In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, expressing serious concern over the rising incidents of braid-chopping in the territory has said that it is responsibility of the puppet authorities to identify and expose the braid-choppers.
According to media sources, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi addressing a public gathering in Budgam said that the callous and insensitive approach of the authorities was adding fuel to the fire. He said braid-chopping is not just an assault on the body of a woman but on her dignity. “This amounts to a grave human rights violation against womenfolk of Kashmir and this is a trick to instill fear among people in Kashmir. On one side the authorities say it is mass hysteria, and on the other, they announce rewards for those who catch hold of the culprits,” he said. Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi said those involved in such heinous crimes should understand that society will not spare them and besides such acts will counterproductive for those on whose behest they work. Meanwhile, the Chairperson of Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen, Zamruda Habib, in her statement in Srinagar expressed concern over growing incidents of forced braid-chopping in occupied Kashmir. She said, it is really unfortunate to have a woman puppet Chief Minister, who thinks that her “Tweet” is not enough to address the serious issue and practically failed to bring the culprits to justice. The police have not even started the investigation when the women and girls are facing these terrible incidents, she deplored.
the illegally detained ailing Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, has paid glowing tributes to the youth recently martyred by Indian troops in Hajin and Shopian.
According to media sources, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, who has been lodged in Sadar Police Station in Islamabad town for last one week and suffering from various ailments, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India should differentiate between terrorism and freedom movement. He said that Kashmir was an internationally-recognized dispute and could not be resolved through military might. Meanwhile, the JKPL Vice Chairman, Ejaz Rehmani in a statement expressed concern over the deteriorating health of party Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza. He said that the ailing party Chairman was not being provided medical facilities in the police station. He appealed to the international human rights organizations to take notice of the plight of Kashmiri political detainees and put pressure on India to settle the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. Meanwhile, the Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement, Farida Bahenji, in a statement in Srinagar condemned the puppet minister for his remarks against the DeM Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi. The minister had said that Aasiya Andrabi was not a role model for women in Jammu and Kashmir or elsewhere. Aasiya Andrabi’s image was displayed alongside Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Mehbooba Mufti and Kiran Bedi’s photographs in the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Parhao’ campaign by the child care wing of the social welfare department in Islamabad district’s Brang block yesterday. Farida Bahenji said, Aasiya Andrabi is not only a role model for Kashmir but also for the entire Muslim Ummah. She maintained that Aasiya Andrabi had been continuing its efforts for resolution of the Kashmir dispute for last three decades.
The Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider, has said that the EU-based Kashmiri and Pakistani youth can play a valuable role in the context of Kashmir cause in the region of Europe.
According to media sources, Raja Farooq Haider was addressing a gathering of Kashmiri and Pakistani youth especially students from different universities in Brussels. It is important to mention that the AJK Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider and senior minister Chaudhry Tariq Farooq are currently on a visit to Belgium in connection with Kashmir EU-Week at the European Parliament in Brussels. Raja Farooq Haider said that the youth should create awareness about the Kashmir dispute in Europe. They should talk to European youth, intellectuals, politicians and parliamentarians on true reality of the Kashmir dispute, he added. The gathering was followed by a dinner arranged by UK-based Kashmiri figure and businessman, Tariq Butt. Prominent Kashmiri leader based in Belgium, Sardar Sadique also addressed the gathering while the programme was moderated by Chaudhry Imran Saqib. Senior Minister of AJK, Chaudhry Tariq Farooq, Chairman of Kashmir Council European Union, Ali Raza Syed, MEP Wajid Khan, MLA Raja Javed Iqbal, Member Brussels Parliament, Dr Zahoor Manzoor, and woman councilor Shazia Manzoor were also present on the occasion. The AJK’s PM said, “We have to introduce ourselves without our political party affiliation in Europe. I came here as a Kashmiri and for that I can highlight the issue of Kashmir effectively. I left my party affiliation in Islamabad.” He also advised the other Kashmiri leaders to put aside their political party affiliation when they travel abroad. Emphasizing on importance of Diaspora communities in Europe, Raja Farooq Haider also called for unity among the Kashmiris and Pakistanis living in Europe. Host of the gathering, Tariq Butt, expressed his gratitude to the participants and lauded the efforts of AJK Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider, and KCEU Chairman, Ali Raza Syed, for highlighting the Kashmir cause in Europe.
Indian police and paramilitary personnel used brute force to disperse protesters in Hajin area of Bandipora district, today.
According to media sources, people took to the streets after Indian police and troops launched a cordon and search operation in the area. The forces’ personnel fired pellets and teargas shells to break up the demonstrations. Two persons were hit by the pellets during the forces’ action. Stiff resistance from the people forced the troops and police personnel to call off the operation. Meanwhile, Indian Army personnel also used brute force and resorted to aerial firing in Tral area of Pulwama district, today, to disperse the demonstrators who were protesting against a cordon and search operation. Indian Army is also using choppers in the operation.
In occupied Kashmir, the psychiatric disorders are increasing in the territory due to the unending conflict. The Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS) has treated at least 70,000 people with mental health illnesses this year.
According to media sources, the drug abuse among children under 16 years of age has set alarm bells ringing in the Valley. Official data reveals that of the 70,000 patients, 2,692 drug addicts were treated till August while 387 drug addicts were admitted to the institute and its centre at the SMHS Hospital in Srinagar. Dr Hena Hajini, Child Psychologist at the psychiatry unit of the SMHS Hospital, said three of every 10 people visiting the centre were below 16. “Children under the age of 16 are seeking help at this centre. I recently checked a 15-year-old boy who had a conduct disorder. I am receiving around 30 mental ailment cases of children in which under the age of 16 children fall into conduct disorder – an early stage of substance abuse,” she said. According to the hospital authorities, conduct disorder is a serious behavioural and emotional disorder seen in children and teens. An affected child may display a pattern of disruptive and violent behaviour. According to the doctors in the hospital, they receive 12 drug abuse cases daily.
In occupied Kashmir, residents of Devos Khaipora area of Budgam district have said that Indian Army personnel ransacked their houses and thrashed the inmates without any reason.
According to media sources, the residents told media that army men from a nearby camp barged into their locality and smashed window panes and thrashed the inmates. “Late Thursday night there were rumors that braid-choppers are roaming in our area. Announcements were made on public address system asking people to come out of their homes. As we moved out to chase the unknown men, some of the youth clashed with army troops present outside the village,” said a resident, adding that the army men fled after spotting them. “They (army) returned late at night and ransacked our houses,” he added.
In occupied Kashmir, clashes erupted in Sopore area of Baramulla district, today, after the braid of a 40-year-old woman was chopped off by unknown persons in Khushal Matoo village.
According to media sources, locals told media that the woman was in the kitchen of her home when unknown person sprayed something on her, knocking her unconscious, and chopped her braid. She was later taken to sub-divisional hospital, Sopore, in an unconscious state. Soon after the incident, hundreds of people assembled at main chowk of the town and staged a protest demonstration against the incident. However, Indian police fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and the police personnel. Complete shutdown was observed in Sopore town as a mark of protest against the incident. Meanwhile, people also staged demonstrations in Batamaloo and Ajas areas also after fresh incidents of braid-chopping. The protesters demanded of the puppet authorities to expose the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. Over 100 incidents of braid-chopping have been reported from different parts of the Kashmir Valley in the last one month. Locals say that Indian secret agencies are carrying out these incidents to scare the masses particularly the womenfolk.