Srinagar, March 04 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has criticized the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti for her criminal silence over rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, Asifa from Kathua district.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said efforts by the puppet administration to shield and to give cover to the real culprits is the biggest irony. “We have no doubt that so-called alliance is being run from Nagpur,” he said while referring to Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh. Lamenting the puppet administration’s inaction, he said despite restrictions on public rallies, the pro-criminal rally was organized which clearly illustrates that lawlessness in the territory is at its peak. He said: “It is highly condemnable that these pro-criminals and campaigners have tarnished all ethics and instead of providing any relief to victim’s family, they are being intimidated and harassed on one or the other pretext.” The APHC Chairman said: “Pro-criminal rally reflects the total moral bankruptcy of ruling partners, and threatening the Gujjars in Kathua depicts sick mindsets.” He said the people irrespective of their religion also support the same punishment to the guilty and it’s the collective responsibility of all the humans living in Kashmir to ensure stern punishment to the people involved in the rape and murder of Asifa. “Those in power corridors can go to any extent,” said Gilani and appealed people to disassociate themselves from these opportunists, who for the lust of power play with their sentiments. KASHMIR VOICE
Jammu, March 04 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah has said that the sentiment of hate and intolerance is spreading its tentacles to Jammu and Kashmir after a rally taken out under shadow of Indian flag expressing solidarity with a special police officer involved in raping and murdering a Kathua girl. According to media sources, Farooq Abdullah addressing a seminar in Jammu expressed concern over communalisation of politics and cautioned the BJP to desist from dividing people along religious lines. The seminar was organised by the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “How an alleged killer could be provided a shield of religion. A dangerous trend is being set, which is a bad omen for the unity of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 04 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, three people, including an elderly man, were arrested in Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district during nocturnal raids by Indian forces. According to media sources, those arrested were identified as Mohammad Umar Dar, Gowhar Ahmad Parray and Sonaullah Butt (75). The forces conducted arrests in reaction to protests that followed after the killing of two youth in Hajin last week. The family members of Butt said they were surprised over his arrest. “He suffers from a couple of ailments, and remains usually ill. He was detained unnecessarily,” said Mohammad Afzal, his son. Police official from Hajin police station feigned ignorance about the arrests. KASHMIR VOICE
New York, March 04 (Kashmir Voice): Former senior advisor to the United Nations Secretary General, Ambassador Yusuf Buch, has elucidated that if there had been popular support in Kashmir for joining India, the dispute over Kashmir would have lasted for a year or so at the most. It would have dissolved long ago. According to media sources, Ambassador Buch said this at a meeting at his residence in New York with Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, Washington-based World Kashmir Awareness Forum. “The situation in Kashmir has nothing to do with passivity or docility in the Kashmiri character – that myth has been shattered now. Kashmiris hardly showed themselves as resigned to Indian occupation. Some discontent notwithstanding, Kashmir never felt itself to be part of India before 1947 and feels even less so after its forcible seizure by the Indian troops. The de-annexation process is inevitable in the post-colonial age. The only question is whether it is accomplished by armed struggle, resulting in a spiral of violence and counter-violence, or through negotiations and / or other means of peaceful settlement. The choice always lies with the occupying power,” Ambassador Buch said. Ambassador Buch who is a living encyclopedia on Kashmir expounded that Kashmiri Pandits regarded Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah as a Muslim chauvinist and Muslims suspected that he had struck some kind of deal with the Dogra regime despite its practice of open discrimination against the Muslims. Both were right not because Sheikh Abdullah was taking the middle position but because he easily swung from one extreme to the other. “As early as 1934, however, a streak of opportunism in Sheikh Abdullah became visible when he stayed away from an agitation directed by his more steadfast and less theatrical colleague, Choudhary Ghulam Abbas, against the limitation of the franchise for the legislative assembly and the restriction of the assembly’s powers. From that time onwards, although he retained his unsurpassed capacity to arouse the emotions of the masses, his political position zigzagged and his popularity began to wane,” Buch added. Responding to a question, Ambassador Buch said two things affected Sheikh Abdullah’s public standing. First, he betrayed pronounced fascist proclivities and frequently resorted to strong-arm methods in bullying his opponents. This became a scandal in the late 1930’s and the early 1940’s; he had to suffer physical reprisal for his hooliganism. Second, while still employing his emotive rhetoric, he veered more and more towards cooperation with the Maharaja’s autocratic regime. He reminded that after the partition of British India in August 