Day: June 2, 2017
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Tral town of Pulwama district for sixth consecutive day, today.
According to media sources, the shutdown started soon after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmad Butt, in Saimoh area of the town on Saturday.
All shops and business establishments in the town remained closed while traffic was off the road.
The Diplomatic Bureau of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-UK chapter met at its London Secretariat and discussed all aspects of the Kashmir dispute within the prevailing regional and international climate, including the political and diplomatic implications for the ongoing freedom struggle.
According to media sources, on the occasion the message of party Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik on current developments was conveyed to the meeting by Professor Zafar Khan that included his profound shock and grief at the terrorist atrocity in Manchester on May 22. Yasin Malik extended his condolences and solidarity to the families of the deceased, and people of Manchester, and the UK. The meeting of the Diplomatic Bureau noted with profound regret that major powers, especially the permanent members of the UN Security Council have turned a blind eye to the plight of the people of occupied Kashmir. Their double standards over the Kashmiris’ right to freedom have given India a licence to oppress and subjugate an entire population, it said. The meeting recalled that India’s presence in Kashmir was subject to international legal obligations, accountability and with solemn undertakings by New Delhi on the political status of Kashmir, which India blatantly disregarded today. It noted that over 700,000 Indian troops in occupied Kashmir operated against the populace with impunity and were involved in wanton acts of violence against the masses and human rights violations. The youth of Kashmir in particular is a deliberate target of the Indian occupation forces, it added. The meeting took strong note of the fact that the entire occupation apparatus, the ruling BJP-RSS nexus and the Indian media, was deliberately engaged in a malicious and nefarious propaganda to malign the Kashmir freedom movement and the resistance leadership.
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL) has strongly condemned the stepped up Indian state terrorism and the arrest of Hurriyet leaders by Indian police in the territory.
According to media sources, the JKPL at a meeting presided over by its Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, in Islamabad town paid glowing tributes to martyred Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmed Butt, and other Kashmiri martyrs.
Addressing on the occasion, Mukhtar Waza said that Hurriyet leadership would not enter into a dialogue with India unless New Delhi accepted Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory. The meeting was attended by party leaders including Bilal Sheikh, Molvi Rafique, Engineer Fayyaz and Shabbir Ahmed.
In occupied Kashmir, the academic activities in many schools and colleges across the Kashmir Valley remained suspended for the fourth day, today. According to media sources, fearing student protests, the puppet authorities had suspended class work in the educational institution in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmed Butt by Indian troops in Tral area of Pulwama district, last week. Officials said that the class work remained suspended in the educational institutions of Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Kulgam Shopian Pulwama and other areas continued to remain suspended.
India will deploy 130 additional companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the Amarnath Yatra.
According to media sources, the annual yatra is scheduled to begin on June 29 and will end on August 7. The CRPF spokesman in a media interview in Srinagar said that the additional companies would be brought from different states of India and would be deployed a week before the yatra begins. He said that the situation in occupied Kashmir, particularly in south Kashmir, was not conducive for the yatra. Thousands of pilgrims from different Indian states visit occupied Kashmir for the annual pilgrimage to a cave in the territory. The yatra is conducted through two routes – Pahalgam in Islamabad district and Baltal in Ganderbal district. The environmental experts are of the opinion that the huge number of pilgrims is adversely affecting the ecology of the area.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami has said that army was never solution to the Kashmir dispute and never will it be.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami addressing a press conference in Srinagar said that the statements being made (by Indian political and military leadership) for past few weeks were tantamount to the declaration of martial law in occupied Kashmir. “Making a Kashmiri civilian as human shield is being justified by a few people. Army chief has made statement which is very unfortunate. Sometimes it is said that let normalcy return first for holding of dialogue and sometimes it is said that no dialogue would be held with Pakistan or with those in Kashmir who are dissidents,” he said. Yousuf Tarigami said that the BJP government must not use forces as instruments for its vested political interests as it was neither good for India nor for the forces. He said, the situation in Kashmir continues to worsen. “It is sufficiently established that the Kashmir policy of the BJP has proved to be a complete failure. Instead of taking political initiatives to address the situation, the statements pouring in from those who are at the helm of affairs, including the Indian Defense Minister are providing indications as if the government is at war with the people of Kashmir,” he said. The CPI-M leader suggested the Indian government to keep army away from politics and the political agenda of the ruling party. He said that the highly irresponsible and provocative statements further vitiated the atmosphere. “Whatever the circumstances, war is no solution. Voices demanding settling accounts with Pakistan through military means should be rejected. India and Pakistan must realize they have to move together for a better and peaceful future. For a meaningful breakthrough in their relations, political will is needed, which, unfortunately is missing at the moment,” he said. Yousuf Tarigami also expressed concern over continued closure of educational institutions I occupied Kashmir. “Our colleges and schools are closed. I would like to ask the authorities to keep police out of educational institutions. Don’t make police actions routine in schools,” he said. He also called for an end to border tension between India and Pakistan and start of a structured dialogue among all stakeholders to address the Kashmir dispute.
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that no talks are possible with India unless it accepts Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar warned that Kashmir was passing through a crucial period where the lives, dignity, properties, faith, uniqueness and everything of the Kashmiri people was at stake. “Do or die situation has evolved for us. These forces won’t allow us to live free unless we follow their faith and change our outlook as per their dictates,” he said while refereeing to fanatical forces of India and their aggressive and rigid attitude. “We’ll never beg for talks,” the APHC Chairman said, adding that the authorities in Delhi were irrational, following fanatical dogma and lack political understanding. He was reacting to the statements of Indian minister, Venkaiah Naidu, and other BJP leaders. Terming these statements ridiculous, he said that Hurriyat leadership had never asked to hold talks, which meant that denial of these talks by Indian leaders carried no sense and was just a mockery. “We will never talk with those pursuing their fanatical ideology and we will never surrender,” he added. Syed Ali Gilani said that Kashmir, where people were pursuing their right to self-determination, had remained unresolved for seven decades. He ridiculed the Indian authorities for their unrealistic and arrogant attitude and said that they and their puppet administration had waged a war against the people of occupied Kashmir. “They are looking at the issue through the prism of their fanatical ideology and as a conflict between Hindu and Muslim communities,” he said. The APHC Chairman strongly condemned these fanatical authorities and said that they derived joy while butchering Muslims. “Under a well-thought-out plan and under the garb of law and order, these extremist forces feel free to carry out genocide in Kashmir. The sole aim of authorities in New Delhi is to turn India into a Hindu Rashtra. We will never budge in front of such dogmatic elements,” he added. Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani, who himself is under house detention for the past several years, in a separate statement strongly denounced the continued house arrest and detention of resistance leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Syed Imtiyaz Haider and Muhammad Yasin Attai. He also expressed concern about the suspension of class work in educational institutions and said that the puppet authorities had unnecessarily announced closure of educational institutions thus marring the career of students.