Srinagar, December 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum has demanded an impartial probe into the mysterious killing of a 19-year-old Kashmiri fruit dealer, Zahid Ahmed Butt, in Indian state of Rajasthan. According to media sources, the forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “It is very unfortunate that while on one hand Kashmiris are unsafe in their own homeland as people irrespective of their age and gender are being killed, arrested, maimed and blinded while on the other, those doing business in India are also being made soft targets and brutally murdered.” Zahid was found dead in a room in Rajasthan a few days ago. The forum observed that students, businessmen and even common Kashmiris were made targets in various Indian states and subjected to various forms of harassment. It’s an irony that the murder of Zahid Ahmed Butt was being given a colour of suicide by the puppet administration to hide its failure, it said. “It is the moral responsibility of the heads of various states of India to give proper protection to all Kashmiri students, businessman, traders, fruit dealers and carpet sellers,” the forum demanded. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, December 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, members of 19 families including children and women staged a protest demonstration at Press Colony in Srinagar against the occupation of their land and houses by the Indian Army in Keran area of Kupwara district.
According to media sources, the protesting families said that they built their houses by spending what they earned after a hard work of many years, but the Indian Army forced them to abandon their houses, located in Bore village of Keran some 27 years ago. The protesters told media on the occasion that in the midnight of 8th December 1990, the army personnel asked the residents that the security situation was dangerous in the village; hence they should leave the area for some days. They complained that they could not return to their area since the Indian Army had destroyed their houses and constructed barracks, instead. The residents said that the army had also grabbed their 266 kanals of land in the village. They further said that most of the families were forced to live in rented houses in Kupwara. The protesting families asked the puppet authorities to take immediate measures for their settlement. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, December 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a woman was killed and over one dozen people were injured in the firing of Indian troops on protesters in Shopian, today. According to media sources, people took to the streets in different areas of Shopian, today, against the killing of two youth by the troops during a violent siege and search operation in Wanipora area of the district. The troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters resulting in the killing of a young woman identified as wife of Manzoor Ahmad and injuring of several others. The woman received a bullet in abdomen. Massive clashes between the protesters and Indian forces’ personnel are going on while situation is tense in Shopian. The puppet authorities have snapped the mobile internet services in Shopian district and suspended the train service in the Kashmir Valley. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, December 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have paid glowing tributes to the two youth and a woman, who were killed by the Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Shopian district.
According to media sources, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza while addressing public meetings at Khanqah, Middur, Batgund Tral, Qaimoh, Bichroo, Brazul and Yaripora areas of Kulgam and Pulwama said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste. He was accompanied by party members including Engineer Fayaz Ahmad Butt, Shabir Nanwai, Ashraf Khan and Manzoor Ahmad. Mukhtar Waza also addressed a meeting at Kokernag in Islamabad district where he expressed serious concern over the plight of the Kashmiri political detainees languishing in different jails of India and Kashmir. He strongly condemned the night raids, cordon and search operations in the villages of south and north Kashmir and harassment of the people. Meanwhile, Hurriyat leaders Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi, Ghulam Nabi War and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League in their statements in Srinagar also paid tributes to the Shopian martyrs. They strongly condemned the firing of pellets and teargas shell on peaceful protesters, which resulted in the killing of a woman and injuring of many people in the district. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, December 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for complete shutdown, tomorrow, to protest against the killings in Kupwara, Handwara and Shopian.
According to media sources, the resistance leaders in a joint statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that India had turned occupied Kashmir into a killing field. They said that the job of pro-Hindu puppet rulers had restricted to justify the killings at the hands of Indian forces in the territory. Meanwhile, on the call of resistance leadership, a protest march was held outside Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front office at Aabi Guzar in Srinagar, today, to condemn the killings. A large number of people including resistance leaders and activists participated in the protest. On the other hand, the Jammu and Kashmir National Front in a statement in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the miserable condition of the Kashmiri prisoners including party Chairman, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. It appealed to the Kashmir High Court Bar Association to visit Tihar Jail to take stock of the plight of the Kashmiri prisoners lodged in the infamous jail under inhuman and unhygienic conditions. KASHMIR VOICE