AAC Slams Search Operations Weeks Ahead of January 26

Srinagar, January 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Awami Action Committee (AAC) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed serious concerns over the launch of cordon and search operations and door-to-door searches by Indian troops weeks ahead of January 26, the India’s Republic Day.
According to media sources, the AAC in a statement issued in Srinagar said, the entire Valley has been turned into a military fortress and Indian forces have launched massive search operations everywhere in Srinagar to harass the people. It said that India’s tall claims about flourishing peace and democracy proved hoax as the ground situation in Kashmir continued to give a different picture on all fronts. “Pedestrians are frisked, vehicles and commuters are searched, door-to-door searches of residential houses are conducted and even mobile and laptops of youth are checked thoroughly,” it said. The ACC while condemning these tactics ahead of India’s Republic Day as breach of privacy and violation of basic human rights of the individuals said that all this was witnessed at a time when the puppet regime made tall claims of the prevalence of peace and flourishing of democracy in occupied Kashmir. It also took a dig at the puppet authorities for imposing frequent curbs in the downtown areas of Srinagar thereby choking the economic prospects of the business community there besides casting a shadow on the career of young students who are deprived of right to education as they find it tough to make it to educational institutions due to stringent curbs in place every now and then. The AAC stated that the youth are rounded up and lodged in various police stations in the Indian forces’ drive ahead of January 26 as if they are criminals and there is hardly any area in the occupied territory where people don’t feel scared and harassed due to the over-presence of Indian troops. It said these repressive measures are aimed at keeping the resistance leadership away from the people and to suppress the legitimate Kashmir movement through military might. The AAC also said, time stands witness to the fact that peoples’ movements across the globe succeeded while military might had to taste defeat and in Kashmir people’s resolve and commitment towards the movement is an indicator that the ongoing struggle is destined to succeed as they are committed to safeguard the sacrifices of their martyrs and to take the liberation struggle to its logical conclusion. Meanwhile, on the occasion of sixth death anniversary of prominent AAC leader, Advocate Abdur Rouf Dalal, the party paid rich tributes to him stating that the deceased was always active on social, religious and political fronts and that his contribution to the Kashmir cause would always be remembered. KASHMIR VOICE
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Civilian Succumbs to Bullet Injury in IOK

Srinagar, January 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a civilian who was injured in the firing of Indian troops succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Srinagar, today.
According to media sources, the victim identified as Muhammad Ayoub Mir was hit by a bullet in his abdomen when the troops opened fire on protesters during a cordon and search operation at Batmurran-Wanpora in Shopian on December 19, 2017. He succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Srinagar, today, after battling for life for the last almost a month. Delegations of different pro-freedom organisations including Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement participated in funeral prayers of the martyred. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir People’s League Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, addressing party workers in Islamabad town paid rich tributes to Muhammad Ayub. He said that India had created a war-like situation in occupied Kashmir and on the Line of Control to distract the attention of international community from its state terrorism in the occupied territory. Hurriyat leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt and Javaid Ahmed Mir during their mass contact programmes in Srinagar areas urged people to remain in close contact with resistance leadership to carry forward the ongoing freedom movement. Zafar Butt also paid glowing tributes to martyred Muhammad Ayoub. KASHMIR VOICE

Kashmiri Teachers Resent Indian Army Chief’s Remarks

Srinagar, January 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Teachers’ Forum (JKTF) Chairman, Abdul Qayoom Wani, has termed as unjustified the Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat’s remarks regarding teaching of Jammu and Kashmir map in schools and said that the teachers are well aware of their duties.
According to media sources, Qayoom Wani while addressing a meeting of JKTF office-bearers in Srinagar said, “Bipin Rawat’s statement is unjustified and does not suit to the officer holding such a responsible position. Teaching of J&K map in our schools is a part of education, not an offence.” He said that Kashmiri teachers were well aware of their duties and profession. “They are discharging their duties even in difficult situations,” he told the JKTF office-bearers. KASHMIR VOICE
Abdul Qayoom Wani, the Jammu and Kashmir Teachers’ Forum (JKTF) Chairman.

