Srinagar, August 07 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik has paid rich tributes to martyr Syed Irfanul Hassan Shah on his martyrdom day today.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yasin Malik while remembering Syed Irfanul Hassan Shah in a statement said that the martyr strived for the freedom of Jammu and Kashmir from his early youth and sacrificed his life for the sacred cause. He said no Kashmiri can ever forget the sacrifices rendered by these great martyrs and it is the duty of every Kashmiri to remain vigilant and connected to the struggle that is nourished by the sacred blood of great martyrs.The JKLF Chairman while praying for the heavenly abode for the great martyr expressed solidarity with his family and pledged to take the struggle of these great martyrs to its logical conclusion.Meanwhile, Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the brutal behavior of Indian rulers and their authorities towards jailed women leader Syeda Aasiya Andrabi and her associates Nahida Nasreen and Fahmida Sofi, who had been lodged at Mandawali Jail on a judicial remand till August 10but were secretly shifted to Tihar jail on 5th of August without even informing their families and lawyers. Recently, the relatives of Asiya Andrabi and Nahida Nasreen visited Madawali jail where they had to meet their jailed relatives. As they reached Mandawali jail, authorities there told them that incarcerated ladies were shifted to Tihar jail. Families traveled to Tihar Jail where authorities denied them a meeting and asked them to come after four days for the same. JKLF chairman while condemning this callous approach of Indian rulers said that fascists in power at Delhi had yet again displayed their anti-Muslim and anti-Kashmir attitude. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, August 06 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed for the second consecutive day, today, against the BJP-led Indian government’s plans to abrogate Article 35-A by the use of its judiciary.
According to media sources, Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution grants the special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and bars non-locals from buying and selling land in the territory. Call for shutdown on Sunday and Monday was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership and supported by trader bodies and civil society organizations. Shops, markets, fuel stations, public transport, other businesses and educational institutions remained closed in all major cities and towns of the territory. The shutdown is aimed at expressing resentment against the hearing in the Indian Supreme Court, today, of the petitions seeking repeal of the Article 35-A. The abrogation of this constitutional provision will pave the way for the Indian citizens to permanently settle in occupied Kashmir that will subsequently result in change in the demographic composition of the territory. Meanwhile, shutdown is also being observed in Poonch, Rajouri, Thanamandi and other areas of Jammu region, today. As per the statement of All Party Coordination Committee in Rajouri, “People from all walks of life, irrespective of caste or religion, are with this peaceful protest and have stood up to save the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.” They said that the central government should respect the sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and should refrain from tinkering with the Article, as it might lead to new problems in the state.: The locals took out a protest rally in Mahore on Sunday in support of Article 35-A, the statement said. In Kishtwar, shops and business establishments are closed and transport is off the road as Majlis-e-Shoora Kishtwar, an amalgam of local Imams and traders, supported the JRL call. Indian troops are put on high alert and extra columns of police and Central Reserve Police Force are deployed across Kishtwar and Bhadarwah and to thwart any protests. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, August 06 (Kashmir Voice): Indian Intelligence agencies have warned the government of possible revolt in local police and massive uprising in Jammu and Kashmir if the Supreme Court passes an adverse order on Article 35-A of the Constitution, Indian media reported on Monday.
According to media sources, the top Indian court is hearing petitions challenging the Article 35-A, which defines permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir, and bars non-locals from buying and owning land in the state. Intelligence agencies have written to the government, warning a revolt in the police ranks if Article 35A is tinkered with, Indian TV channel NDTV reported quoting sources. “Top officers are worried about the fallout in case the Supreme Court decides to strike down Article 35A,” the channel added. Sensing trouble, the local administration headed by Governor NN Vohra has requested the Supreme Court to delay the case. Shesh Paul Vaid, Director General of Police, admitted that the local police had a view about this emotive issue. He hoped that the Governor’s request for delaying the hearing would be accepted by the court. “Police officers have a view. I am a resident of Jammu and Kashmir and I am also police officer; I have my own views,” Mr Vaid told NDTV and said, “The state government has requested for deferment and I am sure something positive will come.” For the first time, the police are allowing protests and appealed to people for peace. “I am sure people will express their views peacefully and will not take to violence. I am hopeful that things will pass off peacefully,” said Mr Vaid. The fear of altering special status of Jammu and Kashmir is also bringing together pro-freedom and pro-India political parties to fight for the common cause. While National Conference and the PDP have warned massive protests, Hurriyat groups have called for a two-day shutdown on Sunday and Monday. Government employees, trade unions, business associations, civil society groups and lawyers are already on strike for the last one week.KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, August 06 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership has said that the unequivocal, united and unanimous verdict by the people of Chenab Valley, Pir Panjal, Kashmir and Kargil against the planned attack on the identity and distinctiveness of Jammu and Kashmir should serve as an eye opener for Indian rulers and policy makers.
According to media sources, the resistance leadership comprising
Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said the protest staged by the people of Jammu and Kashmir against the Indian attempts to abrogate 35-A is unprecedented. The leadership termed the unity among people of Jammu and Kashmir over safeguarding the state subject law and unprecedented protest as heartening, saying that on JRL call, the people of Poonch, Rajouri, Doda, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Kargil and Kashmir Valley staged exemplary protests against Indian the moves intended at abrogating the hereditary state subject law in the garb of 35-A. “Through this exemplary protest, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have raised their voice against any move or act that is intended to wane, weaken, abrogate or tamper with the national identity and distinctiveness of Jammu Kashmir and have in unequivocal terms and with one voice announced their verdict that no resident of Jammu and Kashmir will accept any such move or judgment,” the JRL said. Gilani, Mirwaiz and Malik said the Indian forces have started a fresh spree of nocturnal raids, arrests and other oppressive measures. “Police, as usual, have kept the ailing veteran leader Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest, and raided the residence of Muhammad Yasin Malik who had gone into hiding to evade arrest,” the statement said. “Police have arrested, or put under house detention many other leaders and activists.” The leaders said that dozens of resistance leaders and activists including Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghluam Nabi Sumjhi, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Hilal Ahmad War, Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya), Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Bilal Ahmad Sideequi, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Molvi Bashir Ahmad, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Muhammad Yasin Ataie, Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Bashir Ahmad Butt, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Muhammad Ishfaq Khan and others while as police raided many others houses too. The leadership condemned the killing of innocent Syed Murad Ali Shah of Poonch at Bithendi Jammu, Muhammad Shafi Gujar at Gool Ramban and injuring Shakil Ahmad. KASHMIR VOICE