Commonwealth Urged To Intervene on IOK HR Situation

London, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): The Chairman of International Commission for Human Rights, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and the Chairman of South Asia Centre for peace and Human Rights Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl have urged the Commonwealth to intervene on Kashmiris deteriorating human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and grant of right to self-determination.
According to media sources, the United Kingdom is hosting CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) summit from 16-20 April 2018 in London and Windsor. It will bring together up to 52 commonwealth leaders, 52 foreign ministers and thousands of people from across the business and civil society representing the commonwealth’s vibrant and diverse network. Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl addressing a joint press briefing in London said the conference is being held at a time when the situation in occupied Kashmir and on the Line of Control is deteriorating with every passing day. They said Kashmir relates to the unfulfilled agenda of the Kashmiri people’s right to decide their own political, social and economic destiny. “The issue revolves around the people’s right to self-determination which is inherent, and a territorial dispute,” they added. Barrister Tramboo and Professor Shawl said on April 1, 2018, Indian forces attacked several villages in Shopian killing 17 young Kashmiris with pallet guns and injured hundreds. Easter Sunday was converted to Bloody Sunday, they deplored. They said the most draconian incident that took place in Kathua in Jammu which was perpetrated by the activists of an Indian political party, by gang-raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl, Aasifa. “This child was a Kashmiri and Muslim and one of the political activists proudly boasted as long as the child was Muslim from Kashmir, it was justified. This is utterly inhuman,” they deplored. Meanwhile, Barrister Tramboo and Professor Shawl in a letter to the British Queen sought her moral, political and diplomatic support to end uncertainty on flagrant abuse of human rights and absence of fundamental freedoms in occupied Kashmir. They said Kashmir lies at the core of the political morass between Pakistan and India who are members of the Commonwealth community. The CHOGM provides an opportunity for the member states to work diplomatically with these countries to consider the Commonwealth facilitation in promoting and protecting the Kashmiris’ human rights and their promised right to self-determination, they maintained. KASHMIR VOICE

Shutdown Observed in Tral to Mark Anniversary of Wani

Srinagar, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Tral township of Pulwama district to commemorate the third martyrdom anniversary of Khalid Muzaffar Wani, the brother of prominent martyred youth, Burhan Wani. According to media sources, all shops and business establishments remained closed in the town while traffic was off the road. Khalid Wani (25), who was running a clinical laboratory at Hamdania Market in Tral, was pursuing post-graduation in political science from Indira Gandhi National Open University. He was killed on 13 April 2015 by the Indian troops in Kamla area of Tral. Khalid’s relatives had said that he along with his three friends had gone for picnic when he was ruthlessly beaten and killed by the troops. Meanwhile, hundreds of people visited the martyrs’ graveyard at Eidgah in Tral where both Khalid Wani and Burhan Wani are buried. KASHMIR VOICE

Kashmir Rally to Be Held in Washington on April 29

Washington DC, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): A rally will be organized at the White House in Washington DC on April 29 to protest against the recent killing spree unleashed by the Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. According to media sources, the rally is being organized by the World Kashmir Awareness Forum (WKAF) and Kashmiri American Council (KAC). A statement issued by the WKAF and KAC said, “We are deeply distressed at the grave human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. While there has been a persistent pattern of human rights violations by the Indian army in the past seven decades, in a recent case, Indian armed forces killed more than 40 Kashmiri civilians in the month of April 2018 alone.” The statement said that these extra-judicial killings prompted peaceful protests by civilians all across the Valley of Kashmir. It said, unfortunately, instead of paying heed to the voice of the protesters, Indian army resorted to violence against them, resulting in hundreds of injuries. The Indian forces continue to use live ammunition and pellet guns which have blinded more than one thousand Kashmiris especially since 2016, it added. “The United States, as a champion of human rights around the world, in conjunction with the international community, should send a clear message to the Government of India that such barbarity has no place in the comity of nations in this day and age,” the statement said. “We call upon our Administration to play an active part in ensuring that the promises made to the people of Kashmir at the UN more than seven decades ago, be fulfilled and an opportunity given to the people to participate in a free and fair referendum to determine their future in line with their inalienable right to self-determination,” the statement added. KASHMIR VOICE
Kashmir Rally to Be Held in Washington on April 29

