In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt has said that next year will be vital for resolution of the Kashmir dispute on the basis of numerology.
According to media sources, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt while speaking at a function organized by the APHC in Srinagar said that Kashmir would witness serious progress in its resolution, next year, and that the numerology suggested the same. “We have been under oppression from the last 67 years and if we add the digits 6 and 7 the result is 13 and 13 is not a good number for the oppressors and occupiers,” Butt further predicted that the year 2014 would be prosperous for the people of Kashmir. During the seminar on human rights violations in Kashmir, Prof Butt said that the people of the territory had witnessed the worst kind of treatment and that the gross human rights violations being inflicted in Kashmir should be condemned at every level. Professor Abdul Ghani Butt stated that the Huriye had always believed in sacrifices and achievement of goal. “We are all equal in Huriyet and we all are sincerely working for the Kashmir resolution.”“Hurriyet is a force for resolution of Kashmir issue, and it is guided by light of mind, knowledge and faith. We will not do what our predecessors did. Dialogue is important; we will hold dialogue with India, Pakistan and with ourselves. We do not want to waste time in sloganeering alone,” he added. Prof Butt said the Hurriyet is “based on faith, discipline and unity.” “We want to convey to New Delhi that more they beat us the more our resolve to achieve the goal would be strengthened,” he said.
In occupied Kashmir, an Indian trooper committed suicide in Jammu district.
According to media sources, the Lance Naik identified as Gopal Kumar, 29, committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at its camp at Muthi in Akhnoor tehsil of the district. This raised the number of such deaths among the Indian troops and police personnel to 291 since January 2007.
In occupied Kashmir, People’s Political Party (PPP) Jammu and Kashmir headed by Engineer Hilal Ahmad War has joined the All Parties Hurriyet Conference in Srinagar. According to media sources, the PPP Chairman of Engineer Hilal War joined the Hurriyet Conference during a seminar on human rights day at the Rajbagh APHC headquarters in Srinagar.APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior Hurriyet leader Professor Abdul Ghani Butt while welcoming Peoples Political Party head Hilal War in the Hurriyat Conference invited those outside the Hurriyet to join it. “Our friends who are outside the conglomerate should join us. I invite them to come and make their point here because this forum is our strength,” Mirwiaz said, Meanwhile, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War while terming joining the APHC as home return has expressed hope that under the dynamic leadership of APHC Chairman, the struggle would be taken forward to its logical end.
In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) has paid glorious tributes to renowned Kashmiri poet, Agha Shahid Ali, on his death anniversary. According to media sources, a statement issued by the KCSDS said that a meeting chaired by Professor Hameeda Nayeem while paying tributes to Agha said that his poetry had touched the depths of our hearts by mirroring the plight of Kashmiris for the world community. “What better expression there could be of the absence of the wholesome selfhood or of the lack of political identity than the title of the collection of poems he has written on Kashmir “Country without Post office” which tells the whole story of what is wrong with Kashmir,” the statement added. “It is not only the content but the poetic brilliance and uniqueness of his style that has endeared him to millions of people all over the world,” it said.
A petition filed by a Mumbai-based lawyer seeking direction to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India for sharing the burden of a detainee’s family till his detention comes to an end is pending adjudication in the Indian Supreme Court since 2010. According to media sources, Advocate Sandeep Jalan while making a mention of the period of detention and the rights of the detainees, speaks about the plight of a family whose bread earner is taken into custody under so-called preventive detention laws. “In equity and in principle, when state seeks to encroach upon the liberty of a person….; and the state authority…shoulders the burden of safety and well-being of the detainee’s family, till the time of detention,” reads the petition. Presently the state is not shouldering the burden of giving any safety net to the detainee’s family, it added. In Kashmir, the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) deprives a person of his personal liberty for a period of twelve months and during the detention period no court is empowered to entertain any suit, prosecution or any other legal proceedings for anything done or intended to be done in good faith in pursuance of the provisions of this Act, it said. “The PSA has no provision for maintenance of the family of the detainee. When a person, who is the lone bread earner to his family, is detained for two years his family has to beg for food and clothing,” it maintains.
In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has unambiguously rejected possibility of the Hurriyet’s participation in the upcoming elections in the territory. According to media sources, while addressing a function in Srinagar, the Mirwaiz said, “Election is not our motive; we do not desire to be chief ministers or the prime ministers. These positions assume significance for people or nations that have decided their future. We will present ourselves before the society for election when it is an exercise meant for resolving the Kashmir dispute, and when people of Kashmir will be asked to choose their future.”
The programme, which started amid pro-freedom slogans, was part of the human rights week being observed by the Hurriyet. Reiterating that polls “cannot be an alternative to resolution of the Kashmir issue or the right to self-determination”, Mirwaiz said that elections do not help in electing people’s representatives in the territory. “It is mentioned in the United Nations resolutions,” he said. Calling the Hurriyet as representative of a thought, he said Kashmir issue can only be resolved through implementation of the UN resolutions or through tripartite dialogue. “Right to self-determination is our birthright. India doesn’t have to grant it to us in charity. International community will have to come out of the notion that Kashmir is a bilateral issue, because this issue is multilateral. Had it been a bilateral issue, numerous agreements between India and Pakistan in the past would not have failed,” he said. The Mirwaiz asked New Delhi to fulfill its promise of holding plebiscite in Kashmir. India should read the writing on the wall that it has to give the right to self-determination as promised by its leaders to the people of Kashmir, he said. “This is not something we are begging from New Delhi. This right has been guaranteed to us by the UN Charter of 1948. We urge world community, especially the UN to play its role in giving this right to the oppressed people of Kashmir.” The seminar was moderated by Saleem Gilani while Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Mousvi, Moulana Abbas Ansari, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Javed Ahmed Mir and Zafar Akbar Butt were also present on the occasion.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Freedom League Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has drawn the United Nations Council for Human Rights (UNCHR)’s attention towards unabated and flagrant human rights violations of the Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir. According to media sources, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani on the eve of the International Human Rights Day, in a memorandum emphasized the United Nations Council for Human Rights (UNCHR) to fulfill the World Body’s commitment to all the oppressed peoples of the world to implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the sake of lasting peace in the world. He said that India was flouting the articles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in the occupied part of Jammu and Kashmir by curbing civil liberties and press freedom, passing life sentences on pro-freedom prisoners, throwing them in jails, in inhuman and unhygienic conditions, refusing to abolish draconian laws in vogue in the state for the last several decades, enforcing disappearances, killing youths in custody, and dumping their dead bodies in un marked graves, yet making lofty claims before the world that the Kashmiris were with none else India. Muhammad Farooq Rehmani argued that no simple rights abuses in Kashmir, but India was persistently patronizing state terrorism in Kashmir and perpetrating horror on innocent men, women and children of every age group to strangulate the voice of freedom in the region. “India was blocking intentionally road to freedom of Kashmir by oppressive means. How under such conditions some peaceful efforts of resolving the issue would bear fruit,” he asked. India’s policy of terrorism gave Kashmir orphans, widows, half widows, whose number is increasing because of UN indifference towards Kashmir,” he lamented. He lamented that actually there was miss governance: no justice, no rule of law and never to speak of the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ in Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir was a police state, where army wielded police powers and their guns mocked at democracy and free elections to show to the world that Kashmir lived happily with India.