTA) Thursday demanded that serious initiatives should be undertaken by India and Pakistan for an effective and peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue.
According to media sources, KUTA in a statement issued after its meeting in Srinagar said that the present uprising was not a law order problem, but it was the reflection of unresolved Kashmir dispute.
KUTA expressed its deep concern and shock over the recent killings and unprecedented use of force resulting in serious injuries to thousands of Kashmiris.
The statement drew the attention of human rights organisations to the prevailing situation in the territory where trigger happy Indian soldiers were carrying out genocide of the Kashmiri people.
“Mass uprisings like the present one are not law and order problems but the reflection of unresolved Kashmir issue,” the statement said.
It demanded that serious initiatives should be undertaken by Pakistan and India for an effective and peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue.
Hurriyet leaders and organizations have said that the unprecedented sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir would not be allowed go waste.
According to media sources, Hurriyet leader, Firdous Ahmad Shah in a statement in Srinagar said that resentment of Kashmiri people clearly showed that they were not willing to live with India but wanted freedom from India. He paid rich tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs and vowed that their mission would be accomplished at all costs.
The women wing of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement headed by Ruqaya Baji, while leading a procession in Srinagar, appealed to the international community to stress Indian forces to stop lethal weapons against unarmed and innocent people. The participants, while marching through different localities, protested against the use of pellet guns on peaceful protesters.
Hurriyet leader, Mohammad Shafi Reshi in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced the continued implementation of curfew and other restrictions in the territory and described it as the worst kind of human rights violation. He said that India should accept Kashmir as a disputed territory and release all illegally detained Hurriyet leaders and activists.
Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi, Ghulam Nabi War and Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in their joint statement in Srinagar hailed the Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif for advocating right to self-determination of Kashmiri people. They also thanked the Government of Pakistan, Pakistan political parties, Pakistani intelligentsia and especially public for supporting the Kashmir cause.
Film makers, activists and journalists have said that their Facebook accounts were blocked this week after they posted messages and images related to the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, as people posted images, videos and stories about Indian terrorism on Facebook, some discovered their accounts were disabled.
The account of Arif Ayaz Parrey, an editor with an environmental magazine in New Delhi, was disabled for more than a day. He administers the Facebook account of a discussion group called the Kashmir Solidarity Network, whose page was also removed.
“The Kashmir Solidarity page was started by a Kashmiri anthropology student in New York. This is not a hate forum, we share stories,” Parrey said.
A journalist in Kashmir said that many who shared stories about a police brutality have been blocked. “It looks more like Facebook censorship rather than something initiated by the authorities. Maybe they are trying to please the authorities proactively,” said Sunil Abraham, executive director of Center for Internet and Society.
Ather Zia, a political commentator from Kashmir who teaches anthropology at the University of Northern Colorado, said after her account was disabled on Tuesday: “It is safe to assume creating awareness for Kashmir using social media or writing about the ground reality is under severe threat.”
The Indian High Commission has refused visas to a Pakistani medical mission wishing to visit the occupied Kashmir for treating the victims of recent violence.
According to media sources, mission coordinator Dr Nasir Hamdani told the media in Islamabad that thirty visa applicants, including senior doctors and paramedics were not allowed entry into the commission’s building. He said that as the Indian High Commission had refused to accept their visa applications by hand, they had applied online and sent documents through a courier company too.
“We had applied on humanitarian ground and not on a political basis,” Dr Nasir Hamdani said, requesting world human rights agencies, including the UN, to put pressure on India for issuance of visas as the Kashmiris, according to him, had refused to get treatment from Indian doctors.
He also appealed to medical practitioners across the world to reach Srinagar to help the Kashmiris injured by pellet guns and chemicals by the Indian forces. He said the mission would have also carried medical supplies, which were in short supply in occupied Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik has condemned the ongoing oppression against people of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a message from jail in Srinagar said that from Kishtwar to Poonch and Uri to Islamabad town, people were united and resisting the oppression of India and its stooges with firmness and passion.
He also condemned the ban and restrictions against Islamabad town and Kulgam Chalo calls and the arrest of ailing leader, Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq. He said it is not the protesting people who initiate violence but it is the rulers who use their police and killer forces to ban peaceful programmes and protests.
Meanwhile, JKLF spokesman in a statement strongly condemned the continued detention of party Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and described it as the worst kind of human rights violation. The spokesman said that Yasin Malik was suffering from heart ailment and was recently admitted in hospital and needed regular medical checkups. He said Malik has not been taken to any hospital or doctor for last 19 days and he has also been not presented before any magistrate or court from the day of his arrest.
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has reiterated its pledge to continue peaceful struggle till India acknowledges the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and takes steps for its settlement.
According to media sources, the DFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir would never surrender before New Delhi’s oppression at all costs.
Declaring full support to the programme issued by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), he appealed to the people to make successful the ‘Jamia Chalo’ call tomorrow.
He strongly condemned the use of force on people in Srinagar by forces, saying to suppress the people’s sentiments through might won’t help India in any way. “In fact, New Delhi and its collaborators must change their approach to analyse the people’s sentiments,” he said.
The spokesperson lashed out at the puppet administration for imposing undue restrictions across Valley particularly in south Kashmir and Srinagar areas. He said, “The puppet administration is living in a fool’s paradise if its thinks it can suppress the people’s sentiments. The people of the territory have been struggling for last 69 years and are moving forward with a new zeal and vigor.”
Terming the worldwide support to Kashmiris as good-omen for the ongoing movement, the spokesperson said Indian won’t be able to mislead the international community for long.
Chairman of his Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has condemned the use of excessive force by India to sabotage the Hurriyet joint march towards Kulgam and said that stopping them from paying tributes to the martyrs is extreme form of oppression and barbarism.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was detained when he came out of his residence to proceed towards Kulgam speaking to media persons, termed the statement of the Indian military establishment that pellet gun was not a lethal weapon as an attempt to mislead people.
He asked what could be more lethal than the weapon that had already made people handicapped, maimed and blinded. calling for immediate revocation of black laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and stopping the forces from using lethal weapons against peaceful protestors, Mirwaiz said people should be allowed to express grief and convey their aspirations instead of being subjected to excessive force and military might trampling upon their basic human, democratic, political and religious rights.
The Mirwaiz said Kashmir is not a law and order issue but a political one which needs to be solved by granting the right to self-determination to the people.
Meanwhile, a Hurriyet forum spokesman in a statement acknowledged and appreciated the role of local and foreign media persons in discharging their professional duties while highlighting the ongoing situation and Indian state-terrorism in Kashmir.