Month: July 2017
Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district, today.
According to media sources, the youth were martyred by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in the area. The martyrs have been identified as Shariq Ahmad of Gulzarpora, Pulwama and Showkat Ahmad of Mahind Bijbehara in Islamabad district. The authorities have suspended Internet services in Pulwama district following the killings. As the news about the killings spread, people took to streets in Samboora and Tahab and protested the killings. Indian troops resorted to firing to disperse the protesters. Over a dozen were injured after troops used live ammunition and fired tear-gas shells on protesters in Tahab and other areas of Pulwama district. At least five persons hit with bullets were shifted to hospitals for treatment. One Asif Ahmed, a resident of Lassipora area of the district was shifted to Srinagar hospital in a critical condition. Hospital sources confirmed that at least five youth were hit with pellets.
Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that India and its media are working to subvert the role of Kashmiri pro-freedom leadership in the resolution of Kashmir dispute by defaming them.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz, who addressed media via social networking sites after Indian government foiled his press conference by placing restrictions around his Nageen residence, said, “The Government of India and the Indian media have embarked on a consistent policy of playing intricate mind games with all those who consider that Kashmir is a dispute requiring resolution.”
He added that the resolution was a wide term with wide connotations. “The inclusive dialogue among all stakeholders can be way forward. However, to subvert this possibility, political strategists have now advised the pre-eminent political class in India to embark upon intricate mind games,” he added. The first in this direction, Mirwaiz said, is the ploy to reduce the Kashmiri political leadership in their scope and stature to play any role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. “For that, the NIA has been roped in to frame the pro-freedom leadership through fabricated charges into a legal tangle. The India media is being utilized to facilitate that process further through a sustained and vicious campaign of spreading lies about the pro-freedom leadership and distorting facts,” he said. The Mirwaiz said a New Delhi-based channel has crossed all limits and launched a tirade of defamatory broadcasts with a motive to defame him both as the religious head of the Muslim community in J&K and as an independent head of a political party with a definite political ideology. “Even members of my family are being dragged into this vortex of lies and preposterous allegations, which is extremely deplorable to say the least,” he said. The Mirwaiz said, “In order to keep the record straight, I refute all defamatory allegations…. To tarnish my image; false, malicious and virulent propaganda imputing dishonest and underhand dealings to me is being deliberately spread,” he said. He came up with the details of assets owned by him.
In occupied Kashmir, former puppet Chief Minister and National Conference President Omar Abdullah has said that Pakistan is not the creator of uprisings in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media sources, speaking at a Kashmir conclave in Srinagar, Omar Abdullah said he was aware that it was popular to blame Pakistan for everything that is happening in the troubled territory. “We know that Pakistan fishes in troubled waters, but we also know that they are not the creators of the sort of agitation that we have seen in 2008, 2010 and 2016,” Abdullah said. Omar Abdullah was referring to the three deadliest street protests Kashmir has witnessed in the nearly three-decades of freedom struggle. The National Conference leader while admitting growing alienation of pro-India parties in Kashmir said the blame for shrinking space for these parties needed to be shared by all, including the Indian government. He said ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) inability to deliver on promises like making peace between India and Pakistan and initiating talks between the Indian government and Hurriyat leadership has cost the pro-India politicians their credibility in the territory. Abdullah said the case in point was the agenda of alliance between the PDP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I think what is important is that we as regional political players understand our limitations. The problem arises when in our desire to attract votes in elections; we sell promises far beyond our ability to deliver.”
Indian Army’s Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), which suspended life imprisonment of troops involved in killing of three civilians in a fake encounter in Machil in 2010, has said that it cannot be ruled out that the slain men were militants “because they were wearing Pathan suits (shalwar and qamees).”
According to media sources, the AFT order, as per media reports, said, “The fact that accused persons were terrorists….cannot be ruled out because they were wearing Pathan suits which are worn by terrorists.” This was the ground invoked by the Tribunal bench comprising Justice V K Shali and General SK Singh earlier this week to suspend punishment of the killer soldiers and releasing them on bail. The three civilians — Shezhad Khan, Shafi Lone and Riyaz Lone of Nadihal, Rafiabad, were lured to an army camp at Kalaroos in Kupwara and were subsequently killed in cold blood during the intervening night of April 29 and 30, 2010, at Sona Pindi in Machil. The Army claimed that they had killed three foreign militants but the police investigation proved that they were local civilians killed in a fake encounter. Subsequently, the bodies of three were exhumed from a graveyard at Kalaroos. Later, the Court Martial awarded life imprisonment to commanding officer Dinesh Pathania, Capitan Upendra, Havaldar Devender Kumar, Lance Naik Lakhmi, Lance Nail Arun Kumar and Rifleman Abbas Hussain who staged the fake encounter to claim cash rewards and promotions which the army grants to its personnel for killings in Kashmir.
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom movement is indigenous and has nothing to do with global organizations. According to media sources, the leaders in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said, Indian secret agencies are desperate to malign the Kashmir freedom movement and, under a well-thought-out plan, devising policies to bring bad name to the freedom struggle in occupied Kashmir. “Groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda are non-existent in Jammu and Kashmir and there is no role for these groups within our movement which is local in nature and indigenous in character,” they said. Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said, terrorism and the freedom movement are poles apart. “By linking Kashmir movement with some global organizations, they (Indian agencies) are planning their roguish activities to influence the international community. The peace-loving nations of the world have also acknowledged the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and we are pursuing a peaceful movement for its resolution,” they said. The resistance leaders said, Indian authorities couldn’t break the emotional bond of freedom among masses hence they feel unnerved. They cautioned the Kashmiri people about the deceitful games of India and urged them to follow every programme of the joint resistance leadership with persistence and wisdom and exhibit unity among their ranks.
In occupied Kashmir, the illegally detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, has paid rich tributes to martyr Muhammad Maqbool Malik of Islamabad town on his martyrdom day, today.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar, recalling the sacrifices and struggle of the martyred for the freedom movement said that Maqbool Malik was a thorough gentleman, a religious individual and a resistance lover who strived for the freedom of Kashmir and even sacrificed his life for the purpose. Meanwhile, the Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen Chairperson, Zamrooda Habib, in her statement in Srinagar said that the Indian government should seriously concentrate on addressing the Kashmir dispute without wasting further time. She said that the raids and arrests by Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) were aimed at diverting the attention from real issue and to mislead the Indian masses and the world community. By arresting Hurriyat leaders in fabricated cases India wants to create vacuum in resistance movement but will never succeed in its nefarious designs, she said. Illegally detained Chairman of Muslim Deeni Mahaz, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, in a statement in Srinagar said that after the failure of seven lakh Indian troops, one lakh police personnel and media to break the resolve of the Kashmiri people to continue their struggle, India was now using NIA to intimidate the Kashmiris into submission but would never succeed in its nefarious designs. He urged the Kashmiri people to show patience, greater unity and steadfastness to foil the conspiracies of anti-Kashmir and anti-movement elements.
Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) continuing its repressive tactics to harass the pro-freedom leaders and activists has issued summons to Nayeem Gilani, the elder son of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, to appear before it. According to media sources, the NIA in its summons has asked Nayeem Gilani to appear before it for questioning on Monday in connection with false charges leveled against him. It is to mention here that the NIA has launched a crackdown on pro-freedom leaders and activists to force them to give up their stance on the Kashmir dispute. The NIA had arrested seven Hurriyat leaders, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Farooq Ahmed Dar from Srinagar and New Delhi on July 24, 2017. On the next day, the NIA had secured ten days remand of these leaders from a Delhi court.