Police Foil UN March, Arrest Yasin Malik in Srinagar

Srinagar, December 10 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, police detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and foiled his attempt to lead a march from Lal Chowk towards the UN Observers’ office at Sonawar Srinagar, today. According to media sources, Muhammad Yasin Malik along with scores of his supporters tried to march towards Sonawar from Maisuma. However, police swung into action and detained him. He was lodged in Kothi Bagh police station. Malik had gone into hiding to evade his arrest by the police. Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for a march towards the UN office today to coincide with the International Day of Human Rights. Women from the area protested against his arrest and raised pro-freedom slogans. Police also arrested Hurriyat leader Mukhtar Ahmad Waza along many activists in Islamabad district. KASHMIR VOICE
Police Foil UN March, Arrest Yasin Malik in Srinagar

AJK-APHC Holds Seminar on Rights Abuses in IOK

Islamabad, December 10 (Kashmir Voice): Speakers at a seminar criticized the silence of the international community over the human rights violations of the people in occupied Kashmir. According to media sources, the seminar was organized by the Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter of All Parties Hurriyet Conference (AJK-APHC) in Islamabad in connection with the Human Rights Day, observed across the globe on 10th of December every year. The speakers on the occasion said that the UN Charter was meant to protect the rights of entire humanity, but the international community was behaving selectively, particularly in the case of occupied Kashmir where Indian forces were involved in the massacre of over 600,000 people over the past 70 years and other brutalities. They appealed to the international human rights organizations to take strict notice of the Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir and put pressure on New Delhi to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute according to the will of Kashmiri people. Those who addressed the event included Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Manzoorul Haq Butt, Sagheer Chughtai, Advocate Pervez Ahmad, Abdul Hameed Lone, Col. (retired) Zafar Maroof, Ishtiaq Hameed, Rafiq Dar, Abdul Majid Malik, Shamim Shawl, Mir Tahir Masood. Others who attended the seminar included Hassan-al-Bana, Sheikh Mateen, Imtiaz Ahmad, Nisar Mirza, Khadim Hussain, Abdul Majeed Mir, Sardar Murtaza Ali, Dawood Khan, Aijaz Rehmani and others. KASHMIR VOICE
AJK-APHC Holds Seminar on Rights Abuses in IOK

Sultan Magray New Muslim Conference President

Srinagar, December 10 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, new elections have been held for the office-bearers of Muslim Conference Jammu and Kashmir and Muhammad Sultan Magray has been elected as its interim President. According to media sources, the new elections were held in the wake of the displeasure shown by the party cadres over the meeting of Professor Abdul Ghani Butt with the India-appointed representative, Dineshwar Sharma. In a meeting of the officer-bearers and workers of the party held in Srinagar, Manzoorul Haq Butt was elected as vice president and Merrajuddin Saleh as general secretary of the party. The meeting decided to fully comply with the policies of joint resistance leadership. The new party president has informed the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq about the new structure. KASHMIR VOICE
Sultan Magray New Muslim Conference President

