Srinagar, September 29 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have imposed strict restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from taking out Muharram processions and staging anti-India demonstrations, today.
According to media sources, the authorities imposed restrictions in the jurisdictions of eight police stations of the city. The curbs have been put in place in the areas falling under the jurisdictions of Shaheed Gunj, Karan Nagar, Maisuma, Kothibagh, Sherghari, Kralkhud, Batamaloo and Ram Munishi Bagh police stations. It is to mention here that Traditionally main procession of 8th Muharram used to start in Srinagar from Shaheed Gunj and culminate at Dalgate after passing through different areas while the procession of 10th Muharram would start from Aabi Guzar and end at Zadibal. However, the occupation authorities banned these processions in 1990 and now only small mourning rallies are allowed in selected areas. Meanwhile, residents of Wanpoh area of Islamabad district staged demonstrations against a braid-chopping incident. They blocked the busy Srinagar-Jammu Highway near Wanpoh railway station in the south Kashmir district. The protesters were demanding action against the culprits. About two dozen incidents of mysterious hair chopping have been reported from Kashmir, with nearly fifteen incidents from Kulgam and Islamabad districts during past couple of weeks. On Wednesday, locals in Chimmer area of Kulgam said that Indian Army was coming to the aid of a braid chopper apprehended by them. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 29 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, paying glowing tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions who were martyred at Karbala, has said that this was not just a battle between two forces, but it was a fight between two ideologies.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani presiding over a seminar on Shahadat-e-Hussain (RA) organized by Tehreek-e-Hurriyat at its head office in Hyderpora area of Srinagar said, “Imam Hussain (RA) honestly and courageously fought the forces that were trying to convert Khalifate into Mallokiyat,”. The seminar was attended among others by prominent personalities and Hurriyat leaders including Ghazi Muin-ul-Islam, Maulana Altaf Nadvi, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Hakim Abdul Rasheed, Muhammad Yasin Attai, Muhammad Yusuf Mir, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Syed Imtiaz Shah and Syed Muhammad Shafi. The puppet authorities barred Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik from taking part in the event. A written speech by the Mirwaiz was read on the occasion by Muhammad Rafiq Shah. “Imam Hussain (RA) and his associates while sacrificing their precious lives, conveyed that believers should in no way hesitate to offer sacrifices in order to save human beings from oppression and suppression,” Syed Ali Gilani said in his address. He appealed to the Muslim Ummah and youth to follow and understand the divine message of Holy Quran and teachings of beloved Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). “Imam Hussain set a precedence for nations to come and with his blood conveyed that patience and persistence are two valuable virtues, one should observe while confrontation with evil forces. He never opted for war or confliction but it was rather imposed on him and his associates,” he added. Syed Ali Gilani also paid glorious tributes to the youth, Abdul Qayoom Najar, who was martyred by Indian troops In Uri on Tuesday and said that India had declared war against people of occupied Kashmir and unabated bloodshed was pain giving. He expressed his heartfelt sympathy with the bereaved family members of the martyr and prayed for the forbiddance and patience for them. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 29 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has denounced the fresh house detention of the Mirwaiz and termed the action as frustration of the puppet authorities.
According to media sources, the forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the blanket ban on the movement of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and barring him from carrying out his social, religious and political activities reflected the political vengeance of the puppet rulers. He said that the Mirwaiz was scheduled to address a seminar to pay tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) – the grandson of beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) – who achieved martyrdom in Karbala. However, he added, a contingent of Indian police reached the residence of the Mirwaiz and didn’t allow him to come out. Meanwhile, the spokesman expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiris lodged in various jails and interrogation centres in occupied Kashmir and India stating that many prisoners had been put behind the bars without any trial and many of them had developed serious health complications in absence of proper medical aid. He said depriving the prisoners of the basic facility of health care is a blatant violation of basic principles of humanity and also direct violation of Geneva Conventions. He said there are hundreds of prisoners whose detention orders have been quashed by various courts but are still lodged in jails. The spokesman urged all the international human rights organizations including International Committee of Red Cross and Amnesty International to take notice and ensure proper facilities to the Kashmiri prisoners during custody and play role in their early and unconditional release. The spokesman termed all the Kashmiri inmates as “prisoners of conscience” stating that all of them deserve a big salute for their patience and courage. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 29 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom was re-elected President of the High Court Bar Association of the territory for 19th time.
According to media sources, Mian Abdul Qayoom won over Advocate Nazir Ahmed Ronga by a margin of 222 votes. He got 464 out of total 722 votes polled while his opponent bagged 242 votes. Sixteen votes were declared rejected. For the position of Vice President, Advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Dar won over his rival Muhammad Ashraf Butt by a margin of 142 votes. Mushtaq Ahmad Dar secured 422 while Muhammad Ashraf Butt got 280 votes. In the direct contest between Advocate GN Shaheen and Muhammad Shabbir Butt for the post of General Secretary, the former defeated the latter by a margin of 74 votes. G N Shaheen bagged 392 votes while Muhammad Shabbir Butt secured 318. For the post of Joint Secretary, Adil Aasmi defeated his rival candidates Asrar Ahmad and Ishrat-ul-Nisa. Aasmi bagged 282 votes, Asrar 270 and Ishrat-ul-Nisa 151. Soon after he was declared victorious, Mian Qayoom addressed a gathering of lawyers and said that the Bar Association would continue its fight against use of pellets and human right violations by Indian troops in the occupied territory. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 29 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in Srinagar, today.
According to media sources, a JKLF spokesman in a statement in Srinagar said that the police took into custody Muhammad Yasin Malik along with JKLF zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad after raiding the party office at Aabi Guzar in Srinagar. The spokesman said that the police team also searched the office. He said that both leaders were immediately shifted to Srinagar Central Jail on a 4-day judicial remand. He strongly condemned the arrest of the party leaders. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 29 (Kashmir Voice): Noted Kashmiri human rights activists, Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz have won Norway’s Rafto Prize Award 2017.
According to media sources, the Rafto organisation in its press statement said the Rafto Prize for 2017 is awarded to human rights defenders, Parveena Ahangar – popularly known as “The Iron Lady of Kashmir” – and Parvez Imroz, who have spent decades campaigning for basic human rights in the Indian occupied Kashmir. The statement said that Parveena Ahangar and Imroz Parvez had long been at the forefront of the struggle against arbitrary abuses of power in a region that had borne the brunt of escalating violence, militarization and international tension. Their long campaign to expose human rights violations, promote dialogue and seek peaceful solution to the intractable conflict in Kashmir has inspired new generations across communities, it said. “Parveena Ahangar protests against enforced disappearances and challenges the perpetrators of violence. She is the founder and leader of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) which arranges peaceful protests and offers practical assistance to victims. Imroz Parvez is a lawyer and a leading intellectual who uses the law to ensure fundamental human rights and equality before the law in Kashmir. He is the founder of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), which works for human rights and alternatives to violence,” the statement further said. It added that the Rafto Prize Laureates thus complement one another in their work, creating opportunities for different communities to participate in the human rights movement via dialogue, peaceful strategies, and protest against human rights violations in the world’s largest democracy (India). KASHMIR VOICE