The UAE will send urgent humanitarian assistance to the flood victims in Kashmir, where millions of people have been impacted by the worst floods in over a century.
According to Media sources, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), has ordered authorities to send urgent humanitarian assistance to the victims of the disaster.
Official news agency WAM reported that Sheikh Hamdan has ordered immediate help to meet the basic needs of the people affected by floods in Kashmir.
Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC, said that Sheikh Hamdan’s directives come in the light of his keenness to alleviate the suffering of the victims and improve living conditions there, indicating that he is closely following the repercussions of floods in India.
He said that ERC would work to ensure delivery of humanitarian aid to the victims from the local market.
Kashmiri and Pakistani delegates attending the 27th Session of UN Human Rights Council, organized a Seminar, Press Conference and Demonstration. Kashmir faired prominently in Europe this week when hundreds of Kashmiris from across the continent descended on United Nations Headquarters in Geneva to hold a major protest demonstration.
People from all walks of life participated in protest against India’s explicit lack of interest and failure to help Kashmiris stranded in the worst flooding in a century. India’s stubborn attitude and non-cooperation with UN on cases of ‘disappeared’ Kashmiris, and New Delhi’s continued military occupation in Jammu and Kashmir in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
The protest took place in front of the “Palais De Nations”. International human rights activists joined Kashmiri speakers in addressing the demonstration. The protest was addressed by Chaudhry Pervez Ashraf-Minister AJK, Altaf Hussain Wani-APHC, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan-KIIR, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi-APHC, Mrs. Shamim Shawl-APHC, Ahmed Quraishi-Youth Forum For Kashmir, Ambassador Ronald Barnes, and other activists.
Ahmed Quraishi, Executive Director Youth Forum For Kashmir while addressing the crowd urged United Nations to take notice of intentional mismanagement and discrimination done by India while dealing with the flood victims of Indian-Occupied Kashmir.
While addressing the crowd, the speakers demanded urgent UN humanitarian intervention in IOK, and the opening of ceasefire line enabling AJK people and government to support the rescue and rehabilitation operations on the other side of the divide.
The chants of ‘Go India Go’ filled the air in front of the UN building in the heart of Geneva. The speakers emphasized that they will continue the struggle until UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir are implemented, and Kashmiris decide their future fate through an independent and impartial plebiscite. Altaf Hussain Wani, Veteran Kashmiri Leader while addressing the press conference in Geneva Press Club, condemned the incidents of physical assault & hate crimes against the Kashmiri students in India.
The efforts for providing relief and help to the flood victims in the Kashmir Valley have become job of the Hurriyet leaders, activists, youth and civilians working voluntarily.
According to media sources, with the administration absent from the scene, the Hurriyet leaders along with the civilians working voluntarily, the educational institutions, Madrasas, commercial complexes, government buildings. Even many Masjid and Dargas have become the relief camps in which the rescued flood victims are provided shelter and food. The camps are being operated by the young as well as elderly volunteers with the help of donations from the locals. They collect rice, vegetables, and other essentials including drinking water from the people and use it to feed the victims. Stalls have been set up outside almost all Masjid to collect donations in the form of eatables, money or clothes. “These are desperate times. Most of Srinagar area was devastated by the flood. Now we, who were spared by the flood, are trying to do our bit in providing relief to the victims,” said Ghulam Rasool, a middle-aged volunteer helping at the donation-collection point near Moulvi Stop in Srinagar told Srinagar daily newspaper Kashmir Reader. At Kashmir University around 1800 victims were registered last week only. An estimated 20,000 people are taking shelter in the shrine of Makhdoom Sahab (RA) and on the Koh-I-Maran. A major relief facility has been set up in Islamia High School Rajouri Kadal. The Government school at Nigeen is almost packed with the victims evacuated from submerged localities of the Dal and Nigeen lake. “To support the people taking shelter on Koh-I-Maran and in the shrine (of Makhdoom Sahab), the residents provide, breads and anything they can. Many people donate rice which is used to cook food for the victims,” Salil Ahmad of Gojwara said. At many places like Kalashpra and Sakidafar, people have set up food points for the victims. “We cook the food and provide it to anyone who is hungry. Victims as well as the people who are making efforts to rescue their loved ones are benefitted by it,” said Shakeel Ahmad of Kalash Pora. “We are thankful to the people of Kashmir for helping us in this hour of grief,” said Zahoor Ahmad who is staying with his family in the relief camp at Kashmir University. “Without their efforts we may have died because neither the puppet regime nor the Indian authorities did anything to help us.” Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders talking to media men had thanked and appreciated to the youth who along with them are busy to help the flood victims in Kashmir valley.
