Day: January 12, 2018
Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement has said that holding of Panchayat elections in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir is not an alternative to the right to self-determination for which the people of the territory have been rendering supreme sacrifices.
According to media sources, APHC leader and JKPM Chairman Mir Shahid Saleem while addressing a party meeting in Rajouri said that the announcement of yet another security drill in the name of Panchayat election would further deteriorate the already precarious security scenario in the occupied territory.
The APHC leader said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had never accepted the security drills being conducted by India through its armed forces in the name of elections. He said during the recently-held elections in Srinagar for the Indian parliament in spite of all efforts there was not more than two percent turnout while on the other hand, India could not succeed in conducting the elections to the parliamentary seat of south Kashmir despite announcement of the several schedules.
The JKPM chairman said that holding of elections in occupied Kashmir would always be a meaningless exercise until the basic political issue of Kashmir was resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people.
In occupied Kashmir, the Peoples Democratic Party member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Aijaz Ahmed Mir, has described the Kashmiri mujahideen killed by Indian forces as martyrs, adding that their deaths should not be celebrated.
According to media sources, Aijaz Ahmed Mir, who represents Wachi constituency located in Shopian district told media in Jammu that ‘militants who are from Kashmir and get killed are martyrs, they are our brothers, and some of them are minors who don’t even know what they are doing.’
“We should not celebrate the killings of militants, it is our collective failure, we should sympathise with parents …of militants,” he added.
He said Kashmir is a political issue and should be resolved politically.
Mir also called for talks with the Hurriyat, mujahideen and other stakeholders to resolve the Kashmir issue permanently.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which is in alliance with the PDP on Jammu and Kashmir, has strongly objected to Mir’s statement.
The United States has issued a new travel advisory for countries including India, identifying crime and terrorism for Americans to exercise increased caution. The advisory urges US citizens not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media sources, the State Department in its new travel advisory said, “Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations.”
“Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities,” it said.
Terrorists or armed groups are active in east-central India, primarily in rural areas, it added.
India has been ranked Level 2 (exercise increased caution).
Now every country has a travel advisory based on this system, which has replaced all the previous such advisories. “These improvements will provide US citizens with clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide,” the State Department said.
In occupied Kashmir, police have said that the PhD scholar, Mannan Wani, who has reportedly joined the ranks of Mujahideen, is fast becoming a trend among the Kashmiri youth, like martyr Burhan Wani.
According to media sources, Mannan Wani, a PhD scholar in applied geology at Aligarh Muslim University, will be one of the three PhD scholars to join the Mujahideen since the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016.
Mannan, a resident of Tekipora village in Kupwara district, appeared in a Mujahid attire in a photograph that went viral on social media recently and shows him posing with an assault rifle. “It is clear what has happened,” his brother Mubashir Wani, an engineer, told media, referring to the photograph. He said Mannan came home in October last year and left for Aligarh in December. “We lost contact with him on January 3,” he said.
A senior police officer in Kupwara said that Mannan Wani’s father had filed a report that his son was missing for the last several days. He said that the police were investigating if Wani had joined Mujahideen ranks. “We don’t know the authenticity of the picture. We haven’t been able to trace him so far and all possibilities are being investigated,” said Shamsher Hussain, SSP, Kupwara.
Pictures with weapons, like that of Wani, have become a trend among new mujahid recruits in the region.
The recruitment has registered a significant increase in the region in the last two years, with many of the new recruits coming from educated backgrounds and having high academic qualifications.
Azharuddin Khan, one of the three research scholars who joined the ranks and had qualified for PhD in Arabic, was martyred in February, last year. He was a resident of Kandi, Kupwara, and was a lecturer at a higher secondary school in Handwara before joining the Mujahideen in April 2016.
The third research scholar who became a mujahid in two years was Sabzar Bashir of Naina village of Islamabad district. He was a PhD research scholar in botany at Jamia Millia Islamia. He joined the freedom path in July 2016.
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that the pro-India Kashmiri political parties are well aware of the freedom sentiments of the people, but they deceive the masses by exploiting these sentiments.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “The pro-India politicians stand exposed and their main aim is to get to power corridors.” He paid rich tributes to the Kashmiri youth killed by Indian forces on Tuesday and said these brave hearts are facing a big power and sacrificing their lives to end the age-old slavery of their people.He termed the killing of a civilian Khalid Ahmad Dar at Kulgam as very unfortunate and said that the puppet administration was equally responsible for such brutal killings. The octogenarian leader said that Indian forces under a well-thought-out plan were carrying out bloodshed in the territory. He rejected the statement of local police saying that they were acting as more loyal than the king. Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani telephonically addressing the mourners in Kulgam urged people to boycott the upcoming Panchayat elections. He said a few people who vote in the election dramas are not only committing an act of treason but their actions also act as oxygen for India’s illegal control over Jammu and Kashmir. The APHC chairman said participating in elections is tantamount to betrayal with the sacred blood of martyrs. He said, “People are pursuing the struggle for right to self-determination. Our religion, faith, culture, mosques, modesty, future and even social life is unsafe.” On the other hand, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, participated in the funeral prayers of the martyred youth and extended condolences to the bereaved family.
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has strongly condemned the gruesome killing of a civilian, Khalid Ahmad Dar, by the Indian forces at Khudwani in Kulgam district.
According to media sources, the DFP in a statement issued in Srinagar also paid rich tributes to Farhan Ahmed Wani who was martyred by the troops in Kokernag area of Islamabad district.
It said that the bloodbath of Kashmiri youth continued unabated under one pretext or other by the Indian men in uniform who were not being asked questions about using brute forces against the unarmed protesters. This unaccountability has encouraged the armed personnel who have spread a reign of terror across the territory, it added.
The DFP also paid homage to those martyred in Chadoora, Badgam, and Larnoo in Kokernag on Tuesday. It said that Kashmiri youth were rendering their lives for a great cause and their sacrifices were the assets of the Kashmir freedom movement.
The DFP condemned the use of brute force on peaceful protestors at Chadoroa and Kokernag areas.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League in a statement strongly condemned the detention of party Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, and other pro-freedom leaders.
In occupied Kashmir, the brother of Burhan Wani, whose killing triggered mass uprising in 2016, and the son of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged and buried in Tihar jail by India in 2013, have passed the 12th class exams with distinction.
According to media sources, the result was declared, today. Burhan’s brother Naveed secured 387 while Guru’s son Ghalib got 441 marks.
Hurriyat leaders, organizations and people from various walks of life have congratulated Naveed and Ghalib on their success in the 12th class examination.