London, December 18 (Kashmir Voice): Members of Kashmiri community staged a protest demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in London.
According to media sources, the protesters were carrying placards asking the international community to take cognizance of Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir. They also raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Those who participated in the protest included Ms Kokab, Dr Tafazul, Dr Sameena and Professor Shahid Iqbal. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, December 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has slammed the puppet administration for imposing restrictions in the territory
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said the public rally supposed to be held at Lal Chowk, Islamabad, was organised to send a message to occupational forces that despite military might they can’t face resistance leadership and people on political turf.
He said, “Their tall claims about freedom of expression stand exposed as they didn’t dare to face pro-freedom leadership and resorted to vandalism, arresting leadership, imposing restrictions and bullying.”
Terming the authorities’ actions as hooliganism and the worst kind of state terrorism”, Syed Ali Gilani said that war-like situation, curfew and detention of hundreds of Hurriyat leaders, activists and youths to foil peaceful public rally was acceptance of defeat by the rulers and their local agents. The Hurriyat chairman said the proposed public rally was a peaceful programme and a referendum to send a message to the international community that the basic problem in Kashmir is the illegal and forced military occupation of India. “It is this military power which India is using to suppress the peaceful and genuine voices of Kashmiri people but the so-called authorities used power and military might and converted the entire Kashmir Valley into a battlefield,” he added. He said the curbs on movement of people fully exposed the democratic claims of India and authenticated that they lost this battle even before it could have started. “This is the worst arrogance of power which India and its stooges are displaying in Kashmir, he said, adding “Till the people of Jammu and Kashmir are not given their right to self-determination which has been promised to them by the Indian leadership and the world community, we will pursue our cherished mission,” he vowed. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, December 17 (Kashmir Voice): Body of a 19-year-old youth from south Kashmir was found hanging from a ceiling of a room in Jaipur, India.
According to media sources, a police Sub-Inspector, Baneer Singh, who has been tasked with investigating the case, said over phone that police recovered body of Zahid Ahmad Butt from the ceiling at a rented room in Muhana Mandi area of Jaipur. “The body was hanging from the ceiling and we have taken it to Mahtama Gandhi hospital for postmortem and other legal medico formalities,” Banner Singh said. Youth’s cousin, Adil Ishaq Butt said that they were informed by police about the incident on Saturday morning. “My uncle along with some other family members have left for Jaipur by taking a flight at Srinagar airport to get the body”, he said, adding, “The entire family is in a state of shock.” Zahid Ahmad Butt, son of Abdul Ahad Butt, who was adopted by his uncle, had gone to Jaipur along with a truck loaded with apples some 10 days ago. Zahid, who was putting up with his uncle at Chakoo, Harmain, Shopian was a student of 12 Class. Zahid was actually a resident of Hanger, Yaripora, Kulgam. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, December 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, clashes erupted in Batpora area of Kupwara district, today, against the killing of a civilian by Indian troops.
According to media sources, Asif Iqbal, a driver by profession, was injured in firing by troops during an ambush at Thandipora area of Kupwara last night. He was rushed to a hospital at Kralpora in Kupwara where from he was referred to a hospital in Srinagar, but he succumbed on the way in Sopore.
Hundreds of people stopped the ambulance carrying the body of the deceased at Batpora, a village adjoining Thandipora, and staged massive protesters. The forces used force and fired teargas shells on the protesters. His family members said that the driver was shot at by the army just few yards from his house as he was about to start the engine of his van to ferry a patient to a hospital. “As he moved a few yards away from his house, the troops fired at him, leaving him in pool of blood. He succumbed to his injuries in Sopore,” they added. Meanwhile, the authorities blocked the Internet services in the district. KASHMIR VOICE
Brussels, December 17 (Kashmir Voice): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has said that the government-control through advertisement revenue is prevalent in Kashmir and the media is being pressurized to toe the official line or face financial insecurity.
According to media sources, in a report titled “Kashmir’s Media in Peril: A Situation Report” released in Brussels, the IFJ said, the “Information is controlled by government and security forces’’ and among other challenges are “out-of-bounds areas, telephone and internet shutdowns; no system in place to get official version of incidents from police or security agencies.” The Federation further said that two Kashmiri journalists Mir Javed and Zuhaib Maqbool were blinded by pellets in 2016 while Kamran Yousuf was detained without charge by National Investigation Agency. About the draconian laws, the IFJ said that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act which gives sweeping powers to military personnel and public security laws like the Public Safety Act 1978 of Kashmir, which provides for detention without trial of persons –including journalists– for acting in any manner prejudicial to security of state or maintenance of public order-are broad in scope and allow restrictions to be placed on the media. It said, “The spike in unrest in 2010 following a fake encounter in which three civilians were reported to have been killed by the army and the public protests in 2016 following the killing of militant leader Burhan Wani by security forces brought special challenges for the media.” “In recent times, internet shutdowns and censorship have also restricted information flow and the rights of journalists to report,” the report added. The report noted that “Journalists have had to survive by treading a tricky middle path, carrying out balanced reporting in a conflict situation in which they and their families live.” The IFJ maintained that due to territorial dispute, Kashmir had been in the throes of intense militarization and arbitrary use of draconian laws since the 1990s. KASHMIR VOICE
Islamabad, December 17 (Kashmir Voice): A function was held at National Press Club, Islamabad, to pay tributes to the martyrs of Army Public School, Peshawar.
According to media sources, candle lights were also lightened in memory of the martyrs. Speakers including Abdul Hameed Lone, Abid Abbasi, Bashir Usmani and others eulogized the sacrifices of the students and teachers of Army Public School. The program was organized by APHC-AJK chapter, Kashmir Journalist Forum and members of civil society of Islamabad. KASHMIR VOICE