Yasin Malik Reads Out JRL Memorandum To UN Chief

Srinagar, December 10 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, despite heavy restrictions, spree of nocturnal and daytime raids, arrests, curfew and blockade, resistance leaders and activists led by Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik managed to reach Lal Chowk and marched towards United Nations observers office at Sonwar in Srinagar, today According to media sources, police stopped this rally near Budshah Chowk and arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik, Rameez Raja, Farooq Ahmad Sodagar and Shabbir Ahmad Dar along with other JKLF leaders Mushtaq Ahmad Ajmal, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri and Ghulam Muhammad Dar. All these arrested were sent to Srinagar central jail on a judicial remand. To stop JRL programmes on international human rights day, police kept ailing elderly leader Syed Ali Gilani under house arrest, tightened the siege around his residence and even disallowed a human rights seminar on 9th December 2017. Similarly police also placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest and even did not allow him to lead Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar. A nonstop oppressive operation was started to arrest JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik who had gone into hiding on 7th December 2017,for participating in 10th December rally. Houses of many senior JKLF leaders including that of Muhammad Yasin Malik, advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Engineer Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidhi, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Javed Ahmad zargar, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, and others were raided during these days. Various leaders were also placed under house arrest which included Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Agha Syed Hassan Almoosvi, Molvi Bashir Irfani, and Muhammad Ashraf Laya. Police also arrested Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Yaseen Ataee, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, imtiyaz Ahmad Shah Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, and Muhammad Yousuf Butt and lodged them in various police stations. Prior to his arrest, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik while talking to media person said that today civilized world is celebrating international human rights day but in Kashmir, the so-called biggest democracy has chose to choke every voice of dissent and every peaceful program on human rights. The JKLF chairman on the occasion read out the memorandum from JRL to UN Secretary General António Guterres. The Text of the Memorandum is as follows…….
Memorandum on behalf of the people of Jammu & Kashmir to Secretary General of United Nations Mr. António Guterres Dated: 10 December, 2017 On the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we the people of Jammu and Kashmir through this memorandum bring into your kind notice that India too is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which gives fundamental rights guaranteed to the individuals. Universal Declaration of Human Rights tirelessly affirms the fundamental equality and dignity of every man, woman and child. India claims to be one of the largest democracies in the world. The Preamble to the Constitution of India declares it to be a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular and Democratic Republic. Unfortunately, however India does not adhere to these principles. The value of life of a member of one religious community is more than the life of a member from another religious community and nowadays India is considered to be among the major human rights violating countries. Every year more and more civilians are killed by Indian armed forces in Jammu & Kashmir. India’s violent repression of protests in Jammu & Kashmir from 1989 resulted in hundred thousand deaths of protesters and the detention of thousands. Indian armed forces arbitrarily detained and tortured peaceful protesters during these years. The protests by the people of Jammu & Kashmir are carried for right of self-determination, against the failure to respect human rights and account for violations. The Indian armed forces are using unnecessary or excessive force, beatings, and detentions as a tool to suppress the voice of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. The people of Kashmir for the past seventy years are in a struggle for the exercise of their right to self-determination accrued to them under United Nations Charter and the resolutions passed by UN Security Council on Kashmir Dispute. The Indian armed forces enjoying impunity under Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA) and other such laws have committed mass crimes in Kashmir.
Harassment, threats, arbitrary detentions and politically motivated arrests, threats to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, crackdowns on peaceful protests, restrictions on freedom of expression, imposition of repeated curfews, restrictions, raids, and vandalizing of homes are often coupled with crackdowns on public protests and others have become a regular feature in Kashmir. Due to continuing conflict total number of 361 deaths and thousands injured by bullets and pellets on the streets of Kashmir in violent incidents during 2017 across Jammu & Kashmir were reported, which included Civilians, Government Forces personnel and Militants. During the popular uprising of 2016, 152 Civilians were put to death, scores of persons deprived of their vision either completely or partially by pellet firing, hundreds of youth arrested and thousands injured by the Indian government forces in Kashmir. There are over 1900 under-trials languishing in jails across the state. Reports from jails narrate horrifying stories about plight of detainees. There are 2,364 prisoners lodged in 14 government jails in Jammu and Kashmir. Of 2,364 prisoners, 1929 are under-trials in various jails of the state—including 347 convicts and 118 detainees. This year again, many elderly men were detained by the J&K Police in place of their absconding sons. Reports about manhandling of Kashmiri leaders in Tihar at the hands of dreaded criminals have also been received. Apart from physical torture, complaints about quality of food have also been received. Prisoners suffering from serious ailments are not moved to hospitals. The jail authorities force detainees to spend all the time in narrow and dark cells while other inmates from other Indian states are allowed to spend their time in the open. It is unfair, against the law and at the same time it is even worse if prisoners are discriminated by the authorities on the grounds of their geography, religion and relationship. Time and again the matter has been raised by us with the concerned but nothing is done to ease the suffering of the prisoners, instead, Government of India is using National Investigation Agency (NIA) to suppress and muzzle the voices raised for right of self-determination. Sir, the Government of India has waged a war against the un-armed civilian population of Jammu & Kashmir. It is trampling the religious freedom and rights of the people as well. The Government of India is continuously refusing to accept the ground reality in Kashmir and recognize the importance of a peaceful resolution to this decades-old dispute, instead it is using the methods of coercion, suppression and arm-twisting tactics to deny the people of Jammu & Kashmir their legitimate right of self-determination. We appeal to your good self and through you to all the member nations of United Nations to take serious note of the prevailing situation of Jammu & Kashmir and stress upon the government to respect the right to peaceful assembly which is a fundamental right. We appeal that United Nations should condemn the unnecessary and excessive use of force by Indian Government forces in response to protests. United Nations should seriously investigate the situations in which state armed forces have used excessive force against protesters, including most recently in Kashmir. We on behalf of people of Jammu & Kashmir demand that United Nations should announce International Day of Solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir. More than hundred thousand people of Kashmir have lost their life for right of self-determination. International Day of Solidarity will provide an opportunity to remind the International community that the question of Kashmir remains unresolved and that the Kashmiri people have not yet attained their inalienable right as defined by the UN General Assembly, including the right to self-determination and national independence. We also demand the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to fulfill its obligations to ensure peace along the LoC. Cease-fire cannot be monitored from Srinagar or Muzaffarabad offices. Something tangible needs to be done for achieving the objective. The least it can do is to bring the belligerents to the negotiating table. The hostilities must stop immediately to save further loss of life and property. We also appeal United Nations to circulate an addendum every year on the crimes and various human rights abuses by government forces against people of Jammu & Kashmir as a priority. We respectfully request your immediate attention to this urgent matter and request you to help us in ending abuses and ensure justice for crimes against civilians as a key step toward lasting peace. 9K KASHMIR VOICE
Yasin Malik Reads Out JRL Memorandum To UN Chief

