Day: June 14, 2017
Hurriyet leaders Abdullah Tari and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza while condemning brutalities unleashed by Indian forces have called for resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per Kashmiris’ aspirations.
According to media sources, a delegation of Democratic Freedom Party led by Abdullah Tari visited the residence of Gulzar Ahmad Wani at Tapar in Pattan and congratulated him on his release from jail after 16 years. A statement issued by the party office said that Abdullah Tari while commenting on the hardships faced by Wani’s family said it took Indian judiciary 16 years to admit that Gulzar was innocent. “This is a murder of law and justice,” Tari said, adding, “Indian authorities, agencies, and police are adopting a vengeful approach against Kashmiris and are ruining the career of the youth of the state by implicating them in fabricated cases.” Meanwhile, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s League Mukhtar Ahmad Waza along with a delegation today reached Khankah Tral and expressed solidarity with the family of Hafiz Aqib who was recently martyred by Indian troops at Saimoh. Waza on the occasion said that the Kashmir dispute, one of the oldest disputes on United Nations agenda, remained a continuous threat to the peace and stability in South Asia. Hurriyet leader Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori in a statement condemned the atrocities being committed by India authorities in the territory.
The leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter (APHC-AJK) have paid glowing tributes to renowned Kashmiri politician and religious and social leader, Mirwaiz Maulana Yousuf Shah on his 50th death anniversary.
According to media sources, Quran Khwani and a prayers session was held APHC-AJK chapter office in Islamabad. The participants of the meeting paid glowing tributes to the late Mirwaiz for his immense religious, social and political contribution. They said that Maulana Yousuf Shah dedicated his life for the freedom of Kashmiri people and remained steadfast on his mission till his last breath. APHC AJK leaders Manzoorul Haq Butt, Aijaz Rehmani, Mehmood Ahmad Saghar, Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoob and others participated in the programme.
‘Army Chief’s Attitude Serious Threat to Indian Constitution’ Mukherji Approached against Army’s Human Shield Action
Two human rights groups, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Movement for Secular Democracy (MSD) including other activists, academicians and journalists from Ahmadabad have sent a memorandum to Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee, condemning the action of Indian Army of tying a Kashmiri to an army jeep as a human shield in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, the statement issued by PUCL and MSD said, “We, the concerned citizens of India, are shocked by the action of Major Gogoi of tying a Kashmiri artisan to the army jeep and parading him in villages in Jammu and Kashmir as a human shield … and statement by the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat defending and justifying his action and awarding a special award”. “The Army is using Armed Forces Special Powers Act (ASPFA) blatantly which would not justify both the actions which are illegal, unconstitutional, and inhuman,” the statement added. While condemning the Major Leetul Gogoi for tying the Kashmiri youth, Farooq Ahmad Dar, as a human shield, the rights groups said that the action was in violation of article 21 of Indian constitution and also of Geneva Conventions. “Simply by calling ‘a dirty proxy war’ the army chief cannot justify the action. The army in India is not above the Constitution,” they added. “Neither Gogoi nor the Army Chief should have addressed the press conference. They must remember that the army is meant for defending the country and protecting the people, and not for frightening the people,” the statement maintained. The groups further said that the attitude of the army chief was a serious threat to Indian Constitution, and asked for creating an atmosphere for dialogue with the aggrieved people of the Valley without delay.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, has said that the Kashmiris are striving for a just cause and history bears witness to the fact that freedom struggles could not be defeated by oppressive regimes.
According to media sources, Yasin Malik said this while addressing a meeting organized in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district to pay tributes to veteran social figure Abdul Majeed Butt, the father of martyr Manzoorul Islam, martyr Sajjad Ahmad and father-in-law of martyr Hilal Ahmad Misgar. Abdul Majeed Butt passed away a few days ago in Islamabad. Yasin Malik along with party leaders Bashir Ahmad Butt, Bashir Kashmiri and Muhammad Ishaaq Ganai visited the bereaved family and expressed condolences with them. Addressing the mourners, he said, “It is a historical truth that in a battle between the oppressed and the oppressor, it is the oppressed who always triumph and taste last victory and according to this historical truth, Kashmir and Kashmiris will triumph in their battle against illegal occupation.” He said that Indian state had unleashed a reign of terror against unarmed Kashmiris. “More than one lakh people have fallen to the bullets of Indian forces, thousands have been maimed and blinded and jailed, tortured and humiliated, but all these oppressive methods have failed to force the Kashmiris into submission and will fail to do so in future also.” While paying tributes to young martyrs and youth who are sacrificing their lives for the sacred cause, the JKLF Chairman said that the Kashmiri youth through their struggle and sacrifices were writing down new chapters of gallant and valour. Paying homage to Abdul Majeed Butt, he said that the deceased was a humble and dedicated person who endured many hardships for the freedom of Kashmir. After the condolence meeting, people in large numbers gathered outside the Masjid to greet the JKLF Chairman. They chanted slogans in favour of freedom, unity and martyrs.
In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have placed the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention and arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik in Srinagar, today.
According to media sources, the detentions came in the wake of a programme announced by the joint resistance leadership in connection with the 50th death anniversary of renowned Kashmiri politician and religious leader, Mirwaiz Maulana Yusuf Shah in Srinagar, today. Police also placed Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam under house arrest. The arrests were made to stop the leaders from attending the programme. Meanwhile, APHC leaders Mohammad Yousuf Naqash and Hakeem Abdul Rasheed in their statements paid tributes to Mirwaiz Yusuf Shah.
In occupied Kashmir, the personnel of Indian army and paramilitary forces vandalized houses, shops and vehicles in Shopian district against celebrations over Pakistan’s win against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Champions Trophy in England, last night.
According to media sources, media reports said that as soon as Pakistan won against Sri Lanka, locals came out of their houses at Vehil in Shopian and burst firecrackers to express their joy over the win. Indian forces boiling in anger rushed to the village and barged into houses, smashed windowpanes, ransacked shops and beat up whosoever came in their way. Several people were injured in the forces’ action. The troops also vandalized property after forcing their way into dozens of houses at Turkawangam in the district. This led to massive anti-India protests in Shopian, today. Shopkeepers said the forces looted goods during their raids. “For around two hours, Indian troops ruthlessly thrashed people and damaged houses,” the locals said. Some of the people injured during forces’ action were shifted to a hospital in Srinagar for treatment.