Journalists Protest against Colleague’s Arrest in IOK ‘Covering Protests, Uploading Pictures No Crime’

Srinagar, September 11 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, journalists staged a sit-in at press enclave in Srinagar against the arrest of photojournalist Kamran Yousuf by Delhi-based National Investigation Agency (NIA) and said that the charges against him should be made public.
According to media sources, journalists working with different media organizations assembled at press enclave in Srinagar and held a protest against the detention of a Kashmiri journalist Kamran Yusuf and asked for his immediate release.
Meanwhile, the journalists questioned the arrest of their colleague by NIA.
The journalists asked NIA to make the charges public. “NIA should come with charges leveled against Kamran,” they said. “Journalist fraternity should be at least informed why he has been arrested. What is the reason behind his detention?” Kashmir based journalist Naseer Ganie said. He added that Kamran has been arrested by NIA but nobody has been given any explanations regarding his detention. He asked the puppet administration to intervene. Covering protests, uploading pictures or videos, and reaching the spots first are no crime. It was his work for which no journalist or photojournalist should be arrested.” said journalist Majid Maqbool. Kamran Yousuf, a resident of Tahab; Pulwama, was arrested by the NIA on September 5, 2017 and flown to Delhi where a court sent him to NIA custody for 10 days. The journalists announced to continue their protests till Kamran is released. KASHMIR VOICE
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CRPP Demands Release of SAR Gilani Condemn Detention of Gilani, Mirwaiz, Malik

New Delhi, September 11 (Kashmir Voice): The Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) has condemned in the strongest words the continuing confinement of its President, Professor SAR Gilani at his residence in Zakir Nagar, New Delhi.
According to media sources, the CRPP in a statement issued in New Delhi said that SAR Gilani was being prevented from organizing a protest before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi against the continuing harassment of the resistance leaders and the broad sections of the people. Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were supposed to join in New Delhi, but all the three were been arrested in Srinagar. “To trample down the right to hold a protest in New Delhi to highlight the continuing harassment of the protesting people and the Hurriyat leadership … once again shows the desperation of the Indian state to not let the larger world know what is happening in the region,” the statement said. It added, “India is further having its violent run in Jammu & Kashmir through the highly authoritarian instrument that is the National Investigation Agency to foist as many cases as possible on the rank and file of the Hurriyat so as to drum up the narrative of national jingoism as the only way out or the pigeon hole through which the rest of the world should perceive the political aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.” The CRPP said the protest was meant to expose this shallow and hollow approach, especially of the present dispensation at New Delhi, of how they terrorise the common people, the small and medium entrepreneurs as well as the traders in Kashmir. The CRPP while condemning the arrests of Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq demanded that the continuing house arrest of Prof. SAR Gilani be revoked with immediate effect. Among those who attended protest included CRPP Secretary General Amit Bhattacharyya, Vice President Sujato Bhadra, Sukhendu Bhattacharjee, MN Ravunni, P. Koya, Malem, N Venuh, Hany Babu and Rona Wilson. KASHMIR VOICE
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J&KCC Asks For Unconditional Talks on Kashmir

Srinagar, September 11 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee, an amalgam of trade and civil society organisations, has urged India to initiate unconditional, time-bound talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat leadership to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
According to media sources, addressing a news conference in Srinagar, JKCC Spokesperson Mubeen Shah said: “India needs to show flexibility and hold unconditional dialogue with the stakeholders. There should be no preconditions for dialogue. “Article 370 is a proof about the Kashmir being disputed, as India had approached the United Nations for Kashmir settlement in 1947. India had thought they would get result in their favour, therefore they kept the issue lingering,” Shah said, adding that “New Delhi must educate people of India about the reality of Kashmir dispute.” He said the visit by Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, would not yield any results unless promises made to Kashmiris were fulfilled. “We didn’t meet the Home Minister as we believe that concrete steps are needed to be taken to resolve the Kashmir issue. Any amount of packages won’t improve the ground situation,” he added. Civil Society member ShakeelQalander said: “Talks need to be initiated unconditionally. Meanwhile, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) President, Muhammad Yasin Khan in a statement said frequent siege of Srinagar is a part of conspiracy to kill the business activities in the old city. He said the trader community is being pushed to streets against choking of their space to life and livelihood. KASHMIR VOICE
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Mirwaiz Forum Flays Continued Restrictions in Srinagar

Srinagar, September 11 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has condemned the continued imposition of curfew and other restrictions in Srinagar.
According to media sources, the forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “The city areas have been converted into a military fortress. Caging lakhs of people in their own houses causes them great distress and hardships. It is an ultimate form of state highhandedness.” “Illegal confinement of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Gilani in their own homes while detaining Muhammad Yasin Malik at Central Jail defy all claims to democracy and are simply revengeful,” the statement added. “Complete response evoked to the strike call by Joint leadership on the Indian Home Minister’s visit to Kashmir has once again proved that Kashmir is not a law and order issue or an internal matter of Delhi but it is human and political issue which needs to be resolved by accepting its disputed nature and giving the people their promised right to self-determination,” the statement said. The Hurriyat forum paid tributes to three youth killed by troops in Sopore and Shopian stating that the Kashmiri youth were sadly being pushed to the wall due to the continued oppression and military approach of New Delhi in dealing with the Kashmir dispute. KASHMIR VOICE
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