London, April 17 (Kashmir Voice): The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has urged the Commonwealth countries to constructively engage with India, Pakistan and Kashmiris for a durable and amicable resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
According to media sources, the head of the JKLF Diplomatic Affairs in the UK, Professor Zafar Khan, in an open letter to the leaders of 54 Commonwealth nations, attending their biennial meeting in London, urged them to set up a mediation panel to engage with India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris for the settlement of the lingering dispute. The letter maintained that the people of Jammu and Kashmir desired peace, and wished for their territory to become a bridge of peace and amity between India and Pakistan, and not a perpetual bone of contention in South Asia. It reminded the Commonwealth nations that the Kashmir conflict should not be seen as a bilateral or territorial dispute between India and Pakistan but as an international issue, which concerns the inalienable right to self-determination of 20 million Kashmiris. The letter informed the leaders of the Commonwealth that New Delhi has no legal or moral basis for the claim that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. It urged the leaders that India must answer for the 8000 missing persons and more than 7000 unmarked graves in occupied Kashmir. The letter called upon the Commonwealth member countries to take note of the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is the most heavily militarised region in the world, mainly due to the fact that India alone has deployed 700,000 troops there and these troops have killed over 100,000 people in occupied Kashmir during the past around 30 years. The letter called on the Commonwealth nations that the militarised violence, the massive violations of human rights, and victimisation of political opponents in occupied Kashmir must stop and the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) must not be deprived of its democratic right of free speech, of assembly and the right to engage with masses in all parts of occupied Kashmir. India must allow the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) access to occupied Kashmir, to investigate excesses against civilians and political activists by the Indian armed forces in the occupied territory, the latter added. Meanwhile, Professor Zafar Khan in a statement urged the Kashmiri diaspora in Britain to protest in London during the Commonwealth meeting against the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and atrocities committed by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly denounced the continuous night raids by the Indian forces and arbitrary arrests of youth at various places across the Kashmir Valley.
According to media sources, an APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “During night raids in Baginder, Mohanpora and Narkorah in Budgam, fresh arrests of innocent civilians and putting them in police stations and jails, ransacking houses, breaking doors and windowpanes, creating a fear in these areas was a ploy of the ruling class to suppress the sentiments, wishes and aspirations of the people.” He condemned the puppet authorities for their inhuman and vengeful attitude towards youth, saying these tactics were being used as a political vendetta against the youth. The spokesman also condemned the detention of a 17-year-old student Sajid Ahmed Bangroo in Bagander, Mohanpora, saying, “He was subjected to physical torture and even his father Muhammad Shafi Bangroo was arrested during raids and police authorities are needlessly chasing another son Aadil Ahmed.” KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, protests against the gruesome gang rape and murder of Kathua minor girl continue to rock all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir – Ladakh, Jammu and the Kashmir Valley.
According to media sources, with the publication of horrifying details of the gang rape and murder of the eight-year-old, Aasifa, emerged from a Kashmir police charge-sheet during last week, people from all walks of life including students, lawyers and traders have started voicing outrage over the heinous crime. The incident shook as far as Kargil area of Ladakh along with other parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Thousands of people took part in a protest rally in Kargil city of Ladakh region demanding justice for the victim child, Aasifa, who was brutally raped and murdered in Kathua district in January. The protest was organised by Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust (IKMT). The protest started from Jamia Masjid Kargil and after passing through main bazaar culminated at Lal Chowk. Hundreds of students from educational institutions including Government Degree Colleges Doda and Bhadarwah in Chenab Valley staged strong protests, demanding justice for the victim. The students were seen holding placards depicting different messages for justice to the rape and murder victim. All J&K Ladakh Students Association also held a protest at Residency Road in Srinagar seeking death penalty to the rapists and murderers. “It is shame that now the women are not safe even at sacred places like temples,” said Menaal, a female student. Protests were also held at the Kashmir University, Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, CD Hospital, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry and Law College in Srinagar. Besides, the students of Government Boys Degree College, Islamabad, Higher Secondary School Palhallan, Dangarpora Higher Secondary School, Sopore and Government Boys Degree College Beerwah, Budgam staged massive protests against the terrible act. Alongside students, lawyers associated with the High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, Bar Association Islamabad and Bar Association Ganderbal took to the streets in their respective areas to condemn the heinous crime. The lawyers strongly condemned the attack on their fellow lawyer Talib Hussian who initially spearheaded the campaign for the victim girl. They extended full support to Talib and Deepika Singh Rajawat, the consul for the victim girl. Traders also staged protests in many areas and condemned the gory act. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Shabbir Ahmad Dar and Chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo met senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, in Srinagar and discussed with him the prevailing situation in the territory.
According to media sources, the leaders agreed to promote unity among ranks and files of pro-freedom camp to take the liberation movement to its logical conclusion in a more effective manner. They expressed concern over the use of brute force against unarmed Kashmiris by the Indian forces in the territory. The leaders paid rich tributes to the Kashmiri youth, recently martyred by the Indian troops in Shopian, Kulgam, Islamabad and Kangan, and termed the gang rape and murder of Kathua minor girl, Aasifa, as a conspiracy against the Muslims in Jammu. Ashraf Sehrai, Shabbir Dar and Ahsan Untoo demanded a probe by an international investigation agency into the rape and murder of Aasifa and two women from Shopian Aasiya and Neelofar and the mass rape of women in Kunanposhpora by the men in uniform. Meanwhile, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in a statement strongly condemned the arrest of party leader Farooq Ahmed Shah by the Indian police in Kulgam. The statement said that Jammu and Kashmir had been converted into a police state. On the direction of Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, a party delegation comprising Muhammad Rafiq Owaisi, Talib Hussain, Jan Muhammad, Abdul Ahad, Amir Ahmad, Showkat Hussain and Shamim Ahmad visited the residence of martyr Aamir Hameed Lone in Kangan and expressed solidarity with his family members.KASHMIR VOICE