Month: October 2017
President of Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM), Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo has said that Muslims and Dalits are being persecuted in India ever since Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) came into power in India.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, who is in jail, in a statement issued in Srinagar said, Muslims are living in a constant fear and the Indian hyper-nationalism has overwhelmed the country’s politics, economy, society, education and media. “But this is only one aspect of this scenario. This has proved it again that no country in the world can truly be secular even if its constitution is secular,” he said.
“RSS is sincere about Hinduism and Hindu India and doesn’t deceive people by secularism. India has been a Hindu Rashtra in the past, continues to be so, and will be the same in future as well.”
He said that Indian government followed the religion of the majority and Hindu extremist RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat did not hesitate to admit that.
“The way the Hindu majority in India rewarded the executer of Gujarat pogrom Narendra Modi by electing him as the prime minister of India shows the thinking trends in Hindu India. Modi has also lived up to the expectations of Hindu majority by forming a Muslim free government,” he said.
Qasim said India has evolved as a Hindu Rashtra in the world and thus the political vision of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and Muhammad Ali Jinnah has been proved right. He also condemned the excesses being meted out to Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir under the rule of PDP and RSS. “This is one aspect of this government; the other aspect is that it has brought out the real face of India and those people who would advocate India in Kashmir are now finding it difficult to speak for India.”
“Some educated youth who would term the ideas of freedom and sovereignty as archaic ideas in presence of IMF and UNO have now realised that freedom is not just in the spheres of politics and economy but in the fields of religion, culture, education and identity also and Muslims in Kashmir cannot safeguard their identity under Hindu Indian rule,” Qasim maintained.
Hurriyat forum-led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the use of military might to crush the genuine struggle of Kashmiri people serves as an eye-opener for the international community as well as global human rights watchdogs believing in democracy.
According to Kashmir Media Service, a Hurriyat forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the continued house arrest of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the fresh wave of atrocities unleashed by Indian forces on Kashmiri people.
The spokesman also denounced the arrest of family members of prominent liberation leader, Syed Salahuddin by India’s National Investigation Agency, sending summons to rest of the family members and calling them to New Delhi for questioning as political vendetta. He said harassing family members by NIA in the name of questions deserves all forms of condemnations.
“The grandson of Salahuddin is a student and summoning him to New Delhi will negatively affect his educational career,” he added.
Kashmir Bar Association has expressed serious concern over the promulgation of dictatorial ordinance promulgated by the puppet authorities that makes persons and organisations calling for shutdowns, demonstrations or other forms of protest liable for imprisonment and fine.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the Bar association in a statement issued in Srinagar described the so-called Public Property Ordinance as an attack on the fundamental right of speech, freedom of expression and denial of the right to take out any procession against suppression and oppression by the Indian government and its agencies.
The Bar Association said that a demonstration was a visible manifestation of the feelings or sentiments of an individual or a group and the right to hold protest, demonstrations or call for any other form of dissent so as to express his feelings and sentiments is guaranteed both under domestic and international laws.
It cited the Universal Declarations of Human Rights, 1948, as well as under International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966 and International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966, which recognize inherent dignity of human beings.
The statement added that the provisions of the ordinance can be misused and any one whether, guilty or not guilty, can be booked under the ordinance at the whim and caprice of any authority and put behind the bars for any period of time.
The Bar also expressed concern over the arrest of Shahid Yousuf, the son of Syed Salahud Din, and the summoning of Muzamil Ahmad Khan, a B.Tech. student, who is Salahud Din’s grandson, to New Delhi, by India’s National Investigation Agency describing it as an act of harassment.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Bar Association will move an application before the to become a party in the case. “Yes, we will move the application before the SC when the case will be taken up for hearing,” said Advocate Arshid Andrabi, KHCBA member who is in Delhi to attend the hearing.
Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS) has said that conspiracies are being hatched to take away exclusive ethnic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir by the dominant fascist state, India.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the KCSDS in a statement in Srinagar today, while asking people to remain cautious, said the political masters were wrongly thinking that Kashmiris had forgotten the issue of Article 35-A.
It expressed surprise over sudden listing of the case by the Indian Supreme Court. “We warn the Indian government against any unconstitutional step,” it said and condemned a latest ordinance brought in to book organisers of protests.”
“We appeal to all the natives of Jammu and Kashmir to rise against any such move that is designed to rob us of our identity,” it added.
The Indian Supreme Court on Monday listed petitions challenging Article 35A of Indian Constitution for hearing after 12 weeks.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the petitions were listed today before the division bench of SC in supplementary category. The work hours expired and all the cases could not be heard by the justices. Now, the case has been listed after twelve weeks.
Four petitions challenging Article 35A were placed at 69th place of the supplementary list, however, the court only could hear 60 cases today.
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has said that Indian leaders are not sincere in resolving the Kashmir dispute as per its historical background.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the DFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India was hell bent on suppressing the genuine voices and filling jails with those demanding legitimate rights.
He termed BJP General Secretary’s 4-point formula as deception and said the people of Kashmir and resistance leadership have not forgotten the hardships they faced while struggling for the freedom movement.
He said the vilification campaign launched against the resistance leadership and arresting them on fabricated charges is part of the process. He said PDP’s ‘no bullets but talks’ slogan has proven hollow by Ram Madhav’s assertions and it has been clear that PDP has completely surrendered itself before New Delhi to remain in power. He said the freedom movement will be taken to its logical conclusion at any cost.
In occupied Kashmir, former Jammu and Kashmir interlocutor, Radha Kumar has said the solution to the vexed problem lies in taking up dialogue with all segments.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Radha Kumar in a statement in Srinagar said the dialogue was an all important constituent in the process as the problem had to be dealt and corrected historically which would lead to the settlement of pending issues and help create an environment of conviction and acceptability.
On bringing the Hurriyat leaders on board for talks, Radha Kumar said no element or voice in the Valley could be left out for seeking a permanent solution to the problem. “Pakistan as a constituent in the dialogue process cannot also be left out as the country includes the important stretch of partition which is characteristically attached to the solution of Kashmir.
She said, “Our findings were based on two important factors viz immediate assessing of the ground situation in the territory and short-term initiatives to reform the system and secondly, get an exhaustive insight into the long-standing political issue.”