IOK School Teacher Jailed For Seeking Azadi

Srinagar, November 03 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Mohammed Yousuf Ganai, 36, a government school teacher from Tirch area of Kupwara district, has been languishing in jail for the last eight months despite the court giving him bail in August in the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) case slapped against him in March.
According to media sources, Yousuf Ganai, son of a government teacher, Ghulam Qadir Ganai, hails from a well-off family of Tirch village of Kupwara district, with fruit cultivation being the family trade. Yousuf has done M.Sc in Mathematics from Kashmir University and was appointed a teacher in 2003 in the Saduganga Kandi Middle School, where he is presently on suspension. His youngest brother, Abdul Wahid Ganai, in a media interview in Srinagar said that in July 2016, when popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, was martyred by Indian troops, people from entire occupied Kashmir came out on the streets and started protests. He said that his elder brother, who is a member of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and a pro-freedom activist, also started taking part in protests like everyone in the area. But Indian forces targeted him specifically because of his association with the freedom movement and the influence of Jamaat on their family.
He said, “Our house was raided many times, but they failed to arrest my brother, who was on the run during the people’s uprising of 2016. They caught him when he was going to visit a lawyer in Kupwara to consult for his bail order as there were already nine FIRs against him registered by the Kupwara police.” Abdul Wahid Ganai said those days whatever incident would happen in the village or in adjacent areas, like protests or even a fire incident, the police would blame Yousuf and lodge an FIR against him. He said, Mohammed Yousuf is the eldest among five brothers. Married in 2009, he has two little daughters and two sons, he added. When asked whether Yousuf had thoughts for his job before taking part in protests, he replied, “Whenever we meet our brother in jail, he only says one thing: don’t worry, everything will be fine; if mothers of Kashmir can sacrifice their sons, why can’t I sacrifice my job?” KASHMIR VOICE
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JRL Asks IOK HR Body to Restore Dignity of Political Detainees

Srinagar, November 03 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has asked the Human Rights Commission of the territory to restore dignity of Kashmiri political prisoners in different jails in and outside the territory.
According to media sources, the resistance leaders in a joint application before the commission Chairman said that the Kashmiri political prisoners in Tihar jail were subjected to inhuman treatment and deprived of medical care. The detainees are deprived of their contact with relative and also other basic needs, they added. The resistance leaders said that there are large numbers of under trials cramped in unhygienic conditions with substandard medication provided to them. “The detainees also have to seek permission from jail authorities even in health matters,” they deplored. They said the food provided to the prisoners is of bad quality besides being given during odd hours. “Kashmiri prisoners are kept with hardened criminals in prisons which pose threat to their lives,” they said. The leaders said, “The movement of detainees is restricted while water is not available in their cells. Deprivation of Kashmiris inmates in Indian prisons goes against prisoners rights. Imprisoning Kashmiris doesn’t mean that they should be treated like animals,” they added. They said the basic dignity and welfare of prisoners is sought to be crushed and their basic humanity attempted to be undermined by draconian measures. They urged the commission to look into these grave violations and issue instruction to restore the dignity of Kashmiri political prisoners. KASHMIR VOICE
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Solidarity Expressed With Victim Families in IOK

Srinagar November 03 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt and Javaid Ahmad Mir during mass contact programme, today, visited Soibugh, Wadwan, Zainakot and Gotpora areas of Badgam and interacted with families of prominent freedom leader, Syed Salahuddin, Shaheed Riyaz Rasool and Hurriyat activist, Mohammad Yusuf Shafat.
According to media sources, the two leaders expressed solidarity with scores of families affected by Indian state terrorism during the past several decades. The leaders held corner meetings with people and made it clear that Kashmir dispute is a reality and no power can deny it. People are committed to the Kashmir cause and the liberation movement would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs, they added. The Hurriyat leaders stressed for immediate release of all political prisoners languishing in different jails of the occupied territory and India. They also paid tributes to the youth who was martyred by Indian troops at Samboora in Pulwama, yesterday. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL) spokesman in a statement in Srinagar paid rich tributes to the youth killed by Indian troops during a siege and search operation in Samboora, yesterday. He said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste. KASHMIR VOICE
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India Suppresses Voices of Dissent by Military Might: Yasin

Srinagar, November 03 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that India is the only so-called democracy in the world which keeps its political opponents in jails and detention centers and suppresses the voices of dissent by military might.
According to media sources, Muhammad Yasin Malik addressing a public gathering at Bilal Masjid in Srinagar, today, termed India’s claims of being the largest democracy of the world as hoax and said that New Delhi was the only so-called democratic country which was suppressing Kashmiris’ aspirations of freedom by bullets, pellets and detentions. He said that thousands of Kashmiris were languishing in jails and police stations and were being subjected to the worst oppression and torture. He said that many prisoners including Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Aasiya Andrabi, Dr Muhammad Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Feroz Ahmad Butt, Fida Ahmad, Muhammad Hussein, Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Muhammad Ishaq Pala, Abdul Waheed Naik, Shabbir Ahmad Butt, Mushtaq Ahmad Malla, Muhammad Maqbool, Shareefudin, Fehmeda Sofi and Javaid Ahmed Khan were in jails for long. The JKLF Chairman said how India and its Kashmiri stooges can claim democracy after slapping draconian law, Public Safety Act, 36 times on senior Hurriyat leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt, who had been languishing is jail since 2010. He said the Indian rulers with the active support of their agents in Kashmir started NIA terrorism and detained many Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Kamran Yousuf, Javaid Ahmad and Shahid Yousuf in Tihar Jail. He said, “People languishing in jails and detention are our heroes and by suppressing these people India and its Kashmiri stooges will achieve nothing but shame.” He appealed to the Amnesty International, Asia Watch and International Committee of Red Cross to take cognizance of the plight of the Kashmiri detainees and use their influence to ensure the safety and release of these prisoners. KASHMIR VOICE