Srinagar, May 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, visited Bijbehara hospital and inquired about the condition of the people including women who were injured in a grenade blast in Bijbehara town, today.
According to media sources, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza on the occasion expressed deep sympathy with the injured. He urged the international human rights organizations to use their good offices and play their part in stopping the ongoing bloodshed in occupied Kashmir. He said if this bloodshed and uncertainty had to be ended in region then it’s high time for India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute in its historical perspective through tripartite talks with the active involvement of all the stakeholders including the Kashmiri people. Meanwhile, a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement visited SMHS Hospital in Srinagar and inquired about the condition of the people recently injured in the firing of Indian troops in Shopian and Ganderbal areas. On the other hand, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party General Secretary, Maulana Muhammad Abdullah Tari, expressed serious concern over the increasing tension between Pakistan and India on the Line of Control and Working Boundary. He appealed to the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role in easing the tension between the two countries. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, May 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, ten people were injured in a grenade blast at Goriwan in Bijbehara area of Islamabad district.
According to media sources, four injured have been referred to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment by the doctors at Sub District Hospital Bijbehara. At least six other injured are undergoing treatment at SDH Bijbehara, a doctor of the hospital said. Meanwhile, a helicopter of the Indian Air Force crash-landed at Natha Top in Jammu. The two passengers and two crew members on board the chopper were safe, official sources told media. The helicopter was on a routine sortie from Jammu when it crash-landed at the Natha Top helipad. A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, May 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that the puppet authorities have no courage to face the Hurriyat leadership on political turf.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik who were caged on Monday by the authorities to prevent them from leading a march towards Eidgah in Srinagar said that imposing curbs to prevent the rally and barring the leadership from reaching the venue signifies defeat by the puppet regime. They said that caging the Hurriyat leadership and imposing tough curbs in downtown Srinagar on the occasion of the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent martyred leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and the martyrs of Hawal massacre deserved strong condemnation. They said, the complete shutdown observed by the people across the Valley on Monday amplifies their commitment to the mission of the martyrs and the ongoing movement and their pledge that no matter how tough the repression goes, people will continue to strive for their rights till the final goal is achieved. “We condemn in strongest words the stringent curbs imposed in entire downtown by the authorities to foil the Eidgah rally where leaders and people would pay tributes to the martyrs and reaffirm their pledge to carry forward the ongoing freedom movement,” they said. “The authorities are afraid of people’s power and commitment towards the freedom struggle and that makes them take these totalitarian measures. The ruling regime doesn’t have the courage to face us on political turf,” they added. The resistance leaders maintained that no matter how far India and its local stooges go in unleashing repression upon people, the people have shown that they will continue to follow the cause for which the martyrs sacrificed their life. People showed again they will at all cost resist New Delhi’s military might with full strength, they added. The leaders expressed regret and anguish over the ruling regime’s measure of barring congregational fateha khawani at the Martyrs’ Graveyard in Eidgah for the past eight years by the use of extreme force and imposing strict curbs in most areas of downtown. They also denounced the so-called rulers for keeping the entire downtown under curfew for the past three days even during the holy month of Ramadan. KASHMIR VOICE
London, May 22 (Kashmir Voice): The Chairman of International Commission of Human Rights (ICHR), Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, and Chairman South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights (SACFPHR), Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, in a response to the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s recent visit to occupied Kashmir and his public utterances, have questioned the rationale and logic of his assertions that the solution to the Kashmir dispute lies in development.
According to media sources, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl in a joint statement issued in London said, the people of Jammu and Kashmir reject this latest political gimmick. They said, the Indian leader should introspectively take notice of complete shutdown and people’s anger against his visit. They said, a categorical message that needs to be understood is that the fear psychosis cannot conquer the hearts and minds of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “The world’s largest military concentration has failed to extinguish the flames of freedom. Let it be clear that Kashmir is not a development issue; it is a political, legal and human rights issue. It needs a legal solution that satisfies the aspirations of the people by exercising their right to self-determination as per the UN charter and UN resolutions if Mr Modi believes in Democracy; he needs to honour the people’s verdict,” they added. Barrister Tramboo and Professor Shawl said that the undemocratic practice to deny political space to the resistance leadership was a sad commentary on the Indian democracy. They said the people of Jammu and Kashmir are not comfortable with the construction of dams like Kishanganga or Salal because they are hardest hit victims of Indian water exploitation. They said that the waters emanating from Kashmir had been gravely misused and most of the hydroelectric power generation was provided to India’s northern states including Delhi. “Kashmiris who should have been immediate beneficiaries remain deprived and witness load shedding,” they added. Barrister Tramboo and Professor Shawl said, the Ramadan ceasefire is yet another drummed about political gimmick. “It could become meaningful provided there is a comprehensive halt to all forms of violence not only inside the cities and towns but also on the ceasefire line. This should be followed by tripartite engagement of all the stakeholders. The leadership on the ground should be provided a democratic space and a process of demilitarization should be started,” they said. We hope the echelons of the United Nations along with the international community will use their good offices to convince the Indian leadership to make a beginning to resolve the dispute peacefully for the regional and global peace. KASHMIR VOICE