Slapping of PSA on Disabled Act of Hard-Heartedness: JRL

Srinagar, December 04 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has termed the slapping of draconian law Public Safety Act against specially-abled person, Tanveer Ahmed War, as a brazen act of hard-heartedness of the puppet administration. According to media sources, the leadership in a letter to the International Committee of Red Cross, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and United Nations Human Rights Commission asked the global human rights watchdogs to intervene in the matter.
Following is the text of the letter:
“A 35 years old man Tanveer Ahmad Waar S/O Muhammad Shaban Waar R/O old town Baramulla is disabled due to polio and from his childhood has not been able to walk on his feet. Besides this permanent disability, he is suffering from many diseases and has to live on medicines. This specially-abled person was arrested by Baramulla police on 21st September 2017. He was ruthlessly beaten, tortured and humiliated at various police stations and was slapped with arbitrary Public safety act (PSA), and sent to Kupwara sub-jail. Tanveer Ahmad challenged the safety act in Kashmir high court and the court quashed his PSA and ordered his release. Instead of releasing him on court orders, police and civil administration slapped another PSA on him and immediately shifted him to Kot-balwal Jail in Jammu. Recently he has been shifted to Srinagar central jail for appearing in an examination and it is here we came across to his story. After his story was published in local dailies, on 3rd of December 2017, police came out with a rebuttal and accused this handicapped person of being main culprit for disturbing law and order in Baramulla district of Kashmir. Police in its rebuttal have said that “the accused was involved in 2016 mass uprising in old town Baramulla. They say that he decorated his tricycle with flags and provoked mobs. With the help of his gang, he high-jacked four trucks that were carrying stones and got them unloaded on Baramulla roads to prevent the police from chasing the miscreants.” The police statement claimed that in 2008, Hurriyat leader Sheikh Aziz wanted to return but “Tanveer yelled at him and provoked him to proceed toward LoC.” It is ironical that the state authorities find a physically challenged prisoner too dangerous to be freed, although the courts repeatedly quashed his detention under Public Safety Act. Crippled due to polio since childhood, this 35-year-old young man from Baramulla is incarcerated for various charges such as hoisting flags atop a mobile phone tower, high-jacking truckloads of stones, “leading violent mobs” and also “provoking a slain resistance leader” to march towards the Line of Control in 2008, but no one is asking police and civil administration that how can a crippled man climb up a high tower and highjack trucks and force people to march towards LoC. As a matter of fact in 2008, Sheikh Abdul Aziz was leading thousands of people towards LoC and one is failing to understand that how a crippled person, riding on his tricycle can force thousands of people to continue with their march, as claimed by police. It is now an open secret that ruling regime has given police a free hand to frame anyone they like, on concocted charges. In Baramulla district only, hundreds of young and old have been framed under false and fictitious charges and slapped with repeated public safety acts (PSA) and many of them are languishing in different jails till now. It is our humble submission to your kind-self to take notice of this matter. We are hopeful that your intervention can bring about a positive change in the life of this specially-abled Tanveer Ahmad Waar and his ill-fated days may come to an end. Please take up this issue at the earliest and intervene to save this young man from the wrath of oppressive authorities.” KASHMIR VOICE
Slapping of PSA on Disabled Act of Hard-Heartedness JRL

Pro-Pak Slogans at Indian Army-Sponsored Cricket Match in IOK

Srinagar, December 03 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian Army officials had to face embarrassing situation when members of a cricket team and spectators raised Pakistani flag and shouted pro-Pakistan and pro-freedom slogans during the concluding ceremony of a tournament organized by the army in Badgam town.
According to media sources, this happened on Saturday in the presence of some senior officials of the Indian police and army and pro-India National Conference leader, Agha Ruhullah, who is also member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly from Badgam. The tournament titled ‘Kashmir Primer League’ was organized by the Indian Army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles in Badgam town. The final match of the tournament was played between Badgam and Ompora teams. Ompora team emerged victors while as the Budgam team finished as runners-up. A 17-second video, widely circulated on social media, shows that the players and the spectators raised slogans in favour of Pakistan and freedom when the award ceremony was going on at the end of the final match. It is worth mentioning here that last week slogans in favour of Pakistani flamboyant cricketer Shahid Afridi were raised when former Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was the chief guest at an Army-sponsored tournament in Kunzar area of Baramulla district. KASHMIR VOICE
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Gilani Condemns Attack on Detainees in Tihar Jail Demands Shifting Of Kashmiri Prisoners to IOK Jails

