Srinagar, September 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have expressed deep shock and grief over the loss of precious lives of innocent civilians in an explosion in Tral area of Pulwama district.
According to media sources, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said that rampant construction of camps and bunkers by Indian forces in the densely-populated areas had made life of innocent people miserable. Hizbul Mujahideen chief, Syed Salahuddin in a statement issued in Srinagar said, the blast is a handiwork of Indian agencies. He said such incidents are being carried out only to divert the attention of the world community from the Kashmir dispute. Hurriyat leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Farida Bahenji and Wajahat Bashir Qureshi, human rights activists, Rauf Ahmad Khan and Junaid Ahmed and Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in their statements also condemned the Tral blast that resulted in killing and injuring of innocent civilians. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the businessmen have said that the anti-trade policies of the Indian authorities have left the entire business community disinterested in continuing trade via cross-border routes.
According to media sources, community leaders, many of them insecure due to the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) raids on top businessmen, told media that cross-LoC trade is on a perpetual decline with more traders discontinuing their normal business through these routes. The Chairman of Cross LoC Traders Union, Asif Lone, said the continuous ignorance and clampdown by the Indian government and its agencies have reduced the number of registered businessmen to just 15 from 638. “The diminishing numbers itself speak how much has trade flourished at LoC. We are now in the firm belief that we were just made victims of CBMs, and there was no sincerity from government in doing so. We were offered verbal assurances when there was a craze among government corridors to start the trade, and now when government agencies are themselves creating an atmosphere of insecurity, expecting government to do better is just futile unless they sincerely do so,” he added. He said that the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti too gave assurances last month of several facilities like a banking centre, scanners etc. to be provided for hassle-free trade between the two parts of Jammu and Kashmir. “But they were all verbal assurances, and nothing happened on ground. The sincerity of the government to flourish trade relations between the two countries can be gauged from the fact that earlier, there used to be more than 30 trucks running on the route on a daily basis, and now the number is between eight to 10,” he said. The President of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) Javed Ahmad Tenga, said that due to lack of facilities, the business community was facing a number of problems in doing hassle-free trade, and that is probably the main cause of the diminishing cross-LoC trade. KASHMIR VOICE
Islamabad, September 22 (Kashmir Voice): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has strongly condemned police raid on the JKPFL office in Srinagar and arrest of party General Secretary, Muhammad Ramzan Khan who is ill for a long time. According to media sources, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad demanded immediate release of Ramzan Khan and said that the arrests of political leaders and workers were aimed at harassing and torturing them and their families vindictively to achieve the puppet regime’s malicious designs. He said that Kashmir had been turned into a police state where everybody’s life, honour and property was insecure and only a class of vested interests thrived under the Indian regime and its agents. He appealed to the world community to address the worsening situation in occupied Kashmir and help in resolving the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, various Muslim organizations have condemned the continued curbs on the Muharram processions in the territory and demanded of the puppet authorities to lift the ban.
According to media sources, the meeting was presided over by senior APHC leader and the President of Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Shari Shian, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, and was attended by the representatives of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum, Jamaat-e-Islami, Karwan-e-Islami, Majlis Tahafaz Itehaad and other organizations. Those participated in the meeting among others were Maulana Shams-ur-Rehman, Ghulam Muhammad Nagu, Tariq Ahmed Maki, Gulzar Ahmed Shaidayi, Ghulam Muhammad Hubbi, Ghulam Qadir Dar and Ghulam Rasool Hur. They paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of Karbala including Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions who laid down their lives for Islam. It is to mention here that traditionally main procession of 8th Muharram used to start in Srinagar from Shaheed Gunj and culminate at Dalgate after passing through different areas while the procession of 10th Muharram would start from Aabi Guzar and end at Zadibal. However, the occupation authorities banned these processions in 1990 and now only small mourning rallies are allowed in selected areas. Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Aijaz Rehmani, in a statement denounced the arrest of party Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza. He urged the world human rights bodies to take notice of the worst kind of terror unleashed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that suppressing Kashmiris’ voices by killings and incarcerations by India is no democracy but the worst kind of dictatorship. According to media sources, Muhammad Yasin Malik addressing a mammoth gathering at Jenab Sahib in Soura area of Srinagar, today, said only oppressive authoritarian regimes keep people in jails. He said, India and its stooges should know that suppression and oppression can never undermine people’s struggle but strengthen the resolve and passion of the oppressed people. Without any prior announcement, the JKLF Chairman arrived at Aanchar, Soura, and led a protest rally as show of solidarity with thousands of Kashmiris languishing in jails and police stations and against the ongoing persecution of Muslims in Myanmar. Speaking to people on the occasion, he said Kashmiris languishing in jails and police stations are prisoners of conscience. He said that the so-called largest democracy of the world and its stooges in occupied Kashmir had detained thousands of young and old, men and women in the name of maintaining peace and law and order. Black laws like PSA and investigating agencies like NIA are being used to jail and intimidate people, he added. Condemning the ongoing massacre of Muslims in Myanmar, Yasin Malik said humans are being killed, raped, looted and persecuted with impunity and state of Myanmar is engaged in ethnic cleansing of an entire nation. International community has stood as a mere spectator on this mass killing, he maintained. Expressing solidarity with Muslims in Myanmar, he said Muslims are like one body and one soul and any Muslim facing hardship anywhere in the world should pains us. Stressing the need for immediate international intervention in this matter, he said that failure of international community in resolving the disputes, issues and matters confronting humans had jeopardized the peace, prosperity and tranquility of the whole universe. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the pro-freedom leadership will extend full support to any dialogue meant to resolve Kashmir dispute according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a huge gathering at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar said, all stakeholders need to sit together if the Indian government wants to settle Kashmir dispute through dialogue. “If the Indian rulers want to resolve Kashmir dispute with dialogue then it is imperative that all stakeholders sit together. And the Indian government needs to adopt a political approach instead of military policy,” said the Mirwaiz. He said Kashmiris want better relations between India and Pakistan so that all issues, including the Kashmir dispute, are resolved. The Mirwaiz also condemned the human rights violations by Indian troops in the occupied territory. “On one hand, India talks of engagement and on the other rights violations are going on unabated, especially in south Kashmir,” he deplored. KASHMIR VOICE