Srinagar, February 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has strongly denounced the puppet authorities for repeatedly imposing curbs in downtown are of Srinagar without any proper justification saying that the move amounts to violation of basic democratic principles.
According to media sources, a spokesman of the forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said just after a single incident anywhere in occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities waste no time in imposing curbs in downtown and confining people of the area to their homes without worrying for their basic rights. He said apart from curbs, the resistance leadership is placed under house arrest thus violating their right to movement. The spokesman said the forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, continues to remain under house arrest from the past over two weeks and as a result he is not able to fulfill his religious, social and political obligations. “This is a political vendetta aimed at creating a gap between people and the leadership. By resorting to these oppressive measures, the administration is fulfilling its petty political interests which are part of a well planned conspiracy.” The spokesman condemned the re-arrest of forum’s leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, and said, “It is the height of oppression that the ailing Mukhtar Waza is detained and lodged in police stations every now and then on one or the other pretext without caring for his health.” He also denounced the killing of a Hurriyat leader, Muhammad Yousuf Nadeem, by unknown gunmen and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir National Front and Jammu and Kashmir Young Men’s League in their statements also condemned the killing of Muhammad Yousuf Nadeem. A delegation of Young Men’s League visited the residence of the slain leader and expressed sympathy with the aggrieved family. On the hand, clashes were reported between the Indian troops and protesters in Kareemabad area of Pulwama district, today. The protesting youth pelted stones on the troops, who resorted to aerial firing. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, February 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the puppet regime into the killing of a girl, Saima Wani, who succumbed to her injuries on Sunday.
According to media sources, Saima Wani was shot in the head by the Indian troops on January 24, 2018, during demonstrations against a siege and search operation in Chaigund area of Shopian. The troops had also killed her brother, Sameer Wani, and another youth, Firdous Ahmad Lone, during the operation. Saima was shifted to Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar where she succumbed to her injuries on February 10 after battling for her life for 18 days. Human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, had filed a petition with the commission, asking for an inquiry into the killing of Saima, who had recently cleared her class 12 examination. The commission has issued directions to the Kashmir range inspector general of police, Shopian superintendent of police and deputy commissioner Shopian. With Saima’s death the number of civilians killed in Shopian since January 25 has reached six. Meanwhile, Abdul Qadeer, the Executive Director of a human rights forum, Voice of Victims, in a statement in Srinagar expressed serious concern over a recent order of Supreme Court of India in the killing of civilians by Indian troops. He said that such verdicts would encourage the troops to commit more human rights violations in the occupied territory. The Indian Supreme Court on Monday said that no coercive action would be taken against Major Aditya Kumar, involved in the killing of three civilians in Shopian. The police had registered an FIR against the Major. The father of the killer Major, Lt. Col. Karamveer Singh, had petitioned seeking quashing of the FIR. The petitioner said that registration of FIR and the consequent proceedings would adversely impact the morale of the Indian armed forces in occupied Kashmir. Three civilians were killed when the troops opened fire on protesters in Ganowpora area of Shopian on January 27. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, February 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have paid glowing tributes to freedom leader, Ghulam Muhammad Bulla of Sopore on the eve of his 43rd martyrdom anniversary.
According to media sources, Ghulam Muhammad Bulla was arrested by the Indian police and killed in custody on February 15, 1975, for leading a protest rally against Indra-Abdullah Accord in Sopore. Hurriyat leaders including Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiaz Ahmed Reshi and Ghulam Nabi War in their statements issued in Srinagar said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste and their mission would be accomplished at all costs. “Right from 1947, India has been trying to suppress the voice of Kashmiris by force. But neither it succeeded in the past, nor will it succeed in future,” they said. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League in their statements also paid tributes to Ghulam Muhammad Bulla. They said that Bulla was martyred for opposing infamous Indira-Abdullah accord. KASHMIR VOICE
New Delhi, February 14 (Kashmir Voice): In pursuit of hegemonic design in the region, India has decided to purchase huge weaponry worth Rs 160 billion on fast track.
According to media sources, the approval for the procurement of the weaponry was given at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision making body on procurement. Capital acquisition would include 7.40 lakh assault rifles, 5,719 sniper rifles and light machine guns. Defense experts see the decision as extremely significant in the backdrop of India’s increasing hostile attitude towards Pakistan and China and growing anti-India sentiments in occupied Kashmir. The Indian Defence Ministry said that the DAC chaired by Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, cleared capital acquisition proposals which were valued at Rs 159.35 billion. In the statement, the Ministry said, essential quantity of Light Machine Guns (LMGs) will be through the fast track route at an estimated cost of over Rs 18.19 billion. KASHMIR VOICE
Islamabad, February 14 (Kashmir Voice): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has eulogized the sacrifices and services of martyred freedom leaders, Ghulam Muhammad Bulla , on the eve of his martyrdom anniversary.
According to media sources, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad said that Ghulam Muhammad Bulla was a young freedom-fighter of 1970s, when he was tortured to death by the Indian police at Srinagar Central Jail during midnight of February 14 and 15 in 1975. He said that immediately after this heinous crime police in the dead of night shifted his dead body to Sopore, where he was buried before dawn. Muhammad Farooq Rehmani paid glowing tributes to valour, determination and patriotism of Shaheed Bulla who rose against infamous Indra-Abullah Accord of 1975 and took part in peaceful demonstrations against Indian occupation to create public awakening for revolution. The JKPFL Chairman said that it was the first prison murder which shook the entire Kashmir and international probe was demanded by the people to bring to justice the killer police officer but Shiekh Abdullah’s Government didn’t pay any heed to it. He said that since 1970s, Jammu and Kashmir had undergone many upheavals and over one hundred thousand Kashmiris had been martyred by the Indian troops across the territory. Besides, during these long periods two great patriots of Kashmir – Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru were hanged and buried in Tihar Jail, and still many Kashmiris are suffering in Indian jails for the last 15 to 20 years under life sentence, Farooq Rehmani said. “The aim of all these sacrifices is to impress upon the world community to address the question of Kashmir and prevail upon India under the UN Charter and its relevant Security Council resolutions to hold plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. The UN has moral and legal obligation to facilitate talks between Pakistan and India for a final resolution of the Kashmir dispute,” he added. KASHMIR VOICE