Kashmiris Want Peaceful Resolution of Kashmir Dispute: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, September 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir want peaceful political solution of the Kashmir dispute.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview in Srinagar said that India wanted to hit the indigenous character of the Kashmir movement and was creating the discourse that everything in occupied Kashmir was Pakistan-driven, money-driven and sponsored. He said the direction that Indian media, particularly the electronic media has taken, is that every Kashmiri has become an enemy. “The moment you talk about Kashmir and if you don’t agree with their discourse, you are a traitor,” he added. He condemned the killing of innocent youth by Indian forces to suppress the Kashmiris’ liberation struggle. The Mirwaiz said that NIA raids were aimed at defaming the resistance leadership and the freedom movement. “No doubt this is a difficult time for us. There is an all-out onslaught on us. In 2016, there was mass uprising. They (Indian authorities) arrested Hurriyat leaders but it didn’t change anything. They thought arresting us is like giving us respect, raising our reputation among people. So they came up with the idea to tarnish our reputation. They still arrested us but this time the charges were different. They said we were involved in money-laundering, corruption and building property. This is to hit our credibility. But people are smart enough to see what is happening around.” Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the Kashmiris’ liberation movement had transformed into a peaceful resistance. “It began with the 2008 agitation when people realised that a non-violent struggle had a stronger impact than a violent one. Even though the 2016 uprising began with the martyrdom of Burhan Wani, the resistance was non-violent. But the sense one gets is that New Delhi feels more comfortable dealing with a violent rather than a non-violent struggle,” he said. To a query the Hurriyat forum Chairman said the Kashmir dispute was not an issue of Muslim Kashmir verses Hindu India. “Islam inspires to fight against injustice. It urges to fight for your rights. But Kashmir problem primarily has a background. It has a history. It has a baggage. We can’t say now this is Hindu India versus Muslim Kashmir,” he added. He said that the Kashmiri youth were forced to take up gun because of the occupation and oppression. “And there is the story of Burhan, how he was forced to take up arms. Or the boy from Nowhatta, Srinagar, who was recently killed. We know his history and background; (and) how he too was forced to take up arms,” he said. The Mirwaiz said that New Delhi had choked every space for dissent and Hurriyat leaders had been confined to their homes or put behind the bars. He demanded that the Kashmiri students should be allowed to debate the Kashmir dispute. “If people from outside can come and have a debate in Kashmir University why can’t students themselves be allowed to have such a debate?” he asked. On the shutdown calls given by the Hurriyat leadership, the Mirwaiz said, in the absence of political space for dissent, all the resistance leadership is left to do is to call for a hartal (shutdown) when something happens. “We know nothing happens to India due to our hartals. For us hartal has now become less of a protest and more of a mourning. We mourn the loss of our youth. All other means of protest have been denied to us,” he maintained. KASHMIR VOICE

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OIC’ Kashmir Contact Group Reaffirms Support to Kashmiris’ Struggle

New York, September 21 (Kashmir Voice): Members of the OIC’s Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir have reaffirmed their complete solidarity with the valiant Kashmiri people in their just struggle for securing their right to self-determination.
According to media sources, meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing 72th session of UN General Assembly, they reaffirmed their resolve to remain the voice of the Kashmiri people at the international stage. A communique issued after the meeting said that the conclusions, which were adopted, would be submitted for appropriate action by the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC, which will meet next week. Chaired by the OIC Secretary General, Dr Yousef Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, the meeting was attended by Recep Akdag, the Deputy Prime Minster of Turkey; Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Foreign Minister of Pakistan; Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan; Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, the Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia; and Ambassador Boubacau Moussa Rilla, Director General of International Organizations, Niger. All members of the Contact Group expressed solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and urged the UN Security Council to ensure the early implementation of its resolutions on Kashmir. The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, and leader of APHC-AJK chapter, Ishtiaq Hameed, were present in the meeting as True Representatives of the Kashmiris. Pakistan Foreign Minister, Khawaja Asif, in his address said that since 1989 due to the oppression unleashed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir, more than 95,000 Kashmiris had embraced martyrdom. “Around 10,000 women had been raped in IOK by the Indian forces. Many of them had been ganged raped. During custody, worst forms of torture were being inflicted. There was absolute lawlessness in the occupied Kashmir. No human rights organization was being allowed access to IOK, as India wanted to hide its shameless acts of sheer barbarism against the oppressed Kashmiris,” he said. Khawaja Asif reiterated that Pakistan remains committed to finding a just and peaceful resolution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council’s resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Pakistan would continue to extend its steadfast political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris in their indigenous struggle for realization of their fundamental rights, he added.
The OIC Secretary General, Dr Yousef Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, expressing deep concern over the grave situation in occupied Kashmir called for an immediate cessation of Indian oppression and atrocities in the territory. He urged New Delhi to peacefully resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and the UNSC resolutions. He said that though the Indian occupation forces could physically blind the Kashmiri people with their pellet guns, but they could not block their vision for the realization of their right to self-determination. The Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Akdag, expressed grave concern at the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir. He emphasized the urgency of resolving the Kashmir dispute to ensure lasting peace and economic and social development in South Asia. The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, stated that the UNSC resolutions needed to be implemented without any further delay. The UN Security Council is the custodian of international peace and security and must deliver on its promises to the Kashmiri people and ensure early resolution of the Kashmir dispute, he demanded. The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, also gave a detailed overview of the massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law being carried out by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. The True Representatives of Kashmiris briefed the meeting about the Indian brutalities on the people of occupied Kashmir. They also presented a memorandum to the OIC Secretary General containing details about the human rights violations being committed by Indian forces’ personnel in the occupied territory. KASHMIR VOICE

