Day: August 2, 2017
Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred three more Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district, today.
According to media sources, charred bodies of two martyred youth were recovered from the debris of two residential houses destroyed by the troops while using chemical substance during a crackdown operation in Hakripora area of the district. The operation continued till reports last came in.
One more youth was killed and dozens were injured after Indian forces’ personnel fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on protesters in Kakapora, Newa and Hakripora areas in the district. The martyred youth has been identified as Firdous Ahmad Khan. According to doctors, he was hit by bullet in his chest. At least 15 injured persons were referred to hospitals in Pulwama and Srinagar. Two persons, including a paramedic, were injured when troops opened fire outside District Hospital Pulwama. Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr Abdul Rashid Parra said that a nurse and a student were injured.
Protests over the killing rocked University of Kashmir as hundreds of students raised pro-Pakistan and pro-freedom slogans and gathered in the university campus for funeral prayers in abstensia for the martyred youth. Police used force to foil a sit in protest of students in Awantipora.
The killing led to clashes between students and Indian troops in Srinagar and Kupwara and Kulgam districts. Intense clashes erupted in Lalchwok area of Srinagar as soon as the news about the killings reached Srinagar. Students of SP Higher Secondary School and Kothi Bagh Higher Secondary School appeared in the city centre and pelted stones on Indian troops.
Clashes also took place in Handwara area of Kupwara district. All shops were closed in the town in protest against the killing.
On the other hand, hundreds of students of Government Degree College, Kulgam, boycotted their classes and held protests against the killing of the youth. They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
Meanwhile, the puppet authorities have suspended Internet services in the Kashmir Valley.
In occupied Kashmir, patients face immense hardships and inconvenience at the outpatient department (OPD) in Agha Syed Yousuf Memorial (ASYM) District Hospital in Badgam as 26 kanals of the hospital land is under occupation of Indian army.
According to media sources, long queues of patients are witnessed everyday at the OPD of the hospital while scores of patients lie on beds fixed in a narrow corridor, and scores more, accompanied by a family member, have nowhere to go. Outside each doctor’s chamber, patients and attendants are crunched into a small space. It is suffocating. The patients in the queues hardly find a place to sit.
“My son is suffering from a serious ailment. He can’t walk on his own. Here, there is no space in the corridors to move as patients’ beds have been placed here. The pushing and shoving from people makes us uneasy. But they can’t be blamed either: there is no space at all. It is like a flock of sheep crammed into a shed,” Sharifa, an attendant accompanying her son, lamented.
Self-evident trouble with infrastructure apart, Chief Medical Officer, Badgam, G M Dar told media that 26 kanals of the hospital land were under occupation of Indian Army. “We have had a survey with a defence person, which was also attended by revenue officials. But there has been no progress till date in favour of the Army’s vacating the land,” he said.
With little room to expand facilities, patients are left vulnerable and helpless. The ASYM is the only big health institute in Badgam district.
“I am a labourer and can’t afford private clinics. So I have no option but to visit the government-run hospitals,” said a patient, adding, “We are being treated as third-class people, no one cares for us.”
“This has been happening here for many years. And it will continue as the administration is not lenient towards patients,” said another patient.
Medical Superintendent, Dr Deeba, admitted that patients were facing problems due to the institution’s lack of infrastructure. She added that though catering to the population of the entire district, the hospital has a capacity of only 80 beds, nowhere near enough to manage the huge in-flow of patients.
Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC), an umbrella organization of trade bodies and civil society groups, has warned of civil disobedience if the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not rolled back by the puppet administration.
According to media sources, Shakeel Qalander, a member of the JKCC, addressing a seminar in Srinagar said, “We will not pay any tax if GST is not rolled back.” The seminar titled ‘Surrender of Fiscal Autonomy and Compromise on Sovereignty through GST’ was held at Rajouri Kadal in Srinagar.
“We want the restoration of the Kashmir’s financial independence. We won’t accept its erosion,” Shakeel Qalander said.
The puppet PDP-BJP regime extended the GST to Jammu and Kashmir in the first week of July, nearly a week after it was implemented in India.
At the seminar, the JKCC laid out a road map for the restoration of the financial autonomy. According to its handout, the puppet administration was asked to declare Jammu and Kashmir as a free economic zone.
Former president of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mubeen Shah, floated the free economic zone suggestion.
President of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, Muhammad Yaseen Khan, said that the puppet administration had never stuck to its promises on the GST.
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that people of Kashmir are under assault from all sides and serious efforts are on to erode Jammu and Kashmir’s special status by involving India’s judiciary.
According to media sources, the leaders in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said, “On one hand, Indian forces are killing youth and firing pellets at protestors and India’s National Investigation Agency is persecuting the Kashmiri leadership, while on the other, hectic efforts are now on to do away with Jammu and Kashmir’s special status after passing of Goods and Services Tax Bill that did away with Kashmir’s fiscal autonomy.”
The leaders said, since the Article 35-A bars non-locals to settle and buy property in Jammu and Kashmir, it is being challenged in the Indian Supreme Court with the view to alter the demography of the territory by settling people from outside, with the right to acquire land and property and vote in the so-called Assembly elections. “It is being promoted as part of the so-called final solution to the Kashmir issue by India led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS),” they said.
This is a very serious issue with serious ramifications. If any effort is made in this direction, the leadership will ask people to launch a vigorous agitation against this major ploy to change the basic character of the territory’s special status, the leaders said. The onus of responsibility for the consequences will lie entirely on the ruling regime, they added.
The resistance leaders said, Kashmir is an internationally-acknowledged dispute and people of Kashmir have been rendering sacrifices for its settlement for the past seven decades. They vowed that any effort aimed at undermining that fact by such ploys would be opposed tooth and nail.
They advised India that instead of resorting to these tactics, it should work towards the resolution of the dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the raids by Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) and arrest of its leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum, Advocate Devinder Singh, in Jammu.
According to media sources, the APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar while terming the arrest of Devinder Singh extreme frustration of Indian authorities said that NIA was not disclosing the location of detention of the said leader. “It won’t dampen our resolve and aspirations to pursue our mission,” the statement added.
The NIA conducted raids at the ancestral house of APHC’s Jammu-based leader, Devender Singh Behal in Nowshera town of Rajouri district. Behal was arrested by an NIA team, which had raided his residence at Bakhshi Nagar in Jammu on Sunday.
Indian troops, in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred thirty three (33) Kashmiris including two (2) young boys and a woman during the last month of July.
According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, three (3) of those martyred were killed in a fake encounter. The killings rendered three (3) women widowed and six (6) children orphaned.
During the month, five hundred sixty-five (565) people were critically injured when Indian police and paramilitary personnel used brute force and fired pallets and teargas shells against mourners and peaceful demonstrators in the occupied territory while four hundred fifty (450) people including Hurriyet leaders, activists and youth were arrested.
The troops molested or disgraced at least twenty-four (24) women and destroyed and damaged seventy seven (77) houses during the period.