Srinagar, September 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has condemned the summoning of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) President, Muhammad Yasin Khan, Kashmir University scholar Aala Fazili, and indictment of senior APHC leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah by New Delhi-based National Investigation Agency (NIA).
According to media sources, a spokesman of the forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “These moves are clearly aimed at putting pressure on organizations and individuals who are sympathetic to the freedom struggle.” He said India is using NIA and ED as tools to harass and intimidate people. He said the line of action adopted by NIA and ED is purely aimed at changing the focus from the real issue of Kashmir and is an attempt to defame every segment of Kashmiri society. “These efforts were also made in the past but failed to change the nature of Kashmiris’ genuine and sacred struggle,” he said. “The fresh assault is also destined to fail.” The spokesman said Kashmir issue is a reality accepted by the world community and that 18 resolutions are pending implementation in the UN Security Council. “Kashmiri people continue to remain steadfast and committed towards the ongoing movement and won’t rest till the struggle is taken to its logical conclusion,” he said. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed against the summoning of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation President, Muhammad Yasin Khan by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA). Khan has been asked to present himself before NIA in New Delhi, today.
According to media sources, call for the strike has been given by the representatives of KTMF, Kashmir Economic Alliance and transporters, and backed by the joint resistance leadership and Kashmir Bar Association. Shops and other business establishments and educational institutions are closed, while public transport is off the road in Srinagar and other parts of the territory. Strict restrictions have been imposed in Srinagar, while roads have been closed with concertina wires. Despite restrictions, dozens of traders staged a sit-in at Partap Park in Srinagar against the summoning of Yasin Khan. “We would continue our peaceful protest until Mr. Yasin returns from the NIA headquarters,” said protesting traders. The authorities have also suspended train service across the Kashmir valley in view of the strike called by trade and transporters’ bodies. The decision about suspension of the train service was taken last night. Besides Muhammad Yasin Khan, the NIA has also summoned Kashmir University scholar Aala Fazili to its headquarters in New Delhi today, while the agency has already indicted senior APHC leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a fake case. Meanwhile, the joint resistance leadership in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly criticized the NIA for issuing notices and summoning Mohammad Yasin Khan, Haji Ghulam Nabi, Agha Syed Hassan, University scholar Aala Fazili, Dr. Naeem Gilani, Dr. Naseem Gilani, photograph journalists, Tehreek-e-Huriyat octogenarian leader Shah Wali Muhammad, Advocate Miya Abdul Qayoom, Mohammad Shafi Rishi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and university students. The JRL said that NIA was framing fabricated cases against pro-freedom leaders to defame freedom movement. It termed the move as a part of pre-planned psychological crackdown. It said that Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Pir Saif ullah, Raja Meraj-u-din Kalwal, Nayem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali and Kamran Yousuf were arrested and lodged in Tihar jail despite the fact that NIA didn’t get any objectionable material during its raids on their houses. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 25 (Kashmir Voice): Overwhelming presence of Indian army along the Islamabad-Srinagar stretch of the Jammu-Srinagar highway and their frequent altercations with civilians has left commuters as well as locals concerned for their safety.
According to media sources, traffic on the highway has often come to a grinding halt for hours at a stretch, with people coming out in protest against the army’s highhandedness. Ambulances, patients, students and other commuters have been bearing the brunt of such impasses. According to locals and commuters, army presence on the highway has grown manifold in the past few months. “Not only do they manage the traffic, they also grow impatient with civilian commuters,” locals told newsmen. They said that many people in the past few months had been beaten up by army soldiers, sparking protests in the particular area. On certain occasions, locals said, drivers have been thrashed for overtaking an army vehicle, or for not stopping at the orders of an army man. “The driver sometimes fails to see the signal (to stop),” locals said. “I have been driving a Sumo (jeep) on the highway for more than 15 years now. Never in all these years have I felt as unsafe as I feel now,” a driver, requesting anonymity, told newsmen. Several other drivers said that for more than two months now, the army had been halting traffic every time their convoy passes through. “Even ambulances and school buses are made to halt,” local said. KASHMIR VOICE
Geneva, September 25 (Kashmir Voice): a seminar “Women in conflict and women’s advocacy on Kashmir” was conducted by International Muslim Women Union at United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. According to media sources, the panelists included Ms Julie Ward, MEP from Brussels, Sirius Boyd from Global Facilitation Organisation. Dr G.Jourdan from Geneva, Dr Raheel Qazi, Shagufta Ashraf from University of Kotli, Sardar Ashraf from AJK, Ms Shamim Shawl and Altaf Hussain Wani. The guests from London and Brussels highlighted the plight of suffering women and declared that they would be playing the dutiful role to highlight the sufferings of Kashmiri women. Julie Ward urged for urgent resolution of the dispute so that the next generation could be saved from the trauma. Soriya Boyd called for end to all human rights violations by forces. Ms Shagufta highlighted the situation on the Line of Control. Shamim shawl in her speech highlighted the latest situation of occupied Kashmir and appealed the audience and panelists to raise voice against it. She highlighted sexual violence and expressed deep concern that such violence continued to occur as it is becoming systematic and widespread. She said rape and disappearances by the troops are now common practice in the territory. Dr Raheel Qazi also expressed her views and demanded of the international community to help settle the lingering Kashmir dispute peacefully. Meanwhile, Shagufta Ashref in her address at the 36th Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva appreciated the oral updates by the office of high commission for human rights. She said office of the high ommissioner has been contributing tremendously in mitigating the human rights violations around the globe. She highlighted the human rights situations in Kashmir and demanded the body to take the stock of gross human rights violation perpetrated by Indian troops in the territory. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, senior Congress leader, Mani Shankar Aiyar met the Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and executive member Professor Abdul Ghani Butt and discussed with them the BJP’s dialogue offer to the resistance leaders. The meeting took place at Mirwaiz’ Nigeen residence in Srinagar. According to media sources, Shankar Aiyar in a media interview in Srinagar said: “I met Mirwaiz sahib and Butt sahib. We discussed dialogue offer of Ram Madhav threadbare.” However he declined to disclose the response of the Hurriyat leaders. “That I won’t be telling you,” he said. Bharatiya Janata Party’s General Secretary, Ram Madhav recently said in Kashmir that the government of India was open to talk to everybody who wants to come and have a dialogue with it. The senior Congress leader said that it was to be seen whether the offer of Madhav is meaningful and sincere. “I was in Srinagar for 48 hours and met cross section of people, apart from Mirwaiz sahib and Prof Butt,” he said, adding that the (Madhav’s) offer was also discussed with intellectuals and other people. Professor Abdul Ghani Butt confirmed his meeting with Aiyar, but declined to disclose what transpired therein. “He was with us for about an hour,” he said. However, he said the situation is becoming conducive both in India and Pakistan for a dialogue on Kashmir resolution. He said both India and Pakistan are of the opinion that the resolution of Kashmir dispute should not be delayed anymore. “Dialogue is the only alternative,” Abdul Ghani Butt said, adding that everybody should focus on dialogue. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL) led by its Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, today, visited Soura hospital in Srinagar to enquire about the health of the injured youth.
According to media sources, the delegation members expressed solidarity with the injured victims including Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh and Shahid Shabir Lone of Tral and prayed for their early recovery. The delegation comprised Nisar Ahmad Rather, Fayaz Ahmad, Manzoor Ahmad, Sajjad Ahmad Rather, Tahir and Shujat-ul-Islam. KASHMIR VOICE