Indian Troops Launch Cordon and Search Operations in IOK

Srinagar, December 09 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations at Devsar in Kulgam district after the Indian troops launched a cordon and search operation in the area. According to media sources, locals told media that the troops launched a cordon and search operation at Astan Mohalla in Devsar. As the troops were laying the siege, scores of people came out and pelted them with stones, they said. The people said that the troops fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, who offered stiff resistance. Clashes erupted between the protesters and the Indian troops after a siege and search operation was launched in Pakherpora area of Badgam district. Meanwhile, the troops also conducted siege and search operations in several villages of Tral in Pulwama district. The troops cordoned off several villages and carry out house-to-house searches, causing huge inconvenience to the people. KASHMIR VOICE
Indian Troops Launch Cordon and Search Operations in IOK

Indian Police Disallow JRL Seminar on HR Violations in IOK

Srinagar, December 09 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police disallowed a seminar being organized by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) at the Hyderpora residence of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, in Srinagar today. According to media sources, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, had announced to hold the seminar titled ”Human Rights Violations in Kashmir and Criminal Silence of World Community” in connection with the World Human Rights Day to be observed tomorrow (Sunday). Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and other prominent personalities were scheduled to speak in the seminar. The Indian police and paramilitary personnel deployed outside the residence of Syed Ali Gilani disallowed the participants to enter the seminar venue. While Syed Ali Gilani is already under house detention, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also placed under house arrest at his residence in Nigeen on Thursday. Muhammad Yasin Malik has gone into hiding to evade arrest ahead of proposed march announced by the JRL towards the UN office in Sonawar on Sunday, the World Human Rights Day. The police since early morning did not allow anyone to enter the Hyderpora residence of the APHC Chairman. The puppet authorities even sealed Airport Road by deploying huge contingents of the Indian police and troops that stopped participants of the seminar from entering the venue. Those stopped included Hurriyat activists, journalists and civil society members. The domestic workers of Syed Ali Gilani were also not allowed to enter the house. KASHMIR VOICE
Indian Police Disallow JRL Seminar on HR Violations in IOK