Protests Erupt in Pulwama Area as Troops Launch Operation

Srinagar, October 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, forceful demonstrations erupted in Pulwama district, today, soon after Indian troops launched a cordon and search operation (CASO).
According to media sources, people took to the streets in Monghama area of the district after the troops started the operation. Indian forces’ personnel fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and the troops. On the other hand, Indian police have arrested eighteen youth on the false charges of attacking three soldiers of Indian Territorial Army in Sheeri area of Baramulla on October 18. KASHMIR VOICE
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Kashmir Conference at Danish Parliament.

Denmark, October 21 (Kashmir Voice): A Kashmir conference titled “Kashmiris’ right to self-determination and human rights violations in Kashmir” was organised by Tehreek-e-Kashmir Denmark at Parliament of Denmark.
According to media sources, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan was the chief guest of the conference while Convener of All Parties Kashmir Liaison Council and MLA, Abdur Rasheed Turabi, President Tehreek-e-Kashmir Europe, Muhammad Ghalib, President of Kashmir Movement UK, Raja Faheem Kyani, members of Danish Parliament, APHC-AJK Convener, Ghulam Muhammad Safi and other Kashmiri leaders from across the Europe participated in the conference. Sardar Masood Khan said that the people of Kashmir were facing egregious human rights crimes on a daily basis which had made their lives miserable. Draconian laws like Public Safety Act and Armed Forces Special Powers Act have been imposed in occupied Kashmir which are not only discriminatory but also provide the occupation forces unbridled power to commit war crimes in the occupied territory, he added. Sardar Masood Khan said due to the inattention of the international community the plight of the people of Kashmir had gone unnoticed for the past seven decades. “Kashmiris are persecuted, young men are ruthlessly murdered, women are dishonored, civilians are blinded by pellet gun fire and their homes ransacked and destroyed on a daily basis,” he deplored. He said India have denied the unarmed innocent Kashmiris their right to self-defense and instead demonized this indigenous freedom struggle as an act of terrorism and labeled the Kashmiris as traitors. Abdur Rashid Turabi said if the Kashmir dispute was not settled peacefully, it could trigger nuclear war between Pakistan and India and the whole world would be affected. He said that it was also the responsibility of European countries and European Union to put pressure on India to settle the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. Abdur Rashid Turabi said that Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was planning to convert the Muslim majority status of Jammu and Kashmir into minority by settling non-Kashmiris in the territory. He said that India was committing genocide in occupied Kashmir, adding that innocent Kashmiris were being killed due to invoking of draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA). He said that the international community should also fulfill its responsibility towards settlement of the lingering dispute. The members of Danish parliament, Zenia Stampe and Charlotte Burgess, on the occasion assured that they in past had supported the Kashmiris and would continue this support in the future as well. Muhammad Ghalib said that Kashmir dispute had been projected in the whole Europe. Raja Faheem Kyani, thanking the government and people of Norway, said that they had always sided with the Kashmiris. Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Ansar Manzoor Hussain, Adeel Ahmad Aasi, Syed Zulfikar Gurdezi, Muzammil Ayub, Mian Muneer Hussain, Zafar Ahmad and other Kashmiri leaders also addressed the seminar. KASHMIR VOICE
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DFP Pays Tributes to Bijbehara, Fateh Kadal Martyrs

Srinagar, October 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has paid glorious tributes to martyrs of Bijbehara, Fateh Kadal and Allochi Bagh on their 25th martyrdom anniversary.
According to media sources, the DFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said the sacrifices of martyrs are continuation of the freedom mission of the Kashmiri people. He said that before carrying out this bloodshed, the occupational forces had laid siege of the Dargah Hazratbal and tried to violate its sanctity. He said that the Indian forces by entering the Dargah hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims and the move evoked strong Valley-wide protests. In response, the forces’ personnel martyred more than 60 people across Valley and injured hundreds by opening fire on the protesters. The DFP while making a special mention of Bijbehara martyrs said that even though people were protesting in a peaceful manner but the occupational forces under a well-thought-out plan resorted to indiscriminate firing without any provocation and martyred more than 50 people and injured over 100. Meanwhile, the spokesman termed the people’s strong protests against braid-chopping as eye-opener for India and said that the Kashmiris gave a clear message to culprits that any kind of attack on the chastity and honour of women would not be tolerated. KASHMIR VOICE
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Arrests Cannot Break Kashmiris’ Resolve: APHC

