IOK HR Body Seeks Report on Arrest of Dem Activists

Srinagar, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission has directed the Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Pulwama to file a detailed report about the recent arrest of seven activists of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) in Pulwama.
According to media sources, the commission directed the authorities concerned to file the report by May 16. “The seven DeM activists were arrested by police on April 8, 2018 when they were on their way to the residence of Mussavir Ahmed Wani who was killed by the Indian forces’ personnel on April 7 to express sympathy and solidarity with the bereaved family,” a petition submitted before the Commission by human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo said. The petition sought thorough investigation in the case besides instant release of the DeM activists as they had offered sympathies and condolences and had not committed any crime. The petition said every individual has a right to express his/her feelings and offer sympathies and condolences as matter of right and liberty but unfortunately the rule of law is not being followed and anyone is being arrested and kept behind bars. The seven activists were brought handcuffed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Srinagar which is against the tenants of human rights, the petition added. KASHMIR VOICE

Zafar Butt’s Continued Illegal House Detention Flayed

Srinagar, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) has strongly condemned the continued illegal house detention of its Chairman, Zafar Akbar Butt. According to media sources, the JKSM spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the action of the puppet authorities to keep Zafar Akbar Butt forcibly confined to his house as a policy of political revenge and harassment. Meanwhile, on the directives of Zafar Akbar Butt, a JKSM delegation comprising Imtiyaz Ahmed, Farooq Ahmed and Zubair Ahmed visited Kulgam and expressed solidarity with the family members of the civilians martyred by the Indian troops on Wednesday. KASHMIR VOICE
Zafar Butt’s Continued Illegal House Detention Flayed

APHC-AJK Holds Protest Demo in Front of Indian HC

Islamabad, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held a protest demonstration in front of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today. According to media sources, the protesters were holding banners and chanting slogans denouncing the human rights abuses being committed by the Indian troops in the occupied territory. They also expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. Addressing on the occasion, speakers strongly condemned the use of brute force by Indian forces in which four youth were martyred in Kulgam while hundreds were injured. Similarly, they said thousands have been arrested under the draconian law Public Safety Act (PSA). They said that India was using all brutal tactics to weaken the freedom sentiments of the Kashmiri people but would never succeed in its nefarious designs. They said the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not go waste and the Kashmiri people ongoing liberation movement would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs. KASHMIR VOICE

Meeting in London Discusses IOK Current Situation

London, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): General Secretary of Kashmir Tehreek Khawateen (KTK), Shamim Shawl, organised a meeting in London, today, where current situation of occupied Kashmir was discussed. According to media sources, the participants of the meeting also discussed preparations for Monday protest outside Westminster against atrocities in occupied Kashmir by the Indian troops. Women from all walks of life including Ms Bilqees Raja (PML-N), Ms Anjum Jarral (PPP), and Ms Riffat Mughal (PTI) participated in the meeting. The meeting was held in connection with the Commonwealth heads of state conference, which starts from Monday in London. The purpose of the meeting was to devise strategy to protest and raise voice for the Kashmir cause and against gross human rights violations committed by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. The messages of Ms Aasiya Andrabi, Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat and Ms Zamruda Habib, the Chairperson of KTK, were conveyed to the participating ladies. In their messages they appealed to the women of the UK to support the peaceful demonstration to highlight the plight and sufferings of the people of occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
Meeting in London Discusses IOK Current Situation

