Month: December 2016
The Spokesperson of Foreign Office, Nafees Zakaria, has said that Indian forces have used brute force on peaceful protestors in occupied Kashmir, which resulted in the injuries to several hundred Kashmiris, including over two dozen journalists.
According to media sources, Nafees Zakaria in his briefing, today, said continued confinement of Kashmiri leaders and inhuman treatment meted out to them is condemnable. He deplored that night raids and arbitrary arrests of innocent Kashmiris continue in the territory. He said occupying forces joined by the terrorist organizations such as RSS, Vishwa Hindu Prasad, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal and other terrorist elements are engaged in the drive to change the demography in occupied Kashmir, which is a blatant violation of UN resolutions on Kashmir and fundamental human rights. “We condemn unabated violation of UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir by India”, he added. The Foreign Office Spokesperson said, “During the last over five months, our media has very objectively, effectively and constantly gave coverage and highlighted the plight of our Kashmiri brethren in occupied Kashmir. They have been subjected to worst brutalities in living memory by the forces of India.”
Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that this year Kashmir witnessed gross violation of human rights in the form of extrajudicial executions, torture, injuries, killings, unabated use of draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), illegal detentions, vandalism of properties and ban on congregational religious activities.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while releasing a report on human rights violations in occupied Kashmir during the current said said all these things and induction of additional troops are the evidence of the fact that the ground situation in Kashmir has deteriorated further during 2016. He said clashes between protestors and forces, border clashes, firings and curbs on the public movement also remained unabated. Due to the high magnitude of the havoc created by the pellet guns, the summer of 2016, will go into the history of Kashmir as a season of “Epidemic of Dead Eyes,” he added. He said as the wounds of 2008, 2009 and 2010 were still bleeding, 2016 has overtaken them all as number of horrid and horrendous cases of human rights abuses were reported from across the valley. He said force used against the protesting children and youth during this year has no parallel in the contemporary history of the territory. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said 389 deaths in violent incidents were reported during this year. He said the number of injured is over 16,000, more than 70 percent injured were hit by the deadly pellets. Around 1,200 persons have been pelted to blindness in one eye or both eyes, including toddlers, teenagers and old aged men and women. The Mirwaiz said hundreds received lifelong (crippled) injuries and hundreds suffered fractures and other injures due to thrashing and beatings by the forces while as over 3,300 forces personnel were also injured in stone throwing incidents during clashes.
In occupied Kashmir, two Indian army men injured in brief shootout with Mujahideen in Hajin area of Bandipora district, today.
According to media sources, an official said that the injured troops were attacked during a siege laid by Indian army at Gulshanpora mohalla of Shahgund area in Hajin early morning. Both the injured were immediately shifted to a health facility where the condition of one of them, hit in the chest, is stated to be critical. The search operation was going on in the area till last reports came in.
In occupied Kashmir, legal experts have said that courts cannot settle the political issues.
According to media sources, the legal experts said this while reacting to a Public Interest Litigation filed in a Delhi court challenging the non-applicability of any constitutional amendment in Kashmir without a presidential order under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. They said that it was being done to take away the special status enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir under the Article 370. Leading Kashmiri lawyer, Zafar Ahmed Shah in a media interview in Srinagar said, “From last couple of years it has emerged that political issues are being projected before courts under the garb of constitutionalism. Such approach doesn’t have public support. Issues which can only be decided in a democratic manner can’t be dealt with by the courts.” Another renowned legal luminary, Advocate Altaf Ahmed Haqani said that courts were not to settle political issues. “After denying basic rights to the people of Kashmir now Government of India has been using courts to make inroads in Kashmir. It is a judicial incursion and unfortunately governments in Kashmir are acting as collaborators. The repeated PIL’s submitted in the courts challenging the remnants of special status of Kashmir is one more attempt from India to defeat the morale of people of Kashmir who have been demanding right to plebiscite,” he added. Senior lawyer and President of Kashmir Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom, in a media interview said that no law passed by the Indian Parliament regarding the Jammu and Kashmir could be applied without the order of President of India in concurrence of the puppet administration. “There are certain fields where government of India has no say. Conspiracies are being hatched by some Kashmiri Pandit groups residing outside Kashmir to create doubts about the unique identity of Kashmir. Earlier these Pandit groups challenged Article 35(A) and now they have filed a PIL in Delhi court challenging the non-applicability of constitutional amendments to Jammu and Kashmir. These Pandits groups, who work on the behest of BJP and RSS, are the real enemies of people of Kashmir,” he added.
In occupied Kashmir, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) has said that granting domicile certificates to the West Pakistani Hindu Refugees by the puppet authorities is a serious issue and is aimed at changing the demographic composition of the territory.
According to media sources, the DeM Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the issue of refugees was a conspiracy of India to settle Hindus in the disputed land to harm the Muslim majority character of the territory. She said that Kashmir was destined to be part of Pakistan in 1947 when India was divided into two countries and Pakistan came into existence. “But at that time the cunning politicians who were at the helm of affairs kept Kashmir on the back burner. But then when Azad Kashmir came into existence they again conspired and took the issue to United Nations to plead for ceasefire.” After ceasefire, she added, it was said that when peace will prevail, referendum will be held but despite the passage of 70 years no referendum was held and the dispute is still pending with the United Nations. She urged the President and Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to take the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
In occupied Kashmir, member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, has said that the puppet administration is using unethical tactics to subject people to atrocities and mental torture.
According to media sources, Engineer Abdur Rasheed in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Indian forces had created havoc on Srinagar-Jammu Highway and the passenger and private vehicles were being forced to follow the Army convoys. He warned the authorities of dire consequences and said that the measures spoke of New Delhi’s insecurity and it had forced the regime to even stop basic amenities to the masses, despite the fact that people paid charges against these immunities. Engineer Rasheed said the puppet administration seemed to have stooped so low that in a shameless move the water and electric supply to the localities of Baba Mohalla Bijbahara, Kaimoh, Khudwani and Dachnipora has been curtailed as the people of these areas showed matchless commitment towards the freedom movement during the ongoing mass uprising.
President of High Court Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom has said that India wants to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir by settling non-Kashmiris in the territory.
According to media sources, Mian Abdul Qayoom addressing a demonstration held in the high court premises in connection with the protest calendar issued by the resistance leadership hailed the Kashmiris for showing their resilience in defeating the nefarious designs of the Indian government and its puppets in the territory who used all oppressive measures to muzzle the voice of the people. On the occasion, the protesters chanted slogans against the killing and maiming of innocent people during the last over five months of uprising in the Valley. Mian Abdul Qayoom said that India and Pakistan must resolve the Kashmir dispute according to the UN resolutions. “Both the countries have accepted the resolutions passed in the UN and they should initiate a peaceful dialogue process to settle the Kashmir dispute,” he added. He said, the lawyers also support the Kashmir cause as India has forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir. “India must hold plebiscite in Kashmir so that the people of Kashmir can decide their future according to their aspirations,” he maintained. The HCBA President said that the permanent clusters for Kashmiri Pandits, soldier colonies or the implementation of Industrial policy were all the mechanicals of India aimed at changing the demography of Kashmir. He said, the Kashmir freedom movement has passed on to the fourth generation which is committed to take it to its logical conclusion at all costs.