A leader of Hindu extremist Bharatiya Janata Party has warned Indian Muslims that they won’t be allowed to go on Hajj pilgrimage if they create obstacles in the construction of Ram Temple on the site of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
According to media sources, the BJP MLA, Brijbhushan Rajput, from Charkhari, Uttar Pradesh, in video message said, “The Muslim community should respect the feelings on the issue of Ram Temple of one billion Hindus in the country. If they don’t do so, we will not respect their feelings too.” “If Muslims create hindrance or stop construction of Ram Temple, their Hajj pilgrimage will also be stopped,” Rajput said. Rajput demanded that the minority status of Muslims should be repealed and the subsidy given on Hajj pilgrimage should be scrapped. After putting up the video on his Facebook page, Rajput was quoted by Hindustan Times saying it was not his statement but that of 100 crore Hindus. Justifying his stand he said if Muslims were taking it as a threat then let it be. “I completely stand by what I have said in the video,” he added. Meanwhile, a litigant in the Ayodhya temple-mosque land dispute case told the Supreme Court in New Delhi that the Babri Masjid was destroyed by the Hindu Taliban just like the demolition of the Buddha statue at Bamiyan in Afghanistan. “No law or the Constitution allows destruction of religious structures of any faith,” senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the legal heirs of M Siddiq, the original litigant who died, told a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.
British Kashmiris men, women and children assembled at Victoria Square in front of lord mayor`s office in Birmingham to join the rally organised to pay tribute to all Kashmiri martyrs with special reference to the brutality of the autocratic Dogra ruler on 13th of July 1931.
According to media sources, Kashmiri representative Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl, who is also Chairman of South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights on the occasion paid glowing tributes to the martyrs. He reiterated that the supreme sacrifices of the martyrs would be honored by completing the noble mission. Shawl emphasized that the echo of the sacrifices was being heard in different fora. “The remarks of UN Secretary General echoing UN high commissioner’s report and calling it the voice of UN is a slap in Indian brutal face,” he said and declared that “we have to remain firm as our right to self determination is non-negotiable.” Stewart Richards, President of Anti-War Coalition, expressed his solidarity and support to the self determination struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Hurriyat leader and Secretary General of Kashmir Tehreeki Khawateen, Shamim Shawl called 13th July a memorable day and an important milestone in the history of Kashmir. Mohammed Ghalib, President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir Europe asked the participants to register their protest with the elected members of the parliament and councils and keep them informed about the latest human rights situation in occupied Kashmir. Fahim Kiani, President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir, UK, spoke about the militarization of the occupied state which is the highest militarized area of the world. Najeeb Afsar, member of the organising committee, concluded the programme by thanking the participants. Others, who spoke at the function included Khawja Suleiman and Zafar Qureshi.
Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Gilani and the Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have condemned the suicide bomb attack on an election rally in Mustang, Baluchistan (Pakistan) that claimed lives of over 130 people and left over 100 seriously wounded.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said those involved in the attack are beastly enemies of the entire humanity. “It is a well-thought-out conspiracy to defame and malign Pakistan which faces multiple problems and cross border terrorism,” Gilani said and termed it as a result of deep conspiracy against Pakistan. He said, “Terrorism in every form and place is condemnable and no religion particularly Islam has any place for actions like these. The people involved in this attack can never be the followers of Islam.” Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement, while condemning the attack, said terror has no religion. “The pain of losing loved ones can well be felt by Kashmiris who see the dance of death and who shoulder the coffins of their loved ones almost every day. The people of Kashmir feel pained over the loss of precious lives in Baluchistan terror strike as people of Valley are themselves primary target of worst form of state terrorism,” he added. The Mirwaiz extended his heartfelt condolences to government of Pakistan and its people saying that people of Kashmir and the entire pro-freedom leadership stand with the country in this hour of grief. Meanwhile, commenting over the UN Secretary General António Guterres’ reference to the UNHRC report on human rights situation in Kashmir, he expressed hope that the world body would take steps and intervene to resolve the long pending dispute.
Hurriyat leaders have condoled with senior resistance leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Sofi, on the sad demise of his father in Malakhnag area of Islamabad district.
According to media sources, a delegation of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference visited the residence of Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi in Islamabad district and extended condolence to him on the demise of his father.
