Month: August 2016
The Chairman of Kashmir Council European Union (KCEU), Ali Raza Syed, has asked the Government of Pakistan to urgently call an extraordinary meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on appalling human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, Ali Raza Syed in a statement issued in Brussels said Indian forces had killed around 90 people and snatched eyes of more than 400 people by use of pellet guns in the Kashmir Valley over the past seven weeks. He said that a comprehensive diplomatic campaign was required on the Kashmir dispute specially for raising current situation in the territory where India was deploying additional troops to suppress the popular uprising. He asked for including Kashmiri leaders particularly members of Azad Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly in the delegations going abroad for raising the Kashmir issue.
The KCEU has recently launched a diplomatic campaign in order to stop India from use of excessive force especially the use of pellet gun against civilians in Kashmir.
In occupied Kashmir, the occupation authorities have booked under black law, Public Safety Act, three members of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL) led by Mukhtar Ahmad Waza.
According to media sources, the JKPL leaders who have been slapped with the PSA include Engineer Fayyaz Ahmad, Ghulam Nabi Lone and Bilal Ahmad. It is to mention here that the PSA allows the authorities to detain a person for up to two years without trial.
A silent protest demonstration against civilian killings and human rights violations in Kashmir was held at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US.
According to media sources, the focus of the protest demonstration remained the blinding of the people by the use of the pellet gun, a pump-action gun that releases multiple projectiles and has blinded over 150 people in the past 52 days in occupied Kashmir, which has seen 86 killings. More than 9,000 people have also been injured during this period.
Organised by a group of Non-Resident Kashmiris, with a participation of non-Kashmiri human rights advocates, the protest was completely silent. The organisers were particular about the nature of the message, and wrote on the event page that sloganeering and shouting should not be a part of the event. The organisers of the Atlanta event said that they were conscious of associating the event with the global campaign of protests launched by Kashmiris living worldwide. The public events in major cities across the world is also being supplemented by engaging in an online campaign using hashtags like #StandWithKashmir and #DisappearedKashmiris which had around 4 million impressions said Kashmir Crisis, an online group that coordinates information regarding campaigns for Kashmir globally. “Kashmiris and human rights activists here in Atlanta have organised this event in order to highlight the gross human rights violations by the Indian state on the Kashmiri civilians. The savage response of the state to the popular demand of RIGHT to Self-Determination is unprecedented,” said Ejaz Raboodi Gosani in a telephonic conversation.
Ejaz is a Kashmiri doctor based in Atlanta and is one of the organisers of the event.
“We appeal to all those who care for human values and rights to take note of the Indian state’s gruesome atrocities in Kashmir,” he added.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Kashmiri-Americans gathered with their allies at center of Chicago and staged protest to raise public awareness about a growing political and humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir that has threatened the peace in the entire South Asia. The protesters urged the US legislators to join human rights activists in condemning the state-sponsored violence.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference has said that the Indian government is so much frustrated by the unprecedented mass uprising in Kashmir that it has unleashed an arrest spree as a psychological tool to muzzle the voices for freedom in the territory.
According to media sources, the APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “After harassing and questioning Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and Peer Saifullah, during their detention, it has been disclosed that Syed Ali Gilani’s elder son Dr Naeem Gilani has been issued a notice from India’s National Investigation Agency to report to their interrogation centre in Shivpora for questioning.” The statement reacting to this notice, said that Syed Ali Gilani and his family were being terrified and maligned under a well-hatched conspiracy by Indian secret agencies and their local faces in the territory, but people were much aware of these gimmicks and such childish acts were not going to bail them out of their heinous crimes.
The statement warned India that these inhuman, immoral and undemocratic tactics would not deter the pro-freedom people from advocating their just cause. The statement said that a much notorious National Investigation Agency (NIA) have been given this task just to drag these fabricated cases to Delhi, thereby pressurizing the leadership. But, it added, people after rendering endless sacrifices cannot be choked by these uncivilized and inhuman tactics.
The statement said, “Fourth generation of Kashmiris is now on the roads against this tyranny demanding their right of freedom and no power on earth can break their will and vigor for freedom.” “All programs should be followed in letter and spirit and any weakness or loop policy should be taken care of as we all are accountable not only to the people but to Almighty Allah as well,” the statement added.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown marked by clashes, forceful anti-India and pro-freedom protests and rallies, is being observed across the Kashmir Valley on the 53rd consecutive day, today.
According to media sources, the shutdown is being observed on the appeal of joint Hurriyet leadership that has extended the protest calendar till September 1 asking people to continue protests against Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. All business establishments, educational institutions are closed, while traffic is off the road in the Valley including Srinagar on the 53rd consecutive day, today. Despite restrictions, people came out of their houses and held anti-India protest demonstrations across the occupied territory. Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Bandipora town early today morning. Residents of Ajas and Saidnura areas also took to the streets against the highhandedness of Indian armed forces.
People in large number held a peaceful demonstration in Hathlangoo area of Sopore in Baramulla district. The protesters including women and elderly strongly denounced the Indian atrocities in the occupied territory. As many as 86 people have been killed and over 11,000 injured in the ongoing uprising erupted on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, was killed by Indian forces in Kokernag area of Islamabad district.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Kashmir Chapter (APHC-AJK) has organized a two-day protest camp at Nawaz Sharif Park in Rawalpindi against the ongoing Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, besides Hurriyet leaders, a large number of Kashmiri people and civil society members are attending the camp. APHC-AJK also held an exhibition depicting the brutalities of Indian armed forces on peaceful protesters in the occupied territory. Many people placed their signatures on a register to condemn the Indian atrocities. A documentary on the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir will also be screened at the camp in the evening, today. Prominent among those who are attending the protest camp include Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Mir Tahir Masood, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Mehmood Ahmad Saghar and Muhammad Farooq Rehmani.
Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has appealed to the people of Kashmir to stick to the protest calendar given by the joint leadership with unity and steadfastness so that the ongoing struggle for right to self-determination can be carried forward in a more effective manner.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said that as the Kashmiris’ struggle had entered into a crucial phase it was incumbent upon both Hurriyet leadership and the people to remain united, steadfast and follow the joint protest calendar in letter and spirit. The Mirwaiz has been lodged at Cheshma Shahi sub-jail in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyet forum in a statement asked the authorities why Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had been put behind the bars. The statement condemned the imposition of curfew and restrictions, use of excessive force on peaceful protest demonstrations and marches, injuring of peaceful protestors with pellet guns and teargas shells and arbitrary arrests of youth under black law, Public Safety Act. “Such tactics could not break the will and resolve of the freedom-loving people of Kashmir,” it added.