Day: April 5, 2017
Indian Forces Resort to Unprovoked Fir at Chirikot Sector
In occupied Kashmir, the victim families from Kokernag area of Islamabad district have appealed the court not to grant the bail to Farooq Ahmed Padroo, former Indian army-backed killer of at least five innocent civilians in fake encounters for rewards and promotions.
According to media sources, Farooq Padroo is presently behind the bars. Families and neighbours of three fake encounter victims — Abdur Rehman Padder, a carpenter, Nazir Ahmed Daca, a perfumer and Ali Muhammad Padder, a cloth-seller — all residents of Kokernag assembled at Press Enclave in Srinagar and staged a protest appealing the court not to grant bail to the killer Farooq Padroo.
“The butcher, Farooq Padroo, has applied for bail through his counsel. He has requested the court to grant him bail. We request court to reject his bail plea as he is the killer of innocent people. All those who were killed by him in fake encounters too had children and families. He doesn’t deserve mercy,” the families of the victims told media.
Earlier, the accomplices of the killer Padroo used to harass the victim families. They even tried to force them to stop fighting the case in the court of law but these cheap tactics strengthened “our resolve to seek stringent punishment to the killer,” said family members of victim carpenter, Abdul Rehman.
Abdur Rehman, father of five children, was picked by Indian police on instance of Farooq Padroo and later killed in a fake encounter at Waskoora in Ganderbal.
“When court can execute Muhammad Afzal Guru without proving his role in any case, why can’t it hang these killers, whose role has been established by the Special Investigation Team constituted by the authorities themselves,” the victim families said.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir (TeH) has strongly condemned the invoking of draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), on its activists.
According to media sources, TeH in a statement issued in Srinagar said that its activists, Javaid Ahmed Phulley, Abdul Latif Dar and Farooq Ahmed Waggey were arrested during the mass uprising, last year, and were lodged in Kathua jail in Jammu after being booked under the PSA. It said that the High Court of the occupied territory quashed their detention under the black law and ordered their release. However, it said, the puppet administration once again booked them under the PSA and lodged them at Srinagar Central Jail.
The TeH also denounced invoking of PSA on Farooq Ahmed Najar and Fayyaz Ahmed. It deplored that the High Court had quashed the illegal detention of its leaders, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi and Shakeel Ahmed Butt, but the puppet authorities were not releasing them.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the curbs on Hurriyet leadership, terming it as the worst kind of state terrorism.
In occupied Kashmir, a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM), today, visited SMHS Hospital in Srinagar and inquired about the health of pellet victims, Abdul Rasheed and Muhammad Irfan.
According to media sources, Abdul Rasheed and Muhammad Irfan were injured when Indian troops fired pellets on peaceful protesters at Panzan in Chadoora area of Badgam district, the other day.
The members of the delegation expressed solidarity with the pellet victims and prayed for their early recovery.
Meanwhile, the JKSM Chairman, Zafar Akbar Butt, in a statement issued in Srinagar, strongly condemned the repeated use of pellet guns by Indian troops on peaceful protesters in occupied Kashmir. He said that ahead of the so-called elections, Indian forces had unleashed a fresh arrest spree in South and Central Kashmir which was highly condemnable.
Zafar Butt also paid tributes to Mushtaq Kundoo, a physically challenged youth, who succumbed to his injuries he received in the custody of Indian forces. He appealed to the world human rights bodies to come forward and save the lives of innocent people of occupied Kashmir.
In occupied Kashmir, the leaders of All Parties Hurriyet Conference and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front continued election boycott campaign in Islamabad, Shopian and Kulgam districts, today.
According to media sources, APHC leader and the Chairperson of Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen, Zamruda Habib visited Islamabad district as part of her election boycott campaign. She was accompanied by other party leaders and activists.
Speaking to people on the occasion, she urged them to stay away for the forthcoming Indian Parliamentary elections in the territory. In response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at Udhampur, she said that Indian Army equipped with lethal weapons was enemy of peace. She said that Modi sought peace from Kashmiri youth, while the fact was that these were Indian forces, which had unleashed bloodshed in the occupied territory. Peace will be restored if India ends its occupation over Jammu and Kashmir, she added.
A JKLF team led by Zahoor Ahmad Butt visited many areas in connection with the poll boycott campaign and asked people to stay away from the so-called election process. The JKLF leaders including Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Zahoor Ahmad Butt and Javed Ahmad Butt visited South Kashmir while Mir Sirajud Din, Gulzar Ahmad Pahalwan and Peer Abdul Rasheed visited Central Kashmir areas including Trisal, Tenghar, Chandgam and Narpora in Pulwama and Shopian, Narbal, Magam, Mazhama, Kabhama, Kawoosa and adjacent areas in Budgam. The leaders went house-to-house, met people and asked them to remain vigilant and understand the importance of the boycott.
Another delegation comprising Hurriyet leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi and Tahoor Sidiqi, today, visited several places in Srinagar and distributed posters asking people to boycott the elections. The delegation members said that casting votes under Indian constitution would be betrayal with the blood of Kashmiri martyrs.
The sham Indian Parliamentary elections would be held in Srinagar and Islamabad constituencies on 9th and 12th April 2017.
Meanwhile, APHC leader, Yasmeen Raja, in a statement in Srinagar condemned the arrest spree unleashed by Indian forces in Islamabad, Pulwama and Srinagar districts ahead of sham elections in the territory. She said that the people of Kashmir wanted freedom from India and election drama could not be a substitute to their right to self-determination.
Another APHC leader, Farooq Ahmed Tawheedi, in a statement strongly denounced the continued house arrest and detention of Hurriyet leaders and activists including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Abdul Ahad Parra and hundreds of youth from Central and South Kashmir ahead of the so-called elections. He said that Kashmiris were rendering unparalleled sacrifices for their right to self-determination and they would not accept anything short of this right.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has condemned the police raid on the residence of its President for Badgam District and harassment of his family members.
According to media sources, the JKLF spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Indian police on the other night raided the residence of party’s President in Budgam, Gulzar Ahmad Pahalwan, and intimidated the inmates.
The JKLF also denounced the arrest and torture of a youth, Gulzar from Arihal Pulwama, by Indian police. The police arrested the youth a few days ago and tortured him at the local police station. The youth was thrown half dead on a street outside the police station. His family took him to hospital for treatment.