On the directives of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a delegation of the Hurriyat forum visited the residences of 12-year-old Andleeb, 20-year-old Irshad Ahmed Lone and 22-year-old Shakir Ahmed Khanday of Hawoora, Kulgam who were recently killed in firing by the Indian forces. The delegation expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. The Mirwaiz also spoke to the parents of all the martyrs over phone and conveyed his personal condolence. He said the people of south Kashmir are bearing the brunt of forces’ aggression and oppression. The delegation also visited many areas of Kulgam and met the dozens of people injured in forces’ firing. The delegation also visited the residence of Mukhtar Ahmed Sofi whose father passed away and offered condolences. A team of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat led by party Chairman, Bilal Ahmed Sidiqui and comprised Shabbir Ahmed Zargar, Sheikh Musaib and Reyaz Ahmed visited Cheeni Chowk and Matt Chowk, Islamabad, to offer condolences and sympathies with Hurriyat leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi on demise of his father Ghulam Muhammad Sofi and Hurriyat activist Bilal Ahmed Wagay to offer condolences and sympathies with bereaved families. Speaking on the occasion Bilal Ahmed Sidiqui and Sheikh Musaib shed light on the philosophy of life and death and prayed for the eternal peace of departed souls and patience of their bereaved families. The JKSM delegation comprised Imtiyaz Ahmed, Farooq Ahmed and Manzoor Ahmed, continuing mass contact programme, today, expressed solidarity with Hurriyat leader Mukhtiyar Sofi on death of his father. Meanwhile, the JKMC Chairman Shabbir Amad Dar and human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsaan Untoo visited family of martyr Ubaid Ahmad at Nadihal in Sopore and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik was once again arrested by the Indian police on Sunday when he was returning home from South Kashmir.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yasin Malik had gone to South Kashmir to express condolences with bereaved families of some recent martyrs. He along with Mushtaq Ajmal and Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri was lodged at Sangam police station. It is worth to mention that JKLF chairman was released yesterday after 10 days of illegal detention and was again detained by police, today. The JKLF in a statement strongly condemned his arrest.
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Dar along with Chairman of International Forum for Justice, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo and Sharif-ud-Din visited Nadihal Baramulla to express solidarity with the family of Ubaid Manzoor.
According to media sources, Shabbir Ahmed Dar and other leaders speaking to mourners said that India could not weaken the sentiments of freedom of the Kashmiri people through such brutal tactics and reiterated to continue the liberation movement till it reached its logical conclusion. They said that sacrifices of people will never go waste and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families of martyrs. They killing of innocent civilians on a daily basis is a well-thought-out strategy of Indian policy-makers who want to polarise the electorate in India for upcoming elections in India. These policy-makers belong to saffron brigade whose only mission is to poison the minds of common Indian so that he votes for those forces who are extremists and fascists and their only aim is to bring back those forces in power who can help them in furthering their cause of killing minorities. They said these students in Trehgam and Nadihal were killed without any provocation. two cousins of Shaheed Ubaid, Danish and Wasim have already been martyred in 2016. The leaders, expressing serious concern over the recent killing spree particularly in Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Baramulla and Kupwara areas, termed the killing of Kashmiri youth by the Indian forces as the worst form of human rights violation. They also thanked the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, for backing international probe into human rights violations being committed by Indian troops in Kashmir adding time has come for the World Body to impress upon India to accept the demand of Kashmiri people for a free and fair plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir.
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that the Kashmiri people are pursuing a peaceful movement to achieve their right to self-determination and they will never succumb to the state terrorism unleashed by India to suppress their struggle.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the curbs imposed by the occupation authorities on Friday to prevent a march towards Naqashband Sahib. The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had called the march to pay tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs particularly those massacred by the troops of Dogra Maharaja on 13th July in 1931. The APHC Chairman said that India had turned occupied Kashmir into a military garrison. He criticized the Indian authorities for their undemocratic and autocratic approach saying that their tall claims and parroting about being the largest democracy of the world proved hoax and their rhetoric for greater republic stands deflated. “We are pursuing a movement to achieve our right to self-determination to decide the political destiny of Jammu and Kashmir as guaranteed by the UN. While pursuing our rightful movement, we have sacrificed our lives, properties worth billions destroyed and damaged, thousands languishing in detention and torture centers, youth killed in custody and buried in unmarked graves, innocents tortured and women assaulted,” Syed Ali Gilani said. He maintained that despite all odds and atrocities, the Kashmiris will never budge even an inch nor will succumb to force or pressure tactics. Meanwhile, an APHC spokesman in a statement decried the curbs imposed by the authorities to thwart the Naqashband Sahib march. He said that Syed Ali Gilani who continued to be under house arrest, tried to march towards Naqashband Sahib to pay tributes to martyrs of 13 July but the Indian forces’ personnel deployed outside his residence prevented him from moving ahead. He denounced the authorities for putting Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, Muhammad Ashraf Laya and Umar Aadil Dar under house arrest or in custody. He said that the Indian police denied the families members of Muhammad Yasin Malik and Umar Aadil Dar to meet them in Kothibagh Police Station. On the other hand, Syed Ali Gilani and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai expressed deep grief over the demise of Ghulam Muhammad Sofi, father of senior pro-freedom leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Sofi, saying that the deceased was a pious person, eminent businessman, and social and political activist. An APHC delegation visited Islamabad town and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.