Srinagar, July 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the family of a Pulwama man illegally detained under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), expressing concern about his deteriorating health has said that the jail authorities are denying medical care to him.
According to media sources, the family members of Zaheer Abbas, a resident of Inder area of Pulwama, said that he had been in Kathua jail since June. They said that Zaheer was summoned by the Indian police on May 18 and detained. On June 13, he was booked under PSA on allegations of being an over-ground worker of mujahideen and was shifted to Kathua jail in Jammu. “He (Abbas) was running a hotel in Lassipora industrial area and closed his shop during Ramadan but was summoned by Pulwama police. He was booked in a baseless case and since then is languishing in Kathua jail where his health is deteriorating and even medical care is not being provided to him,” Abdul Ghani, father of the 36-year-old man said. Abbas is father of four children and the lone bread earner of his family. He was earlier also illegally detained for eight months in Kathua jail in 2017, the family said. “Since the killing of his brother in 2003, detaining my lone son has become a routine for police. He was arrested several times by police and twice booked under Public Safety Act,” Abdul Ghani said. Abbas’ younger brother, Nisar Ahmed Lone, was a member of Hizbul Mujahideen and was martyred by the Indian troops in 2003 in Bellov area of Pulwama. “A top police officer in Pulwama told me then that ‘your son will be at home by Eid’, but they shifted him to Kathua jail. My son was hardly able to earn to meet the two ends of family, how did he become an over-ground worker? Is it because his brother was a mujahid?” Abdul Ghani asked. Abbas’ wife, Rozy Jan, said that the education of their children had suffered badly by the imprisonment of her husband. She said, Abbas’ father is suffering from multiple ailments and the family is not in a position to bear the expenses of a required surgery. However, the father is more worried about his son’s deteriorating health than his own. “We came to know through a family of a person who too is languishing in Kathua jail that the health condition of my son is deteriorating in jail while authorities are not providing him doctor’s service,” Abdul Ghani said, pleading that they want their son be taken, at least, to some doctor. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, July 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML) has strongly condemned the authorities for prolonging the illegal detention of its Vice Chairman, Muhammad Yousuf Mir.
According to media sources, the JKML in a statement issued in Srinagar flayed the authorities for re-shifting Muhammad Yousuf Mir to Srinagar Central Jail after producing him for hearing in a local court. It said that the way Muhammad Yousuf Mir’s illegal detention was being prolonged clearly indicated that in a well-planned conspiracy all ways of his release were being blocked by lodging frivolous cases against him and the authorities were leaving no stone unturned to keep him behind the bars forever. It also condemned raids by Indian police and troops on the residence of party General Secretary, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai, and harassment of his family members. The statement said that under a well-hatched conspiracy, the JKML activists were prevented from conducting their peaceful political activities and were detained in different jails and police stations under baseless cases which clearly showed the dangerous policy of the Indian government against the party. However, it added that such tactics cannot intimidate the JKML leaders and activists into submission and they would keep pursuing the ongoing freedom struggle with dedication. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, July 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has castigated the authorities for banning the transmission of 30 channels operating through cable.
