Indian Army Launches Search Operation in Shopian

Srinagar, September 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian Army has launched a cordon and search operation in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. According to media sources, the operation was launched in Bandpawa village of the district. The troops sealed all entry and exit points of the village and started the search operation. The forces’ personnel have been deployed in strength in the area. Further details are awaited. KASHMIR VOICE
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‘Rajnath’s Visit to IOK a Futile Exercise’

Srinagar, September 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza reacting to the recent visit of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Kashmir has said that the Kashmir dispute cannot be resolved through such visits.
According to media sources, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that on one hand Rajnath was making offer for talks, while Hurriyat leadership continued to remain under detention, on the other. He added that such delegations came to Kashmir earlier, but they yielded nothing. He said Kashmir issue cannot be solved by sending delegations to Kashmir, but it can be solved when New Delhi is ready to hold talks with all stakeholders including the true representative of Kashmiri people. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in its statement while referring to Rajnath Singh’s offer for talks said that nobody in Kashmir was against talks but they could only be fruitful when permanent settlement of the Kashmir dispute was given a preference in these talks. KASHMIR VOICE

IFJ Condemns Continued Detention of Kashmiri Photojournalist

New Delhi, September 13 (Kashmir Voice): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expressing serious concern over the continued detention of freelance Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yusuf by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), has termed the move by the Indian agency an attempt to intimidate the journalist community. According to media sources, Yusuf was held in Kashmir on September 4 for reaching spots, uploading pictures and photos of Kashmiri victims of Indian forces. “Photojournalists are required as part of their professional duty to be present at the places of protests and sit-ins and take photographs of these incidents, and such presence cannot be termed as participation in the incidents,” the IFJ said, “The arrest and detainment of freelance photojournalist Kamran Yusuf by the National Investigation Agency in Kashmir, India without formal charges is an attempt to intimidate the journalist community.” Seeking Yusuf’s immediate release, the journalists’ body further urged India to ensure that the power granted to agencies, such as the NIA, is not misused against journalists. Yusuf, a 23-year-old native of Pulwama in South Kashmir, contributes photographs to several Kashmiri newspapers, including Greater Kashmir. After being arrested by the NIA, he was transferred to New Delhi for interrogation the following day and was subsequently sent to custody for ten days. The action against Yusuf has also evoked a strong response from the journalistic fraternity in the occupied territory at large. The Kashmir Editors Guild had also expressed serious concern over the continuous detention of Yusuf and demanded his immediately release. KASHMIR VOICE

‘India Using NIA To Silence Pro-Article 35A Voices’

Srinagar, September 12 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, India is using the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Kashmir to muzzle voices that have opposed the assault on the Article 35A of Indian constitution, said a civil society group.
According to media sources, senior lawyer G N Shaheen who is a member of the group addressing a press conference in Srinagar said, “NIA is being used as weapon to suppress and muzzle the voices against the abrogation of Article 35A. It is a ploy to take away the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.” He, however, vowed to oppose the move tooth and nail. G N Shaheen said India is using state forces against the Kashmiri people. “There is unanimity among all political sections and social, cultural and economic organizations that Article 35A should be left untouched till the final resolution of Kashmir dispute,” he added. Another member of the group, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam, commenting on Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Kashmir, said the visit has raised apprehensions instead of hopes. “Kashmir is not a law and order problem or an economic issue which could be solved by force or economic packages, but it is a political issue that demands political measures for its solution,” he added. He said, petitions calling for abrogation of Article 35A are one more attempt to dilute Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Indian Constitution. President of Awami National Conference, Muzaffar Shah said, “To build consensus for safeguarding the Article 35A, we will confront all legal and political challenges thrown at it by the adversaries.” The Chairman of All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC), Jagmohan Singh Raina, and Advocate Mir Javaid were also present on the occasion. KASHMIR VOICE

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