Srinagar, September 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jamaat-e-Islami has condemned the continued arrest of its several leaders terming it violation of human rights.
According to media sources, the JI in a statement issued in Srinagar said police produced Advocate Zahid Ali and Farooq Ahmad Sheikh in a court and were remanded to judicial custody till September 21.
It said both the leaders have been detained by police since August 4 and later on sent them to District Jail, Islamabad. The Jamaat appealed to the international community including human rights groups to take strong note of the volatile situation being faced by hapless, innocent and unarmed Kashmiris at the hands of Indian forces and urged them to come for the resolution of Kashmir dispute as per the aspirations of Kashmiri people without any further delay. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed deep sorrow over the demise of Mohan Chander Bazaz, the eldest son of Pandit Prem Nath Bazaz, and brother of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Forum (JKDF) President, Pandit Bhusan Bazaz.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar extended his condolences to the bereaved family members of Mohan Chander Bazaz and expressed solidarity and sympathy with the whole Bazaz family at this hour of grief. The Mirwaiz also expressed grief over the demise of Abdul Rashid Fafoo, the maternal uncle of Awami Action Committee (AAC) youth wing President Mushtaq Sofi. Muhammad Yasin Malik visited the residence of late Fafoo, prayed for the deceased and expressed sympathies with the bereaved family. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 14 (Kashmir Voice): The Amnesty International (AI) has asked the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to come clear on the charges leveled against Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf who was arrested by NIA, last week.
According to media sources, Shailesh Rai, Senior Policy Advisor at Amnesty International in a media interview in Srinagar said, “The reason for Kamran’s arrest does not seem to be public. NIA needs to reveal under what offence he has particularly been booked under.” “The only thing we seem to be hearing about his arrest seems to have been coming from unnamed sources quoted in newspapers.” “Some of the things that have come to fore is that Kamran has been arrested only for his Facebook posts and photographs,” Rai said. “If that that was the case for his arrest, then the charges under which he has been booked should be dropped and he should be released immediately,” Rai said. Kamran was arrested by the NIA and flown to Delhi where he is in NIA custody. He contributed photos/videos for Greater Kashmir newspaper from south Kashmir districts. Meanwhile, the AI team, which is in Srinagar, revealed that several Kashmir-based journalists were hit by pellets during the 2016 public uprising. “However, we have not been able to establish contact with the victim journalists,” said an AI member. “One Javid Ahmad was hit by pellets in eyes in Handwara; Tariq Ahmad of Kulgam, too, is a pellet victim, while photojournalist Zuhaib was hit by pellets in his eyes in Srinagar.” KASHMIR VOICE
New Delhi, September 14 (Kashmir Voice): Indian Minister of State, Jitendra Singh has acknowledged that the-then Indian Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru took the Kashmir issue to the United Nations, which he says was his blunder.
According to media sources, Jitendra Singh was speaking at the launch of two books on Kashmir written by senior RSS functionary, Indresh Kumar, in New Delhi. He said, “The history of Kashmir in last 60-70 years has been a tale of mistakes beginning from the infamous Nehruvian blunders….Our former prime minister went to United Nations…There was no need” Singh said, referring to Nehru’s promise to the UN that a referendum would be conducted to allow Kashmiris to decide their future through free will. Addressing on the occasion, BJP Member of Parliament, Subramanian Swamy said it was time that Article 370 bestowing special status to Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has welcomed the Amnesty International report calling for immediate ban on shotguns in Kashmir.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir welcomed the Amnesty’s report released yesterday in Srinagar. “Kashmir welcomes Amnesty report calling for immediate ban on pellet guns, trial of forces personnel in civilian courts and rehabilitation and compensation for victims,” the Mirwaiz added. KASHMIR VOICE
Geneva, September 14 (Kashmir Voice): Representatives of international powers at the United Nations in Geneva witnessed an interesting moment during the 36th session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) when the top diplomat from Venezuela and representatives from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and occupied Kashmir met in front of the full glare of international community.
According to media sources, the Foreign Minister of Venezuela stole the show during the council session. Young and dynamic, Mr. Jorge Arreaza walked into the hall to defend his country in the face of criticism by the UN on how his government is handling the opposition and constitutional reforms. As he left, he visited Sardar Amjad Youssef Khan from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Syed Faiz Naqshbandi from Srinagar. Sardar Amjad Youssef Khan and Syed Faiz Naqshbandi are attending the UNHRC session as part of a Kashmir delegation. “Foreign Minister Arreaza was gracious. He met us and gave us a few minutes from his schedule to discuss Kashmir dispute,” Naqshbandi said. “Venezuela has supported Kashmir in the past,” Sardar Amjad said, adding that he and his colleagues from occupied Kashmir wanted to thank FM Arreaza for Venezuela’s support for the freedom struggle in the past. The United Nations has made history by breaking its decades-long silence on Kashmir in September 2017. The Kashmir conflict is now part of the top policy agenda of the UN Human Rights Council, whose 36th session is currently underway in Geneva. A Kashmir delegation is attending the session. KASHMIR VOICE