Srinagar, December 03 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, expressing serious concern over the assault on Kashmiri detainees in Delhi’s Tihar jail has demanded immediate shifting of all Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various Indian to the Kashmir Valley jails.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani made this demand while interacting with a delegation of the relatives of the prisoners lodged in Tihar jail. The delegation members briefed him about the latest developments and the recent attack on the inmates in Tihar jail. “Syed Ali Gilani was told by the delegation that 18 inmates suffered injuries on the night of November 21 after they were brutally beaten by personnel of Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) and Quick Reaction Team (QRT) without any reason,” said an APHC spokesman in a statement in Srinagar. Syed Ali Gilani, according to the statement, assured the delegation of all possible help. “It is a ghastly act and has put the lives of all Kashmiri political prisoners in danger. It is a very sensitive issue and a matter of concern for all,” he said. The APHC Chairman said, all these prisoners are innocent and detained on false allegations and demanded their immediate shifting to jails in the Kashmir Valley. He appealed to the world organizations including UN Human Rights Commission, Asia Watch and Amnesty International to take cognizance of the inhuman and hostile treatment meted out to the Kashmiri detainees lodged in Tihar jail. He also asked them to take serious notice about indiscriminate use of draconian law, Public Safety Act, against innocent Kashmiris. Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani in a separate statement expressed profound grief over the loss of precious lives in the Peshawar terror attack. He extended sympathy and condolences to the families of the martyred. He also prayed for the early recovery of those injured in the incident. KASHMIR VOICE

Slapping PSA on Specially-Able Person Atrocious: Yasin

Srinagar, December 03 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik has termed the slapping of draconian law Public Safety Act (PSA) on a specially-able person as a glaring example of mental bankruptcy of the puppet rulers.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “How can a man who is not able to walk two steps on his feet be implicated in stone pelting cases and sent to jail under PSA.” Describing the repeated slapping of PSA on Tanveer Ahmed War of Baramulla as a brazen act of hardheartedness of the puppet administration, he said, “On November 27, I was arrested and shifted to Central Jail, Srinagar. In jail, I saw a differently-abled person walking on sticks and thought that he might be in jail for some civil case. I was informed by other inmates that the person was in jail for his affiliation with the freedom movement. After this I met the person who revealed a horrific tale of torture at the hands of forces for last one year.” “This differently-able person told me that he is by birth a handicapped person as polio had damaged his legs in early childhood. From that time he has not been able to walk even two steps on his foot. He was taken into custody by police on September 21, 2016 on charges of pelting stones on armed forces and police and despite being handicapped he was tortured severely in police custody. After about two months of illegal confinement, he was slapped with PSA and sent to jail,” Yasin Malik said. The JKLF Chairman said that the detainee challenged the PSA in High Court, which quashed his detention and ordered his release. “He was hoping to be released on court orders but was slapped with another PSA order and shifted to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu from where he has now been shifted to Srinagar Central Jail,” he added. Yasin Malik appealed to the international human rights organizations to take note of such gruesome acts of human rights abuses perpetrated by the Indian police and troops in occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
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1-Stop I-Card Intrusion into Kashmiris’ Private Lives: DeM

Srinagar, December 03 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) has said that India’s plan to issue 1-stop identity card to the Kashmiris is yet another conspiracy to breach the privacy and intrude into the personal lives of the people of the territory.
According to media sources, the DeM General Secretary, Nahida Nasreen in a statement issued in Srinagar said the Indian government was planning to issue 1-stop I-card to the people of Kashmir to keep a check on their movement. She said that the plan to issue it only for the people of Kashmir was a matter of grave concern. “It was issued to residents of border areas but now the authorities are planning to issue it to the people of Kashmir. It only means that they want to bring every Kashmiri under their surveillance net,” she added. Nahida Nasreen said, the Kashmiris’ rights have been snatched by India. “Such measures by New Delhi only expose the level of frustration it is going through. India actually knows that every Kashmiri wants freedom; that’s why there is a plan to issue such a card to the Kashmiris,” she said. KASHMIR VOICE

Bandipora Youth Remains in Jail despite PSA Quashed by Court

Srinagar, December 03 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a young political activist and Islamic scholar from Aloosa village in Bandipora, Sheikh Danish Malik, has been languishing in jail for the past one year despite quashing of his detention under draconian law, Public Safety Act, by the High Court.
According to media sources, Sheikh Danish Malik was arrested by the Indian police in November 2016 during the mass uprising triggered by the extrajudicial killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Wani, and was booked under the PSA. The family members of Sheikh Danish Malik in Bandipora told a local daily that High Court on November 14, 2017 quashed the second PSA slapped on him in March, but he still remains behind the bars as the puppet authorities are not releasing him. An MBA from University of Kashmir (2014), Danish Malik worked as a marketing manager in North Kashmir for a private firm, but his political associations brought trouble for him. He is a member of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir and an orator delivering Friday sermons in the district. In his arrest, his family, which includes his parents and grandparents, has lost its only bread-earner. Danish was arrested by Indian police from Sonarwani village where he was delivering a sermon. After his arrest, he was charged in nine FIRs and detained under the PSA. After slapping PSA on him, the authorities shifted him from Bandipora to Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu. The High Court quashed his first PSA in March and Danish was released from jail in April but was immediately re-arrested by the police while he was still in the jail premises. He was later handed over to Bandipora police, which detained him under same charges as earlier and slapped another PSA on him. He was again taken to Kot Bhalwal Jail in April. He is presently logged in Srinagar Central Jail. Danish’s grandfather, Abdul Gaffar Malik described his detention as political vengeance and added that the family has been victimized by the authorities in the past also. KASHMIR VOICE