Indian Authorities Prolonging Detention of Aalam: JKML

Srinagar, May 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML) has said that the Indian authorities are prolonging the illegal detention of its Chairman, Masarrat Aalam Butt, under baseless cases which is highly condemnable.
According to media sources, a JKML spokesman in a statement in Srinagar said that Masarrat Aalam Butt was brought to Srinagar on Tuesday from Kot Bhalwal Jail of Jammu region and was produced before Additional District and Session Judge, Srinagar, in connection with a false case registered against him in Nowhatta Police Station. He said that after hearing the arguments the judge fixed the next hearing of the case on June 2, 2018. He said that later the party chairman was shifted back to Kot Bhalwal Jail. The spokesman said, India and its puppet administration have devised new policies and methods to prolong the illegal detention of Masarrat Aalam under baseless cases which is the worst kind of human rights violation and is highly condemnable. He appealed to the rights defender bodies including the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch and Bar Association of Pakistan to take note of the worst political vengeance the JKML Chairman is being subjected to and play their role in his release. The policy adopted by the puppet regime through which Masarrat Aalam Butt is being moved from one police station to another cannot break the incarcerated leader’s resolve and will, he added. KASHMIR VOICE
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IFJHR Organizes Protest in Srinagar

Srinagar, May 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) organized a silent protest at Pratap Park in Srinagar and presented a report on Hawal massacre, demanding of the puppet authorities to bring the perpetrators of the carnage to book.
According to media sources, over 60 mourners were killed in Hawal area of Srinagar on 21st of May 1990 when Indian troops opened fire on the funeral procession of Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his residence in Srinagar on the same day. The protest was attended by the IFJHR Chairman, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, and Hurriyat leaders and activists including Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Yasmeen Raja, Imtiaz Ahmed Reshi, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Mushtaq Kashmiri and Sajjad Gul. A detailed report compiled by a team of experts led by Muhammad Ahsan Untoo on the Hawal massacre was released on the occasion. “It has been 28 eight years since the massacre and no challan has been produced yet. Police has closed the case as untraced,” said Muhammad Ahsan Untoo. He said, while Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, praises himself as a bold decision maker, let him take a decision regarding the massacres in occupied Kashmir and investigate the same as per the Indian justice system and institutions. Muhammad Ahsan Untoo urged the Chairman of Human Rights Commission of occupied Kashmir to take steps to bring to justice the Indian troops and police personnel involved in gross human rights violations in the territory. He also condemned the firing incident in Shopian district in which four girls were injured when the Indian Army personnel fired upon protesters on Monday evening for opposing an Iftaar party arranged by the army. The IFJHR Chairman appealed to all international human rights organisations to feel the pain of Kashmiri people and raise their voice against the human rights abuses by the Indian forces’ personnel in the occupied territory. Members of various Hurriyat organisations also participated in the protest and termed the Hawal massacre as the first among many others in which no action was taken and no one was ever punished. KASHMIR VOICE
IFJHR Organizes Protest in Srinagar

