UNHRC Urged to end Rights Violations in IOK

Geneva, September 13 (Kashmir Voice): Kashmiri representative, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi has apprised the international community about grim situation of human rights in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi in his statement submitted at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva informed the World Body that India did not allow a UN fact-finding team to visit occupied Kashmir as suggested by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to assess the human rights violations perpetrated by Indian armed forces in the territory. Syed Faiz Naqshbandi while appreciating High Commissioner’s report stressed the need to focus on the situation where territories were under foreign occupation. “There is grim situation of human rights in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir where on one hand, India does not allow UN fact finding team to visit Kashmir as said by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and on the other, the armed forces of India enjoy impunity. Confession before a police officer stands declared a valid confession in the Indian Evidence Act. Identity of a witness can remain secret which has resulted in fake trials. This situation has drastically increased human right violations in occupied Kashmir,” the statement said. The statement maintained that Kashmiri resistance leaders; Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and others were in continued detention, victimized and harassed by Indian forces and even not allowed to meet the people. He while urging the Council to play a role in ending the human rights violations called for sending a UN fact-finding mission to occupied Kashmir. Similar demands were made by other Kashmiri representatives including Shameem Shawl, Pervez Ahmed and Sardar Amjad Yousef in their statements. They asked the UNHRC to compel India to stop genocide in occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE

IOK HCBA to Observe Strike from Tomorrow

Srinagar, September 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has announced to observe strike from tomorrow against once again summoning of the Bar President, Mian Abdul Qayoom by India’s National Investigation Agency to New Delhi.
According to media sources, the HCBA in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the NIA move is aimed at harassing and humiliating the leadership of the lawyers’ body. It said that the Bar members would observe strike on 14th September, which would continue till return of Mian Qayoom from New Delhi.
As per the statement, the decision was taken at HCBA’s General Body meeting that was held in Srinagar.
“The purpose behind registration of the criminal case and raiding of houses of pro-freedom leadership and their activists and dragging them to New Delhi is to intimidate and threaten them so that they give up their support to the principled cause of people of Jammu and Kashmir and their inalienable right to self-determination,” the statement added. “Therefore, as a mark of protest, the Bar members shall observe strike on 14th of September, 2017 and continue the same till the Bar President would return back from Delhi. It was also decided that the lawyers would meet again on 15th of September in the High Court Bar room to discuss the issue further,” it added. KASHMIR VOICE
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Indian Army Launches Search Operation in Shopian

Srinagar, September 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian Army has launched a cordon and search operation in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. According to media sources, the operation was launched in Bandpawa village of the district. The troops sealed all entry and exit points of the village and started the search operation. The forces’ personnel have been deployed in strength in the area. Further details are awaited. KASHMIR VOICE
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‘Rajnath’s Visit to IOK a Futile Exercise’

Srinagar, September 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza reacting to the recent visit of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Kashmir has said that the Kashmir dispute cannot be resolved through such visits.
According to media sources, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that on one hand Rajnath was making offer for talks, while Hurriyat leadership continued to remain under detention, on the other. He added that such delegations came to Kashmir earlier, but they yielded nothing. He said Kashmir issue cannot be solved by sending delegations to Kashmir, but it can be solved when New Delhi is ready to hold talks with all stakeholders including the true representative of Kashmiri people. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in its statement while referring to Rajnath Singh’s offer for talks said that nobody in Kashmir was against talks but they could only be fruitful when permanent settlement of the Kashmir dispute was given a preference in these talks. KASHMIR VOICE

IFJ Condemns Continued Detention of Kashmiri Photojournalist

New Delhi, September 13 (Kashmir Voice): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expressing serious concern over the continued detention of freelance Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yusuf by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), has termed the move by the Indian agency an attempt to intimidate the journalist community. According to media sources, Yusuf was held in Kashmir on September 4 for reaching spots, uploading pictures and photos of Kashmiri victims of Indian forces. “Photojournalists are required as part of their professional duty to be present at the places of protests and sit-ins and take photographs of these incidents, and such presence cannot be termed as participation in the incidents,” the IFJ said, “The arrest and detainment of freelance photojournalist Kamran Yusuf by the National Investigation Agency in Kashmir, India without formal charges is an attempt to intimidate the journalist community.” Seeking Yusuf’s immediate release, the journalists’ body further urged India to ensure that the power granted to agencies, such as the NIA, is not misused against journalists. Yusuf, a 23-year-old native of Pulwama in South Kashmir, contributes photographs to several Kashmiri newspapers, including Greater Kashmir. After being arrested by the NIA, he was transferred to New Delhi for interrogation the following day and was subsequently sent to custody for ten days. The action against Yusuf has also evoked a strong response from the journalistic fraternity in the occupied territory at large. The Kashmir Editors Guild had also expressed serious concern over the continuous detention of Yusuf and demanded his immediately release. KASHMIR VOICE