Tributes Paid To Maqbool Malik on Martyrdom Anniversary

Srinagar, July 31 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi observed 26th martyrdom anniversary of its founding member Muhammad Maqbool Malik.
According to media sources, fateha khawani was offered at a martyrs’ graveyard in Islamabad town and special prayers were offered for the eternal peace to the departed soul. In this regard, a function was held, which was presided over by Muhammad Iqbal Mir. Various pro-freedom leaders and activists including Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi, Mukhtar Ahmed Sofi, Zahid Bukhari, Khursheed Ahmed Mir, Nisar Ahmed Khan, Ghulam Mustafa and Muhammad Ishaq Ganai attended the function. Muhammad Iqbal Mir paid glowing tributes to Maqbool Malik and said that he was a committed freedom zealot who struggled for Kashmir’s freedom since 1968 till his death in 1992. Shabbir Ahmed Dar while remembering the great martyr said that people like Maqbool Malik were the source of inspiration for the Kashmiris in their just freedom struggle. KASHMIR VOICE.
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Not Granted Special Permit To Report In Kashmir: WP Reporter

Srinagar, July 31 (Kashmir Voice): The Bureau chief of Washington Post for India, Annie Gowan on Tuesday said that she was not granted a special permit to report in Kashmir by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs despite her applying for the same on June 22.
According to media sources, taking to her twitter handle, Gowan wrote, “I am in Kashmir for a day to attend a friend’s wedding. I am not reporting here because @MEAIndia and @HMOIndia have not granted the special permit now required for foreign correspondents. I applied June 22. Unacceptable delay. @rcfp @CJR @hrw @RSF_en.” Though Gowan is in Kashmir, she however, is not in the valley for reporting but attending a marriage party of her friend. On July 21, Indian government had issued an “advisory” for foreign correspondents working in India, asking them not to visit Jammu and Kashmir without prior permission. KASHMIR VOICE
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APHC Terms Jitendra Singh’s Remarks on Kashmir Ridiculous

Srinagar, July 30 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has said that the UN resolutions and the presence of UN observers in Jammu and Kashmir is clear proof that Kashmir is a disputed territory.
According to media sources, an APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar while reacting to the Indian minister Jitendra Singh’s remarks that Jammu and Kashmir is a “part of India” said that the remarks were sheer ignorance about the history of the Partition of the Sub Continent. “Jitendra Singh either mocks with the history or on foreseeing a logical defeat in Kashmir adopts an ostrich posture to deceive himself”, the spokesman added. On Singh’s remark that “media should not ask if India has any issue with Pakistan regarding Jammu and Kashmir”, the spokesman termed it as ridiculous and an act of distortion of the proven historical realities about the internationally accepted Kashmir issue. “Which country has placed Kashmir issue before the UN? The presence of UN observers in Jammu and Kashmir is yet another clear proof that it is a disputed territory,” the spokesman said and suggested Singh to have a fresh look on the history of Kashmir where people are engaged in a legitimate struggle for right to self-determination for the last seventy years. Meanwhile, the APHC condemned the recent arrest spree across the valley saying the youth are pushed to the wall and their social life is being disturbed. “The kith and kin of the incarcerated youth on their visit to the Hurriyat head office narrated woeful stories of barbarism,” the spokesperson said. The spokesman condemned the physical tortures of Feroz Ahmad Dar at the hands of cruel jail authorities at District Jail and termed the use of brute force against detainees as grave violation of human rights. He demanded probe into such incidents by the United Nations Human Rights Council. KASHMIR VOICE
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KEA Will Fight Tooth and Nail to Protect J&K Special Status

Srinagar, July 30 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), leader Mohammed Yousef Chapri has said that they would fight tooth and nail to protect the special status of the J&K.
According to media sources, Mohammed Yousef Chapri addressing the media in Srinagar said that Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) would submit memorandum in UNMOGIP against proposed abrogation of special status (Article 35A) in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) leader Farooq Ahmad Dar said abrogation of special status (Article 35A) is direct attack on autonomy of the Jammu and Kashmir. He blamed that the Indian government was implementing agenda of the RSS as they are hell bent to do away with Article 370 which gives special status to Kashmir.” “The wound inflicted on the autonomy of the territory through extension of GST is still fresh as another new machination has been launched to question the validity of Article 35A now,” he deplored. KASHMIR VOICE
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