Srinagar, May 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has urged the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to allow the Kashmiri people to say their ‘Mann Ki Baat’ to him during his visit to Srinagar.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said every month the Indian Prime Minister comes on Radio to speak his heart out. “Since he is in Srinagar on Saturday, I urge him to give people of Kashmir an opportunity to say their Mann Ki Baat this time.” Mann Ki Baat, which translates in English as ‘a talk from the heart’, is a radio programme hosted by Modi in which he addresses the Indian people. The Mirwaiz said that the Kashmir dispute was not about inaugurating tunnels, trains, roads or announcing economic packages. He said every citizen of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh has only one main demand made up of three words – resolve Kashmir dispute. “Time is ripe for you (Modi) to fulfill the promise that your predecessors have made to Kashmiri people in the Indian Parliament,” he said, adding that Kashmir’s freedom movement is not confined to a particular leader or a group but it is purely a people’s movement. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while paying rich tributes to his father late Molvi Muhammad Farooq and another prominent Hurriyat leader, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, on their martyrdom anniversaries said that the two leaders left behind a huge responsibility on the shoulders of the Kashmiri people to carry forward the ongoing freedom movement. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, May 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the illegally detained Hurriyat leader, Sarjan Barkati, popularly known as pied piper of South Kashmir, has completed more than 600 days in jail while his distraught family desperately waits for his release.
According to media sources, Sarjan Barkati was arrested on October 1, 2016 after earning the sobriquet of “pied piper” during 2016 mass uprising for his speeches and peculiar style of sloganeering that attracted large crowds. His family said that he was arrested at Wanpoh area of Islamabad town and since then was behind the bars. “On May 16 he was produced before a court in Shopian and was asked to appear again on May 29. Six times his detention was quashed by court but despite that he was not released,” said Shabrooza, wife of Sarjan Barkati. “My parents are bearing the expenses of my children. People used to come here and help but how long will we be dependent on them,” Shabrooza, who lives in a two room house with his two children, said. Her sister is also living with them to offer support. “We have no land, only a two-room old house. My husband was not earning too much money but whatever he was earning we were living a happy life with that,” she said. Barkati’s children, Sughra, 12, a class 4th student and Azan, 7, a kindergarten student, study in a school some five kilometers from Rebban, native village of Barkati. “Today at Sehri I felt severe pain in stomach, but who would took me to hospital. In the morning I was all alone to consult a doctor in Yaripora,” Shabrooza said. She would visit her husband at Srinagar Central Jail, but after a recent escape of a prisoner, she said, authorities were not allowing them to meet him. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, May 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the illegally detained senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML), Masarrat Aalam Butt has filed an application in court, asking for shift to Kashmir jail from Jammu during Ramadan.
According to media sources, the Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar asked the prosecution to file objections, if any, against the application filed by Masarrat Aalam Butt. The JKML Chairman was brought from Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu to Srinagar for hearing in a case registered against him. A spokesman of JKML in a statement in Srinagar said, the policy adopted by the puppet authorities under which Masarrat Aalam was being moved from one police station to another cannot break the will of the detained leader. He appealed to the world human rights organizations including the International Committee of Red Cross and Human Rights Watch to take note of the worst political vengeance Masarrat Aalam is being subjected to and his illegal detention by the puppet authorities. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, May 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district, today.
According to media sources, the troops killed the youth during a violent siege and search operation at Brinjal Vilgam in Handwara area of the district. This killing raised the number of the killed youth in the area to four since yesterday. The operation in the area is still going on. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, May 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Dukhtaran-e-Millat has said that announcing the so-called ceasefire by the Indian authorities makes no sense while India continues to illegally occupy Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media sources, the DeM spokesperson, Rifat Fatima, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that it was nothing but a drama and urged the Kashmiri people not to be fooled by such Indian tactics. She said since the landing in Kashmir in 1947, Indian forces are at war with people and have murdered thousands of Kashmiris so far while the resistance movement continues. “The way innocent people are murdered in cold blood in the past few months by the forces, India is now enacting this ceasefire drama to hoodwink the international community,” she added. Rifat Fatima said, “India has not only declared a war against the Mujahideen but also against the common people in the territory. The presence of thousands of innocent Kashmiris in Indian jails is a glaring example of this war on the people.” KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, May 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a Srinagar court heard arguments in the bail plea of an Indian police driver whose armoured vehicle crushed a youth to death in Srinagar this month.
According to media sources, eighteen-year-old Aadil Ahmed was crushed to death by a police vehicle in Noorbagh area of Srinagar during protests against the killing of three youth by the Indian troops in nearby Chattabal locality. Though a video of the incident which went viral suggested the running over was a deliberate act, the police have booked the driver under 304A act (Causing death be negligence) of the penal code. The counsel for the killed youth’s family, Bashir Siddique, opposed the bail plea arguing that the killing was deliberate and intentional. Father of the victim, Ghulam Rasool told media that he wants justice for his son. KASHMIR VOICE