Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League has paid rich tributes to Abdul Khaliq Ganai alias Jamal Afgani on his 24th martyrdom anniversary, today.
According to media sources, special prayers were offered for the martyr during a function at his native town in Bandipora district. A prayers session led by party Chief Organizer Imtiaz Ahmad Shah was held in Srinagar. Others who participated in the session included Gulzar Ahmad Khanday, Arshad Aziz and Showkat Ahmad Dar. On the occasion, Imtiaz Ahmad Shah and other party leaders threw light on the life and sacrifices of Jamal Afghani. The leaders demanded immediate release of JKPFL General Secretary Muhammad Ramzan Khan and other detainees. A message from party Chairman, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani was read out, on the occasion.
Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has strongly condemned the continued house arrest of the Mirwaiz and described his detention as the frustration of the authorities.
According to media sources, the Hurriyat forum at a meeting held in Srinagar said, the Mirwaiz has been prevented from his social, political and religious activities which is the worst kind of human rights violation.
The APHC leaders, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, in a joint statement strongly condemned the detention of Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Bilal Siddiqi, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Muhammad Yasin Attai, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Bashir Ahmed Kashmiri, Ramiz Raja, Mushtaq Ahmed Ajmal, Zahoor Ahmed Butt, Farooq Ahmed Sodagar and Ghulam Muhammad Dar. The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML) in a statement denounced the continued detention of its Chairman, Masarrat Aalam Butt. It said that the authorities had slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) 36th time on him which was unjust and inhuman. The court, while quashing the 35th PSA order against Masarrat Aalam on October 26, had directed the authorities to release him immediately but he was re-arrested in connection in a frivolous case registered against him in Handwara in 2015. The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League in a statement in Srinagar denounced the continued detention on party Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and use of brute force on people in Kashmir. It urged the world human rights organizations to take notice of Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir and play their role in the release political detainees languishing in different jails of India and the territory. Tehreek-e-Muzahamat in a statement said that party Chairman, Bilal Siddiqi had been shifted from Rajbagh police station to Central Jail in Srinagar. He was arrested on Tuesday by police from his residence in Rajbagh. Tehreek-e-Muzahamat termed his arrest an act of political vendetta. The illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt, in a statement expressed deep concern over the detention of 18 youth in Srinagar. He said that the youth had been kept in custody without trial as part of the strategy of Indian authorities to prolong the detention of Kashmiri youth.
In occupied Kashmir, illegally detained APHC leader, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori and the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party have paid glowing tributes to martyred Islamic scholar and former Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, Shams-ul-Haq, on his 25th martyrdom anniversary.
According to media sources, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, who is lodged at Kathua jail in Jammu, in a statement said that the Kashmiri people would continue the mission of their martyr till complete success. He also eulogized the sacrifices of liberation leader, Sofi Muhammad Akbar, for the freedom cause of Kashmir. Democratic Freedom Party in a statement issued in Srinagar said that people like Shams-ul-Haq were assets of the ongoing Kashmir freedom movement. It said that the martyred leader was a brave soldier of freedom and man of ideology. “We must renew our stand that our great martyrs have already fixed the goals of the ongoing movement so there must be no confusion,” the statement said.
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) has called for an immediate end to the killing of innocent people by Indian troops in the territory.
According to media sources, the JKPM) Chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem, in a statement issued in Srinagar urged the world human rights organisations to take cognizance of the worsening human rights situation in the territory. He said notorious military operations launched by the Indian forces in Kashmir are taking a heavy toll on the civilians who are killed day in and day out in the length and breadth of the Kashmir Valley. The JKPM leader also condemned the killing of two bank guards in Shopian and called for a thorough probe into the killings. He said those taking the lives of innocent people can never be the well-wishers of Kashmiris and their struggle for the right to self determination. He said that the common people of Kashmir were being subjected to the worst kind of human rights violations under several draconian laws enjoyed by the Indian forces in the territory.
High Court has quashed the detention order under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), issued against Hurriyat leaders, Mushtaq-ul-Islam and Assadullah Parray, besides four other detainees and directed the puppet authorities to release them forthwith.
According to media sources, a bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan quashed the detentions of Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Muhammad Iqbal Kana and Jaffar Ahmed War after hearing their counsels, Wajid Haseeb and Ashiq Hussain. “After all, preventive detention cannot be used as an instrument to keep a person in perpetual custody without trial,” Justice Rabstan observed, while quashing PSA detention of Mushtaq-ul-Islam. Meanwhile, the bench of D S Thakur quashed detention of Hurriyat leader, Assadullah Parray after hearing his counsel, Naser Qadri.
A US multinational retail chain selling globes has shown Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as not part of India.
According to media sources, pictures of the globe being sold at Costco stores in Canada and elsewhere have gone viral on social media showing Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as not part of India. While the globe shows Kashmir as a separate entity, Arunachal Pradesh is shown as part of China. Several Twitter users tweeted images of the globe and expressed their views in this regard. Costco Wholesale Corporation, trading as Costco, is a US multinational firm that operates a chain of warehouse clubs. In 2015, Costco was the second largest retailer in the world after Walmart. Costco operates more than 700 warehouses in the US, Canada, UK, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Spain, Iceland and France.