New Delhi, March 15 (Kashmir Voice): Kashmiri journalists working in Delhi and one based in Doha joined hands to raise money needed for the surety bond for the release of illegally detained Kashmiri photojournalist, Kamran Yousuf, on bail.
According to media sources, thirty four Kashmiri journalists working in Delhi and one based in Doha came together to raise Rs 50,000 for the surety bond for Kamran Yousuf. Kamran is in Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail since September 5 after his arrest by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) from his home in Tahab, Pulwama district. A Delhi court granted bail to him on Tuesday, dismissing the NIA’s claims that he was involved in stone-pelting and subversive activities in occupied Kashmir and granted him bail on two surety bonds of Rs 50,000 each. “One of the bonds was taken care of by someone, but the other was still left to be paid,” a Kashmiri journalist based in Delhi said. He said that it was just a matter of fifteen minutes that this other bond was taken care of, by the fraternity of Kashmiri journalists in Delhi that immediately came together to do the needful. “First a few photojournalists working here came forward and offered the receipts of their professional equipment as surety,” another Kashmiri journalist said. The court, however, did not accept the receipt of their equipment as surety, saying that the surety needed to be “registered”, he said. “We have a loose association of about a hundred Kashmiri journalists working in Delhi. A few phone calls to some journalists ensured that the money was raised in no time,” he added. He maintained that 35 journalists contributed money, including one presently working in Doha, for a fixed deposit to serve as surety bond. “It was indeed a heartwarming gesture, done purely on the basis of professional solidarity for one among us from Kashmir,” another journalist said. The gesture was praised back home as well, with some stringers saying they feel a sense of protection, howsoever small. “The way Kamran was disowned by the very people he put his life on line for, has made us wary and uncertain in so many ways,” a stringer based in south Kashmir said. He said that the gesture by journalists working in Delhi will go a long way in reinstating Kamran’s and others’ faith in the work they do. Kamran Yousuf is expected to arrive home on Friday after completing the legal formalities in Delhi. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, India’s National Investigation Agency continuing its harassment tactics questioned six relatives of prominent freedom leader and the Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin, including his four sons.
According to media sources, the NIA questioned four sons of Syed Salahuddin and also his son-in-law and son-in-law’s brother in Srinagar in connection with a false case registered in 2011. It summoned Syed Salahuddin’s sons Shakil Ahmed, Javaid Ahmed, Abdul Wahid and Abdul Mueed, as well as Hizb chief’s son-in-law, Umar Farooq, and his brother Syed Khalid. “NIA summoned us and sought our bank details,” Umar Farooq told a local English daily Kashmir Reader. The agency also questioned us about our activities since our childhood till date, he added. Inspector General of NIA Police, Alok Mittal, in an interview said, “We examined four sons of Salahuddin and his two other relatives today (Wednesday) in Srinagar. All six people were sent back home.” Syed Salahuddin’s sons said that NIA was harassing them to put pressure on their father. They said that the agency was issuing summons and interrogating the family members to put pressure on Syed Salahuddin. Syed Salahuddin’s elder son, Shahid Yusuf, who was arrested by the NIA in October, last year, is in judicial custody in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. “Shahid Yousuf has been arrested in a fabricated case. The only motive behind detaining him is to force our father into submission,” they said. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that the sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiri youth for a secret cause will not be allowed to go waste and their mission will be accomplished at all costs.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani, who is under continued house arrest for the past over eight years, addressing a gathering of mourners in Soura area of Srinagar over telephone from his residence paid glorious tributes to Muhammad Eisa Fazili, Syed Owais Shafi and another youth martyred by Indian troops in Hakoora area of Islamabad district recently. Eisa Fazili belonged to Soura. The APHC Chairman said that these youth spilled their blood for a sacred cause and the entire Kashmir was indebted to them for their sacrifices. “Our youth put huge responsibility on our shoulders to honour these sacrifices,” he said, adding, “It is the collective responsibility of the people of Kashmir and the leadership to take the ongoing movement to its logical end.” Syed Ali Gilani said that Eisa Fazili was very close to him and often visited his residence. His commitment with freedom mission was exemplary and serves as a moral precedence, he added. Recalling his meetings with him, he said that Fazili often discussed the post-Burhan scenario and continued bloodshed, plight of maimed pellet victims, ransacking of properties, detention of youth in torture centres and excesses perpetrated by the Indian forces gave him sleepless nights. This proved a turning point for him and he joined resistance movement and embraced martyrdom, he maintained. “We are duty-bound to disassociate from those who are involved in genocide of Kashmiris. We should boycott these chameleons and turncoats, as they for the lust of power are bartering the blood of our budding youth,” the APHC Chairman said while referring to pro-India politicians. Syed Ali Gilani said that the Indian authorities were desperate to enforce their will and weaken the Kashmiris’ just and genuine freedom movement but would never succeed in their nefarious designs. He said Kashmir is a disputed territory and the people of Kashmir are being killed only because they are demanding their right to self-determination. He deplored that the pro-freedom leaders were being denied political space and the occupational forces were mercilessly killing innocent people in the occupied territory. Other Hurriyat leaders including Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Muhammad Yusuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja, Farooq Ahmed Ghotapori, Khawaja Firdous Wani and Sheikh Musaib also addressed the gathering. They reaffirmed the Kashmiris’ resolve to carry forward their martyrs’ mission to its logical end. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that India will never succeed to suppress the genuine and sacred struggle through the use of brute force.
According to media sources, the forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people was highly inevitable. He said those at the helm in New Delhi are deliberately trying to hide and avoid the historic and political reality of the Kashmir dispute which is resulting in the escalation of tension in the region. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) pais rich tributes to its former General Secretary, Khawaja Ghulam Muhammad Butt, on his 8th death anniversary. It held Quran Khawani and special prayers for the deceased at the party headquarters, Mirwaiz Manzil, in Srinagar. The special prayers were led by AAC General Secretary, Ghulam Nabi Zaki and were attended by the party leaders and activists. The AAC patron and Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who continues to remain under illegal house detention, also paid homage to Ghulam Muhammad Butt who always worked for the party’s interests and welfare of the Kashmiri people. KASHMIR VOICE