Police Dig 18-Year-Old Case against Masarrat Aalam Butt

Srinagar, November 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have excavated an 18-year-old case to invoke the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) 36th time against senior APHC leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt.
According to media sources, the fresh detention order mentions the charges under a false case registered against Masarrat Aalam Butt in 1999 and 2000. The police had sent the charges in a dossier to District Commissioner Kupwara on November 13 and he signed a fresh PSA detention order the next day. “The subject (Masarrat) on 08/09/1999 visited Kralgund along with his associates and violated restrictions under Sec 144 CrPc at the place and formed an unlawful assembly instigating people of the area,” reads the dossier prepared by the Kupwara police. An FIR was registered against Aalam in Handwara Police Station. The dossier further reads that on 01/11/2000, Masarrat Aalam Butt went to Chotipora Handwara along with his associates and violated the restrictions and delivered hateful speech and instigated people to seek freedom from India and raised anti-India slogans on the occasion. On 08/04/2015, police said in the dossier, Masarrat Aalam along with his associates visited different villages of Kralgund area and at Jamia Masjid Ganashpora organized a procession wherein he delivered a speech seeking secession of Kashmir from India and raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. The occupation authorities are invoking black law, Public Safety Act, again and again against Masarrat Aalam Butt to prolong his illegal detention. KASHMIR VOICE

Instrument of Accession Invalid, Unauthentic: Gilani

Srinagar, November 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has asked India to allow the people of Jammu and Kashmir to exercise their right to self-determination, pledged by the then Indian rulers with Kashmiri people at international forums several decades ago.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “This is the moral responsibility of India to fulfill the commitment and allow us to live a peaceful life.” The APHC Chairman expressed shock and grief over the report by Indian forces about the number of youth killed during the current year, saying that it was a big loss and a tragedy. Indian Army and police in a joint press conference on Sunday had revealed that a total of 190 youth were killed in Kashmir, this year. “Authorities admit that they are carrying the occupation through their military might,” Syed Ali Gilani said, adding that India had waged a war on innocent civilians in occupied Kashmir. Referring to the so-called Instrument of Accession allegedly signed by the then Maharaja Hari Singh, the APHC Chairman said it is neither a valid nor an authentic document. “As per the guidelines laid under the Independence and Partition Plan, the maharajas and kings had no right to exercise their will regarding the future course, or decide the political destiny of their domains or states,” he argued. “Only people had right to decide their destiny and future of their states,” he added. “Therefore, there is no constitutional, legal, political or moral status of this so-called Instrument of Accession,” Syed Ali Gilani emphasized. He said, “Despite its tall claims and parroting about being a great democratic country, New Delhi is depriving over 15 million people of their birth right. Meanwhile, the APHC Chairman paid tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs, saying that the youth while laying down their precious lives are nourishing a sacred cause with their blood. He appealed to the people to safeguard the sacrifices and stay away from those, who are strengthening the forced and illegal occupation. He also paid glorious tributes to Aali Kadal martyrs saying that Kashmiris were duty-bound to take the mission of their martyrs to its logical conclusion. KASHMIR VOICE
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Mirwaiz-Led Forum Pays Tributes to Martyred Youth Concern Raised About Falling Health of Jailed Leaders

Srinagar, November 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has paid glowing tributes to six youth, martyred by Indian troops in Hajin area of Bandipora.
According to media sources, the forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the sacrifices of the Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste and their mission would be accomplished at all costs.
A delegation of the forum on the instructions of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq visited the residence of a martyred youth Mughees Ahmed Mir at Parimpora in Srinagar and expressed sympathy with his family members. On the occasion, Mirwaiz spoke to the father of Mughees over phone and expressed his condolence with him. Meanwhile, a spokesman of the forum in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the frequent house detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. He expressed concern over the deteriorating health of illegally detained Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. He said, “It is a political vendetta, which is taking a serious toll on the health of all the leaders lodged in Tihar Jail.” The statement said, “Kashmir’s resistance leaders, under a well thought out plan, are being subjected to political vendetta.” “Besides Shabbir Ahmad Shah, other resistance leaders lodged in Tihar Jail include Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Farooq Ahmad Dar, and are suffering from multiple ailments. They are being deprived of the medical aid which is posing a serious threat to their life,” the spokesman added. The illegally detained senior APHC leader, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, in a statement issued in Srinagar paid rich tributes to the Kashmiri youth who have been martyred by India troops during the current month. He said that the Kashmiris were rendering sacrifices of their precious lives for achieving freedom from Indian yoke. On the other hand, the Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, in a statement issued in Islamabad also expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health of illegally detained party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. He said that the continued detention was taking heavy toll on the health of Shabbir Ahmed Shah. He appealed to the world human rights defenders to play their role to help save Shabbir Shah’s life besides ensuring release of the detained leader and other Kashmiris languishing in different jails. KASHMIR VOICE
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IOK HR Body Seeks Report on Plight of Kashmiri Prisoners

