Day: June 12, 2017
Amnesty International has said that the use of excessive force and shooting of a student inside a school in Kashmir by Indian forces must be swiftly and impartially investigated and those responsible brought to justice.
According to media sources, reports quoting Amnesty International India officials said, “Schools are supposed to be safe and peaceful spaces where respect for human rights is fostered. The use of excessive force against students inside their school is unacceptable, and strikes at their right to education.”
The school in Mattan is located near a CRPF camp. On May, 27 2017 paramilitary personnel from CRPF entered the premises of the Government Higher Secondary School, Mattan in Islamabad after students began a protest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Butt.
Amnesty officials said in a statement, “Witnesses say that forces fired in the air and some shot at the students. Sameer Ahmad, a 19-year-old class 12 student, was hit by a bullet in the head and is in critical condition in a hospital in Srinagar.”
“The principal of the school told Amnesty India that teachers had tried to intervene when the students began shouting slogans against the authorities, drawing the attention of CRPF personnel. He said, my staff went to the main entrance of the school and asked the CRPF troops to go back to camp. We told them that we would control the situation in the school. A lady officer warned us that if even a single glass panel of their camp is broken in stone pelting, they would kill them all,” the Amnesty statement said.
“Doctors at a hospital in Srinagar who are treating Sameer Ahmad said that his skull had been fractured. School authorities said that they eventually arranged for ambulances to take the students out of the school,” Amnesty official said.
School authorities filed a complaint at the local police station in Mattan on the day of the incident. However, the police have not yet registered a case, which is the first step of a criminal investigation.
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) on Friday expressed concern over the continued house arrest of its Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, saying the puppet authorities have crossed all limits of oppression in the territory.
According to media sources, the DFP General Secretary, Maulana Abdullah Tari, in a statement issued in Srinagar said, since release from jail in 2011, Shabbir Shah has spent three years and 8 months in detention and has been barred from offering 249 Friday and 12 Eid prayers. He said Shabbir Shah has spent 31 years of his life in jails and the authorities are resorting to political vengeance. His residence has been converted into a sub jail, he added.
Criticising the authorities, Maulana Tari said such undemocratic acts have puncture the balloon of the so-called ‘battle of ideas’. He said through such actions, the puppet administration has validated our point that there is no such thing as freedom of religion in the territory.
“The so-called champions of democracy should answer whether the basic rights of freedom of speech and expression are confined to ruling class only. The reality is that the ruling class lacks courage to fight us in a political way, so they resort to undemocratic means of suppression,” he said.
Meanwhile, the DFP General Secretary expressed serious concern over the inhuman attitude of authorities against the political detainees and said that they were subjected to the worst kind of treatment in jails.
He also resented the shifting of several prisoners to jails outside the territory. “These so-called authorities should realise that they are no more than puppets. It is extremely unfortunate and condemnable that even octogenarian persons are languishing in jails and the court orders are openly violated,” he said.
The United Nations is witnessing quick developments on Kashmir conflict. The latest is the floating of a proposal to appoint a UN Special Representative for Jammu and Kashmir. The move is in its initial stages. Several countries are involved in private discussions on the proposal, and a lot depends on Pakistan’s ability to leverage its influence.
According to media sources, the Kashmiri delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has requested the world’s top rights body to appoint a Special Representative for Jammu and Kashmir, another step that increases diplomatic pressure on India in the seven-decades-old Kashmir dispute.
“My organization would request the Council for appointment of Special Representative on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir so that facts may come to light,” Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Hurriyet AJK leader, told member states of the Council.
His statement comes as the United Nations ends its 50-year silence on Kashmir with three policy statements at Human Rights Council in September, March and June, all chastising India for gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
Senior woman leader from occupied Kashmir, Mrs Shamim Shawl, devoted her speech at the UNHRC to the UN General Assembly Resolution of December 17, 1979. The resolution laid out a Code of Conduct in all conflict zones. “The use of pellet guns blinding and killing people,” she said, “is a gross violation both under international humanitarian law and international law. The use of lethal pellets guns has created an atmosphere of threat and fear among young generation.”
Mrs Shawl represented the International Muslim Women’s Union. She informed the Council about the case of Aadil Farooq Magrey, a Grade 12 student killed by Indian army in Shopian area of occupied, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The Indian soldiers involved in the murder belong to the 44 Rashtriya Rifles unit.
