Book about Ill-Treatment of Prisoners in IOK Released KCSDS Calls for Documenting Sufferings of Kashmiris

Srinagar, November 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a book ‘Prison Diary -Kashmir untold story 1965-68’ authored by former chief engineer, Engineer Muhammad Yousuf Butt, was released at a function in Srinagar.
According to media sources, the book was released by Syed Noor-ul-Hassan Rufai during the function organised by Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS). “The book is compilation of the prison diary of the author during his incarceration in mid sixties and delves over the pathetic jail conditions, interrogation and behaviour of jail authorities,” a statement issued by the KCSDS said. On the occasion, Dr Javaid Iqbal, Dr Abdul Ahad and Abdul Majeed Zargar presented the reviews of the book. Addressing the event, Dr Altaf Hussain, Zamruda Habib, Anwar Ashai and Ajaz Rasool spoke about the resistance movement for past seven decades and the literature that has documented the relevant portions of Kashmir’s history. “They emphasised the need for documenting individual and collective miseries and atrocities perpetrated on the Kashmir society from time to time which continue unabated,” the KCSDS statement said. The KCSDS member, Shakeel Qalander, moderated the function while Z G Muhammad presented vote of thanks. Other prominent people who attended the function included G R Sufi, Prof Noor Ahmed Baba, Prof Gul Wani, Parvez Imroz, Shujaat Bukhari, Khurram Parvez, Bashir Ahmed Bashir, Masood Hussain, M Ashraf, M D Qureshi, Syed Fazal Illahi and Hashmat Ali. KASHMIR VOICE

Sopore Man Behind Bars Despite Court Revoked His Detention

Srinagar, November 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Gojree, 50, a resident of Jamia Qadeem, Sopore, has been languishing in Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu even as the High Court has revoked his detention under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), twice.
According to media sources, the court also granted him bail a couple of times in all the fake cases registered against him by the Sopore police. Haleema Bano, wife of Ghulam Nabi Gojree, has been fighting the case for the last one year on meager resources. However, as soon as she receives the quash orders for his release, the Sopore police already have another PSA dossier ready with the same charges against her husband. Haleema Bano in a media interview in Srinagar said that after the extrajudicial killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Wani, by Indian troops in July 2016, the entire population of Kashmir came out on the streets in protest and so did her husband. “What was wrong in that? Burhan was our hero, a martyr, and if protests have now stopped and the situation is favourable in Kashmir, why do they continue to keep my husband in jail on fake and fabricated charges? We have suffered a lot for the last one year, how much more do the police want us to suffer? This seriously is an extreme level of cruelty,” she added. Haleema Bano said that when Valley-wide protests broke out against the killing of Burhan Wani last year, Indian forces started raiding her house to arrest her husband. “Every time they came to our house, my husband was not at home. But by the end of October last year, he was one day busy at home with his labour work, when the forces’ personnel came there and arrested him. They kept him in Tarzoo police station of Sopore for four days before shifting him to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu after booking him under PSA. Since then he is in the jail,” she added. KASHMIR VOICE
Ghulam Nabi Gojree, 50, a resident of Jamia Qadeem, Sopore, has been languishing in Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu

