In occupied Kashmir, the illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, was taken to a hospital in Srinagar for some important medical tests. He was shifted back to jail after the tests.
According to media sources, the JKLF Chairman is lodged at Srinagar Central Jail along with other Hurriyat leaders including Rameez Raja, Farooq Ahmed Sodagar, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Mushtaq Ahmed Ajmal, Zahoor Ahmed Butt, Bashir Ahmed Kashmiri and Ghulam Muhammad Dar. Yasin Malik was arrested by the Indian police on Sunday and was lodged at Srinagar Central Jail. Meanwhile, a JKLF delegation led by Sheikh Muhammad Afzal visited Handwara and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family of a woman, Misra Begum, who was recently martyred by the Indian troops. He was accompanied by Muhammad Afzal Mir, Abdul Majeed and Mushtaq Ahmed. Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Muhammad Afzal strongly condemned the killing.
In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership has reiterated its call for public gathering at Lal Chowk in Islamabad on Friday saying that the event will be a litmus test for claimants of democracy in India.
According to media sources, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar, today, said, “If Indian rulers and their stooges really believe in democracy they should shun their policies of coercion and allowing resistance camp to hold peaceful rallies.” The JRL leaders said that though Indian state and its abettors in Jammu and Kashmir had put almost all the leadership either in jails or under house arrest, but despite these oppressive tactics and use of police and military might, the JRL would try its best to hold peaceful public gathering on the day at the venue already announced. The leaders said that forcing silence of a graveyard by using military might and designating it as peace could only be termed as foolishness. JRL leaders said a fascist government in power, inspired by Joseph Gobbles’ malicious propaganda techniques or Harold Lasswell’s ‘magic bullet theory’ by trying to paint the brutal pacification of Kashmir as peace and return of normalcy. “If Indian rulers assume that oppression unleashed by their army and forces has crushed resistance in Kashmir, then they should find some courage to lift ban on political activities of the resistance camp and allow such programmes,” the statement added. The leaders said that any rational person would find talk of normalcy and peace in occupied territory as laughable especially when Kashmir is witnessing an increasing build up in oppression, particularly in southern districts of Kashmir valley and when surveillance state pervades every nook and corner of Kashmir, the discourse of normalcy and peace can only be promoted by the colonial forces and their proxies in Kashmir. “Placing Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq under house arrest and putting Muhammad Yasin Malik along with many others in Srinagar Central jail is in fact a testimony of the fact that India and its abettors posses no courage to compete with Resistance leadership in political field,” it added. “India and its stooges only know to suppress people’s voices under the pretext of so-called democracy and normalcy which is highly condemnable,” it said and added that Public rally on 15th December 2017, at Lal Chowk Islamabad has been called to demonstrate before the whole world what people of Kashmir stand for. “This Jalsa will highlight the miseries and hardships faced by the people of Kashmir at the hands of oppressive forces, it will also highlight the reign of terror unleashed by Indian occupational forces and it will also be a show of solidarity with the people of south Kashmir where Indian army, forces and police have let loose an ugly phase of horror.” Leaders said that Indian leaders falsely presume to have defeated indigenous Kashmiri resistance by military oppression, NIA and ED terrorism. “We challenge them to find some courage and allow peaceful activities of resistance camp in Kashmir so that the reality of their assumptions is established beyond doubt.” The JRL said. The leaders said that suppressing a peoples struggle by oppressive measures is not possible and Indian leadership should also realize the fact that it can never suppress or defeat Kashmiri resistance by military means.
The International Federation of Journalists has said that in addition to the blockade of information for local journalists, it is almost impossible for the international media to report on Kashmir due to non-issuance of journalist visas.
According to media sources, the IFJ in a statement in Brussels expressed serious concerns over the arrest and detention of French journalist Paul Comiti, who was arrested by Indian police while filming pellet victims in Kashmir on Sunday. It demanded his immediate release. The IFJ said the restrictions are attempts to control access to information by denying journalists their legitimate rights. The IFJ also urged the Indian government to ensure respect to international standards of dealing with journalists. The IFJ said: “The IFJ expresses serious concerns over the arrest and detention of French journalist Paul Comiti in Kashmir, India and demands his immediate release. “In addition to the blockade of information for local journalists, it is almost impossible for the international media to report on Kashmir due non-issuance of journalist visas. “The IFJ believes these restrictions are attempts to control access to information by denying journalists their legitimate rights. The IFJ also urges the Indian government to ensure that it respects international standards of dealing with journalists,” IFJ said. On Sunday, Kashmir police arrested Comiti for ‘violating visa regulations’ by filming protest activities in Kashmir, and presented him to the court, which remanded him on custody for five days. Comiti, 47, was visiting Kashmir to research for his documentary on a business visa valid until December 2018. Meanwhile, Indian Journalists Union (IJU), representing organisation of working journalists in the country in a statement said, “It is practice by scribes to visit conflict place on business visas. It demanded that the French journalist Paul Comiti should be immediately released.