A number of students from occupied Kashmir, duly selected by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) for higher education outside the territory under so-called Indian Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme, have been denied admission by the allotted colleges without assigning any reason. According to media sources, the affected students are running from pillar to post seeking to know the fate of their admission, reported a daily publishing from Jammu. Pertinent to mention here that the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme was launched by the Government of India to lure Kashmiri students in order to dissociate them from freedom movement. The scheme, in the end, has proven nothing but a hoax, which may say is a trap to spoil the future of intelligent Kashmiri students.
Acting upon the glorious teachings of Islam that ‘who saves one life saves indeed the entire humanity’ the Kashmiri youth setting aside all the excesses done to them by the Indian army came forward in a big way to provide relief and rescue to the marooned personnel of the Indian paramilitary, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) stationed in the SPS Museum on Jhelum bund in Srinagar.
According to media sources, the officials of the CRPF Company, told media men that they took refuge in the new Museum building after water filled their barracks inside the complex. Subsequently, they said, they were provided food and safety by the locals only. They were even ignored by the Indian Army. “In the chaos that followed the rapid flooding of the area, we could only carry our weapons to safety in the new complex, but the deluge hit our fuel as well as food supplies,” said an official who is staying with his men in Anthropology section of the new complex. “With our supplies running low,” he added, “we were about to starve. But the locals set up a langar at the main gate of the complex, and they only provided us food.”The flood had affected all units of CRPF stationed at various spots in the area. The headquarters of the force at Wazir Bagh too was hit by the floods.
A porter was killed and three others including two Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were injured in a mine blast in Poonch district. According to media sources, the BSF personnel of the 88 Battalion and Indian army labourers (porters) stepped over a mine leading to a powerful explosion in which a porter identified as Khan Mohammad was killed and another porter Mohammad Reyaz besides two BSF men Ajay Kumar and Rajesh Kumar were injured at Sona Gali near the Line of Control (LoC) in Mankot area of the district, Indian army official reporters said. The injured BSF personnel have been admitted in Military Hospital, Rajouri while, the injured porter has been airlifted to Military Hospital Rajouri in view of his serious condition.
The intensity of influx of flood victims from the flood ravaged Kashmir valley in the Ramban district has intensified leading to a chaotic situation and thus posing another challenge for the district administration. According to media sources, the district administration including police, and local NGOs has been arranging the vehicles to shift residents of Ramban to the Udhampur railway station in the buses and other vehicles of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) and private vehicles. The influx of these persons who had started fleeing towards Ramban from valley on September 11 has been growing in numbers day by day. According to the Deputy Commissioner/District Magistrate of Ramban, Farooq Ahmed Shah Bukhari, so far the administration has shifted more than 15,000 such persons who are mostly the labourers, artisans or vendors, to the Udhampur railway station in 65 buses of SRTC and private companies Ramban bus stand. These buses have so far made more than 300 trips between Ramban and Udhampur. These people are coming to Banihal town from the valley on foot through the 9.5 kilometer railway tunnel, lying obsolete because of the suspension the rail service since September 5, and then upto Hingni at Nachlana (Tehsil-Banihal) by local taxies and minibuses or tempos. From there they trek a distance of three kilometers above the damaged road stretch from hill slope to reach Ramsoo. From there they get ferried to Ramban bus stand and then to Udhampur in different vehicles.