LoC Tension May Bring South Asia to Brink of Disaster

Srinagar March 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed serious concern over the efforts being made by India to buy weaponry on a large scale, complicating the already complex Kashmir dispute which has consumed thousands of lives over the past 70 years.
According to media sources, a meeting of the forum’s Executive Council and General Council was held in Srinagar and presided over by its Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and the other day. The representatives of all the constituents of the forum participated in the meeting, which observed that that enhancing the defence capabilities will not resolve the Kashmir issue but instead will further complicate it. Addressing the participants of the meeting, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq urged India and Pakistan to shun the confrontational approach and start a sustained dialogue process to resolve the long-pending Kashmir dispute. “Military approach adopted by India and Pakistan is going to yield nothing as neither can prove their superiority or settle the dispute militarily as both are nuclear powers,” he added. The participants discussed situation on ground with regard to the ongoing freedom movement. “They expressed serious concern over the growing escalation between India and Pakistan on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary and urged the two nations to shun the confrontational approach and instead start a sustained dialogue to resolve the root cause of the tension which is the Kashmir dispute,” Hurriyat forum spokesman said in a statement after the meeting. “All that being achieved by repeated ceasefire violations is death and destruction and great suffering for the people of the region for the past 30 years,” the spokesman said. “These violations may take an ugly turn and bring the region to the brink of disaster, anytime,” he warned. KASHMIR VOICE
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APSCC Demands Fresh Probe into Chittisinghpora Massacre

Srinagar, March 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a Sikh representative organization, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC), has demanded a fresh probe into the Chittisinghpora massacre in the territory in which 35 Sikhs were killed by Indian troops in 2000.
According to media sources, thirty-five members of Sikh community were killed in disguise by Indian troops in Chattisinghpora area of Islamabad district on March 20 in 2000 on the eve of the then US President, Bill Clinton’s visit to India. The APSCC Chairman, Jagmohan Singh Raina in a statement issued in Srinagar said that although 18 years had passed since the massacre, no headway had been made in the case. The delay in justice has led to disillusionment among the members of Sikh community, he added. He urged the Indian government and its puppet administration in occupied Kashmir to go for fresh probe into the Chittinsinghpora massacre. He said since the locals countered the claims of the authorities that the Indian forces killed five persons involved in the killing of 35 Sikhs, it was imperative that the whole incident be probed so that culprits were brought to book and justice delivered to the affected families. It is important to mention here that Indian troops had orchestrated the Chittisinghpora carnage and put the blame on the Kashmiri freedom-fighters to defame their freedom movement. The troops had killed five persons and burnt their bodies beyond recognition in Pathribal area of the district a few days later on March 25 claiming that the killed were involved in the Chittisinghpora incident. However, later the investigations proved that the slain persons were local civilians, who were picked up by the Indian Army from different areas and were killed in a fake encounter. KASHMIR VOICE

IOK JI Seeks UN Intervention for Kashmir Settlement

Srinagar, March 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has sought intervention of the United Nations to address the Kashmir dispute, which is the root cause of bloodshed in the territory and tension between Pakistan and India along the Line of Control and the working Boundary.
According to media sources, the JI spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Kashmiri people had been demanding their right to self-determination since 1947 but their genuine voice was being muzzled by India by the dint of state power as a result the civilian population was suffering and the people had been deprived of all the basic freedoms available to all human beings. He said that thousands of people had been killed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir, thousands maimed, thousands detained and even the people were not being allowed to live a peaceful and free life. The populated areas are cordoned off at any time during the day or night and kept under the siege, he deplored. The JI spokesman maintained that the sanity demands that genuine voice of people should be heard patiently and their grievances justly be redressed by holding tripartite dialogue among the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the governments of India and Pakistan to find an amicable solution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Meanwhile, the President of Jamiat Ahle Hadith, Professor Ghulam Muhammad Butt Al-Madni, in a statement urged the Ulema to highlight the Indian atrocities in the occupied territory. He also appealed to the world human rights organizations to play their role in defusing border tension between Pakistan and India. KASHMIR VOICE

India Has Left us with No Option but to Fight Back: Gilani

Srinagar, March 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that India has left the people of Jammu and Kashmir with no option but to fight back with more will and vigor for liberation of their motherland from its illegal occupation.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani while addressing the members of Majlis-e-Shoora of his party, Jammu and Kashmir Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, in Srinagar said that entire pro-freedom camp especially Tehreek-e-Hurriyat was facing hard times at the hands of Indian occupational forces. “Gagging the political environment, jailing the entire man force of the organization and judicial onslaught against our workers has left us with no option but to fight back with more will and vigor,” he added. The APHC Chairman said that by the grace of Allah Almighty he stood his stand despite testing times of jails, interrogations, domestic hardships, physical and psychological onslaught, but continued house arrest and restrictions on the interactions with his party colleagues for the past eight years had dented the function of the organization. “So, I willfully step down from the chairmanship and advise the Shoora to arrange an alternative at the earliest.” He extended his fullest cooperation and sincere wishes to the would-be leadership of the organization. Later, in a unanimous decision taken in the extraordinary meeting of TeH Majlis-e-Shoora, the highest decision making body, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai was appointed as interim Chairman of the organization, said a TeH spokesman in a statement after the meeting. KASHMIR VOICE
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