75 PC Pellet Injuries during Uprising Occurred in North Kashmir Sopore Accounts for Highest Number: Admits Puppet Regime

Srinagar, November 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, more than 75 percent of those who suffered pellet injuries during mass uprising, triggered by the killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Wani, on 8th July 2016, belong to the northern districts, says a report submitted by the puppet authorities to the Human Rights Commission of the occupied territory.
According to media sources, as per the report, among the total 1,725 pellet casualties, 1,300 occurred in northern areas, with Sopore accounting for the highest 440 pellet victims in the Kashmir Valley which is more than the 261 pellet casualties in southern districts. Taking suo-moto cognizance of a news report published in a local daily, the commission had directed deputy commissioners of various districts to submit a report regarding the pellet victims. Nearly 90 percent of the injured treated at the district hospitals were in the age group of 16-25 years. Pellets have rendered either one or both their eyes injured to the extent that their vision has been irreparably damaged. According to the data submitted by the deputy commissioner concerned, pellets have blinded the highest number of people in Sopore (440) area of Baramulla district. On the first day of the unrest, 43 people were injured in the firing by the Indian forces in Sopore. In Baramulla town, 244 casualties have occurred, with six youngsters Asif Ahmad, Ajaz Ahmad Mir, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Azher Ahmad Dar, Shakeela Begum and Rayees Ahmad Butt blinded in both eyes. In Sheeri area of Baramulla district alone, pellets have damaged the eyes of 155 people and in Dangiwancha area of the same district, 99 people were hit by pellets, one of them, Khazir Muhammad Butt, had injuries in both eyes. In Kreeri, Pattan, Rohama, Kunzer and Tangmarg areas of Baramulla district, 314 people sustained pellet injuries in eyes. As per the data, pellets have not only damaged eyes but have also perforated lungs, arms, eyelids, legs, face, chest, head and back of the victims. In another northern district Kupwara, 48 people have been injured in the eye. In southern Kulgam district, 154 people have been injured in the eye. Of the injured people, two were given treatment at hospitals in Indian cities of Chandigarh and New Delhi. In Shopian district, where the14-year-old girl Insha Malik became the emblem of the pellet horror, losing both her eyes to scores of pellets fired into her face, 51 people have received eye injuries – 25 of the victims had pellet injury in the right eye, 18 in the left eye while three people had both their eyes damaged. In another southern district, Pulwama, where the uprising was the fiercest, 47 people’s eyes have been left damaged by the pellet ammunition. The report submitted by the deputy commissioner Pulwama says majority of the injured has 30 percent disability. In southern district Islamabad, nine people have been injured in the eye – four in right eye, three in left eye, one had retinal detachment and one had his both eyes blinded by pellet guns. In central Kashmir, 27 people have been injured by pellets in Srinagar district and 137 people suffered pellet injuries in Ganderbal district while Budgam district is yet to submit the list of the pellet victims. The mass uprising against Indian occupation and brutalities in occupied Kashmir started on July 8, 2016 after Burhan Wani’s killing and so far at least 159 people including a dozen females have been killed and thousands injured while hundreds have been detained by the Indian forces. KASHMIR VOICE
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Shabbir Shah Spent Major Part of His Life in Jails: Saghar

Islamabad, November 17 (Kashmir Voice): The vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, has said that party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah has dedicated his entire life for the Kashmir cause and spent a major part of his life in jails.
According to media sources, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in a statement issued in Islamabad said, people in occupied Kashmir know it well that Shabbir Shah is being targeted for his just political stance about the Kashmir dispute. He said, “First the so-called authorities started a false and fabricated campaign with sole motive to tarnish the public image and integrity of the party Chairman and later on he was booked under an old fake case which has already been decided by a court.”He also expressed concern over deteriorating health of Shabbir Shah in New Delhi infamous Tihar Jail and said, “Instead of being provided better health care, he was being harassed by baseless charge-sheets.” Mehmood Ahmed Saghar urged the world human rights organizations to take effective notice of Shabbir Shah’s declining health condition besides ensuring early and safe release of Shabbir Shah and other illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists languishing in different jails of India and the occupied territory. KASHMIR VOICE
Shabbir Shah Spent Major Part of His Life in Jails Saghar

Kashmir: Police Sub-Inspector, SPO Injured in Zakura Firing

Two cops, including a sub-inspector (SI) and a Special Police Officer (SPO), were injured after militants opened fire on a police party in Zakura area of Srinagar on Friday. Quoting official sources, GNS news agency reported that police cordoned off Zakura area after inputs about the presence of militants. “As the searches were on near suspected spot, hiding militants opened fire, resulting in injuries to two cops including one sub-inspector, who is stated to be in critical condition,” said the report. A militant has been reportedly arrested by policemen at the firing spot. More details awaited. KASHMIR VOICE
Kashmir Police Sub-Inspector, SPO Injured in Zakura Firing

DFP Rejects Charges Framed Against Jailed Shabbir Shah

Srinagar, November 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has strongly rejected as trash the charges framed by a New Delhi court against illegally detained party Chairman and senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah.
According to media sources, Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Wednesday framed charges against Shabbir Ahmed Shah in a decade-old false case registered against him. The DFP in a statement in Srinagar said, Shabbir Ahmed Shah is being targeted for his just political stance about the Kashmir dispute. “That is why first a media trial was launched against him and later he was booked under an old case which has already been decided by a court,” it said. The DFP said that the Government of India had started a campaign of character assassination against the senior APHC leader and was using old and already decided cases to defame him. It expressed concern over deteriorating health of the party Chairman and said that instead of being provided better health care, he was being harassed by the so-called charge-sheets. Quoting reports from Delhi’s Tihar Jail, the statement said that Shabbir Shah’s health condition had deteriorated to such an extent that he fell down two days back and was helped by other inmates as he had gone unconscious. It stated that oppressive measures like detaining leaders like Shabbir Shah won’t help instead will deteriorate further the already tense situation in occupied Kashmir. The statement maintained that peace and stability in the south Asian region could not be ensured without settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. KASHMIR VOICE