OIC’ Kashmir Contact Group Reaffirms Support to Kashmiris’ Struggle

Three Civilians Killed in Blast, Troops’ Firing in IOK

Srinagar, September 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, three civilians including a woman, Pinki Kaur, were killed and thirty others were injured in a blast in Tral town, today. According to media sources, the blast took place near bus stand in the town when the cavalcade of the so-celled minister, Nayeem Akhtar, was passing through the area. Indian troops and police personnel, who were part of Nayeem Akhtar’s cavalcade, resorted to indiscriminate firing after the blast. Three civilians identified as Ghulam Nabi Trag, Muhammad Iqbal Khan and Pinky Kaur, were killed while more than thirty others were injured during the blast. Indian troops and police personnel have cordoned off the area and launched a massive siege and search operation. Soon after the incident, people took to the streets and staged massive anti-India demonstrations. The protesters said that the civilians were killed in the firing of Indian troops. Meanwhile, Indian forces’ personnel also launched door-to-door searches in Banihal town after the killing of an Indian soldier and injuring of several others including an officer in an attack near Jawahar tunnel in Banihal, last night. The attackers also snatched away an INSAS Rifle and an AR-41 Rifle from the soldiers. The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in Tral. The leaders said that the camps and bunkers of Indian forces in large numbers in civilian areas had become a source of nuisance for the people. Hurriyat leader, Zafar Akbar Butt also expressed concern over the killing and injuring of civilians due to the firing of bullets and pellets by Indian troops in Tral. KASHMIR VOICE

Three Civilians Killed in Blast, Troops’ Firing in IOK

Indian Police Arrest Hurriyet Leader Ramzan Khan in Srinagar

Srinagar, September 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have arrested an APHC leader and General Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Ramzan Khan, in Srinagar.
According to media sources, the police took into custody the JKPFL leader during a raid on the party office at Rajbagh in Srinagar, last night, and shifted him to some unknown destination. The JKPFL spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the illegal arrest of Ramzan Khan and demanded his immediate release. KASHMIR VOICE

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World Urged to Help Stop Systematic HR Violations in IOK

Geneva, September 21 (Kashmir Voice): Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Farukh Amil has urged the international community to stand resolutely with the helpless Kashmiri women and children and forcefully call upon India to end its persistent and systematic human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. According to media sources, Ambassador Farukh Amil in his speech, under general debate agenda item 4 at the 36th Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva said that human rights violations in occupied Kashmir must not go unnoticed. He highlighted the plight of the innocent Kashmiris blinded by Indian troops and police personnel with the firing of pellets on peaceful protesters in the occupied territory. He said that the children and youth in occupied Kashmir throwing stones at the Indian forces knowing that they could be blinded or killed with impunity, was a testament of their unwavering spirit and desire for their right to self-determination, a right guaranteed to them by UN Security Council resolutions. “We expect the international community to stand resolutely with the helpless Kashmiri women and children and forcefully call upon India to end its persistent, systematic human rights violations. If not us then who would become the voice for the protection of the basic human rights of Kashmiris, their right to self-determination, and most of all their human dignity. Isn’t the Council made for this very purpose?” he asked. KASHMIR VOICE

Ambassador Farukh Amil in his speech, under general debate agenda item 4 at the 36th Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva

Khan Sopori Shifted from Kot Bhalwal Jail to Jic Jammu

Jammu, September 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have shifted the illegally detained ailing All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, from Kot Bhalwal jail to Joint Interrogation Centre, Jammu.
According to media sources, the High Court of occupied Kashmir had quashed Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori’s illegal detention orders under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA). The continued illegal detention of had badly affected the health of the APHC leader and he is suffering from several ailments. It is to mention here that Indian police had arrested Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori on February 15 from Sopore during a condolence session held in connection with the 42nd martyrdom anniversary of noted freedom leader, Ghulam Muhammad Bulla, and lodged him at Police Station, Sopore. Later, the authorities booked him under the PSA and lodged him at Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu. KASHMIR VOICE

Khan Sopori Shifted from Kot Bhalwal Jail to Jic Jammu