‘Kashmiris Determined To Continue Mission of Their Martyrs’

Srinagar, January 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have said that the people of Kashmir are determined to continue the mission of their martyrs despite all odds.
The leaders and organizations said this while paying tributes to the martyrs of Gaw Kadal massacre on their martyrdom anniversary. Over 50 innocent people were martyred in Gaw Kadal area of Srinagar on January 21 in 1990 when Indian troops opened indiscriminate fire on peaceful demonstrators who were protesting against the molestation of several women by the troops on the previous night. The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said that the best tribute to the Kashmiri martyrs was to remain steadfast and carry their mission forward. It said that over the past three decades, many massacres that include Hawal, Gaw Kadal, Bijbehara, Zakoora, Sopore, Handwara, Kupwara, Shopian, Chattisinghpora, Wandhama, Machil, Kunanposhpora and Pathribal are a blot on the Indian democracy and reflect the open aggression of Indian troops against people of occupied Kashmir. The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League in a statement in Srinagar said that the genocide of Kashmiris started by the Indian troops with the Gaw Kadal massacre was still going on unabated. It said that despite killing hundreds of thousands of people, India had failed to suppress the Kashmiris’ just struggle for securing their inalienable right to self-determination. The Chairman of United Jihad Council, Syed Salahuddin, in a statement issued in Srinagar paid glorious tributes to the martyrs of Gaw Kadal massacre and said that the memories of the carnage were still fresh in the minds and hearts of the Kashmiri people. He also expressed concern over the ill-treatment meted out to the Kashmiri political prisoners lodged in different jails. On the other hand, the President of Awami Ittehad Party, Engineer Abdul Rasheed, in a statement also paid tributes to the martyrs of Gaw Kadal massacre. He said while Indian media, politicians and a section of pseudo intellectuals with a communal mindset have been often calling few unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits at the hands of unknown persons as genocide but don’t speak even a word on Gaw Kadal massacre and other worst massacres which took place in every area of occupied Kashmir at the hands of Indian men in uniform. “The huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris deserve a response within India and at the international level,” he added. KASHMIR VOICE
Gaw Kadal massacre on their martyrdom anniversary.

Indian Army to Get 3,000 Anti-Tank Missiles from France

New Delhi, January 22 (Kashmir Voice): In a bid to further its hegemonic designs in South Asia, the Indian Army is planning to buy more than 3,000 Milan 2T anti-tank guided missiles from France.
According to media sources, the deal is likely to be worth over 1,000 crore Indian Rupees. “An Army proposal in this regard would come up for discussion at a high-level meeting of the Defence Ministry for buying more than 3,000 of the second-generation Milan 2T ATGMs, which are license-produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited in partnership with a French firm,” a report by New Delhi-based Indian news agency, the Asian News International (ANI) said. The report, quoting sources in the Defence Ministry, said even though Indian army is searching for third-generation ATGMs with a range greater than its existing Milan 2T and Konkur ATGMs, it has a requirement of as many as 70,000 ATGMs of different types and nearly 850 various launchers. The report further says the procurement of Milan 2T ATGMs is likely to be the stopgap arrangement before the army gets its home-grown third-generation ATGM, which is undergoing trials. Milan 2T is a French second-generation ATGM, which is produced in India by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) with a range of over 2-km. In December 2008, India had ordered 4,100 Milan 2T missiles from BDL. KASHMIR VOICE
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India Using Military Might To Suppress Kashmiris’ Struggle: JKML

Srinagar, January 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML) has said that despite using its military might, India has miserably failed to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing struggle for securing their inalienable right to self-determination.
According to media sources, the JKML in a statement issued in Srinagar said that a party delegation led by Acting Chairman, Abdul Ahad Parra, visited Batamaloo area of Srinagar and Sopore town to express solidarity with the Hurriyat leaders, Mushtaq-ul-Islam and Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, who were recently released from prolonged illegal detention. As per the statement, Abdul Ahad Parra speaking during his visit said that India was using its military might to crush the Kashmiris’ genuine freedom movement but failed in its nefarious designs. “New Delhi is suffering from the arrogance of power and has tried its best to muzzle our voice by arrests, killings and other tactics but has utterly failed to do so,” he added. The JKML leader urged the Indian rulers to accept the ground realities and take steps for peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
JKML India Using Military Might To Suppress Kashmiris’ Struggle

27 Years on, Sirajuddin Farooqi Still Untraced in IOK

Srinagar, January 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the family members of a victim of custodial disappearance, Sirajuddin Farooqi, have urged the international human rights organizations to help them trace his whereabouts.
According to media sources, it has been 27 years since Sirajuddin Farooqi, bother-in-law of freedom activist Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, disappeared in Indian troops’ custody in Srinagar. Farooqi who hails from Safa Kadal area was arrested by the troops of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on January 22 in 1992 during a nocturnal raid on the house of Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar at Nowhatta in Srinagar. Ever since, his family has been seeking his whereabouts. The family members said Farooqi had come to attend a family function at the residence of his in-laws from where he was picked up along with his brother-in-law Fayaz Ahmed. However, the family said, Fayaz was released after three months. “We don’t know whether he is dead or alive. We are waiting for him to return for the past 27 years,” said the family members. They urged the international human rights organizations to help them trace Farooqi. KASHMIR VOICE
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Indian Police Arrest JKMM Leaders in Srinagar

Srinagar, January 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested the Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement Chairman, Molvi Bashir Ahmed Irfani, and Organizer, Abdur Rasheed, in Srinagar.
According to media sources, the JKMM in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the police took Molvi Bashir Ahmed Irfani and Abdur Rasheed into custody on Monday night and shifted them to some unknown destination. The JKMM patron, Farida Bahenji, strongly denouncing the arrest of the party leaders demanded their immediate release. KASHMIR VOICE

Concern Raised Over Continued Detention of Peer Saifullah

Srinagar, January 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiaz Ahmad Reshi, Ghulam Nabi War and Ghulam Nabi Waseem have expressed serious concern over the continued illegal detention of ailing Hurriyat leader, Peer Saifullah.
According to media sources, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiaz Ahmad Reshi, Ghulam Nabi War and Ghulam Nabi Waseem in their statements said, Peer Saifullah underwent surgery for a tumor in his head and therefore needs regular consultation with the specialist doctor who performed surgery in Delhi but unfortunately he is being denied the necessary medicines and checkup which is causing a serious threat to his life. “Peer Saifullah is a known political leader who believes in peaceful resolution of all disputes so international organizations must intervene and ensure his release from illegal detention as early as possible so that his life can be saved,” they said. The leaders also expressed concern over the falling health of a Hurriyat activist, Sirajuddin, who despite release orders by High Court has been shifted to Baramulla jail. Meanwhile, Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, in a statement in Srinagar deplored the miserable plight of the illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in different jails. He appealed to the world human rights bodies to impress upon India to release all Kashmiri detainees without any further delay. A JKPL delegation visited Sopore and met Hurriyat leader, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, who was recently released from over 22 months illegal detention. KASHMIR VOICE
Concern Raised Over Continued Detention of Peer Saifullah