IFJ, CPJ Condemn Harassment of Kashmiri Journalist by NIA

Brussels, July 17 (Kashmir Voice): Global media watchdogs, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Committee to Protect Journalists, have condemned the summoning of Kashmiri journalist, Aaqib Javaid Hakim to New Delhi by India’s National Investigative Agency (NIA) for questioning.
According to media sources, Brussels-based IFJ in a statement posted on its website said that summoning of Hakim was clearly an attempt to intimidate the journalist community of Jammu and Kashmir and a gross misuse of the authority. “The IFJ condemns the NIA over its summoning of a journalist from Srinagar to New Delhi, India for an interview. The summoning is clearly an attempt to intimidate the journalist community of Jammu and Kashmir; and a gross misuse of the authority. The IFJ urges the concerned authorities of India to immediately allow Hakim to conduct his professional activities as a journalist and refrain from harassing journalists in future,” the IFJ said. New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists in its statement urged the NIA to respect press freedom in occupied Kashmir and stop harassing Kashmiri reporter, Aaqib Javaid and the local English daily Greater Kashmir. Questioning Aaqib Javaid without a lawyer and trying to force Greater Kashmir to submit raw reporting material is a serious attack on press freedom in Jammu and Kashmir, said Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia programme coordinator in Washington, D.C. “These attempts to intimidate journalists will only force the flow of news and information to grind to a halt,” he added. The National Investigative Agency (NIA) summoned Hakim to New Delhi and questioned him on July 14 and 15 over an interview, relating to a sedition case registered against Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi. Hakim is not the first Kashmiri journalist to be intimidated by the NIA. Freelance photojournalist, Kamran Yousuf, was detained without charge by the NIA in September 2017 and was charged on January 18, 2018 as a “stone-pelter” and accused of carrying out “terrorist and secessionist activities” in occupied Kashmir. Presently, he is out on bail. KASHMIR VOICE
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Indian Soldier Commits Suicide in Jammu

Srinagar, July 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, an Indian soldier committed suicide by shooting himself in Jammu.
According to media sources, the soldier, Ranbir Singh, while on Santry duty at Hamirpur Nawan Military Garrison in Khour area of Akhnoor ended his life by shooting himself with his service rifle in his forehead, a police official said quoting Indian Army officials. This incident raised the number of such deaths amongst the Indian troops and police personnel to 405 in occupied Kashmir since January 2007 till date. Meanwhile, a 25-year-old woman, Meenali Gupta, was killed while eight other members of her family were injured when an Indian Army vehicle hit their vehicle near Tikri in Udhampur. The injured were identified as Dev Raj, Sudesh Kumari, Sunil Gupta, Tanisha Gupta, Taksvi Gupta, Sakshi Gupta, Deepak Kumar and Harshini Gupta. KASHMIR VOICE
Suicide Indian Soldier Commits Suicide in Jammu

Judicial Remand of Aasiya Andrabi, Others Denounced

Srinagar, July 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi, Ghulam Nahi War and Ghulam Nabi Waseen have strongly condemned the 30-day judicial remand of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chief, Aasiya Andrabi, and her two associates, Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen, by a Delhi court in a fake case framed against them by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA).
According to media sources, the leaders in their statements condemned the brazen and dastardly action by the NIA against the Kashmiri women leaders terming it as the worst form of political vendetta. Aasiya Andrabi along with her two associates has been lodged in Delhi’s notorious Tihar jail. The Hurriyat leaders said, “All this is being done to curb the ongoing freedom struggle in occupied Kashmir.” They said India has resorted to the highest degree of terrorism and demanded early release of Aasiya Andrabi and her associates. They appealed to the international community and the world human rights organizations to put pressure on India for early release of the detained leaders. The leaders expressed serious concern over continued detention of Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Muhammad Shafi Shariyati, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Peer Saifullah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Merajuddin Kalwal, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Farooq Tawheedi and others. KASHMIR VOICE
Judicial Remand of Aasiya Andrabi, Others Denounced

Yousuf Naqash, Javaid Mir Visit Victim Families in Kulgam

Srinagar, July 17 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leader, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Javaid Ahmed Mir along with a delegation visited Redwani area of Kulgam district to express condolences with the families of civilians, Shakir Ahmad Khandey, Irshad Majid and teenage girl Andleeb recently martyred by the Indian troops.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Javaid Ahmed Mir speaking on the occasion said that the Indian forces’ personnel were desperately showering bullets and pellets on innocent civilians particularly youth and teenagers to intimidate them into submission. They also visited the residence of Hurriyat leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, to condole the demise of his father. KASHMIR VOICE
Yousuf Naqash, Javaid Mir Visit Victim Families in Kulgam