KCEU Organizes Peaceful Camp in Brussels

Brussels, July 14 (Kashmir Voice): Kashmir Council EU (KCEU) held a peaceful protest camp in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, on the occasion of the martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri martyrs of 13th July 1931.
According to media sources, the camp was organized in front of European Union’s institutions including EU’s External Action Service at the EU headquarters in Brussels. The programme was a part of Kashmir Council European Union’s widespread awareness movement on Kashmir and copies of the UN’s recent report on Kashmir were also handed over to the officials of the EU’s institutions. It is important to mention that the United Nations in its first-ever human rights report on Kashmir has called for an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice to all people in Kashmir. The main focus of the report released by the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva, remained on the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018. During the camp, the volunteers of KCEU also took signatures from the European people in favour of Kashmiris and against the human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. They also informed the European people about the prevailing situation in the territory. On the occasion, the KCEU Chairman, Ali Raza Syed, said that the purpose of the camp was to apprise the Europeans about human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. He said, “We will continue our struggle till peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute. The issue should be resolved according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir.” The EU should put pressure on India to stop human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir and give the Kashmiri people their right to self-determination, he maintained. KASHMIR VOICE
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Hurriyat Leaders Condole with Mukhtar Ahmed Sofi

Srinagar, July 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have condoled with senior resistance leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Sofi, on the sad demise of his father in Malakhnag area of Islamabad district.
According to media sources, the spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) in a statement issued in Srinagar, paying tributes to the deceased, hailed his role in the ongoing resistance movement. He prayed Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with patience. The spokes also condoled with the DFP activist, Bilal Ahmed Wagay, on demise of his mother. Meanwhile, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, speaking to mourners at the residence of Mukhtar Ahmed Sofi in Islamabad, expressed solidarity with the bereaved family. He was accompanied by Hurriyat leader, Javaid Ahmed Mir, and human rights activists, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo. KASHMIR VOICE

Kashmiris Observing Martyrs’ Day Today Shutdown in IOK, Restrictions in Srinagar

Srinagar, July 13 (Kashmir Voice): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing Kashmir Martyrs’ Day, today, as the day of reaffirmation of the pledge that they will continue the mission of their martyrs till the achievement of the inalienable right to self-determination.
According to media sources, call for the observance of the day has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The JRL has also called for a march towards Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar where martyrs of 1931 are buried to pay tributes to the martyrs. The day is being marked by complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir where all shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road. Meanwhile, the occupation authorities have imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other major towns by deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength to prevent people from conducting the march. The authorities have also put Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Zafar Akbar Butt and Umar Aadil Dar under house arrest or in custody to prevent them from leading the march. On this day (13th July) in 1931, the troops of Dogra Maharaja had killed 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside Central Jail in Srinagar during the court proceedings against one Abdul Qadeer who had asked Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra rule. Thousands of people had gathered outside the court to show their solidarity with Abdul Qadeer. As the time for obligatory Zuhar prayers approached, one of the youth stood up and started reciting Azan. He was shot dead by the Dogra soldiers and next youth started the Azan where it was left by the martyred youth. He was also killed and in the process of completing the Azan a total of 22 Kashmiris were martyred, one after the other. This carnage is the blackest chapter in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
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Kashmiris Determined To Continue Struggle: Dr Fai

Washington D.C, July 13 (Kashmir Voice): The Secretary General of Washington-based World Kashmir Awareness Forum (WKAF), Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, has said that the people of Kashmir observe Martyrs’ Day, the 13th July, to reaffirm their resolve to continue their struggle for self-determination and pay homage to the 100,000 innocent men, women and children killed brutally during the past 29 years.
According to media sources, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai in a statement issued in Washington said that it was on July 13, 1931, that the foreign occupying Dogra troops shot dead 22 Kashmiris, in cold blood, in front of Srinagar Central Jail. Since that ominous day, Kashmiris have organized peaceful protests, seminars and conferences throughout the world.The people of Kashmir observe the Martyrs Day to reaffirm their resolve to continue their struggle for self-determination and pay homage to the 100,000 innocent men, women and children killed brutally within the past 29 years. “We clearly and unequivocally call for all Kashmiris to continue to increase their solidarity at this critical juncture. As we know that Indian impotence, willful ignorance and desperation to avoid a meaningful peace process and initiate wimpy attempts to pacify Kashmiri passion will fail miserably,” he said. Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai emphasized that the Kashmiri people’s resolve and continued commitment to peaceful protest is principled on the ongoing massive violations of their human rights, and the Indian Government’s atrocious dismissal of their aspirations for self-determination. Amnesty International (AI) report for India (2017-2018) says, “Impunity for human rights abuses (in Jammu and Kashmir) persisted. Security forces continued to use inherently inaccurate pellet-firing shotguns during protests, blinding and injuring several people. Authorities frequently shut down internet services, citing public order concerns. In that regard, the recent report issued by the United Nations on June 14, 2018 on the situation in Kashmir, is congratulatory. The report underscored that “Impunity for human rights violations and lack of access to justice are key human rights challenges in the state of Jammu and Kashmir”. And that “Impunity for enforced or involuntary disappearances in Kashmir continues as there has been little movement towards credibly investigating complaints including into alleged sites of mass graves in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region”. Dr Fai pointed out that the people of Kashmir clearly have little faith in or respect for the so-called Indian democracy and India hasn’t the slightest idea how to earn it. It’s solution to the anger of people crying for freedom and a respite, at the very least, from the terror of 700,000 troops, is to clamp down even harder, adding to the death toll of such a policy that now approaches the six-figure range,” he said. The WKAF General Secretary said that the desire for self-determination was the one very big element India should be concerned about, yet it continued to pretend to the world that it did not exist. However long India refuses to acknowledge it, the decades-old movement in Kashmir will not simply die out, he said, adding that even the latest United Nations report recommends to the Government of India to, “Fully respect the right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir as protected under international law.” Dr Fai discounted the United Nations hopes that the Kashmir dispute could be settled through bilateral talks between India and Pakistan. He recounted the litany of failed bilateral efforts and said that the people of Kashmir have steadfastly maintained that tripartite talks among the Governments of India and Pakistan and the legitimate leadership of the people of Kashmir, were the only way to resolve the Kashmir dispute. “We appeal to the world powers to recognize the long-standing wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people as they observe Martyrs Day, July 13th. And we hope that the world powers will realize that what is at stake in the dispute is not only the survival of the people of Kashmir but also the peace and stability in the region of South Asia,” he added. KASHMIR VOICE
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Concern Expressed Over Recent Killing Spree in IOK

