Month: November 2018
Continuing to harass and scare those who are at the forefront of the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle, India’s National Investigation Agency yesterday filed a charge sheet against the Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi and her two associates, Sofi Fehmeeda and Naheeda Nasreen, at Patiala House court in New Delhi. Besides other charges, the trio has been accused of using social media and other platforms to abet waging of war against India and inciting the Kashmiri youth to rise in armed insurrection against New Delhi with an object of achieving cessation of Kashmir from India and its merger with Pakistan. A fake case was filed against the three Kashmiri women leaders in April this year at NIA police station in Delhi. They were arrested in June and since then are lodged in Tihar Jail. The NIA has so far arrested many pro-freedom leaders and activists after implicating them in false cases. India is using its investigating agencies including the NIA to malign the resistance leadership by implicating them in false and fictitious cases.
In order to cage down political dissent and send a strong signal to those who challenge its illegal occupation of Kashmir, India has again slapped the draconian Public Safety Act on the illegally detained senior APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Muslim League, Masarrat Alam Butt. The latest PSA is the 37th in series slapped on him. Masarrat Aalam, who spearheaded the 2010 anti-India uprising, was arrested in October, the same year. Besides stifling political dissent, India has been using the PSA to target those who expose the human rights abuses committed by its troops in occupied Kashmir. According to rights defenders, the draconian law, which has been earlier termed as ‘lawless law’ by the Amnesty International, is a violation of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) of Article 9(1) of the ICCPR, which India ratified in 1979.
Calling for a complete shutdown across IOK on Saturday against the first phase of farcical Panchayat polls, the Joint Resistance Leadership has said holding elections under the shadow of gun is a meaningless exercise and nothing but another attempt to mislead the world about the prevailing grim situation in the territory. The JRL said the near total rejection of the recently held local bodies’ polls has sent a crystal clear message to the Indian rulers that the IOK people reject New Delhi’s forcible control of their homeland. It said the Kahsmiris’ demand and slogan is only one: No to all elections, only right to self-determination. The phase-wise Panchayat elections would be held in the territory between 17th November and 11th December, this year.