Voice for Justice to Asifa Comes From Across India, Abroad

Srinagar, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the voice for justice to Asifa, an 8-year-old girl who was gang-raped and murdered in Kathua area of Jammu, has started to come from across India and abroad.
According to media sources, the widespread response to the case has come after the police Crime Branch charge-sheet filed in a local court, revealed disturbing details of how the minor girl was abducted, drugged, gang-raped for seven days and killed inside a temple. The brutal incident, scripted to incite fear among the Muslims in Kathua, has become a prime issue within and outside India.
International newspapers such as Washington Post and New York Times criticised the Jammu lawyers’ protest to prevent filing of the charge-sheet in the court. People including politicians and sportsmen vented their anger on social media.
On micro-blogging website Twitter, a campaign with hashtag JusticeforAsifa has been started by Tweerati, demanding stern punishment to the accused. Politicians including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Jignesh Mehvani, and Sushma Swaraj took to the twitter and demanded justice for Asifa.
“@narendramodi ji, you tweeted in minutes, on the suicide of farmer Gajendra in rally. But it has been months, you haven’t spoken a word on 8 years old Asifa’s rape & murder, while BJP is wreaking mayhem in Jammu region. The whole country is shaken, but you,” Rahul Gandhi wrote on his twitter handle.
Dalit politician and Gujarat-based independent MLA posted,“Our great PM @narendramodi will sit on fast today. Hope he will do a fast for little Asifa whose brutal rape and murder was supported by Hindutva thugs like his own cadre. Hope he will also do upwaas for #Unnao rape survivor seeking justice from his bhai@myogiadityanath ka govt.” Sportsperson across India equally posted a flurry of tweets, condemning the incident and expressing shock over the protest by lawyers. Tennis star, Sania Mirza wrote, “Is this really the kind of country we want to be known as to the world today? If we can’t stand up now for this 8-year-old girl regardless of our gender, caste, colour or religion then we don’t stand for anything in this world… Not even humanity… Makes me sick to the stomach. Justice needs to be done… For the sake of keeping our faith in the judiciary and the system alive… I really hope and pray justice is done… And soon… #UnnaoHorror #UnnaoRapeCase.” Cricketer Gautam Gambhir reacted to the protest by lawyers and posted on his twitter handle, “Shame on those, especially the lawyers, who are challenging and obstructing Deepika Singh Rajawat, the counsel of our victimised daughter from Kathua.” Supporting the justice to Asifa, he posted, “Indian consciousness was raped in Unnao and then in Kathua. It’s now being murdered in corridors of our stinking systems. Come on ‘Mr System’, show us if you have the balls to punish the perpetrators, I challenge you.” Angry, ashamed and heartbroken is how the Indian film industry personalities described their feelings over Kathua rape and murder and demanded swift action against the perpetrators. Actress and noted blogger, Swara Bhaskar was first to react over the Kathua minor rape and murder. On her Facebook and Twitter handle she wrote, “An eight years old girl was gang-raped and murdered in a temple because she belonged to a Muslim tribe that Hindu rightwing goons wanted evicted from their area! #Kathua #India this is on us!!!! If in #Delhi pls join today #JusticeforAsifa”. Noted screenwriter, Javed Akhtar said it was high time that people came forward in support of women rights. “All those who wish justice for women should stand up and raise their voices against the rapists and their protectors in Unnao and Kathua,” he wrote. Actress Sonam Kapoor shared a news article on Kathua rape and murder and called out fake nationals and fake Hindus in her tweet. “Ashamed appalled and disgusted by fake nationals and fake Hindus. I cannot believe this is happening in my country,” she wrote. Actor-filmmaker, Farhan Akhtar pleaded, “Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8-year-old as she is drugged, held captive, gang-raped over days and then murdered. If you don’t feel her terror, you are not human. If you don’t demand Asifa get justice, you belong to nothing (sic).” Actor Raj Kumar Rao wrote, “This is beyond horrible. How can anyone in their right senses defend these monsters?#JusticeforAsifa#Justice for Humanity.” KASHMIR VOICE
Voice for Justice to Asifa Comes From Across India, Abroad

Shutdown in Several Areas of IOK against Kulgam Killings

Srinagar, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown continued in South and North Kashmir, today, against the killing of four civilians by Indian troops in Kulgam district. According to media sources, all shops and commercial establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road. Four civilians were killed after Indian troops opened fire on protesters in Khudwani area of Kulgam on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the puppet authorities continued to suspend internet services in Srinagar city and in South Kashmir areas besides suspending Banihal-Baramulla train service. The authorities had also imposed curfew-like restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the killings. Residents of Bhadarwah, Kishtwar and Ramban areas also observed complete shutdown against the killing of civilians in Kulgam. Reports said that shutdown affected normal life as the majority of the shops and business establishments and educational institutions remained shut. The shutdown call was given by Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhadarwah and Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar. KASHMIR VOICE
Shutdown in Several Areas of IOK against Kulgam Killings