According to media sources, the spokesman of Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said that dictation to cable operators to stop airing channels was nothing but a move to block information and keep people of Kashmir away from the day-to-day happenings across the globe. He said, “It is surprising to see that even religious and sports channels have been banned and one would ask as to how such channels can pose a threat to peace in Kashmir.” He said that in the present times of globalization and the age of technology and social media, such gags and bans to block information were bound to fail and only reflected the myopic and dictatorial approach of the occupation authorities. The spokesman also expressed serious concern and resentment over the thrashing of dozens of villagers and vandalizing of property in Mochwara area of Shopian district by the Indian troops during nocturnal raid. He termed the action as the worst form of state terrorism. He said that beating people, vandalising properties and torturing youth by the Indian forces’ personnel had become a routine matter in occupied territory especially in South Kashmir. The spokesman strongly denounced the brutal action of Indian forces’ personnel in Newa area of Pulwama, where dozens of youth were showered with lethal pellets leaving many of them seriously injured. KASHMIR VOICE
Brussels, July 19 (Kashmir Voice): The European Parliament has issued a fresh document on Kashmir that contains history of 70-year-old dispute, its damaging impact on development in South Asia, UN resolutions, struggle of Kashmiri people against the Indian rule and human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, the document titled ‘Kashmir: 70 years of disputes’ was published by European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS). The document, authored by Enrico D’Ambrogio, member EPRS, provides an overview of the current situation in Kashmir highlighting the militarization of Indian occupied Kashmir and outlining the issues that have been vividly described in the recent report of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. The document says that Kashmir, located between China, India and Pakistan, has been at the heart of a complex, 70-year dispute between Delhi and Islamabad, which has strained bilateral relations and impeded the development of stronger ties in the whole of South Asia. The European Parliament’s document, while referring to the history of the Kashmir dispute, says that when in mid-August 1947 the UK’s administration of India, and the British Raj, ended, the subcontinent’s princely states were given the choice to join the predominantly Hindu India or Muslim Pakistan. It says that being a Hindu king of a largely Muslim population, the Maharaja of Kashmir, Hari Singh, signed a conditional accession of Jammu and Kashmir to be confirmed by a referendum. It says that in January 1948, the UN Security Council adopted resolutions 38 and 39 (1948), establishing the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) to investigate and mediate the dispute. “In June, by resolution 47 (1948), the UN enlarged the UNCIP, imposed a ceasefire that took effect in January 1949, and established the conditions for a plebiscite. With the July 1949 Karachi Agreement, India and Pakistan agreed that military observers would supervise the ceasefire line; accordingly, these constituted the nucleus of the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), still operational today,” it adds. It further says that the UN resolution 47 (1948) laid out the steps for holding a plebiscite but the plebiscite was never held. The document says that Jammu and Kashmir gained special status under Article 370 of Indian constitution. It points out that in 1972, following the Indo-Pak war, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Pakistani President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto signed the Simla Agreement, with which they established the principle of resolving their differences ‘through bilateral negotiations or by any other peaceful means mutually agreed upon’. Since then, Delhi has maintained that the Kashmir issue has to be resolved bilaterally, while Islamabad has upheld the UN Security Council resolutions of 1948 and 1949, it says, adding that the Simla Agreement also elevated the status of the ceasefire line to a Line of Control (LoC), which serves as a de facto border between the two countries in the region. The European Parliament’s document maintains that in 1984, the Indian army occupied the Siachen glacier, a glaciated, inhospitable and un-demarcated area in north of the LoC; this prompted another conflict with Pakistan and a ceasefire was signed in 2003. “The strategic and economic significance of the Siachen glacier has been called into question: a large majority of the casualties among the two sides in the area are due to medical reasons related to the harsh terrain and climate conditions, and the cost of maintaining an army presence is unreasonably high,” it adds. The document says that since 1989, an uprising against Delhi’s rule has been running in occupied Kashmir, a region characterised by high unemployment and by the presence of over 700,000 soldiers, who forcefully control a population of 8 million. “In 1999, another limited border conflict – the Kargil war – took place. In 2005, a cross-LoC bus service was launched, followed by cross-LoC trade in 2008. Human rights workers found about 1000 unmarked graves near the LoC in 2008,” it adds. The European Parliament’s document says that in June 2018, the UN in its first-ever human rights report on Kashmir called for establishing a commission of inquiry into the human rights violations in Kashmir. “UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein called to curb excessive use of force by the Indian security forces, which has led to unlawful killings and a very high number of injuries. The Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act 1990 (AFSPA) and the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978 (PSA) give security forces virtual immunity against prosecution for any kind of human rights violations, including enforced or involuntary disappearances and rape,” it says. It also maintains that since 2016, hundreds of Kashmiri protesters have been blinded by shotgun pellets used by Indian troops as a crowd control measure. KASHMIR VOICE