Srinagar, January 22 (Kashmir Voice): Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), has called upon the Indian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the pellet firing at journalists in Shopian district of occupied Kashmir, today.
According to media sources, at least four photojournalists were injured when Indian troops fired pellets on protesters in Heff Shirmal area of Shopian district, today. The RSF in a statement on Twitter said that the Indian forces’ violence against Kashmiri photojournalists was unacceptable. “We call on Indian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation on this blatant attack on press freedom. Journalism is not a crime,” it said. Meanwhile, various journalist associations in occupied Kashmir also condemned the attack on the photojournalists by the Indian troops. The Kashmir Press Photographers Association (KPPA) in a statement said that the photojournalists visited the area to carry out their professional duties but they were showered with pellets from a close range. “KPPA believes that the oft-repeated assault on the photojournalists is uncalled for and employing such tactics by the forces won’t deter us from carrying out our professional duties,” it said. The association also demanded a magisterial enquiry into the incident followed by strict action against the erring forces’ personnel. Kashmir Video Journalists Association (KVJA) also condemned the attack on journalists in Shopian. “This has become a routine that journalists while performing their professional duties are either thrashed or at time showered with pellets,” the KVJA statement said. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, January 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership has urged the Kashmiri people to observe complete shutdown on Indian Republic Day, the 26th January, to mark the day as Black Day to remind the world that India’s continued denial of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination is contrary to its claim of being a democratic republic.
According to media sources, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement issued in Srinagar said, the people of Kashmir should observe a complete shutdown to make it clear to the India that its state terrorism cannot intimidated them into submission. The resistance leaders said in the name of celebrating the Republic Day, youth in every part of Kashmir are rounded up and arrested while people are harassed due to frisking in every nook and corner of the occupied territory. KASHMIR VOICE
Islamabad, January 22 (Kashmir Voice): The leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held a meeting with Dr Syed Nazir Gilani, the President of the London-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) at the chapter’s office in Islamabad, today.
According to media sources, the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir and the recent reports issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of occupied Kashmir were discussed in detail during the meeting. On the occasion, Dr Syed Nazir Gilani stressed for finding peaceful means to resolve the long-pending Kashmir dispute. He said the APHC should enhance its efforts to foster and strengthen unity among the Kashmiris in order to tackle the challenges facing the freedom movement. Syed Abdullah Gilani, the Convener of APHC-AJK chapter, and Syed Faiz Naqashbandi, the Convener of the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat form, also spoke on the occasion. They said that the people of occupied Kashmir were rendering their lives for the just cause of freedom and stressed that these sacrifices would not be allowed to go waste. The leaders urged the world human rights organizations to take strong notice of the Indian state terrorism and the ongoing human rights violations being perpetrated by its troops in the occupied territory. Among others who attended the meeting included Muhammad Rafiq Dar, Abdul Majeed Mir, Shaikh Muhammad Yaqoob, Muhammad Hussain Khatib, Abdul Majeed Malik, Shaikh Abdul Mateen, Altaf Hussain Wani, Shameem Shawl, Muhammad Sultan Butt, Abdul Hameed Lone, Adeel Mushtaq Wani, Manzoor-ul-Haq Butt, Advocate Pervez Ahmad, Ishtiyaq Hameed, Mushtaq Ahmad Butt and Imtiyaz Wani. KASHMIR VOICE—