In occupied Kashmir, around 23 expelled Kashmiri students, pursuing Bachelor of Pharmacy at Shekhawati College of Pharmacy in Rajasthan, along with their parents staged a protest in Press Enclave in Srinagar, saying that India in a well-planned manner was hell-bent to ruin the future of Kashmiri students. According to Media sources, the students have been evicted from the college and hostel following non-release of payment from the Indian Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS). The students said that under PMSSS their future was ruined. “Some 15 days ago the college authorities forced us to leave the college following the non-release of scholarship fund. “The PMSSS fund has not been released into the college accounts despite the fact that we have fulfilled all formalities,” said one of the students, Ahsan Ali. Meanwhile, Tahafuz-e-Anjuman-e-Urdu lashed at the puppet authorities for ignoring Urdu language and issuing ration card application forms only in Hindi and English languages.Scores of civil society members belonging to different organisations staged a peaceful protest in Press Enclave, Srinagar. The protestors were carrying placards and banners seeking revival of Urdu language in every department. The protestors said that the authorities were showing disrespect to the official language by ignoring it completely. The spokesperson of Tahafuz-e-Anjuman-e-Urdu, Imdad Saqi, urged ‘Urdu lovers’ to propagate the language in an efficient way. The protest was organized by Valley Citizen Council, High Court Bar Association, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Welfare Organization and Traders Federation.
In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in a condolence meeting held in connection with the 10-day programmes in Islamabad and Kulgam districts paid tributes to martyred Kashmiri leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru. According to Media sources, Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged on February 11, 1984, while Muhammad Afzal Guru was sent to gallows last year on February 9. Both were buried in the New Delhi’s Tihar jail. Terming the February 11 as a historic day in Kashmir, the speakers stated that February 9 added to its historical importance. The meetings were held under the chair of district Presidents, Muhammad Ishaq Ganai and Abdul Sattar. The speakers said that Muhammad Maqbool Butt by his sacrifices, struggle and martyrdom laid down strong foundations of the freedom struggle, adding that Afzal Guru also embraced martyrdom on gallows and became immortal. They appealed to the people of Kashmir to always remember the great martyrs. A prayer meet was also held for Muhammad Maqbool Butt, Muhammad Afzal Guru and other martyrs of Kashmir. Meanwhile, the JKLF also paid rich tributes to martyrs, Zahid Farooq and Wamiq Farooq, on their martyrdom anniversary. Recalling the struggle and sacrifices of the martyrs, the JKLF reiterated that struggle for freedom would continue till complete success. The JKLF leaders, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, joined the prayer meetings held in connection with the martyrdom anniversaries of these martyrs.
In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Kashmir Freedom Front (KFF), Syed Bashir Andrabi, has said that Indian troops are committing the worst kind of human rights violations in the territory to suppress the Kashmiris into submission.
According to Media sources, Syed Bashir Andrabi addressing a gathering at Naman Kakapora in Pulwama urged the Kashmiri people to continue to fight for securing their right to self-determination till complete success. He said that sacrifices of the Kashmiri people would not go waste.
Syed Bashir Andrabi paying glowing tributes to prominent martyred liberation leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, said that the Kashmiris remembered both the leaders with great love and respect. He said that New Delhi’s refusal to handover mortal remains of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru had exposed the cruel face of the so-called democratic India. He demanded return of the mortal remains of the two leaders to their families. Syed Bashir Andrabi also supported the strike call given in connection with the anniversaries of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru.
The KFF Chairman condemned the arrest of youth throughout the Kashmir Valley particularly in Pulwama town and said that such tactics could not stop the Kashmiris from continuing their struggle to achieve their right to self-determination. He stressed for initiating immediate steps for resolution of the Kashmir dispute for ensuring permanent peace in the region. Syed Bashir Andrabi also welcomed the statement of Pakistan Prime Minister, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, inviting India for meaningful and result-oriented talks on Kashmir. He said that Kashmiris were basic party to the dispute so both the countries must start dialogue process and involve the leadership of Kashmiris in it. He hailed the role of Pakistan in highlighting the violations of human rights in the occupied territory by Indian troops and police personnel. Syed Bashir Andrabi was accompanied by party leaders, Muhammad Akbar Dar, Muhammad Shameem and Showkat Ahmad.
In occupied Kashmir, police have registered a case of molestation against the puppet Minister for Health, Shabir Ahmad Khan, and started investigation. According to Media sources, Shabir Ahmad Khan who was booked by police on a complaint by a lady doctor, alleging that he made an attempt to molest her and case has been registered against Khan at Police Station Shaheed Gunj in Srinagar, a senior police official said.
In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL) held a special condolence meeting at its central office in Srinagar to pay tributes to two great Kashmiri martyrs, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru.
According to Media sources, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru were hanged at the New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 11, 1984, and February 9, 2013, respectively and buried in the premises of the jail. The JKPFL General Secretary, Ghulam Ahmed Parrey presided over the meeting that was largely attended by the members of General and Central Councils. Recalling the struggle and sacrifice of the martyred leaders, Ghulam Ahmed Parrey said that the best tribute to them was to continue the ongoing struggle with a united stand against the oppressors. He reiterated the Kashmiris’ demand for return of the mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru to their families.
In occupied Kashmir, APHC leaders including Javed Ahmad Mir, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi, Jaffer Kashmiri and Ghulam Mustafa Butt, today, addressed a signature campaign in Soura and other parts of Srinagar regarding return of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru.
According to Media sources, on the occasion, they leaders condemned the arrest of pro-freedom leaders and restrictions on political leaders, as they were not allowed to offer Friday prayers.
They said that harassment of the family of pro-freedom leaders and highhandedness of any kind would never be accepted and tolerated. They said that after the execution of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, Indian forces in Kashmir had started crackdown against the Kashmiri people. They said that houses of the pro-freedom leaders ware being raided and political activists had been arrested.On the occasion, the Hurriyet leaders led a rally and raised pro-freedom slogans besides demanding the return of mortal remains of the martyrs from New Delhi’s Tihar jail.
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Kashmiris ’ Resolve to Continue Freedom Struggle Reiterated.