Student Activist Expresses Solidarity with Aasifa’s Family

Srinagar, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, noted Indian student activist, Shehla Rashid Shora has expressed solidarity with family of Aasifa who was raped and murdered in Kathua by the people affiliated with extremist Hindu organizations and special police officers of Indian police.
According to media sources, Shehla Rashid, who is a Ph.D. Scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in a statement issued in Srinagar demanded justice for the 8-year-old Aasifa. She demanded arrest of the lawyers who tried to obstruct justice by trying to stop the Crime Branch of police from filing a charge-sheet in the case. Their arrest and interrogation is important to understand the motives and the larger planning behind the disturbing act by the lawyers, she added. Shehla Rashid said that the trial should be transferred outside Kathua to ensure fair trial. Aasifa case should be transferred either to Jammu or Srinagar or to a court outside Kashmir where the trial can proceed without fear and disruption, she added. KASHMIR VOICE
Student Activist Expresses Solidarity with Aasifa’s Family

India Can’t Defeat Kashmiris through Military Might: Qazi Yasir

Srinagar, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, prominent religious scholar and the Chairman of Ummat-e-Islami, Qazi Ahmed Yasir has said that India cannot defeat the people of Kashmir through use of military might and other brutal tactics. According to media sources, Qazi Yasir addressing a public gathering at Khudwani in Kulgam praised the people of the area who have been showing resilience to brutal Indian forces. He said, “The vengeance of New Delhi towards Kashmiris has rendered the institution of dialogue meaningless till India moves from the policy of containment to the meaningful and result-oriented parleys.” He said sincerity cannot be measured but can be observed on ground for which the leadership of India needs to show magnanimity of heart which as of now is invisible because the killing spree is on its peak and so are the unabated arrests. Commenting on the Kathua rape case he said it is very different from other rape cases as it is an attack against minorities and is intended to change the demography of a region. He said India has evolved into a fascist regime where minorities are targeted and attacked. He also demanded the release of political prisoners including party leader, Sarjan Barkati. Later, Indian police arrested Qazi Yasir while returning home after addressing the public gathering and lodged at at Sadar Police Station in Islamabad town. Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Abdul Ahad Para and Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in a meeting in Srinagar strongly condemned the continued operations in Kashmir and detention of Hurriyat leadership in jails and houses. They reiterated to continue ongoing liberation struggle to its logical conclusion despite all odds, The Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement Chairman, Muhammad Shafi Lone in a statement in Srinagar said that India was trying to suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom movement through military might but would never succeed in its nefarious designs. He said Kashmir is a political dispute and needs political settlement in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. KASHMIR VOICE
India Can’t Defeat Kashmiris through Military Might. Qazi Yasir

Aasifa Case: Students Demand Punishment for Guilty

Srinagar, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, students affiliated with ‘All J&K Tribal Students Association’ on Saturday staged a protest demonstration in Handwara town of Kupwara to demand exemplary punishment for rapists and murderers of eight-year-old Aasifa Bano.
According to media sources, carrying placards with messages like ‘Death to Rapists’ and ‘Nomads will not be cowed down by the cowards’, the protesters marched through the main chowk of Handwara while raising slogans against the puppet regime. The protesters dispersed peacefully after staging a sit-in at the main chowk of Handwara. Aasifa was kept in captivity for a week in a temple where she was drugged and raped by as many as six men including Indian policemen – all affiliated with extremist Hindu organizations – in January this year. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act, civil society for justice and development, Gujar-Bakerwal Foundation and Gujar Bakerwal Youth Conference on Saturday held a protest demonstration at the Press Colony in Srinagar seeking a strict punishment for the killers of Aasifa. Scores of the people assembled at the Press Colony shouted slogans like “Aasifa ke Qatilon ko phansi do,” and “Justice for Aasifa,” and demanded a strict action against the culprits involved in the heinous crime. KASHMIR VOICE