Srinagar, August 30 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested second son of Hizbul Mujahideen Chief, Syed Salahuddin during a night raid at his residence in Rambagh area of Srinagar.
According to media sources, the NIA arrested Syed Shakeel Ahmad who works as a lab technician at Soura Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar. Last year in October, the Indian agency arrested Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yousuf, an employee of Agriculture department and lodged him in Tihar Jail New Dehli. Meanwhile, the authorities put Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest to prevent him from leading protests in support of Article 35-A, today. He said the Mirwaiz was placed under detention at his Nigeen residence in Srinagar. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, August 30 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a 14-member team of Kashmir Bar Association led by its President, Mian Abdul Qayoom will seek dismissal of the bunch of petitions challenging Article 35-A in the Indian Supreme Court, tomorrow.
According to media sources, a statement issued by the Bar Association in Srinagar said it was unanimously decided in the Bar’s executive committee meeting that the 14-member team of lawyers would appear before the Indian Supreme Court, tomorrow, the date of hearing of the petitions. “We will seek the dismissal of all the petitions on the grounds already raised by the Bar Association in its application,” the statement added. Apart from Mian Abdul Qayoom, the team of lawyers that will travel to New Delhi includes Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, GN Shaheen, Adil Asimi, ZA Shah, RA Jan, Altaf Haqani, Manzoor Ahmad Dar, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, Rafiq Ahmad Joo, Mohammad Ashraf Butt, Bashir Sidiq, Mudasir Yousuf and Mian Muzaffar. Meanwhile, lawyers from Rajouri addressing a press conference here at Press Club also announced to supported the two-day peaceful shutdown call in support of Article 35-A, saying that scraping of the Article would push J&K into turmoil. The Chairman of Awami Itihad Party and Member of so-called Kashmir Assembly Er Abdur Rasheed in a statement said that all pro-India and pro-freedom political parties interested in safeguarding special status of J&K should tell New Delhi collectively to stop blackmailing Kashmiris in the name of Article 35-A. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, August 30 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated state terrorism subjected thousands of Kashmiris to custodial disappearance during the last twenty-nine years and the families of the victims have no information about their whereabouts.
According to the data released by the Research Section of the Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the International Day of Disappeared, today, over 8,000 Kashmiris have vanished in the custody after they were picked up by the Indian troops, police, paramilitary forces and its agencies. The report maintained that thousands of unnamed graves had been discovered in the territory and the human rights activists feared that these graves could be of the disappeared Kashmiris. The family members of the disappeared persons talking to media persons said that their dear ones had been subjected to enforced disappearances by the Indian forces and their related agencies after picking them up from their homes, streets and even roads. The APDP leader, Parveena Ahangar, on the occasion demanded that India must fulfill its obligations under international human rights laws. Meanwhile, Hurriyat leaders and human rights activists including Abdul Qadeer Dar, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Zamrooda Habib, Yasmeen Raja, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Zafar Akbar Butt, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi and Ghulam Nabi War in their statements in Srinagar expressed solidarity with the families of enforced disappeared persons. They appealed to the world community to play its role in tracing the whereabouts of thousands of innocent Kashmiris subjected to custodial disappearance by Indian police and troops. They said that the world was observing International Day of the Disappeared but in the Kashmir families of the disappeared persons were waiting for their near and dear ones. They said that the impunity provided to the troops and police personnel through inhumane laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Disturbed Areas Act and Public Safety Act gave them the licence to kill and harass the people and ransack their possession without being questioned and the tragedy was that the burden of proof was shifted on the victims. KASHMIR VOICE
Kolkata, August 30 (Kashmir Voice): Following the arrests of civil rights activists and lawyers by Indian police in every nook and corner of India, famous writer and novelist Arundhati Roy has said that the situation in the country could become more serious than it was at the time of the Emergency in the mid-1970s.
According to media sources, Arundhati Roy in a media interview in Kolkata said, “The events that are unfolding are being fuelled by intent to do away with democracy and turn this country into a Hindu state.”
“It is an overt statement of intent, now. This, potentially, is more serious and more dangerous than the Emergency. This time, it is the state itself that is unleashing a law and order problem on minorities, on Dalits, Christians, Muslims and Leftists and anyone else who disagrees — through its proxies in the media, its murderous vigilantes and hate-speech vendors. Everyone who it is losing its mandate and is falling into panic.” “While killers are being garlanded and protected by people in high places, anybody who speaks up for justice or against Hindu majoritarianism is being made into a criminal. What is happening is absolutely perilous. In the run-up to elections, this is an attempted coup against the Indian Constitution and all the freedoms that we cherish,” she noted. Voice of Victims in a statement also condemned the arrest of veteran human rights activist Gautam Navlakha. Abdul Qadeer Dar, Executive Director of Voice of Victims said that Gautam Navlakha was arrested on the false charge of having links with Maoists.KASHMIR VOICE