Syed Ali Gilani Completes 8 Years under House Arrest Have Learnt Lesson of Tolerance: Says APHC Chairman

Srinagar, December 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has completed eight years under house detention.
According to media sources, the APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the continued house arrest of the ailing leader. He said that no court had ever issued any formal house detention order for Syed Ali Gilani and the rule of law had been thrown to winds by the puppet rulers in occupied Kashmir. The spokesman said that the Indian police had so far failed to produce any court order or any administrative document in support of APHC Chairman’s illegal house arrest. “What is the justification in turning his residence into a sub-jail?” he asked. He said, stopping pro-freedom leaders from performing their religious, political and social responsibilities is gross violation of human rights and interference in the personnel and religious rights. Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani in a media interview in Srinagar said that the years he spent detained inside his Hyderpora home-cum-office taught him a lesson of tolerance. “These years have given me strength to tolerate the fascist oppression,” he added. The APHC Chairman was detained in his house during mass uprising in 2010. He has only been allowed to move out in medical emergency or at times to fly to Delhi for a medical check-up. “Police and CRPF vans have been stationed outside the main gate of my house along with police and CRPF personnel who have been stopping entry of people and those from the media,” Syed Ali Gilani said. “It is the worst human rights violation but we don’t have to be sad as we are on the right path. Allah is with us but we need to show commitment to the cause,” he maintained. The APHC Chairman said that people of Kashmir had given huge sacrifices since 1947. “Our five lac brothers and sisters were butchered in 1947 and, since 1990, one lac Kashmiris have been killed. People continue to give sacrifices everyday but we need to remain steadfast to safeguard our remarkable sacrifices,” he said. KASHMIR VOICE
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Mirwaiz Flays IOK Authorities for Locking Down Jamia Masjid

Srinagar, December 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has strongly denounced the puppet authorities for locking down Jamia Masjid Srinagar for the 18th Friday, this year, and disallowing people from offering Juma prayers at the historic mosque.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in an interview in Srinagar said that it was a record time since 1990 that the Jamia Masjid was locked down for 18th times in a year. He said that since 1990s it was the highest number of times the mosque was shut down by the puppet regime. He said that even in 90s the mosque was not closed for so many times. The authorities had sealed the Jamia Masjid on Friday to prevent people from assembling at the mosque and staging demonstrations on the call of the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against recent killing of civilians by the Indian troops in the territory. The Mirwaiz said that the PDP-BJP dispensation even broke the record of Dogra regime. “The mosque was even closed on Jummat-ul-Wida (last Friday of Ramadan). It is a shame for the ruling class,” he added. He termed it a shameful operating procedure to impose restrictions and disallowing Muslims from offering congregational prayers. He said the pulpit of Jamia Masjid is the only place left out by the regime which represents the political aspirations of Kashmiris. “This regime wants to shutdown this place as well. We won’t let that happen. The pulpit of Jamia Masjid has always been representing political and socio-religious sentiments of Kashmiris,” he said. The Mirwaiz termed the frequent restrictions in the entire downtown area of Srinagar and disallowing Friday prayers as frustration of the authorities. Expressing satisfaction over the resolution passed in the UN General Assembly on Jerusalem, the Mirwaiz said that the majority vote in the UNGA had proved that the US President, Donald Trump’s decision was unjust and discriminatory. “The majority vote in the UNGA against him has left Trump isolated and vindicated the just cause of Palestinians,” he added. KASHMIR VOICE
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Al-Moosvi Condemns Indian Troops’ Brutalities in IOK

Srinagar, December 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, has denounced in strong terms the arrest spree, civilian killings and reign of terror unleashed by the Indian troops across the territory.

According to media sources, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that such cheap tactics could not suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation movement and freedom sentiment. He said that the liberation struggle would continue till it reached its logical conclusion. He also welcomed the resolution passed by the UN General Assembly that opposed the US decision to shift its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. He said that the resolution supported by 128 countries and opposed by 9 odd countries was encouraging and showed how international community was committed to the cause of Palestine. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement (DPM) in a statement in Srinagar condemning the illegal detention of party leader, Shakeel Ahmed Butt, demanded his immediate release. It said that Shakeel Ahmed Butt was arrested by the Indian police in June, this year, and since then he had been languishing in jail. KASHMIR VOICE

IOK HC Allows HCBA Delegation to Visit Jails

Srinagar, December 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has allowed a delegation of High Court Bar Association (HCBA) to visit different jails of the occupied territory and India to take stock of the plight of the Kashmiri detainees.
According to media sources, the HCBA has selected a 22-member delegation for the visit to jails which is expected to take place during vacation in High Court. In a petition, HCBA had informed the court that it had received numerous letters from detainees, under-trial prisoners and convicts lodged in various jails about their miserable plight. “The purpose of the visit is to meet and interact with the detainees to know their problems and provide necessary legal aid and assistance under law to them,” the petition stated. Meanwhile, the HCBA spokesman in a statement in Srinagar welcomed the resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Jerusalem, calling upon the US to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel. He described the resolution as a moral victory of Palestinian people and a setback to the American imperialism and hegemony in the world. KASHMIR VOICE

Watali Denied Medical Care in Delhi’s Tihar Jail: Family

Srinagar, December 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the family of a Kashmiri businessman lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail has said that he is being denied medical care by the jail authorities.
According to media sources, the family of Zahoor Watali in a statement issued in Srinagar said that due to denial of medical facilities to him his health was deteriorating day-by-day. Watali has been lodged in Tihar Jail following his arrest by India’s National Investigating Agency four months ago in a fake case registered against him. “He is losing weight day-by-day because of severe health ailments,” the family said, adding that the NIA court had directed the Tihar Jail authorities to get Watali treated at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). “He was taken to AIIMS 15 times but he is not being treated there,” they said. The family said that they have moved an application before the NIA court for treatment of Watali in a private hospital, but no heed was being paid to the application. The families of some other Kashmiri detainees at Tihar Jail also said that no medical facility was being provided to their relatives. KASHMIR VOICE

Sopore Pellets Victim Youth Takes Life in Stride

Srinagar, December 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a half-blinded youngster in Sopore has not given up hope for life despite multiple surgeries on his eye pierced by pellets months after he was discharged from hospital.
According to media sources, the 21-year-old, Zakir Javaid Mir who was hit by the pellets fired by the Indian forces on September 2, 2016 said he has not received any help from any quarter except assurances and paperwork. “It is painful to see my son in this condition. He is worse than a handicapped person,” said Zakir Mir’s mother, Bakhti Begum in a media interview. Mir was hit at his village, Bomai, in the outskirts of Sopore town. Two surgeries have been performed on his right eye at the SMHS Hospital in Srinagar, but there is still no hope of his regaining vision. Zakir was a class XII student before being hit by the pellets. He now helps his elder brother at a shop in the village. “He was my lone son among the three who was studying but after he was hit by pellets everything has changed in his life,” his mother said. Zakir said that on the fateful day there was a protest in Bomai village and he was watching it from a distance when the forces’ personnel deployed there began chasing away the protesting youth. “Suddenly I heard a strange sound and felt an abrupt pain in the right side of my body. I felt as if somebody had set me on fire and I fell unconscious. When I regained my senses, I found myself at the hospital in Sopore from where I was shifted to SMHS Hospital for further treatment,” he said. Zakir’s mother said, “We take him at least twice a month to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar for a check-up but not in any hope of recovery, just for the medicines to control his pain.” KASHMIR VOICE
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