Civilian’s Killing in Kupwara Widely Condemned

Srinagar, December 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have condemned the cold blooded murder of a civilian, Asif Iqbal, by Indian troops at Thandi Pora in Kupwara district.
According to media sources, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani termed the killing as very unfortunate and held the puppet administration, Indian police and occupational forces responsible for such brutal killings. While addressing telephonically to mourners in Thandipora, the native village of the martyred civilian, Gilani appealed to people to boycott upcoming elections. He said those who vote during elections are not only committing an act of treason but their actions are also acting as oxygen for the Indian occupation of Kashmir. “It is very sad that in Kupwara, a few people voted even for BJP,” Gilani said. “Taking part in election process is tantamount to betrayal with the sacred blood of martyrs. Any sort of participation in elections would prolong our struggle for freedom,” he added. “The blood of these martyrs will not be allowed to go waste and Kashmiris will never forget their sacrifices,” he said. “Eighteen resolutions were passed that people of Jammu and Kashmir will be given the opportunity to exercise their right to self-determination and the United Nations Security Council guaranteed the right to self-determination to Kashmiri people; India is a signatory to this, but has failed to fulfill its commitment,” he said. The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his statement said that Indian forces, laced with unbridled powers and impunity under the cover of black laws, are killing Kashmiris at free will. “Since there is no accountability, thousands of Kashmiris have been killed in cold-blood and merciless manner and not even a single soldier or policeman involved has ever been brought to book or tried by law,” Mirwaiz mentioned. He deplored the criminal silence maintained by the world human rights bodies, and said that for the past 70 years, Kashmiri people had been killed, blinded, maimed, tortured and all the international rights organisations instead of building pressure on New Delhi to withdraw its forces from Kashmir and resolve the conflict preferred to keep mum.” The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik said that the cold-blooded murder of innocent Asif Iqbal had once again proved that trigger-happy Indian forces were enjoying immunity and were only deployed to kill humans in Kashmir. “Indian rulers, along with their Kashmiri stooges and Assembly members, are providing a legal cover to these killers and are hence equally responsible for these massacres,” he said. Other Hurriyat leaders including Maulana Abbas Ansari, Zamrooda Habib, Bilal Ahmad Siddiqui, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsaan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi, Ghulam Nabi War, Abdul Majid Tramboo, Nazir Ahmad Shawl and Democratic Freedom Party also condemned the killing. They urged world human rights bodies to send their teams to Kashmir and monitor the worst situation and human rights violations of occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
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India Must Turn To a Saner Course in Kashmir: Dr Fai

Istanbul, December 18 (Kashmir Voice): The Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai has urged the United Nations and the world powers to exercise their good offices with all the three parties to the dispute– India, Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir –to set a credible peace process in motion.
According to media sources, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai while addressing the “International Non-Governmental Organizations’ Fair” that took place in Istanbul, Turkey, said every day of delay means many innocent lives lost. “We ask for no partiality but we do expect that the United Nations will uphold the principles proclaimed in its Charter for a world order, governed by the rule of law. We also expect that it will not turn a deaf ear to the cries of anguish coming from the streets of Kashmir,” he maintained. More than 4,000 participants, from 65 countries attended the Fair. The international conflicts that were discussed and deliberated during the Fair included, Rohingya problem; The issue of Al-Quds; Kashmir dispute; Syrian Crisis; Human Rights Situation in Egypt; Current Circumstances in Iraq; Update About Bosnia; The War in Yemen; etc. Dr. Fai added, “The people of Kashmir are dismayed by the policy of the United Nations towards the Kashmir dispute. While making occasional remarks about ‘the abuse of human rights’ – an understatement – committed by India in Kashmir and elsewhere and about the desirability of resolving the Kashmir conflict, the United Nations refuses to exert its influence in order to persuade the Indian Government to turn to a saner course. Indeed, whether so designed or not, current policy of the UN has encouraged the India to believe that all it needs is some political maneuvering to dissipate foreign concern over the appalling situation in Kashmir.” “Kashmir does not constitute an undemarcated frontier between India and Pakistan which could be marked through a bilateral agreement between the two. It is inhabited by a people with their own history, their own language, their own culture and their own individuality. The people of Kashmir cannot understand how and why the Simla Agreement (According to Sushma Suraj, the foreign minister of India) should be regarded as superseding the pledge made to them under the authority of the United Nations, with the firm US support, that they will be enabled to decide the disposition of their state by their own will,” Fai observed. Finally, Dr. Fai said that they have been informed of the deep gratitude felt by the tortured people of Kashmir at the forthright and noble stand taken by Recep Tayyip Erdogan for their release from savage Indian occupation. President Erdogan’s offer to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue is a positive step in that direction. KASHMIR VOICE
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ED Notice to Syed Ali Gilani Biased, Unrealistic: APHC

Srinagar, December 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has termed the notice of the Indian Enforcement Directorate (ED) to its Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani as biased and unrealistic.
According to media sources, APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said the Indian authorities have crossed all democratic, constitutional and moral limits to satisfy their hatred against Kashmiris, in general, and leadership, in particular”. He said, “Hurriyat conference has made it clear long ago that during 2002 Income Tax raid at the residences of Syed Ali Gilani and his close relatives, no currency or any objectionable material was recovered and it was conveyed to the authorities concerned through his counsel.” He said Gilani and his party have a clear stand that the lingering Kashmir dispute needs to be resolved peacefully in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. “Harassing Hurriyat chairman through its agencies and putting him under the sponsored media trail, Indian autocracy will fail today as they have in the past,” he added. The spokesperson said knitting imaginary and baseless stories and publicising them through arrogant media is nothing but to put pressure on Syed Ali Gilani to toe their line. He said, “Circulating ED notice to media houses prior to our office strengthens our belief that this is a frustrated move to tarnish the image of Gilani Sahab and force him to subjugation.” More than a decade old case is still pending in the Income Tax department and before their decision, issuance of notice by the ED amounts to arbitrariness, he added. Meanwhile, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmad Waza addressing meetings and public delegations along with senior party leader Engineer Fayaz Ahmad in Tral area of Pulwama urged the world community to facilitate a peaceful and durable solution of Kashmir dispute in line with the UN resolutions. KASHMIR VOICE
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Indian Forces Launch Search Operations in Shopian

Srinagar, December 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian forces on Monday launched cordon and search operations (CASOs) in several villages of Shopian district.
According to media sources, cordon and search operations were launched in Chatripora, Vehil, Nowgam, Panduchan, Kapran, Rey Kapran, Dangam and Wangam of the district by a joint team of Indian Army’s 62 Rashtriya Rifles, 34 Rashtriya Rifles, paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police. Operations were going on in the area till filing of the report. KASHMIR VOICE

Mother of Hizb Commander Dies of Heart Attack in IOK

Srinagar, December 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, mother of one resistance youth, Showkat Ahmad Mir, alias Arshid, passed away due to heart attack in Chandpora Rajpora in Pulwama .
According to media sources, Fatima Bano, wife of Ghulam Muhammad Mir, according to family sources suffered cardiac arrest. She was 45. Her son is an active commander of Hizbul Mujahdeen from past four years. The Indian forces continued search operations and compelled the family to bring back the commander. KASHMIR VOICE