Month: February 2018
Gilani addresses Islamabad seminar via video link Says Indian troops given Licence to kill Kashmiris
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir is not only oldest dispute pending with the United Nations (UN) but is also an unfinished agenda of the Partition Plan.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani said this while addressing an international seminar on ‘The Kashmir Dispute: Past, Present and Future” at the National University of Modern Languages in Islamabad through video link from Srinagar, today. He said that people of Jammu and Kashmir have been offering unprecedented sacrifices since 1947 to secure freedom from illegal Indian occupation.
The APHC Chairman said that under draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act, India had given a free hand to its forces to kill the Kashmiri people. He said that New Delhi through its atrocities in occupied Kashmir was forcing the youth to resort to armed struggle.
Syed Ali Gilani said that New Delhi had accepted Jammu and Kashmir as a dispute under certain UN resolutions and also by its first Prime Minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru in his address at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. He added that since Kashmir was a disputed territory, it did not fall in the domain of India’s National Investigation Agency National, and hence Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders had been illegally arrested by the NIA and lodged in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar jail.
The octogenarian leader said that India was plotting to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir under a well thought-out plan. However, he maintained that people of Kashmir had rejected illegal Indian occupation and were determined to carry forward their struggle to its logical conclusion at all costs.
The seminar was also addressed among others by head of International Relations Department, Professor Dr Adnan Sarwar, Rector Major General Zia-ud-Din Najam, British journalist and writer Victoria Schofield and columnist Durdana Anjum.
Congress leader and former puppet Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has said that the Indian Army should remain apolitical and should not look into the growth of any political party in India.
According to media sources, the statement of Azad, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Indian Rajya Sabha, came in response of the recent comments of Indian Army chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, who during a recent seminar in Delhi had linked the cross border influx from Bangladesh to Assam with the growth of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in the state.
“The Army Chief’s duty is to protect the territory and every inch of the land of the country,” he told media persons at a press conference in Guwahati, the largest city of Assam and Northeastern India.
Former Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram has asked the Indian government to reduce paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir to bring violence under control.
According to media sources, P Chidambaram speaking at a programme organised in Kolkata stated that dialogue should be started with the Kashmiri people and the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) should be amended.
This three-pronged alternative strategy should be followed to bring peace in Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
Chidambaram, who was Indian Home Minister for three and a half years, said, “As a former Home Minister, I always believed that paramilitary is not the answer. J&K Police should be deployed more in numbers and paramilitary forces should be reduced.”
He said the figures of January 2017 and January 2018 show that violence has increased manifold; the graph had come down between 2010 and 2014 and even in 2015. Then with a dig, Chidambaram said, “The macho muscular chhappan chhati approach was then taken. And thus violence increased.” He suggested that AFSPA should be amended. “I am not talking about absolute repeal of the act. But amendments must be brought. The dialogue with people should also be started,” he added.
Indian Army has sought detailed information from police regarding people residing in vicinity of its camps across the territory.
According to media sources, a senior Army officer in a statement in Jammu said that the decision had been taken in the backdrop of rising attacks on army camps both in Jammu and Kashmir regions.
The information provided by police will be thoroughly studied and analyzed after which the Army will scan the areas in the vicinity of all its camps, the officer added.
Indian troops arrested a youth during a siege and search operation in Chhatabal area of Srinagar.
According to media sources, the troops entered Chaan-Mohalla and Mughal-Mohalla of Chhatabal, conducted house-to-house searches. People were pulled out of their houses and subjected to ill-treatment during the hour-long operation. The troops also arrested a youth during the crackdown operation.
The Indian troops also conducted search operations in Soura area of Srinagar and Aharbal, Khaag and Charar-e-Sharief areas of Badgam.
In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of a martyred youth, Mushtaq Ahmad Chopan, in Tral, today.
According to media sources, Mushtaq Chopan was martyred by the Indian police during custody inside Tral police station in Pulwama district, yesterday. At least four rounds of funeral prayers were held to accommodate the huge rush of mourners who had turned up from Aripal, Tral and adjoining villages to participate in the funeral of Mushtaq at his native Wagad village. He was laid to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Freedom songs were played through the public address systems during the funeral.
Reports said that some masked mujahideen appeared in the gathering and fired many rounds in the air to offer gun salute to the martyred youth.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown is being observed in Tral, Aripal and other areas of Pulwama district to protest against the killing. All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road.
The puppet authorities have deployed Indian police and troops in strength on various roads in Tral and Aripal areas to prevent protests over the custodial killing of Mushtaq Chopan.
Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred another youth in Bandipore district.
According to media sources, the youth was injured in the firing of the troops during a siege and search operation in Hajin area of the district yesterday and later succumbed to his injuries.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown is being observed, today, in Hajin and adjoining areas of the district to mourn the killing of the youth. All shops, business establishments and educational institutions are shut in Hajin. The puppet authorities have suspended the mobile Internet services in the entire district.