Srinagar, March 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the harassment of the family members of prominent freedom leader and the Chief of Hizul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin, by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA). According to media sources, a spokesman of the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced the summoning of sons and son-in-law of Syed Salahuddin by the NIA to its office in Srinagar and subjecting them to harassment. He said, “This oppressive step can’t break the resolve of people of Kashmir or the leadership and that all these repressive steps are destined to taste defeat.” The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), Aasiya Andrabi, in a statement in Srinagar said, the NIA is unnecessarily harassing the family members of Syed Salahuddin. She said, “Syed Salahuddin’s eldest son and five others have been picked up by the NIA over fictitious charges and are being harassed. This useless agency has failed on all fronts to pressurize the leadership by concocted stories and cases, now it is trying to harass the family members to mentally torture the leadership,” she added. She said, “It has been established that this agency is trying hard to invoke false cases against innocent people. This is nothing but harassment and India should know that these cheap tricks won’t deter the leadership and the people of Kashmir from pursuing this sacred cause.” The civil society from native district of Hizbul Mujahideen Chief has urged the Indian authorities to stop harassing family of Syed Salahuddin. A large number of respectable citizens from Budgam district, particularly from Soibugh area, expressed concern over the way the NIA has been detaining and questioning the kith and kin of Syed Salahuddin. They said Syed Salahuddin’s elder son, Shahid Yousuf is already languishing in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail under a false case and now the NIA is harassing his other sons and relatives. It is a sheer harassment and NIA must stop it, the civil society members, adding that even they had met the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti who had assured that nobody would be harassed but once again NIA has started hounding the family members of Syed Salahuddin. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, photojournalist Kamran Yousuf, who was illegally detained by India’s National Investigation Agency, was welcomed by his relatives and friends on his return to his home. According to media sources, Kamran Yousuf was arrested by the NIA on September 5, last year, on the false case of stone-pelting and was later lodged in New Delhi’s Rohini jail on judicial remand. The Twenty-two-year old photojournalist reached home on Friday after he was released on bail. His friends, relatives and well-wishers thronged his house in Tahab village of Pulwama district well before Kamran’s arrival from New Delhi. Emotions ran high as Kamran stepped into the compound of his house with his mother Rubeena Begum running towards her son. Both mother and son with tears in their eyes embraced each other to be comforted by the people there. “It has been a long separation from my son. But thank God my prayers have been answered and my son has finally come back to me,” said Rubeena while wiping off her tears. Kamran’s photos and videos had gone viral on social networking sites as he worked as a freelance photographer and video-journalist in South Kashmir. He has contributed for several print and video media outlets of Kashmir during last few years. The journalistic fraternity of Pulwama district was jubilant over his release and as soon as the news of his return spread many of his journalist friends visited his house to congratulate him on his release. A close friend of Kamran, Umar Wani said, “home coming of Kamran is just like an Eid for me” and that he missed him in the last six months. A senior journalist of Pulwama, Shannan Fayaz, took to social networking site Facebook to greet Kamran on his release. “His release is a great relief to all of us and there is no good news to us than this (sic),”he wrote. A close relative of Kamran and a senior journalist, Shah Irshad, who stood with Kamran and struggled very hard to get him released expressed his gratitude to all those who help in securing his release. Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement in Srinagar congratulated Kamran Yousuf on his release, saying that it is just like a new lease of life for the photojournalist. He said that arresting Kashmiri youth on fabricated charges had become a profitable business for Indian agencies and police. He also condemned the continued detention of youth and Hurriyat leaders. “These coercive and suppressive measures won’t cow down our political aspirations,” he added. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Butt, the father of Rasiq Butt, who was martyred by Indian troops in Balhama area of Srinagar along with another youth, has said that his son faced continued harassment and torture at the hands of Indian forces. According to media sources, Ghulam Nabi Butt in an interview said that he knew that his son would not last long and even had a fair bit of idea where his son was headed due to his harassment by the Indian forces day in and day out. “I feel my son is now free of all that and finally can rest in peace. After suffering a lot at the hands of Indian forces my son has finally taken eternal rest. During all these years he suffered badly as the forces had never allowed him to live a peaceful life. He was forced to pick up gun due to regular arrests and tortures,” he added. Rasiq Butt of Tral and Shabbir Ahmed Dar of Awantipora were martyred by the troops on Thursday night. “They (forces’ personnel) repeatedly arrested and tortured him and also snatched his mobile phone worth Rs 35,000. I knew the forces will not spare him, they will kill him either today or tomorrow because for them he was a big fish,” said the bereaved father with a sigh. On the other hand, Muhammad Shabaan Dar, father of martyred Shabbir Ahmed Dar, said that he received the mutilated body of his son. “The body of my son was charred and I received a skeleton wrapped in a cloth,” he said, adding that he didn’t allow his wife to have the last glimpse of their son. Muhammad Shabaan Dar said that his son was a simple person who always remained engrossed with his labour of digging sand from Jhelum. However, his neighbors said that he was always talking about impunity given to the Indian forces involved in grave human rights violations like Kunanposhpora mass rape. “He believed that this is the only way to fight oppression,” said one of his neighbors. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Tral and Awantipora areas of Pulwama district, today, to mourn the killing of two youth by Indian troops. According to media sources, the troops killed the youth, Rasiq Nabi Butt of Nowdal Tral and Shabbir Ahmad Dar of Aghanzipora Awantipora during a violent crackdown operation in Balhama-Khonmoh area of Srinagar on Thursday night. All shops, business establishments and government and private offices were closed in Tral and Awantipora areas while transport was off the road. People from adjoining areas continued to throng the residences of the martyred youth to express sympathy and solidarity with the bereaved families. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a poet Ghulam Muhammad Butt lost his home and life’s work of 20 books as the Indian forces destroyed his house with mortal shelling during a violent crackdown operation in Balhama-Khonmoh area of Srinagar on Thursday night.
According to media sources, bodies of two youth, Rasiq Nabi Butt and Shabbir Ahmad Dar, were recovered from the debris of the destroyed house. Now all that is left of the two-storey house built by Ghulam Muhammad Butt’s father in 1967 are a few standing walls pockmarked with bullet holes and soot, piles of broken bricks and concrete. Glancing around with an expression of deep hurt and agony, Ghulam Muhammad Butt sobs not for the home he lost but for the poetry he had written over the course of the last three decades and was consumed by the mortar shells. “Houses can be rebuilt. I have lost my life’s treasure, my poetry of past 30 years,” he said. “With the first light of the day, I was not bothered about the damage to my house, but tried hard to find whether any of my poetic contribution could be saved. But what I found was that all my life’s hard work had turned into ashes,” he added. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, body of one more youth was recovered from the debris of the houses destroyed by Indian troops in Balhama Khonmoh area of Srinagar, raising the death toll to three.
According to media sources, the troops had destroyed four residential houses during a violent crackdown operation in the area on Thursday night. Bodies of two youth, Rasiq Nabi Butt and Shabbir Ahmed, were recovered on Friday while one more body was retrieved from the debris of the destroyed houses, today. KASHMIR VOICE