Five Rounds of Funeral Held for Martyrs in Shopian

Srinagar, January 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, at least five rounds of funeral prayers were held for two martyred youth, Shakir Ahmad Mir and Sameer Ahmad Wani at their ancestral villages in Shopian district, today.
According to media sources, 17-year-old Shakir Mir, and two other youth were martyred by Indian troops during a siege and search operation in Chaigund area of the district, last night. Shakir was killed when a bullet fired by Indian troops hit him while he was grazing his cattle in the area. 13 sheep and a cow were also killed in the firing by Indian troops. Earlier, Sameer Wani along with another youth Firdous Ahmad was killed by Indian troops during their cordon and search operation in the same area. Despite restrictions, thousands of people thronged Odoo, the ancestral village of Sameer Wani, early morning to take part in his last rites. To accommodate the massive rush of people, the funeral prayers were held at least five times. The martyrs were raised to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. KASHMIR VOICE
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India’s Republic Day Is Black Day for Kashmiris: Farooq Rehmani

Islamabad January 25 (Kashmir Voice): Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has strongly condemned the Indian troops brutal cordon and search operations, killing, restrictions and large scale arrests of Hurriyat leaders, ahead of their Republic Day in Kashmir, which the Kashmiris observe as a black day every year across the territory.
According to media sources, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement in Islamabad said that the Indian troops military operations, NIA actions on Hurriyat leaders and killing innocent people of Jammu and Kashmir to stop peaceful protest demonstrations on 26 January, itself is testimony that Indian regime is failed and frustrated in front of peoples struggle of self-determination. He said that like the so-called accession by the fugitive Dogra Maharaja of the State in October 1947, the constitution of India was forced on the territory on 26 January 1950. Although India, he recalled, had herself gone to UN to seek the opinion of the World Body and the later had urged the parties to hold referendum on the future status of J&K under the auspices of the United Nations. Therefore, India had no mandate to bring the State under the umbrella of its constitution. Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said that India followed undemocratic and repressive ways and means since the very day of annexation of the State.He pointing out that India’s accesses on the Kashmiri people is responsible for martyring millions of the Muslims across Jammu and Kashmir during the past 68 years. “The killings by Indian troops in Kashmir continue to increase and there is no sign that India is willing to accept any peaceful negotiated settlement of the dispute with Pakistan and the Kashmiris,” he remarked. He strongly condemned the killing of three youth including a teenage boy Sharik Ahmad Mir and injuring of several girls critically in a brutal military operation in Shopian yesterday. He paid rich tributes to them and express sympathy to their families. He also paid glowing tributes to martyrs of Handwara massacre in 1990; day back in 1990 Indian troops martyred 55 Kashmiris in Handwara. KASHMIR VOICE
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Protest in Islamabad Town against Girls’ Rape, Murder

Srinagar, January 24 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, hundreds of people hailing from Gujjar-Bakerwal community assembled outside the deputy commissioner’s office in Islamabad town to demand the arrest of culprits behind rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, Aasifa, in Kathua district.
According to media sources, giving the puppet administration an ultimatum of 24 hours, the protestors warned that delay in action against the culprits would force the community members to come out on streets. The protestors carried placards bearing messages like “Justice for Aasifa” and “We Want Justice”. They asked the puppet administration whether any action was not being taken because the victim was the daughter of a Gujjar family. The minor girl from the Gujjar community was abducted on January 10 from Hindu-dominated Kathua and her hacked body with signs of sexual violence was found on January 17 near a forest in Heranagar area of the district. KASHMIR VOICE
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Girl’s Murder Shook Collective Conscience of Kashmiris: Gilani

Srinagar, January 24 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua has shaken the collective conscience of the Kashmiri people.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar criticized the puppet administration for its callous and careless approach towards the incident, and said instead of taking swift action against culprits, the people protesting against the gruesome incident were tortured and arrested, which illustrated the bigoted mindset of the authorities. The APHC Chairman expressed heartfelt sympathies with the aggrieved family and said that people were peacefully protesting against the brutal killing of the girl, but they were manhandled and arrested. He also took a dig at pro-India politicians who never miss a chance to make hue and cry over such gruesome incidents but at the same time share their moments with the perpetrators. “They should remember that they are the people whose hands are soaked in blood of innocents and are responsible for humiliation and massacre of common people,” he added. The octogenarian leader denounced the Delhi-based media for their biased role, saying they are making hue and cry over petty matters but in this case, they maintained a criminal silence. Syed Ali Gilani while referring to a recent statement of the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti where she had said that women in Kashmir were safe, termed it an illusion. “Instead, women are molested, disrespected and humiliated by the men in uniform,” he said and added that “police leave no stone unturned while detaining innocents, however those involved in immoral activities are shielded and given free hand.” Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani expressed condolence on the demise of grandmother of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist, Nisar Ahmed Butt. KASHMIR VOICE
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Indian Troops Go Berserk in Pulwama

Srinagar, January 24 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops went berserk and unleashed a reign of terror in Pulwama district during a crackdown operation.
According to media sources, the residents of Lassipora area of Pulwama talking to media men said that the personnel of 55-Rashtriya Rifles while beating the people without any provocation also didn’t spare the local headman and preacher. They said that the troops also arrested four people and snatched mobile phones of several others. The locals said that the troops from nearby garrison appeared in the area and started thrashing and assaulting people. “They (troops) beat up everyone who came in their way. They stopped us when we were on way from work and beat us ruthlessly without any reason,” an elderly man from the area said. Meanwhile, people in Sopore town have expressed resentment against ransacking of a Darul-Uloom by Indian troops during searches. The caretakers of Darul-Uloom Maharajpora in Sopore said that the troops barged into the seminary on Sunday night and ransacked the building. KASHMIR VOICE
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Mirwaiz Reviews Safety Measures at Jamia Masjid

Srinagar, January 24 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a meeting of Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, was held under the patronage of its President Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to discuss issues regarding safety and upkeep of the historic mosque.
According to media sources, the meeting was attended by all members and office-bearers of the Anjuman. The meeting discussed all measures needed for the security and safety of the masjid. It was decided that a fire brigade would be set up permanently at the masjid. The meeting also felt the need of installation of CCTV cameras, fire alarms and smoke detectors in the masjid premises. Speaking on the occasion, the Mirwaiz directed the members of Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid to keep up the good work to ensure that the sanctity and religious importance of the grand mosque and its historical and heritage significance remains intact. “You should leave no stone unturned in making available all facilities for the devotees and worshipers,” he said. KASHMIR VOICE
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