Linking Kashmir Dispute with Development is a Conspiracy Our Goal is Clear, We Want Freedom: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Srinagar, May 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has said that Kashmir struggle is not for the development of roads or seeking economic packages but purely for securing the right to self-determination as promised by the Indian leaders themselves.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in an angry response to the curbs imposed by the puppet authorities on him and other leaders of the Joint Resistance Leadership took to social media for reaching out to people and put out a 30-minute long video message coming down heavily on the authorities. Annoyed for being disallowed to reach the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Eidgah in Srinagar to pay tributes to his father, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq, on his 28th martyrdom anniversary, he took to Facebook and Twitter to address the people. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in an obvious reference to the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s recent speech in Srinagar wherein he asserted that the only solution to every conflict was development, said that the Kashmir dispute was not about seeking roads, jobs, electricity or economic packages. “Kashmiri people have been sacrificing in huge numbers since 1947 for a right promised to them. We are not demanding anything new but our birth right that is right to self-determination. This right has been promised by none other than the Indian leadership at the Lal Chowk in Srinagar. Linking Kashmir issue with development is a well-planned move to divert attention of world community from the real ground situation here,” he said, adding, “We will not allow that to happen.” The Mirwaiz condemned the puppet authorities for keeping Syed Ali Gilani under continued house arrest for years and frequently jailing Muhammad Yasin Malik. “The administration has been trying to keep the leadership away from masses. But we will always find alternate means to reach out to people and convey out strategy,” he said, appealing the masses to keep faith in the resistance leadership. “We will never compromise on the true aspirations of masses. The JRL has decided to involve every segment of society to frame an effective mechanism to achieve our goal,” he added. Paying rich tributes to his father Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq, Hurriyat leader, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, and martyrs of Hawal massacre on their martyrdom anniversaries, the forum chairman said that the people of Kashmir had been offering their precious lives for a sacred cause. The Mirwaiz said his family has been suffering since 1947 when Muhajir-e-Milat, Moulana Mirwaiz Muhammad Yousuf Shah, was asked to leave Kashmir along with his family. “Though they tried hard to return back to their roots but every time they were stopped by the successive regimes,” he said. In the video message, the Mirwaiz reminded people of massacres in the history of Kashmir where numerous graveyards were perpetual witnesses to the struggle of masses for political rights. “Today, when we talk of sacrifices, we have to take a pledge to take forward the mission of martyrs collectively. We have to ask the world community how long selective killing of Kashmiris would continue at the hands of Indian forces,” he said, adding, “Our goal is clear, we want freedom.” KASHMIR VOICE
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Indian Army Firing on Fasting Civilians Denounced

Srinagar, May 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Syed Ali Gilani and Muhammad Yasin Malik, while strongly condemning the Indian army firing on civilians in Shopian in which four teenage girls were injured on Monday, have said that the incident has clearly exposed the so-called ceasefire announced by India to hoodwink the world community.
According to media sources, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, this is what the Indian army means by the much hyped ceasefire. He said, “Indian forces are the same people who butchered and massacred hundreds of youth – irrespective of whether they were armed or unarmed – wounded, maimed and blinded thousands just for peaceful protests in demand of their basic right, the right to self-determination.” “Now shamelessly, they arrange so-called Iftaar to show their artificial love and affection with these bereaved families,” the APHC chairman said and hailed the people of Shopian who opposed these fake gestures. He said when people of the area do not want such an event to happen, why the men in uniform forced their dictation on gunpoint. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was released after six-day illegal detention in a statement in Srinagar said, the hands of occupational forces are painted with the blood of Kashmiri youth, and when they want people in Shopian to join their forced Iftaar operation they refused to do so; then they were showered with bullets and pellets resulting in the injuring of many of them including some teenage girls. “This firing on unarmed civilians shows the real face of Indian occupation which neither has any respect for religious sentiments of the people nor does care for the lives of human beings.” He advised the Indian Army that instead of arranging so-called Iftaar events hold some programs for their soldiers to teach them the importance of human dignity and life. Hurriyat leaders including Bilal Siddiqui, Farida Bahenji, Muhammad Yasin Atai, Muhammad Musa and Abdul Majeed Tramboo in their statements termed the incident as highly shameful and cowardly act. The High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in its statement said, “At a time when Indian collaborators in Kashmir are all praise for so-called ceasefire, the use of force by the ruthless army at DK Pora is an indication as to how these pitiless Indian armed forces are behaving in Kashmir and are killing Kashmiris with bullets and pellets on one pretext or the other.” It appealed to the international community to take notice of these happenings in occupied Kashmir. The member of so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed called the Indian army’s attempt to hold Iftaar in Shopian area a cruel joke. KASHMIR VOICE
Firing on Fasting Civilians Denounced

APHC to Hold Quran Conference on Sunday

Srinagar, May 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference will organize a day-long Nuzool-e-Quran conference in Srinagar on Sunday.
According to media sources, an APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said, the event will be presided over by the APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, at his Hyderpora office in Srinagar. Renowned Muslim scholars, writers, pro-freedom leaders, religious scholars and other dignitaries will express their viewpoint on the topic, the statement said. KASHMIR VOICE
Quran Conference on Sunday