IOK Regime Flayed Over Curbs, Closure of Educational Institutions

Srinagar, October 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has slammed the puppet authorities for once again turning Srinagar into a military fortress, barring people from offering prayers at Jamia Masjid for the third consecutive Friday and shutting down the educational institutions.
According to media sources, the resistance leaders in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said that caging or jailing them and detaining pro-freedom activists while holding lacs of people hostage in their own homes by sheer might reflected the military mindset of the puppet authorities. They said on Fridays, most of Downtown Srinagar is converted into a garrison with huge deployment of police and paramilitary personnel while rolls of concertina wire are used to block all its roads and alleys to make it inaccessible. People are caged and not allowed to move out and Friday congregational prayers are disallowed at the Jamia Majid and other adjoining mosques, they added. The leaders said that the frequent closure of schools, colleges and universities actuality to prevent students from expressing their concerns and resentment was ridiculous and exposed the repressive puppet regime. “House confinement of Syed Ali Gilani for the past many years is taking a serious toll on his health. Similarly, placing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under frequent house detention including on Fridays when he delivers the weekly religious sermon at Jamia Masjid is highly condemnable, as is lodging Muhammad Yasin Malik every now and then in central jail. This is a brazen ploy by the authorities to harass the leadership and prevent them from reaching out to the masses and being with them,” the statement said. The leaders said that detaining dozens of resistance activists and workers every day and lodging them in various jails illegally just for their political beliefs was a move to create fear among the people to stop them from demanding their basic right – the right to self-determination. “With a complete crackdown on resistance leadership and all those associated with it by the authorities, the miscreants and agencies are having a field day in committing crimes and harassing people, while killings, human rights violations, raids on people’s homes and vandalising them continue unabated as leadership stands caged,” the leaders said. The resistance leaders said the so-called rulers in occupied Kashmir had completely failed on all fronts. On one hand, Kashmir is in the grip of lacs of terrorist troops and on the other, terror and fear had been unleashed upon people in the wake of serial incidents of braid-chopping of women while the police and authorities are deliberately looking the other way and denying it, they deplored. KASHMIR VOICE

IOK Receives Season’s First Snowfall

Srinagar, October 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the upper reaches received first light snowfall of the season, resulting in chill in the plains, including Srinagar where people were seen wearing woolen and warm clothes.
According to media sources, the upper reaches including Sonmarg, Baltal, Naginsheeris, Amarnath Cave, Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Pisso Top and Panjterni received snowfall. Light snowfall was also received at Zojila on Srinagar-Leh Highway, which connects Ladakh region with the Kashmir Valley. KASHMIR VOICE

DFP Expresses Concern over Grim Situation in IOK

Srinagar, October 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has expressed concern over the prevailing political uncertainty, people’s miseries, braid-cutting incidents, arrests and lockdown of educational institutions.
According to media sources, a DFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people’s protest across the Valley against the attack on the chastity of women was timely and justified.
He strongly criticized the puppet administration and said that by caging the Hurriyat leadership, the authorities declared victory for themselves but didn’t succeed in creating a wedge between people and the resistance leadership. He said that the present regime had pushed the territory into further anarchy and uncertainty. The spokesman strongly condemned the continued illegal detention of party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail and detention and house arrest of Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and dozens of others and said all is being done to suppress the voices of truth.He said the authorities are living in a fool’s paradise if they think that by maligning the image of resistance leadership through media trial or other tactics, the people of Kashmir will be forced to accept the readymade solution. He said Kashmir dispute is a living reality which needs to be resolved through dialogue among all the stakeholders as violence is not solution to it. Terming the cutting of braids of women as an attack on the chastity, honour and dignity of womenfolk, the spokesman said that such situation was unacceptable to any nation. He said the authorities by failing to nab the culprits have exposed themselves that they are good for nothing. KASHMIR VOICE

1726 Pellets Victims in Kashmir Valley: IOK HR Body

Srinagar, October 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a whopping 1726 persons including children have been victims of pellet firing by Indian forces, says the official details revealed before the Human Right Commission of the territory.
According to media sources, “While going through the reports received from all the districts, it has been observed that the total number of (pellet victims) is 1726. It has also been reported that some victims, while they were undergoing treatment, did not mention their original names because they apprehended arrest,” said the Commission’s Chairman, Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki, while hearing a suo-motu plea with regard to various incidents in which people suffered pellet injuries in the recent past. The commission also directed senior superintendents of police and SPs to direct the victims belonging to their district to appear individually before the commission on December 28. The commission also requested human rights lawyer, Pervez Imroz, to assist it in the case on the next date of hearing. Last month, the Amnesty International India-chapter called for an immediate ban on the use of pellet guns and asked the puppet administration to initiate prompt, independent and impartial civilian investigations into all incidents where the use of the lethal weapon led to deaths or injuries to establish whether arbitrary or excessive force was used. The Amnesty International said that the pellet-firing shotgun had been responsible for blinding, killing and traumatizing hundreds of people in Kashmir and it must be immediately banned. “Authorities claim the pellet shotgun is not lethal, but the injuries and deaths caused by this cruel weapon bear testimony to how dangerous, inaccurate and indiscriminate it is. There is no proper way to use pellet-firing shotguns. It is irresponsible of authorities to continue the use of these shotguns despite being aware of the damage they do,” the Amnesty had stated in a report released in Srinagar, last month. KASHMIR VOICE
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Braid-Cutting in IOK Described New Tactic of State Terrorism

Srinagar, October 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Working President of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (JKMC), Jahangir Ghani Butt, has strongly condemned the unrelenting incidents of braid-cutting of women in the territory and described it as the new method of state terrorism.
According to media sources, Jahangir Ghani Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the agents of Indian secret agencies were using chemicals to make women unconscious and then forcibly cut their braids. He said these incidents are growing and spreading across the Valley creating a sense of insecurity and fear among the people. He said Kashmir dispute is a burning issue which requires urgent international attention. He added that time had come when all the stakeholders should sit together and find ways to settle the dispute, once and for all. He also condemned the killing of three youth by Indian troops in Pulwama district, today. Meanwhile, the Chairman of Karwani Islami International, Maulana Hami, addressing a gathering at Qamarwari in Srinagar condemned the braid-chopping incidents taking place across the Valley. “The way braid-chopping incidents are increasing, they are affecting the education, trade and daily life in Kashmir. It has become clear that braid-chopping is a well-planned conspiracy to frighten people,” he added. KASHMIR VOICE

Thousands Attend Funeral Prayers of Martyred Youth in IOK

Srinagar, October 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, tens of thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of martyred youth Wasim Shah and Naseer Ahmed at their ancestral villages in south Kashmir, today.
According to media sources, witnesses said that the funeral prayers of Wasim Shah were offered at least five times in Heff village to accommodate the rush of people who were marching from different areas of south Kashmir. Similar scenes were witnessed at the funeral of Naseer Ahmed in Litter village of Pulwama. Four rounds of funeral prayers were held for him to accommodate the thousands of mourners. Pro-freedom and anti-India slogans were raised as the bodies of both the youth, killed by Indian troops in a siege and search operation in Litter village earlier today, were marched towards the graveyard. KASHMIR VOICE