NC Members Walk out of Assembly over Rawat’s Remarks

Jammu, January 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the National Conference members led by its working president, Omar Abdullah, staged a walk out from the so-called Kashmir Assembly against Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat’s recent remarks on Kashmir.
According to media sources, as soon as proceedings of the House began, National Conference MLA and former Minister, Ali Muhammad Sagar, was on his feet referring to General Rawat’s statement that operations would be shifted to North Kashmir and that separate maps in Government schools of the Valley were cause of a concern. “There could have been an adjournment motion on the issue but we just want Mehbooba Mufti or any of the Government representatives to react. On one side, the Government has been claiming that peace is returning to the Valley while on the other, situation seems to be deteriorating,” Sagar said. “You want to convert North Kashmir and Central Kashmir like South Kashmir. Cordon and Search Operations have been introduced in Srinagar City after 17 years. Whether this indicates improvement or deterioration in the situation,” he asked. Communist Party of India (Marxist) member, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, also joined the issue describing it as a serious matter. Later, all National Conference members led by Omar Abdullah staged a walk-out from the Assembly. NC members staged walk-out shouting slogans like ‘Nagpur Sarkar, RSS Sarkar, PDP Sarkar and BJP Sarkar Hai Hai’. After the Walk-out, Omar tweeted, “crackdown returns to Srinagar, another achievement of the Mufti Government”. Meanwhile, Speaker Kavinder Gupta disallowed a resolution urging the House to recommend to Indian government that Articles 35A and 370 be kept out of judicial review. The resolution was moved by Engineer Abdur Rasheed. KASHMIR VOICE
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New Delhi Always Encouraged Corruption in IOK: Dr Fakhtoo

Srinagar, January 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the illegally detained Chairman of Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM), Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, has said that India has always encouraged corruption and nepotism in the territory since 1947.
According to media sources, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “The corruption prevalent today in Jammu and Kashmir was actually initiated by India in 1947. Indian rulers have not only encouraged this corruption but have supported it.” He said, “Pro-India political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have been allowed nepotism and corruption by the Indian rulers. Till date no scandal has been unearthed against them nor have they been ever made accountable for their corruption.” Dr Fakhtoo said that the pro-India political parties were responsible for Kashmiris’ subjugation and these politicians, for their personal and family interests, were destroying and ruining the Muslims of the occupied territory. “Therefore until we understand the animosity and interests of these pro-India politicians we will have to face Indian aggression,” he added. KASHMIR VOICE
Dr Fakhtoo

Kashmir Dispute Poses Serious Threat to South Asia

London, January 16 (Kashmir Voice): The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front London chapter has said that the unresolved Kashmir dispute poses a serious threat to entire South Asia.
According to media sources, the JKLF’s Diplomatic Bureau in a meeting at its international secretariat in London reiterated that the party leadership will not compromise on the inalienable right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people. It also affirmed its strong resolve to extend full diplomatic voice to the ongoing political struggle of the resistance leadership in occupied Kashmir. A statement issued after the statement said that the unresolved Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India posed a serious threat to entire South Asia as both countries were nuclear powers. It called upon the international community to engage with the concerned parties for a peaceful resolution of the lingering dispute. The statement condemned India’s intransigence on the Kashmir issue and its unprecedented aggression and militarised violence against peaceful people of occupied Kashmir. It urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and other world human rights organisations to demand an unhindered access for an impartial investigation of rights’ abuses and excesses against civilians by Indian troops in the occupied territory. It was decided in the meeting that in April this year, the JKLF will organise demonstrations during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London and lobby for a meaningful role on the Kashmir issue by the CHOGM. A conference and other diplomatic activities will be held in Brussels in The Hague and Geneva during the year, while similar diplomatic and political activities including a seminar would be organised in London during 2018. The meeting was chaired by Professor Zafar Khan and attended by party leaders, Mahmood Hussain, Tariq Sharif, Sabir Gul, Tanvir Chaudhry and Tahseen Gilani. KASHMIR VOICE
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