Day: June 5, 2017
APHC General Secretary and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabbir Ahmad Shah has paid glowing tributes to Basharat Ahmad Sheikh and Aijaz Ahmad Mir who were martyred by Indian forces in Sopore, yesterday.
According to media sources, on the directives of Shabbir Ahmad Shah a party delegation comprising Muhammad Ibrahim, Muhammad Sabit, Farooq Ahmad and Abdul Waheed visited Bomai and Brath Kalan in Sopore and expressed condolence and solidarity with the bereaved families.
Shabbir Shah on the occasion talking to the families via phone said, “It is due to the invaluable sacrifices of the youth that Kashmir dispute is echoing at the world forums.”
Meanwhile, a DFP spokesperson slammed the puppet authorities for placing party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, under continued house arrest. He said that Shabbir Shah since his released in 2011 had remained under house arrest or detention for the period of 3 years and 8 months and was continuously under house arrest and was not even allowed to offer Friday prayers.
The spokesperson also expressed serious concern over the plight of political detainees languishing in different jails. He expressed resentment over the continued arrest of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, Masarrat Aalam Butt and Fehmeeda Sofi.
The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has expressed concern over escalating tensions between India and Pakistan on the Line of Control.
According to media sources, the UN Secretary General’s spokesperson in response to a question by a Pakistani journalist at the regular briefing said, “The situation (in Kashmir) continues to be of concern to us.”
“The Secretary General is monitoring the situation … He is watching,” the spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, was quoted as saying by media reports.
In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have announced that all Degree Colleges and Higher Secondary Schools (HSS) of Srinagar district will remain shut tomorrow (Saturday May 3).
According to media sources, reports quoting officials said that teaching activities would remain suspended in Degree colleges and Higher Secondary Schools of the district Srinagar on Saturday.
Pertinently, academic activities in the Kashmir Valley are suspended since May 28 after the killing of Hizb commander, Sabzar Ahmad Butt, by Indian troops in Tral.
Internet services are also suspended in the Valley.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has expressed concern over the inhumane treatment meted out to Muslim refugees of Burma at the hands of local puppet administration and police in Jammu.
According to media sources, the JI in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “These refugees are being subjected to inhuman treatment in Jammu areas which is not only immoral but a blatant violation of all international laws relating to the refugees.”
It said that three refugees, Mohammad Farooq, Abu Alam and Mohammad Saleem, who crossed over to India in 2010 and on Eid-ul-Azha came to Nagrota Jammu to meet their relatives living there. It said that while going back to Rajasthan, they were apprehended by Kathua police and after being subjected to inhumane torture sent to Munsiff Court, Kathua, which after conducting the trial for crossing over the border illegally, sentenced all the three to two years imprisonment which they completed in December 2012.
The statement said that they were then booked under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) four times one after another for two years and in December 2014, when they came out of the Kathua jail, they were re-arrested by police, which after keeping them in various police stations in a pitiable condition for about eight months once again slapped them with the PSA and were languishing in Kathua jail till date.
The JI said that despite the production of international refugee cards by their relatives, the authorities refused to release them which was a blatant violation of refugees’ rights.
The statement strongly condemned this inhumane and unethical behavior of the puppet administration and police towards the hapless refugees and demanded their immediate release.
In occupied Kashmir, complete strike was observed in Sopore, Tral and Bhadarwah areas against the recent killing of youth by Indian troops.
According to media sources, life remained affected for the second consecutive day, today, due to strike in Sopore town and adjoining areas including Bomai in protest against the killing of two youth Basharat Ahmad Sheikh and Aijaz Ahmad Mir by Indian forces at Nathipora on Thursday. All shops and business establishments were closed in Sopore.
In Tral town of Pulwama district, the shutdown continued on the seventh day to mourn the martyrdom of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmad Butt, and other martyrs who were killed by Indian troops at Saimhoh in Tral on May 27.
On the other hand, shutdown was also observed in Bhadarwah district of Jammu region on the call of Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhadarwah against the killings in the Kashmir Valley. Shops, business establishments and private schools of the Muslim community remained closed on the occasion.
Meanwhile, the puppet authorities placed Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Ayaz Akbar, Muhammad Ashraf Laya and Shahid-ul-Islam under house arrest, today.
Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League has said that the puppet authorities have once again not produced the illegally detained senior APHC leader and the party Chairman, Masarrat Aalam Butt, before courts on the hearing of the fake cases registered against him.
According to media sources, the JKML Legal Secretary, Shah Riaz in a statement in Srinagar said that Masarrat Aalam, who is lodged in Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu, was to be produced before the courts of Third Sessions Judge and Fourth Additional Sessions Judge in Srinagar. However, he was not produced before these courts.
He denounced the authorities for not producing the detained leader before the court and deplored that they were prolonging the illegal detention of the Hurriyet leader on one pretext or the other. He said that for last four months Masarrat Aalam Butt had not been produced before court which proved that under a planned conspiracy his illegal detention was being prolonged to keep him behind the bars.
Shah Riaz said that the Indian police also got 14-day judicial remand of party’s Chief Organizer, Abdul Ahad Parra, from a Kupwara court where he was produced in connection with the fake cases registered against him.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyet leaders have paid rich tributes to the two youth, Aijaz Ahmed Mir and Basharat Ahmed Sheikh, who were martyred by Indian troops in Sopore on Thursday.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in an interview in Srinagar said that the oppression against the youth in Kashmir was part of rigid policy of the Indian rulers. “Bloodshed and oppression of the rulers in Kashmir has been going on for last several decades. The rigid policies of Indian rulers are aggravating the situation in Kashmir,” he said.
The spokesman of Mirwaiz-led Hurriyet forum in a statement in Srinagar paying tributes to Aijaz Ahmed Mir and Basharat Ahmed Sheikh said, “The killings of our youth greatly pain us but they strengthen the Kashmiris’ resolve towards the ongoing freedom struggle.” He expressed solidarity with the families of the martyred youth on behalf of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the entire Hurriyet leadership and prayed for the success of the martyrs’ mission.
Hurriyet leaders including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Zamruda Habib, Yasmeen Raja, Farida Bahenji, Zafar Akbar Butt, Wajahat Bashir Qureshi, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Agha Syed Yasoob, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi, Ghulam Nabi War in their statements in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth and said that their sacrifices would not be allowed to go waste.
They also expressed sympathies and condolences with the bereaved families and reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the mission of their martyrs till it reached its logical conclusion.