Sardar Amjad Youssef Khan, the Executive Director Kashmir Institute Of International Relations (KIIR), commended the top UN Rights Chief for his policy statement on Kashmir.
“My organization welcomes the update by the High Commissioner For Human Rights on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where he mentioned his request to the Governments of India and Pakistan to invite teams from the office of the High Commissioner to examine the situation of human rights on both sides of the temporary ceasefire line known as the LOC,” Sardar Amjad Youssef said.
He also welcomed the statement made by the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Ambassador Farrukh Amil. “We also welcome the statement made by Pakistan to facilitate the team from the OHCHR and his request to India to facilitate the UN Mission. This Mission is critical because of the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir,” Sardar Amjad Youssef said.
Hurriyet leader, Altaf Hussain Wani, in his speech to the Council, drew the diplomats’ attention to the crackdown on the Kashmiri civil society and restrictions on holding peaceful assembly.
During the first five months of 2017, at least 40 people were killed and hundreds injured in different incidents in Kashmir involving the Indian occupation army.
The eight-member Kashmir Delegation for UNHRC’s 35th session consists of Altaf Hussain Wani, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Hassan al-Banna, Pervaiz Shah, Sardar Amjad Youssef Khan, Mrs Shamim Shawl, Ahmed Quraishi- and Professor Shagufta Ashraf.
Indian police arrested Hurriyet leaders, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Qazi Ahmed Yasir, from Islamabad town, today, to prevent them from leading peaceful demonstrations against the killing of a 12th class student, Aadil Farooq Magray, and other youth by Indian troops.
According to media sources, the police took Mukhtar Ahmad Waza into custody when he tried to come out of his home. Later, he was put under house arrest in Kadipora area of the town.
The police arrested Qazi Ahmed Yasir from his residence at Qazi Mohallah in Islamabad town after Fajr prayers and lodged him at Sadr police station.
In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities on Friday closed all gates of Jamia Masjid Srinagar and sealed all routes leading to the historical mosque to prevent people from gathering for weekly congregational prayers.
According to media sources, the authorities’ move was aimed at stopping people from staging demonstrations against the killing of a student, Aadil Farooq Magray, by Indian troops in Shopian. Call for the demonstrations was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against Aadil’s cold-blooded murder.
All roads leading to the mosque in Nowhatta were sealed with rolls of concertina wires. The gates of the mosque were locked and people were disallowed to offer Friday prayers.
Indian police arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik along with other party leaders Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Zahoor Ahmad Butt at Sarai Bala in Srinagar when he tried to lead a protest march towards Lal Chowk in Srinagar.
The authorities also detained all other Hurriyet leaders including APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Qazi Yasir Ahmad in their houses and police stations to prevent them from leading the demonstrations. They were not even allowed to offer Friday prayers.
In occupied Kashmir, a 12th class student, Sameer Ahmad, is battling for life in the Intensive Care Unit at SMHS Hospital in Srinagar.
According to media sources, the 17-year-old student from Khulchuhar-Mattan in Islamabad district was shot at by Indian paramilitary personnel on 28 May during the demonstrations against the killing of top Hizb commander, Sabzar Ahmad Butt, who was killed by Indian troops in Tral, on the previous day.
The doctors treating Sameer at the SMHS hospital in Srinagar said that the skull bone of Sameer had suffered severe damage due to the bullet that had penetrated into his brain.
“He (Sameer) had a firearm injury in his head and is suffering from hematoma. A little movement of his eyes was observed in the last few days but he still remains in critical condition,” said a doctor.
Sameer, a Class 12 student, joined a student protest at his school, the Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Mattan. His fellow students said that they were peacefully protesting inside the school premises when Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel without any provocation started firing teargas shells, pellets and bullets on them.
“The troops from the nearby CRPF camp barged into the school premises and roughed up the students, including girls and faculty members. One of the female teachers was injured after being hit by a stone thrown by the CRPF men,” a student said.
He said that Sameer was standing with his friends when the Indian CRPF troops fired bullets at him. “When the forces saw the group of students standing separately, they target fired at the group. A bullet hit Sameer’s head,” the student said.
Indian forces continue massive military operations in Kupwara and Baramulla districts.
According to media sources, the forces had launched the operation at Machil in Kupwara on June 6 and later in Nowgam area of the same district on June 7. Indian troops have killed seven Kashmiri youth during the continued operation.
The Indian forces also started a siege and search operation in Uri area of Baramulla district, yesterday, after injuring of two troops in an attack.