Restrictions in Srinagar, Islamabad to Prevent JRL Rally Many Hurriyat Leaders, Activists Detained in Occupied Kashmir

Srinagar, December 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have imposed restrictions in Srinagar and Islamabad town to prevent the proposed rally and public gathering of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) in Islamabad town, today.
According to media sources, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a massive public gathering at Lal Chowk in Islamabad town against the stepped up Indian state terrorism in the occupied territory.
The puppet authorities have imposed stringent restrictions in Srinagar and Islamabad town to prevent people from participating in the rally. The authorities have also put the entire resistance leadership including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Bilal Siddiqi, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Muhammad Yasin Attai, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Bashir Ahmed Kashmiri, Ramiz Raja, Mushtaq Ahmed Ajmal, Zahoor Ahmed Butt, Farooq Ahmed Sodagar and Syed Imtiaz Haider under house arrest or in custody to prevent the leaders from participating in the public programme. The Indian police conducted raids on the residences of Hurriyat leaders including Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Muhammad Yusuf Makroo, Umar Aadil Dar and Aashiq Hussain Narchoor and harassed the inmates. KASHMIR VOICE
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Mirwaiz Hails OIC’s Call on Jerusalem, Seeks Same for Kashmir

Srinagar, December 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has hailed the declaration by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview in Srinagar said that he would be writing to the OIC Secretary General in the coming days on behalf of the people of Kashmir for taking such a historic decision. “We are happy. The OIC declaration is welcome but now it should be endorsed by other countries,” he added. The OIC declaration on Jerusalem came days after the US President, Donald Trump decided to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The move was condemned worldwide and even the UN decried the Trump administration’s decision. “The OIC should now use its diplomatic efforts and win over the European Union (EU) and other UN member states to declare East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine,” the Mirwaiz said. “We, the people of Jammu and Kashmir, extend our full support to such a decision to declare East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine. But now OIC must move beyond it and initiate diplomatic efforts on Kashmir as well,” he maintained. KASHMIR VOICE
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UK’s APPG on Kashmir Hears Testimony on IOK

London, December 15 (Kashmir Voice): In London, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir in the British Parliament heard testimony regarding the human rights situation of Indian occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, those who gave testimony included Dr Syed Inayatullah Andrabi, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, Raja Najabat Hussain, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry, Azmat Khan, Dr Farzana Shaikh and Sadia Mir. They said that Indian troops were perpetrating the worst type of human rights violations in the occupied territory. Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam and Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry presented dossiers that contained the details, supported by facts and figures, of the atrocities of the Indian troops and police personnel in occupied Kashmir. The dossiers maintained that the Indian forces’ personnel were involved in massacre, custodial killings, torture, rape of women and mass blinding of people through use of pellet guns. Those who attended the hearing included members of Parliament, Chris Leslie, Lord Qurban Hussain, Naz Shah, Julie Cooper and Jullian Ibrahim. The APPG Chairman, Chris Leslie, addressing on the occasion said that the Group would hold more hearings on the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and prepare a final report, which would be presented in the UK Parliament. KASHMIR VOICE
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Counsel Argues before Delhi Court for Kamran’s Bail

New Delhi, December 15 (Kashmir Voice): A special court of the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) heard the bail plea of Kashmiri photojournalist, Kamran Yousuf, in New Delhi.
According to media sources, the 20-year-old Kamran had pleaded for bail before the court of Poonam A Bamba in a false case registered against him. The defence counsel of Kamran argued for more than 90 minutes, impressing upon the judge that there was nothing against Kamran, so he must be released. “The defence counsel submitted clippings of hundreds of newspapers, documents, letters and IDs provided by the Election Authority of India to emphasise that Kamran was a bonafide journalist and had nothing to do with stone-pelting.” The court was told that Kamran only covered protests and stone-pelting incidents as a professional journalist does. The court was told that Kamran also covered functions hosted by the Indian Army and those held by the puppet authorities. Kamran, a Pulwama-based photojournalist, was arrested by the Indian police on September 5, this year. He was later handed over to the NIA, which alleged that Kamran was involved in stone-pelting. After the arguments by Kamran’s counsel were over, the court asked the NIA counsel to present his arguments on January 3, 2018. KASHMIR VOICE
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Mirwaiz, Hilal War, Other Leaders Arrested In IOK

Srinagar, December 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian police arrested the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, as he attempted to defy restrictions to march towards Islamabad town where the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called a public rally, today.
According to media sources, a posse of Indian policemen deployed outside Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s Nigeen residence, where he was under house arrest, took him into custody when he tried to defy the restrictions. The Mirwaiz was lodged at Nigeen police station. The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a massive public gathering at Lal Chowk in Islamabad town, today, against the stepped up Indian state terrorism in the occupied territory and to express solidarity with the people of south Kashmir who continue to face the worst kinds of the Indian brutalities. The police took several Hurriyat leaders and activists including Hilal Ahmed War into custody from Magam when they were on their way to Islamabad town, today. The police had arrested Hurriyat leaders, Maulana Mudassir Nadvi, Umar Aadil Dar and Abdul Ahad in Islamabad town, last night. KASHMIR VOICE
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Shutdown in Magam on Youth’s Martyrdom Anniversary

Srinagar, December 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Magam town of Budgam district, today, to mark the anniversary of a youth killed by Indian troops a decade ago during protests.
According to media sources, the youth, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, was killed after the troops opened fire to disperse the protesters demanding a college for the area. A local resident, Idrees Ahmad said that as the protests were spreading, the troops opened fire and a bullet hit Zahoor Ahmad and he was killed. All shops and other business establishments are closed while public transport is off the road to mark Zahoor Mir’s 10th martyrdom anniversary. KASHMIR VOICE
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