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations continued to condemn the killing of a woman, Misra Begum, by the Indian troops in Handwara area of Kupwara district.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, Indian forces are resorting to disproportionate and unjustified force against peaceful civilians, which is highly condemnable. He extended his condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family. The APHC Chairman denounced the Indian forces for unleashing terror and said that continued bloodshed was the outcome of forced occupation of Jammu and Kashmir by India. “Innocent killing is sheer state terrorism,” he said. He said killers roam free without any accountability, adding that these forces had turned the territory into a slaughter house. On the instructions of Syed Ali Gilani, a Hurriyat delegation led by Bashir Ahmed Qureshi, Saif-uu-Din Mir and Abdul Ahad visited Handwara and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family of the victim woman. Meanwhile, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) General Secretary, Nahida Nasreen, in her statement said that the Kashmiri women had immensely contributed and sacrificed during the ongoing freedom movement. She said, “The role of women in this anti-India movement has been equal to that of the men. Not only have the women lost their fathers, brothers, sons or husbands but have also laid their lives for this cause.” The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference President, Muhammad Sultan Magray, at a party meeting in Srinagar while condemning the killing of Misra Begum expressed sympathies with the bereaved family. APHC leaders, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, in a joint statement paid tributes to the martyred woman. The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) in its statement demanded a high-level judicial probe into the killing of Misra Begum. The Indian troops had killed Misra Begum during a violent cordon and search operation in Handwara on Monday. The victim was mother of a two-month old baby.
Hurriyat leaders and human rights organizations while expressing concern over the framing of murder and other fake charges against the Kashmiri youth have termed the move a handiwork of the puppet administration to ruin the career of the youth.
According to media sources, this concern was expressed in response to indictment of 17 youth by a Srinagar court in fake cases of murder, rioting and robbery in connection with the lynching of a police officer at Nowhatta in Srinagar, earlier this year. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Muhammad Ayub Pandit was lynched in Srinagar on June 22, 2017. The court announced the order after hearing counsel of the youth Nazir Ahmed Ronga and public prosecutor. Both sides had been arguing on framing of charges from October 2017. On 6th October 2017, the police had filed charge-sheet in the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Srinagar, against the 17 youth. It also separately filed challan against four juveniles accused in the case. The CJM, Srinagar, committed the challan of 17 accused to the court of principal district and sessions judge, Srinagar, for trial who later transferred the case to fourth additional principal district and sessions court. The case has been listed for December 16, 2017.
A study conducted by academics from Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia and Ambedkar University has found Indian forces to be the main perpetrators of violence in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, the study says that the Indian army and paramilitary personnel are the main perpetrators of violence in the occupied territory, followed by the police and the Special Task Force. The study absolved Kashmiri mujahideen of being involved in the violence. The study titled ‘A Qualitative Exploration of Salient Incidents of Violence Exposure among Youth in Kashmir: Beyond Direct Violence’ noted that most of the respondents (approximately 94%) believed that the local community members were the main victims of the violence. The study has been authored by Waheeda Khan and Sramana Majumdar. Khan is a former professor of psychology at Jamia Millia Islamia and Majumdar is a faculty member at the School of Human Studies at Ambedkar University. The study has 96 participants (51 male and 45 female) in the age range of 18-30 from different regions in occupied Kashmir. All participants were enrolled as students in the Kashmir University, Srinagar. The study has found that children, women and the elderly have been the maximum victims of violence, though young people have witnessed the highest amount of violence, followed by children, the elderly, and the women. The study says that the negative perception of the role of the military and the militaristic nature of the violence in the Kashmir Valley has emerged out of a debate around the overwhelming presence of the Indian army in Kashmir and various cases of human rights violations. The study has also examined how living in a situation of ongoing conflict creates conditions where movement, speech and other basic rights are suppressed.