Srinagar, July 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir has expressed serious concern over the recent killing spree particularly in Shopian and Kupwara.
According to media sources, a high-level delegation of Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami led by its Chairman, Nisar Hussain Rather, and comprising Khawaja Mohammad Maqbool Magami, Wajid Ali, Gulshan Abbas, Shahid Ali, Zahid Afzal Bahar, Mohammad Yousuf Wajid and Imtiaz Hussain visited Shopian and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families of martyrs Sameer Ahmed Sheikh and Muhammad Ishaq Naiko. Speaking on the occasion, Nisar Hussain Rather termed the killing of innocent Kashmiri youth by the Indian troops as the worst form of state terrorism. He said that India could not weaken the freedom sentiment of the Kashmiri people through such brutal tactics and the liberation movement would continue till it reached its logical end. Meanwhile, a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League led by Acting Chairman, Abdul Ahad Parra, and comprised Mohammad Rafiq Ganai, Mohammad Akram Najar, Sajad Ayobi, Mohammad Yousuf Mir and Waheed Ahmad Gojri visited houses of martyrs in Goripora Hyderpora and Nadhihal Baramulla and expressed solidarity with their families. On the other hand, the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Sidiqui, in a statement in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to Shaheed Sajjad Ahmed Gilkar on his first martyrdom anniversary. He said that Sajjad Ahmed Gilkar was a courageous and pious youth who sacrificed his life for the Kashmir cause. He strongly condemned the atrocities committed by the Indian forces in Soura where livelihood of dozens of street vendors has been burnt to ashes. KASHMIR VOICE
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Rich Tributes Paid To Martyrs of July 13, 1931 in IOK

Srinagar, July 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have paid rich tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931 and reiterated that the people of Kashmir will render every kind of sacrifice in their struggle for securing their birthright to self-determination.
According to media sources, it was on this day in 1931 when the troops of Dogra Maharaja had killed 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside the Central Jail in Srinagar during the court proceedings against one Abdul Qadeer who had asked the Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra rule. The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement in Srinagar, paying tributes to martyrs of 13th July, said that they with their blood created history and termed their martyrdom as milestone of the freedom movement. He said they rendered their precious lives for a sacred cause and the ongoing freedom struggle is in sequence and a chain of the very mission commenced in 1931. Illegally detained Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir had been struggling for their fundamental rights since July 13, 1931. He said that the Kashmiris held a peaceful protest outside the Srinagar central jail but the Dogra forces opened firing on the protesters and killed 22 innocent people. He said that the people of Kashmir would continue their struggle and would give every type of sacrifice to accomplish the mission of their martyrs. The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a meeting in Srinagar paying homage to the martyrs of July 13 said that these martyrs set base for Kashmir’s ongoing freedom struggle for freedom from the foreign occupation. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement, Mir Shahid Saleem addressing a meeting of his party in Jammu paid tributes to the martyrs of July 13 and said that the freedom struggle would be taken to its conclusion at all costs. He said pro-India parties are the main hurdle in the settlement of the Kashmir dispute. Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Bilal Siddiqi, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Zafar Akbar Butt, Zamruda Habib, Farida Bahenji, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Wajahat Bashir Qureshi Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi, Ghulam Nabi War and Ghulam Nabi Waseem in their statements paid glowing tributes to the 1931 martyrs and said that the sacrifices of the martyrs would not be allowed go waste. The High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in its statement in Srinagar paid rich tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931 and demanded that the mission of the martyrs should be supported by all those who believed in fundamental freedoms of the people. The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in its statement in Srinagar paying tributes to the July 13 martyrs reiterated the pledge to take their mission to its logical conclusion. KASHMIR VOICE
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