Srinagar, October 21 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has strongly condemned the arrest of résistance leaders and activists, saying these arbitrary arrests cannot break Kashmiris’ resolve for ongoing movement.
According to media sources, APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “We are pursuing our mission since decades and no arbitrary or coercive measures can prevent us from following the mission.” Denouncing continued house arrest of Syed Ali Gilani, he said that from last seven years he is in forced house detention, while Mohamad Ashraf Sehrai and Mohammad Ashraf Laya were also detained by authorities since long. He said that Huriyat leader, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar was arrested and lodged in police station, adding that similarly other leaders including Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Syed Imtiaz Haider and Bashir Budgami were also arrested and lodged in police station, Budgam. The spokesman, while condemning the fresh arrest spree, said that the arrest and other cheap tactics could not suppress the ongoing liberation movement and would be taken to its logical conclusion. KASHMIR VOICE
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JRL Demands an Immediate End to Attacks on Women Warns of Mass Agitation if Braid Chopping not Stopped

Srinagar, October 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has denounced the unabated attacks on womenfolk saying that such assaults were not acceptable and may force the leadership to call for mass agitation in the territory.
According to media sources, the resistance leaders in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Attacks on our mothers, sisters and daughters are not acceptable to us and if these attacks do not stop immediately, we will have no choice but to launch a people’s protest against it.” They said, growing attacks on women and ugly acts of braid chopping are a direct attack on our dignity and no Kashmiri will tolerate these attacks anymore. The JRL said that Kashmiri mothers, sisters and daughters were under attack from some hidden enemy. “We as a nation are living in an unrelenting horror and worry but so-called rulers, their police and other agencies remain absolutely naïve about it. The rulers are busy riding scooties and arranging music concerts and their forces and agencies are calling this menace as mere frenzy,” it added. The resistance leaders said, “Hundreds of our sisters have been left shaken by unidentified assailants and police and forces who take no time to identify even masked protesters and take no time in finding the hidden faces behind every happening and are punctual while crushing the peaceful political activities till now claim no breakthrough. This ignorance is actually proving that entire matter is doubtful and situation extremely startling.” Stressing on the need of greater unity to fight this menace, the leaders said that while dealing this threat, “we should enhance our society-based vigil and deal with nobility”. KASHMIR VOICE
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APHC Condemns Indian Troops’ Atrocities on Civilians in IOK

Srinagar, October 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has strongly condemned Indian forces’ atrocities on civilians in South Kashmir.
According to media sources, the APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly denounced the puppet authorities for their revengeful approach against relatives and families of mujahideen in Shopian, Tral and several other areas in South Kashmir. It said targeting families related to mujahideen is against all ethics as they have nothing to do with the activities of those showing resistance to Indian occupation resistance and working in active field. No law on earth permits retaliatory action against mujahideen’s families, the APHC said, terming the action as frustration of the occupation authorities. The statement said that India was losing its ground as it failed to break the Kashmiris’ resolve for freedom. Suppressive measures could not deter the Kashmiris from their cherished mission, it added. The APHC said, “The more they (Indian rulers) rely on these suppressive and oppressive measure, the more we will become stronger and it will reinforce our commitment with the ongoing freedom movement.” It expressed deep concern over the increasing incidents of braid chopping and said that there was no doubt that the puppet administration was shielding these criminals and under a plan, they were being rescued and declared as innocents. KASHMIR VOICE
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