Koul Commission’s Report Sent to Cabinet, IOK HC told

Srinagar, March 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet administration has informed the High Court that the recommendations of the Koul Commission on the killings committed by Indian troops and police during the 2010 mass uprising have been scrutinized and forwarded to the so-called cabinet for final decision.
According to media sources, Senior Additional Advocate General (AAG), BA Dar, told the court that the recommendation report has been scrutinized by General Administration Department (GAD), Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Police Headquarters and Additional Director General Crime Investigation Department (CID). “The matter is now referred to the cabinet which will take a final call,” he said. On previous hearing, BA Dar had submitted that the recommendations of Koul Commission were under examination with General Administration Department (GAD). The Koul Commission was appointed in June 2014 by the then puppet regime led by Omar Abdullah to probe into the civilian killings in 2010 uprising. Earlier, the court had asked the puppet regime to file a response as to why the Koul Commission report was not brought into public domain. The one-man commission headed by Justice (retd) ML Koul submitted its report to the puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on December 30, 2016. A social organization Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Forum through its General Secretary MM Shuja had filed a Public interest Litigation (PIL) before the court seeking directions for making the findings and the recommendations of the commission public. KASHMIR VOICE

Seminar Calls for End to Victimization of Kashmiri Youth

Srinagar, March 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, speakers at a seminar in Srinagar called for an immediate end to the victimization of Kashmiri youth and settlement of the Kashmir dispute, at the earliest.
According to media sources, the seminar titled ‘Kashmir Issue and The Role of Youth’ was organised by Jammu Kashmir Youth Forum (JKYF), an organisation working for the welfare of society especially youth in Srinagar.
The function was attended by youth and students from universities, colleges and schools. Rafiq Ahmed Shah from Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir was the chief guest on the occasion. He spoke about student revolutions and reforms. He urged the youth to keep full faith with their leadership. JKYF Acting Chairman, Umar Rafiq, said problems and persecution will remain there until Kashmir dispute is resolved as per the Kashmiris’ aspirations. A student activist, Irshad Ahmed, from Islamic University said, “There is only option for youth that is to work for the Kashmir resolution and youth have a crucial part to play.” Another college student from south Kashmir’s Kulgam district said the role of youth is pivotal in bringing the change. Other speakers talked about the prevailing situation and circumstances due to heavy deployment of Indian forces’ personnel in occupied Kashmir especially in the civilian areas. They said everybody in Kashmir is feeling caged and unsafe due to the Indian occupation of the territory. KASHMIR VOICE
Seminar Calls for End to Victimization of Kashmiri Youth

Article 35-A Hearing in Indian Supreme Court Likely on April 9

Jammu, March 21 (Kashmir Voice): The Indian Supreme Court is likely to hear the petitions challenging Article 35-A on April 9, one of the petitioners has said.
According to media sources, Labha Ram Gandhi, one of the petitioners, on his return from New Delhi after holding deliberations with his advocates told media in Jammu that the matter has been listed for hearing in the Apex Court for April 9 in the tentative list. On October 30, a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India, Dipak Mishra, Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwikar and Justice DY Chandrachud had deferred the hearing of petitions by three months following the submission by attorney general, KK Venugopal, that the court proceedings would hamper the dialogue initiated by the India-appointed interlocutor, Dineshwar Sharma. Article 35-A of Indian Constitution gives special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE

Senior Kashmiri Journalist Maqbool Sahil Passes Away

Srinagar, March 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, senior journalist and writer, Maqbool Sahil, passed away in Srinagar, this morning. He was fifty.
According to media sources, Maqbool Sahil prolific Urdu and Pahari writer and broadcaster fell while walking in Lal Bazar area of Srinagar city. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Doctors said he died due to cardiac arrest. His death shocked his colleagues and community of writers and intellectuals across the occupied territory. Muhammad Maqbool Khokhar alias Maqbool Sahil was born in 1968 at Adhal village in Kokernag area of Islamabad district. He graduated from SP College and started his journalistic career from local daily “Morning Times” where he worked from 1986 to 1989. He worked for Jamaat-e-Islami’s “Azaan” as front page calligrapher and had good command over Kashmiri, Urdu, Pahari and Dogri languages. Besides writing for Rising Kashmir, Maqbool Sahil was working as senior editor with Kashmir Parcham and Buland Kashmir, Urdu publications of Rising Kashmir. He also performed in TV serials of Gojri and Pahari languages. He hosted talk shows and mushairas on Kashmir channel. A day before his death, he had posted his picture on Facebook with an Urdu couplet ‘Zindagani! Khush numa too aur bhi ho sakti thi… Sharat lekin sakht thi, uss ko bhi rakhna tha qareeb.” A few days back, he had posted some of his latest Kashmiri poems in his own handwriting to showcase his command over Kashmiri language. Maqbool Sahil had a long association with Urdu weekly Chattan where he contributed analytical articles and interviews. A twist came in his professional career in 2005 when he was arrested by Indian police in a fake case. He was detained for two years before court quashed his detention orders. He later penned down his ordeal in an Urdu book Shabistan-e-Wajood, which was well received by readers. On March 10 Maqbool Sahil was given the “Best Staffer Award” on completion of 10 years of service with Kashmir Media House group. “Shabistan-e-Wajood” was awarded the 2009 Reporters without Borders (RSF) prize. KASHMIR VOICE
Maqbool Sahil

Indian Troops Lay Siege to Bandipora Town

Srinagar, March 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian forces launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Hajin town of Bandipora district, today.
According to media sources, an official said that the personnel of Indian army, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force launched the search operation in Khochak Mohalla of the town. He said that the cordon was laid early Wednesday morning and door-to-door searches were conducted in the area. However, the forces’ personnel were compelled to lift the cordon after youth came out of their houses and pelted stones on them. Meanwhile, the force continued search operations in Samboora and Bijbehara areas of Pulwama and Islamabad districts, respectively. KASHMIR VOICE
Search operation Bandipora

Another Minor Girl Raped in Jammu

Jammu, March 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a minor girl was assaulted and raped in Akhnoor area of Jammu district.
According to media sources, the victim girl’s father informed police that his mentally disturbed daughter was raped in Badgal village of Akhnoor, police confirmed. The girl’s father said that her underage daughter had gone out with her nine-year-old brother for some work but was waylaid and raped, the official said. He said the perpetrator of heinous crime fled the scene. A police official said that a case under various sections including rape was registered and the culprit was arrested. He said the medical examination of the girl was conducted and the report was awaited. Earlier, an eight-year-old girl, Aasifa, was also abducted, raped and subsequently murdered in Heranegar area of Kathua district in Jammu region. KASHMIR VOICE