4 Dead as Flood Threat Looms Large Across IOK

Srinagar, July 01 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, four people died across the territory due to heavy rainfall as flood threat loomed large in the Valley. According to media sources, the four persons who lost their lives were identified as Tariq Ahmad Dar, Kulgam, Jameela Begam, Jammu, Inzaar Hussain, Poonch, and Aasif Ahmed, Jammu. Tariq, a singer by profession died when he slipped into Vaishow Nallah. His body was later fished from the nullah. Jameela died on spot when a tree uprooted and feel on her tin shed in Kishtwar’s tourist area Kalamastar. Inzaar, 22, got stuck in flashflood at Suran River in Surankote and was washed away by the strong water currents. The youth disappeared in the flash flood and later his body was fished out by divers. Aasif drowned rescuing a dog in the flood channel. Aasif was living with his family in a makeshift tent at Tenpora Byepass for the past two years. In a fearful reminder of floods in 2014, water levels have begun rising in Jhelum and its tributaries. KASHMIR VOICE

APHC Terms General Rawat’s Statement Cruel Joke

Srinagar July 01 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has expressed anguish over the Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat’s statement about his ‘people-friendly’ military operations and termed it as a cruel joke. According to media sources, the APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar said that on one hand the Indian forces had waged a war against the people of Kashmir where killing, maiming, frequent arrests and torture had become a routine matter and on the other the Indian army general termed the inhuman and vile operations as people-friendly. Condemning such false statements contrary to the ground realities it said that the people of Kashmir were living a miserable life under the shadow of an undeclared martial law especially, during the past thirty years. “People are best judges of their day to day life. They know where the shoe pinches,” it added. It said: “Resistance movement for right to self-determination is an indigenous movement fully supported by the people of Kashmir so the General Rawat’s statement does not match with the ground situation, where the Indian forces engage their military might to suppress the people’s genuine voice for their birthright and hence are subjected to worst form of human rights violations at the hands of forces.” The APHC said, “General Bipin Rawat should read writing on the wall and apprise his political leadership to shun rigidity and accept the legitimate formula of right to self-determination.” Meanwhile, APHC, while paying tributes to the victims of Chatpora, Pulwama and Keran Kupwara, said that the precious sacrifices rendered by youth for the sacred cause of right to self-determination had placed responsibilities on Kashmiris to carry the movement to its logical conclusion. On the directions of Syed Ali Gilani a delegation led by Bashir Ahamad Andrabi visited the residence of slain young student Faizan Ahmad at Ladu in Pampore. APHC Secretary General, Ghulam Nabi Sumji in a statement expressed his grave concern over horrendous situation, prevailing in occupied Jammu and Kashmir as a result of deployment of heavy contingents of military and police force against the civil population and political activists to suppress their legitimate and democratic voice for Right to Self Determination. He termed it a military action to trample down the right to live a dignified life and freedom of expression. Hurriyat leader Musaddiq Aadil in a statement also condemned the killing of the boy. KASHMIR VOICE

Killing Spree Won’t Break Kashmiris Resolve: Mirwaiz Forum

Srinagar July 01 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Faroaoq has said that the killing spree cannot break the Kashmiris’ resolve and would continue their struggle till complete success. According to media sources, the Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced the fresh wave of killing spree coupled with the detention and house confinement of Hurriyat leaders and booking leaders under various cases by Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Enforcement Directorate (ED). It said, “The NIA has no moral justification for framing fake charges against senior resistance leader, Aasiya Andrabi and her close associate, Fehmeeda Sofi as they are already languishing in prison since long and that these steps are nothing but a mere frustration of New Delhi that has failed to break the resolve of people of Kashmir.” The Hurriyat forum said arresting resistance leaders and lodging them in jails to muzzle the movement for right to self-determination was tried in the past but failed to yield results for Delhi and now same old methods are being employed which are destined to fail. The forum lauded the patience and courage of resistance leaders lodged in Delhi’s notorious Tihar jail that include Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Merajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahid Yousuf, Muhamamd Aslam Wani, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Zahoor Ahmed Watali while others who are lodged in various other prisons that include Masrat Alam Butt, Muzaffar Dar, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Muhamamd Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Tariq Ahmed Dar, Manzoor Ahmed, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Ghani Dar, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Shakeel Ahmed Itoo, Mir Hafizulah, Ameer Hamzah Shah, Abdul Rashid Mugloo, Sirajudin and Farooq Ahmed Towheedi”. KASHMIR VOICE
Killing Spree Won’t Break Kashmiris Resolve. Mirwaiz Forum

12 Years on, Justice Eludes Slain Musician’s Family

Srinagar, July 01 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, on his 12th death anniversary the family of a musician, Inayatullah Butt, killed by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) battalion stationed just outside his home in Srinagar in 2006, has decried delay in justice. According to media sources, Inayatullah Butt, a resident of Munwarabad locality of Srinagar was killed for mere demanding money. “He had only demanded money for the bread. In return he received bullets,” said Butt’s brother Rais Ahmad. Butt’s killing had triggered demonstrations in Srinagar for several days. “Ironically, despite passing of 12 years, the accused troopers are yet to be punished,” Rais said. A graduate turned musician, Butt had suffered multiple fractures on his hip bone, when he had fallen from third storey of his house three years prior to his killing. After failing to get justice, Butt’s family had knocked the doors of Human Rights Commission (HRC) in 2006. The commission in its report had maintained that Bhat was killed by CRPF men. “We appeal to the international human rights organizations to help us in getting justice,” Butt’s family added. KASHMIR VOICE

FIR against Aasiya, Aides Act of Vengeance: IOK Bar

Srinagar July 01 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has termed the registration of an FIR against Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) ailing Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi and her close aides Nahida Nasreen and Fahmeeda Sofi as an act of vengeance.
According to media sources, the HCBA in a statement in Srinagar said, “Instead of arresting, detaining and registering false and frivolous FIRs against the DeM leaders, the authorities should have released them keeping in view the ailment of Aasiya Andrabi and the tender age of Fahmeeda Sofi.” It said the daily cordon and search operations, during which innocent people are beaten, humiliated and tortured and their properties are either destroyed or damaged, can in no way be termed as people-friendly but are the worst kind of human rights violation of which notice should be taken by the members of the international community. It also condemned the killing of Faizan Ahmad, a 10th class student and injuring of about a dozen civilians, with bullets and also the blowing up and setting ablaze a house at Thumna village of Pulwama. Meanwhile, Zamrooda Habib, the Chairperson of Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen in a statement also expressed her concern over deteriorating health and illegal continuous detention Of DeM chief Aasiya Andrabi. She has asked International Committee of Red Cross to visit the ailing woman leader and make it possible to provide her medical facility. KASHMIR VOICE

Police, CRPF Patrolling Party Comes Under Attack in Pulwama

Srinagar July 01 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a joint patrolling party of Indian police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force came under an attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, today. According to media sources, reports said that the patrolling party was attacked in Dalipora village of the district. However, no loss of life or injury has been reported in the incident. KASHMIR VOICE
Police, CRPF Patrolling Party Comes Under Attack in Pulwama