Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has strongly condemned the harassment of its President, Mian Abdul Qayoom, by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi.
According to media sources, the HCBA spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Mian Abdul Qayoom was grilled by the NIA on Thursday and Friday (today) for several hours. He said that the Bar President was earlier summoned to New Delhi on September 6 and was questioned for two consecutive days. The spokesman said that main aim of the continuous questioning of Mian Qayoom was to harass and humiliate the Bar leadership. It is aimed at intimidating and threatening the HCBA leaders so that they give up their support to the principled cause and the inalienable right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people, he added. The spokesman said, lawyers in occupied Kashmir are on strike as a mark of protest and will continue it till the return of their President from Delhi. A team of HCBA Association is also accompanying Mian Qayoom in Delhi. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) has again questioned Dr Bilqees Shah, the wife of illegally detained senior Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmed Shah.
According to media sources, Shabbir Ahmed has been lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail in connection with a decades-long fake case. Dr Bilqees told a Srinagar-based English Daily Rising Kashmir over phone that it was for the fourth time that the ED had summoned her. “I appeared before the ED in New Delhi as they had summoned me for the 4th time,” she said, adding that she was questioned for over two hours by the ED officials. Dr Bilqees said that the ED officials had all the documents and property details owned by her. “They even checked her minute bank transactions. They told me to tell the entries I have made in 2005 and 2006. I told them how I could remember every minute transaction. I told them that since they had all the documents, why they were questioning me again and again,” she said. Dr Bilqees said the repeated summoning by the ED was disturbing her mentally. “I don’t understand why I am being repeatedly summoned although I Have appeared thrice before the ED officials since the arrest of my husband,” she added. Meanwhile, the Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, in his statement issued in Islamabad strongly condemned the continued detention of party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and NIA crackdown on Hurriyat leaders. He said that through such tactics India would never succeed to suppress the Kashmiris’ resolve for freedom. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, has said that the Kashmiris are not enemies of India or any other country but they cannot surrender their political rights.
According to media sources, Engineer Rasheed addressing a function organized to release the book comprising poetry of renowned Kashmiri poet, Sayal Pandithpori, in Handwara said, “We need to show commitment and consistency in our conviction and all that what we believe. Kashmiris are not against anybody but can never surrender their genuine political rights.” He said that the sacrifices offered by the Kashmiris during the last three decades needed a genuine and sincere response from New Delhi and by listening to voices of Kashmiris New Delhi would achieve a lot that could help India to obtain a status of its stature in the world. Engineer Rasheed paying rich tributes to Sayal Pandithopori recalled his contributions and said that Sayal Pandithpori stood firm with the then leadership for seeking right to self-determination. He said that the slogan of right to self-determination was as old as the history of India and Pakistan itself. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have imposed restrictions in Srinagar to prevent protests against the killing of two youth by Indian troops.
According to media sources, the youth were martyred by the troops during a military operation in Nawgam area of Srinagar, yesterday. Fearing massive anti-India protests over the killings, the authorities secretly buried the martyred youth at Gantamulla in Baramulla district, last night. The burial was performed silently on the directions of the authorities and a few local people attended it. The authorities imposed restrictions in the jurisdiction of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj and Safa Kadal police stations in Srinagar, today, to stop people from holding protests against the killings. The authorities have also announced closure of colleges and higher secondary schools in Srinagar and other districts. Train services between Baramulla and Banihal have also been suspended while Internet services were snapped in Srinagar, yesterday, following the martyrdom of the youth. The Kashmir University (KU), Srinagar, postponed all examinations scheduled for today in view of the restrictions imposed by the puppet administration. The students residing in different hostels of the Kashmir University had staged forceful demonstrations, last night, in the campus after the news about the killings of youth in Nowgam spread. Scores of students from different hostels marched towards the Allama Iqbal Library and staged anti-India and pro-freedom protests. They raised slogans in favour of Pakistan and freedom and against India. Meanwhile, Hurriyat leaders, Zamruda Habib, Farida Behenji and Mohammad Ramzan Khan in their separate statements in Srinagar paid rich tributes to the youth martyred. They said that the people of Kashmir were sacrificing their lives for a sacred cause and their sacrifices would not be allowed to go waste. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, massive protests erupted in Mattan area of Islamabad district, today, against ransacking of property and thrashing of locals by Indian army during a search operation.
According to media sources, the army personnel beat up the residents and vandalized property during a search operation last night in Tikibagh Kralpora area of Mattan. People took to streets and raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. The protesters also blocked Khanabal-Pahalgam road in Mattan to register their protest. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): Head of Amnesty International India-chapter, Aakar Patel, has said that the deliberate denial of justice happens only in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, Aakar Patel, who is in Srinagar in an interview with leading Indian English daily, Hindustan Times, said the denial of justice happens across India and not just in Kashmir, but deliberate denial of justice happens only in Jammu and Kashmir. On current situation in Kashmir, Aakar Patel said, “There are things which create a feeling of a lack of justice among people…. For instance, AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Acts) has a mechanism – it’s called Section 7, wherein, if there is evidence against somebody from the armed forces of committing a crime, immunity can be lifted and that individual can be prosecuted in a civilian court.” He said, the process to be followed is that an FIR is to be registered, the police investigate the crime, a charge-sheet is filed, and the charge-sheet is sent to the Union government. He said that their research had found that since 1989, the Indian government had not replied to the puppet administration of occupied Kashmir even once in any of the cases it had sent. He said, Kashmir police continue to send these charge-sheets, and the Indian government does not respond. This is violation of constitutional law, Aakar Patel added. “Three things are happening here. First, the government of JK and the police of JK are undermined. Secondly, survivors and victims of these crimes do not know when they will get justice, and thirdly, it reinforces perception that people from these parts are being treated as a second class citizen, who cannot have any expectation of delivery of justice,” he said. Aakar Patel said, when you reward an army-man for kidnapping a citizen and violating his rights, putting him under threat, it is the worst kind of message you can send to people of Jammu and Kashmir. We are either ignorant or we are doing that deliberately to send a message – and both of those are very, very wrong, he added. KASHMIR VOICE