Srinagar, November 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission has sought a detailed report from the puppet administration regarding the plight of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in different prisons including New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail.
According to media sources, taking cognizance of a petition filed by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, the commission directed the director general of police (prisons) to submit the report about the plight of the Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails of the occupied territory and India. The commission also asked its own member, who had visited the jails in Jammu region, to submit a report within two weeks. The Chairperson of the commission, Justice (retired) Bilal Nazki, said that since Tihar Jail did not fall in his jurisdiction, so commissioner secretary Home of the occupied territory would submit a report regarding the prisoners languishing in the jail within two weeks. The Joint Resistance Leadership had approached the commission with a petition maintaining that the rights of Kashmiri prisoners were being violated in jails. The petition filed before the commission on November 3, this year, had sought instructions to restore the dignity of Kashmiri political prisoners languishing in different prisons. In New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, the Kashmiri inmates are being even deprived of basic rights to survive and no medical treatment is being provided to them, nor are they being allowed to meet their kith and kin, the petition said. It said that Kathua Jail in Jammu had become a torture centre where Kashmiri inmates are deprived of human contact for many months. This amounts to punishment beyond prison time and it is inhuman, it added. Since the leadership is either in jail or under house detention, human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, represented them at the commission. The petition further said that under-trials are living in unhygienic conditions and medicines, if provided to them, are of sub-standard quality. Also, it said, poor quality food is served at odd hours. “The sick inmates are not provided the required treatment, and they are also deprived of drinking water facility in their respective cells,” the Joint Resistance Leadership had stated in the petition. KASHMIR VOICE
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Human Shield Case: IOK HC Seeks Status Report in 2 Weeks

Srinagar, November 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has directed the puppet administration to inform it within two weeks about the investigation of the case against an Indian Army Major Leetul Gogoi in a human shield incident.
According to media sources, the bench of Justice M K Hanjura granted two week time to the puppet authorities to file the status report. The direction came after the court heard senior advocate, Zafar Qureshi, representing Farooq Dar, who was tied to the bonnet of an Army jeep by Major Leetul Gogoi on April 9 this year during the so-called Indian Parliamentary by-elections in Srinagar-Budgam constituency. Farooq Dar had approached the court seeking directions for investigation of the case and filing of charge-sheet in the court. Major Gogoi had tied Farooq Dar to the bonnet of jeep as a human shield and paraded him in several villages. Advocate Zafar Qureshi submitted that investigation of the case should be carried out speedily so that the culprits can be punished for the inhuman act. “Statements from seven witnesses have been recorded already and the court should be informed what more has been done with regard to the investigation,” he added. KASHMIR VOICE
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Gujjars in Jammu Complain of Harassment By Hindu Fanatics

Srinagar, November 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Gujjar Bakarwal Islahi Committee has said that Bharatiya Janata Party is harassing Gujjars and demolishing their settlements under a well-hatched plan in Jammu region.
According to media sources, addressing a press conference in Jammu, Gujjar Bakarwal Islahi Committee Chairman, Chaudhry Akhtar Hussain said that Gujjars were being targeted particularly after the inception of PDP-BJP regime in the occupied territory. He said that around 20 villages of Gujjars had been demolished in Jammu since this regime came into power, while a youth, Muhammad Yaqoob, was shot dead by a police officer in the region. Chaudhry Akhtar Hussain said that all these actions were aimed at converting the Jammu region into a Hindu territory. Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir in a statement issued in Srinagar said that arbitrary arrests of Hurriyat leaders and activists had created a sense of fear and insecurity in the Kashmir Valley. It said that Jammu and Kashmir had been converted into a police state where Indian forces had been given a free hand to play with the lives and properties of the people. The statement urged the international human rights organizations to take cognizance of lawlessness in the territory. On the other hand, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi, in a statement urged India to pave the way for settlement of the Kashmir dispute through talks with Pakistan and Kashmiris. He added that the resolution of the dispute was imperative for the progress, prosperity and peace in the South Asian region. KASHMIR VOICE
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