1947, Sheikh Abdullah wrote letters to his friends from jail recommending Kashmir’s accession to India, making sure that the letters would be seen by the Maharaja’s officials. This reinforced the assurances that the Maharaja had received from the leaders of the Indian National Congress, including Mohandas Gandhi, that Abdullah would help him to join India. Abdullah was granted ‘royal clemency’ and released from jail in return for colluding with the Maharaja in maneuvering accession to India. He flew immediately to Delhi to confer with the Indian leaders as did the Maharaja’s courtiers. “Later when doubts began to grow in Delhi whether Sheikh Abdullah’s presumed popularity would swing the vote in India’s favour, India began to wriggle out of its pledge to a plebiscite. The doubts about success turned to certainty of defeat when Abdullah had to be ousted as Prime Minister and jailed in 1953. From that time, Indian policy was set dead against any ascertainment of the wishes of the people of Kashmir as the outcome was not in any dispute,” Buch maintained. “If Sheikh Abdullah who in 1947 supported India taking over Kashmir by force had been at one time the most popular leader in Kashmir, Marshal Pertain, who capitulated before Hitler and cooperated with him, had been the most respected war hero of France. All occupation regimes find collaborationists in the occupied countries; there are Quislings and Lavals and Najibs in every society. Kashmir could not be an exception” Buch reminded. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 03 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that the people of the Kashmir Valley are closely watching the situation in Jammu region and will not allow anybody to harm any Muslim there.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar warned if the anti-Muslim manoeuvres are not stopped, the people of the Valley will launch a protest campaign to save their brethren in Jammu. The communal forces should know that any untoward incident against Jammu Muslims will not be tolerated by the people of the Kashmir Valley, he added. The JKLF Chairman said that the protest by Hindu chauvinists led by BJP leaders in support of an SPO involved in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua was the height of shamelessness. He said repression unleashed on the Kashmiri prisoners was indicative of undemocratic attitude of the puppet authorities. Yasin Malik said that an innocent girl was raped and murdered by a cop, who was later arrested by police, but ironically those in power in New Delhi and Srinagar were brazenly supporting her rapist and killer. He said that the saner people of Jammu should realise that this brazen support of a murderer and rapist was putting a black stain on humanity. The JKLF Chairman said, “All international covenants on prisoners and Indian Supreme Court ruling clearly say that a prisoner be kept near his residence but the so-called largest democracy neither honours international human rights laws nor accepts its own courts’ verdicts for Kashmir and Kashmiris.” KASHMIR VOICE
Geneva, Mach 03 (Kashmir Voice): The International Human Rights Association of American minorities (IHRAAM) with ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council of the UN) consultative status in collaboration with Yemni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV) organized an event on the sidelines of the ongoing 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
According to media sources, the event was chaired by Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, chair of International Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) and permanent representative of IHRAAM. He introduced the subject of discussion “Internal displacement and mines”. He observed that millions of people are forced to flee their homes or places of habitual residence each year – including in the context of conflicts, violence and disasters – and remain displaced. He also referred to internal and external displacement of the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are struggling for securing their birthright to self-determination. He also talked about the menace of mine fields especially in the border areas where people get crippled or lose their precious lives if they come in contact accidently. Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Chairman of South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights (SACPHR) and Chief Patron of Kashmir Concern, in his presentation remarked that South Asia was one of the most conflict regions of the world and internal displacement is a fact of life here. Demands for right to self-determination, discrimination against minorities and state repressions have contributed to massive internal displacement in South Asia, he said. Professor Shawl referred to the UN-mandated Kashmir dispute. He remarked that this conflict has created traumatic separations and displacement both internal and external. He emphasized that a perilous situation is developing due to Indian unprovoked firing on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary. Others who addressed the seminar included Esam Al-Shaeri, Director of SAH organisation for Human Rights, Najeeb Al-Saa’di Director of executive unit of IDPs, Hamadan Al-Alie, Executive Director Yemni media observatory, and Yousaf Aburas, a veteran human rights activist. The proceedings were conducted by Dr Wasam Basindowa. Meanwhile, Kashmiri representatives, Syed Faiz Naqashbandi and Altaf Hussain Wani, met with the UN Special Rapporteur, Michel Forst, Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Yousef Al-Othaimeen and Foreign Minister of Denmark, Anders Samuelsen, on the sidelines of the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council and apprised them of the stepped up Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE