Srinagar, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has termed the rape and murder of minor girl Aasifa Bano in Kathua area of Jammu by the persons affiliated with extremist Hindu organizations as an assault on humanity and demanded exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of this heinous crime. According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said, the monstrous crime is an open assault on humanity and civilization. “It is beyond one’s imagination that humans can stoop to such level for the fulfillment of their nefarious agenda of eviction of a small community of bakerwals and then rallies are organised in support of beasts is unbelievable,” he said. The Mirwaiz said that every human irrespective of their religion, ideology, belief or background should in unison demand an exemplary punishment for these beasts who have shamed mankind. “To fall prey to the communalization of such incident and support rallies and bandhs in its favor does no good to the community that is doing so, in fact it brings shame to them,” he said. The forum Chairman condemned the puppet authorities for disallowing congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and sealing of the grand mosque on the auspicious occasion of Meraaj-e-Aalam. He also denounced the authorities for imposing strict curfew in downtown Srinagar and majority of South Kashmir areas and caging resistance leaders either in their homes or in police stations and jails terming it as dictatorship of the puppet administration. “Repeated curbs, curfews and restrictions is the acceptance of moral defeat of failed rulers,” he added. The Mirwaiz said that the ruling dispensation had thrown every principle of democracy to the winds only to secure its chair and hang on to it. He pointed out that every right of civilians is violated with impunity through the use of brute force and even the basic right to life is a huge casualty in occupied Kashmir. “People are not even safe within the four walls of their homes and are killed indiscriminately by the forces,” he stated. Expressing anguish and serious concern over the targeted killing of Kashmiri youth which has become almost a daily affair in the occupied territory, he said that killing and repression were used as policy to intimidate the people and the resistance leadership into submission. “Kashmir dispute is a reality and use of force cannot deter a people who have been unrelentingly struggling for the past 30 years in particular, in the face of worst repression and despite Indian states huge military presence and might on ground here,” he said. He added that Kashmiri youth were being forced to take up arms as a natural reaction to oppression and repression. KASHMIR VOICE
United Nations, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, wants the Indian authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of the horrific gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua area of occupied Kashmir be brought to justice. According to media sources, the UN Chief’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters that he has seen reports about the horrific case of the abuse and murder of the nomadic Bakerwal community girl. “We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice so they can be held accountable for the murder of this young girl,” he said. The minor was kidnapped on January 10 and taken to a temple in Kathua, drugged and gang raped over days and finally killed to scare the nomadic Muslim community out of the village. Her body was found dumped in a forest near Rasana village seven days later. Eight people, including four police personnel — a head constable, a sub-inspector and two special police officers of Indian police — have been arrested in the case and charges filed against seven of them. Meanwhile, JKLF-R Chief Patron Barrister Abdul Majeed Trumboo and General Secretary, Wajahat Qureshi in a statement welcomed the remarks of the UN Chief on rape and murder of Aasifa. They hoped that he will use his good office to impress upon the puppet authorities in occupied Kashmir to deliver justice for the family of the victim. On the other hand, the Delhi High Court has issued notices to several media houses for disclosing the identity of the eight-year-old, who was gang-raped and killed in Kathua area of occupied Kashmir and prohibited them from further revealing her identity. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has expressed serious concern over the spree of killings unleashed by the Indian troops and reiterated that the policy of oppression cannot deter the Kashmiris from pursuing the sacred movement. According to media sources, the resistance leaders in a statement issued in Srinagar demanded immediate halt to the innocent killings and arbitrary measures perpetrated by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. They appealed to the world human rights organizations for their cognizance of the grim situation the occupied territory and come to the rescue of the Kashmiri people. The resistance leaders declared that if Indian forces’ personnel were not contained, people from all corners of the territory will come up with stiff resistance and Indian authorities will be responsible for the situation. They said the growing Indian aggression against unarmed and peaceful people in the territory has touched the alarming line and turned this beautiful place into a battle field. “Under a well-thought-out plan the Indian authorities and forces are carrying genocide of Kashmiris,” they said. Referring to recent killing spree, the resistance leaders said that Kashmir had been turned into a killing field where the lives of men, women and even children were not safe. Civilians’ killing in Kulgam and Shopian is the worst form of state terrorism, the leaders said, adding that the puppet authorities had declared a war against people. They strongly condemned the indiscriminate use of pellets against civilians, saying that hundreds of youth were the victims of a deadly weapon used nowhere else in the world. The leaders expressed anguish over the continued silence of international community and said that though several resolutions were accepted in the UN to resolve the lingering dispute, no steps had, however, been initiated to settle it. The resistance leaders appealed to the Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other world human rights organisations to take cognizance of the plight of the oppressed people of the occupied Kashmir and play their role in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. KASHMIR VOICE
London, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): The Chairman of International Commission for Human Rights, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and the Chairman of South Asia Centre for peace and Human Rights Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl have urged the Commonwealth to intervene on Kashmiris deteriorating human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and grant of right to self-determination.
According to media sources, the United Kingdom is hosting CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) summit from 16-20 April 2018 in London and Windsor. It will bring together up to 52 commonwealth leaders, 52 foreign ministers and thousands of people from across the business and civil society representing the commonwealth’s vibrant and diverse network. Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl addressing a joint press briefing in London said the conference is being held at a time when the situation in occupied Kashmir and on the Line of Control is deteriorating with every passing day. They said Kashmir relates to the unfulfilled agenda of the Kashmiri people’s right to decide their own political, social and economic destiny. “The issue revolves around the people’s right to self-determination which is inherent, and a territorial dispute,” they added. Barrister Tramboo and Professor Shawl said on April 1, 2018, Indian forces attacked several villages in Shopian killing 17 young Kashmiris with pallet guns and injured hundreds. Easter Sunday was converted to Bloody Sunday, they deplored. They said the most draconian incident that took place in Kathua in Jammu which was perpetrated by the activists of an Indian political party, by gang-raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl, Aasifa. “This child was a Kashmiri and Muslim and one of the political activists proudly boasted as long as the child was Muslim from Kashmir, it was justified. This is utterly inhuman,” they deplored. Meanwhile, Barrister Tramboo and Professor Shawl in a letter to the British Queen sought her moral, political and diplomatic support to end uncertainty on flagrant abuse of human rights and absence of fundamental freedoms in occupied Kashmir. They said Kashmir lies at the core of the political morass between Pakistan and India who are members of the Commonwealth community. The CHOGM provides an opportunity for the member states to work diplomatically with these countries to consider the Commonwealth facilitation in promoting and protecting the Kashmiris’ human rights and their promised right to self-determination, they maintained. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Tral township of Pulwama district to commemorate the third martyrdom anniversary of Khalid Muzaffar Wani, the brother of prominent martyred youth, Burhan Wani. According to media sources, all shops and business establishments remained closed in the town while traffic was off the road. Khalid Wani (25), who was running a clinical laboratory at Hamdania Market in Tral, was pursuing post-graduation in political science from Indira Gandhi National Open University. He was killed on 13 April 2015 by the Indian troops in Kamla area of Tral. Khalid’s relatives had said that he along with his three friends had gone for picnic when he was ruthlessly beaten and killed by the troops. Meanwhile, hundreds of people visited the martyrs’ graveyard at Eidgah in Tral where both Khalid Wani and Burhan Wani are buried. KASHMIR VOICE
Washington DC, April 14 (Kashmir Voice): A rally will be organized at the White House in Washington DC on April 29 to protest against the recent killing spree unleashed by the Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. According to media sources, the rally is being organized by the World Kashmir Awareness Forum (WKAF) and Kashmiri American Council (KAC). A statement issued by the WKAF and KAC said, “We are deeply distressed at the grave human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. While there has been a persistent pattern of human rights violations by the Indian army in the past seven decades, in a recent case, Indian armed forces killed more than 40 Kashmiri civilians in the month of April 2018 alone.” The statement said that these extra-judicial killings prompted peaceful protests by civilians all across the Valley of Kashmir. It said, unfortunately, instead of paying heed to the voice of the protesters, Indian army resorted to violence against them, resulting in hundreds of injuries. The Indian forces continue to use live ammunition and pellet guns which have blinded more than one thousand Kashmiris especially since 2016, it added. “The United States, as a champion of human rights around the world, in conjunction with the international community, should send a clear message to the Government of India that such barbarity has no place in the comity of nations in this day and age,” the statement said. “We call upon our Administration to play an active part in ensuring that the promises made to the people of Kashmir at the UN more than seven decades ago, be fulfilled and an opportunity given to the people to participate in a free and fair referendum to determine their future in line with their inalienable right to self-determination,” the statement added. KASHMIR VOICE