In occupied Kashmir, speakers at a seminar in Srinagar called for an immediate end to the victimization of Kashmiri youth and settlement of the Kashmir dispute, at the earliest.
According to media sources, the seminar titled ‘Kashmir Issue and The Role of Youth’ was organised by Jammu Kashmir Youth Forum (JKYF), an organisation working for the welfare of society especially youth in Srinagar.
The function was attended by youth and students from universities, colleges and schools. Rafiq Ahmed Shah from Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir was the chief guest on the occasion. He spoke about student revolutions and reforms. He urged the youth to keep full faith with their leadership.
JKYF Acting Chairman, Umar Rafiq, said problems and persecution will remain there until Kashmir dispute is resolved as per the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
A student activist, Irshad Ahmed, from Islamic University said, “There is only option for youth that is to work for the Kashmir resolution and youth have a crucial part to play.”
Another college student from south Kashmir’s Kulgam district said the role of youth is pivotal in bringing the change.
Other speakers talked about the prevailing situation and circumstances due to heavy deployment of Indian forces’ personnel in occupied Kashmir especially in the civilian areas. They said everybody in Kashmir is feeling caged and unsafe due to the Indian occupation of the territory.
In occupied Kashmir, the puppet administration has informed the High Court that the recommendations of the Koul Commission on the killings committed by Indian troops and police during the 2010 mass uprising have been scrutinized and forwarded to the so-called cabinet for final decision.
According to media sources, Senior Additional Advocate General (AAG), BA Dar, told the court that the recommendation report has been scrutinized by General Administration Department (GAD), Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Police Headquarters and Additional Director General Crime Investigation Department (CID). “The matter is now referred to the cabinet which will take a final call,” he said.
On previous hearing, BA Dar had submitted that the recommendations of Koul Commission were under examination with General Administration Department (GAD).
The Koul Commission was appointed in June 2014 by the then puppet regime led by Omar Abdullah to probe into the civilian killings in 2010 uprising.
Earlier, the court had asked the puppet regime to file a response as to why the Koul Commission report was not brought into public domain. The one-man commission headed by Justice (retd) ML Koul submitted its report to the puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on December 30, 2016.
A social organization Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Forum through its General Secretary MM Shuja had filed a Public interest Litigation (PIL) before the court seeking directions for making the findings and the recommendations of the commission public.
In occupied Kashmir, an Indian soldier committed suicide in Samba district, taking the number of such deaths among Indian army to five in the territory during the current month.
According to media sources, the soldier identified as Naresh Kumar of 168 Brigade in Army Dog Squad shot himself with his service pistol inside his residential quarter in Maheshwar area of the district.
With this incident of suicide the number of such deaths amongst Indian troops and police personnel in occupied Kashmir rose to 399 since January 2007.
Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed serious concern over the unabated human rights violations including harassment and detention of youth and the frequent search operations carried out by Indian forces in every nook and corner of the territory.
According to media sources, the Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar urged the world human rights bodies to take strong notice of these human rights violations committed by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. “We strongly condemn the harassment of people and vandalizing of properties in the name of cordon and search operations (CASOs) in length and breadth of Kashmir,” the statement added.
The forum maintained that justice continued to elude the 35 families of Sikh community even after the passage of 18 years. These Sikhs were massacred by Indian troops in disguise on 20th March in 2000 in Chittisingpora area of Islamabad district ahead of the then US President, Bill Clinton’s visit to India. The Hurriyat forum expressed solidarity and sympathy with all those families whose loved ones were killed in Chittisingpora incident.
The statement said that rising graph of human rights violations should serve as an eye-opener for the world human rights bodies adding that like other dozens of massacres committed by Indian troops, the Government of India and its puppet regime continued to adopt a criminal silence and the culprits were roaming free.
“Probes announced in Chittisinghpora and Pathribal fake encounter have always been used as a weapon to clam the tempers of people and to buy time. Not a single probe ordered by the successive regimes so far has been taken to conclusion let alone punishing the guilty,” the Hurriyat forum said.
“In the past three decades, Kashmir has witnessed brutal massacres that include Zakoora, Islamia College Hawal, Gaw Kadal, Sopore, Bijbehara, Kupwara, Handwara, Shopian and many others where Indian forces fired indiscriminately at the innocent people turning the streets of Kashmir red everywhere,” the statement said.
“In all these massacres, what people of Kashmir got from the ruling regimes is announcement of probes which actually was a mere eye-wash,” the forum deplored adding fact is that justice continues to remain a distant dream for the families of the victims.
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has expressed deep concern and anguish over the plight of Kashmiri detainees languishing in different jails in and outside Kashmir Valley.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Kashmiri political detainees, lodged in the jails outside the Kashmir Valley were harassed, intimidated and subjected to political vendetta on one pretext or the other. He said the Kashmiri detainees are ill-treated and humiliated for their affiliation with the freedom movement. “In Udhampur jail, these prisoners are mercilessly beaten and thrashed and later confined to cells and subjected to solitary confinement. They are compelled to use dirty and unhygienic utensils for cooking and drinking purpose,” he said.
The APHC Chairman citing the ill-treatment meted out to the Kashmiri detainees, who were arrested by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA), including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Javaid Ahmed Shah, Shahid Yousuf, Zahoor Ahmed Watali and Muhammad Aslam Wani said that they were not even permitted to seek legal assistance and consult their lawyers.
Syed Ali Gilani condemning the jail authorities for their callous and inhuman approach against the detainees and said, “These political prisoners are ill-treated and humiliated by criminals lodged in these jails. They are denied medical treatment and basic amenities.”
The APHC Chairman slamming the puppet authorities for their dictatorial and haughty attitude said, “Despite the release orders, several detainees including Ameer Hamza Shah, Manzoor Ahmed Kaloo, Abdul Ghani Butt, Bashir Ahmed Qureshi, Aashiq Hussain Butt, Manzoor Ahmed Najar, Basharat Ahmed Peer, Sajad Ahmed Butt, Abdul Ahad Mir, Muhammad Shaban Khan, Abdul Gaffar Regu, Muhammad Ashraf Malik, Hakeem-ur-Rehman, Muhammad Suliman Wani, Nazir Ahmed Khawaja, Abrar Anitoo, Abid Kachroo, Javaid Ahmed Fuley, Lateef Ahmed Dar, Nazir Ahmed Mantoo and scores of others were not released and were still lodged in different police stations and their detention period was being prolonged on one pretext or the other.
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM), Zafar Akbar Butt, has paid glorious tributes to the youth who were recently martyred by Indian troops in Balhama Khonmouh area of Srinagar.
According to media sources, Zafar Akbar Butt soon after his release, today, from prolonged house detention visited Balhama Khonmouh, met the families including those affected during recent crackdown operation by the troops and expressed solidarity with them. He appealed to the generous people to come to the rescue of the effected families whose properties were damaged. The JKSM Chairman assured full support to the victims of Indian state terrorism and paid homage to the martyred youth saying that the Kashmiris were obliged to carry the mission of their martyrs to its logical end. Meanwhile, Zafar Akbar Butt, in a statement remembered the members of Sikh community who were massacred by the troops in Chittisinghpora area of Islamabad district on this day in 2000. He demanded impartial investigation into the massacre to bring the perpetrators to book.
Indian troops have launched a massive cordon and search operation in Kupwara district.
According to media sources, the troops have cordoned off Halmatpora check area of the district and launched massive searches. Additional troops and paramilitary and police personnel have been rushed to the area. More details are awaited.