Srinagar, March 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that the sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiri youth for a secret cause will not be allowed to go waste and their mission will be accomplished at all costs.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani, who is under continued house arrest for the past over eight years, addressing a gathering of mourners in Soura area of Srinagar over telephone from his residence paid glorious tributes to Muhammad Eisa Fazili, Syed Owais Shafi and another youth martyred by Indian troops in Hakoora area of Islamabad district recently. Eisa Fazili belonged to Soura. The APHC Chairman said that these youth spilled their blood for a sacred cause and the entire Kashmir was indebted to them for their sacrifices. “Our youth put huge responsibility on our shoulders to honour these sacrifices,” he said, adding, “It is the collective responsibility of the people of Kashmir and the leadership to take the ongoing movement to its logical end.” Syed Ali Gilani said that Eisa Fazili was very close to him and often visited his residence. His commitment with freedom mission was exemplary and serves as a moral precedence, he added. Recalling his meetings with him, he said that Fazili often discussed the post-Burhan scenario and continued bloodshed, plight of maimed pellet victims, ransacking of properties, detention of youth in torture centres and excesses perpetrated by the Indian forces gave him sleepless nights. This proved a turning point for him and he joined resistance movement and embraced martyrdom, he maintained. “We are duty-bound to disassociate from those who are involved in genocide of Kashmiris. We should boycott these chameleons and turncoats, as they for the lust of power are bartering the blood of our budding youth,” the APHC Chairman said while referring to pro-India politicians. Syed Ali Gilani said that the Indian authorities were desperate to enforce their will and weaken the Kashmiris’ just and genuine freedom movement but would never succeed in their nefarious designs. He said Kashmir is a disputed territory and the people of Kashmir are being killed only because they are demanding their right to self-determination. He deplored that the pro-freedom leaders were being denied political space and the occupational forces were mercilessly killing innocent people in the occupied territory. Other Hurriyat leaders including Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Muhammad Yusuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja, Farooq Ahmed Ghotapori, Khawaja Firdous Wani and Sheikh Musaib also addressed the gathering. They reaffirmed the Kashmiris’ resolve to carry forward their martyrs’ mission to its logical end. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that India will never succeed to suppress the genuine and sacred struggle through the use of brute force.
According to media sources, the forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people was highly inevitable. He said those at the helm in New Delhi are deliberately trying to hide and avoid the historic and political reality of the Kashmir dispute which is resulting in the escalation of tension in the region. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) pais rich tributes to its former General Secretary, Khawaja Ghulam Muhammad Butt, on his 8th death anniversary. It held Quran Khawani and special prayers for the deceased at the party headquarters, Mirwaiz Manzil, in Srinagar. The special prayers were led by AAC General Secretary, Ghulam Nabi Zaki and were attended by the party leaders and activists. The AAC patron and Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who continues to remain under illegal house detention, also paid homage to Ghulam Muhammad Butt who always worked for the party’s interests and welfare of the Kashmiri people. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders continued to visit the families of the youth martyred by Indian troops during a siege and search operation in Islamabad district on Monday.
According to media sources, a delegation of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum comprising Mushtaq Ahmed Sofi, Advocate Yasir Dalal, Peer Ghulam Nabi, Farooq Ahmed Saudagar and others visited the residence of Muhammad Eisa Fazili in Srinagar and expressed solidarity with his family members. Hurriyat leader, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, along with a delegation also visited the residence of Muhammad Eisa Fazili and paid tributes to him. KASHMIR VOICE
Jammu, March 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian police will procure micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) fitted with night vision equipment for operations in the territory.
According to media sources, police officials said that there was a need to have such UAVs for drills including siege and search operations, particularly in the Kashmir Valley. “We have invited tenders from original manufacturers or authorised dealers for supply of UAVs recently,” Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Police Headquarters, Mubassir Latifi said. He said these drones would be used for surveillance, reconnaissance and detection operations round the clock. The drones should have autonomous take-off, landing and flight navigation modes, he said. The UAVs should have 60 minutes of endurance or more with all payloads at mean sea level and have minimum 5 kilometers of light of sight and 25 kilometers per hour cruise speed. Media reports suggest that the Indian Army also plans this year to buy high-tech unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to strengthen its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and improve the effectiveness of its operations in the territory. KASHMIR VOICE
London, March 15 (Kashmir Voice): Kashmiri Diaspora in Britain held a peaceful protest on the occasion of Commonwealth Day and stressed on stopping of bloodshed in occupied Kashmir and release of Kashmiri political prisoners, especially the Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah.
The Queen of Britain every year hosts a dinner for all the Commonwealth representatives, diplomats in Britain representing different countries, parliamentarians and other dignitaries on March 12 and talks to them on various issues. The Government of Britain this year had allowed only six Kashmiris to hold their protest near the inner gate through which all the dignitaries and the Queen of Britain pass. The protesters were holding placards and banners depicting slogans like “Stop genocide of Kashmiris”, “We want freedom” and “Free Shabbir Shah”. At the end of the protest demonstration, the solicitor of the Kashmiri Diaspora in Britain, Irshad Malik, told media that “Commonwealth member countries, especially Britain had the moral responsibility to find a solution to the lingering Kashmir dispute.” He said that youths were being killed on daily basis in Kashmir and Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders as well as common people were being jailed every now and then. Expressing concern over the continued illegal detention of Shabbir Ahmad Shah, he said that two decades back the human rights watchdog, Amnesty International had termed Shabbir Shah as “Prisoner of Conscience” and unfortunately the same “Prisoner of Conscience” is going to complete his 31 years in jails. Irshad Malik said Shabbir Shah’s continued illegal detention is political vendetta as he is being targeted only for advocating peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. “Shabbir Shah has been detained in the Delhi’s infamous Tihar jail after a fabricated case was registered against him last year,” he added. He urged the justice and freedom-loving people of the world to break their silence on the continued illegal detention of Shabbir Shah. KASHMIR VOICE
Islamabad, March 15 (Kashmir Voice): Speakers at a seminar on Kashmir held in Islamabad, today, reminded the UN of its obligations to implement its resolutions that promised the Kashmiris of giving their right to self-determination.
The seminar was organized by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference in collaboration with the Kashmir Media Service and the speakers included Foreign Office Spokesman, Dr Muhammad Faisal, Justice (retd) Manzoor Hussain Gilani, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Sheikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, Dr Farzana Bari, Ishtiaq Hameed, Dr Shaheen Akhtar, Rafiq Dar, Chaudhry Lateef Akbar and Barrister Afzaal Hussain. The speakers said that India was yet to fulfil its pledges made at the highest level in particular, the statements by the then Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, in October 1947 and 1951 to allow the people of Kashmir to decide their future through a plebiscite. They expressed serious concern over the ongoing gross human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian troops in occupied Kashmir particularly the latest round of killings and brutalities in the name of All Out Operation carried out by the Indian army and on the pretext of over ground workers of the so-called militants. They condemned the use of pellet guns by the Indian forces to willfully blind the Kashmiris, mostly youth, in thousands and new methods of terror unleashed in Kashmir in line with the malicious plans of the BJP and RSS. The speakers expressed deep anguish over the continued detention of Hurriyat leaders and unlawful restrictions imposed on them by the Indian authorities in occupied Kashmir. They deplored that India was using its investigating agencies like National Investigating Agency (NIA) and Enforcement Directorate besides the black laws like Public Safety Act (PSA) to put Hurriyat leaders behind the bars, harass them and prevent their access to the people of the occupied territory.
The speakers paid glowing tributes to senior APHC leader Masarrat Aalam Butt on completing twenty years of illegal detention and to all Hurriyat leaders and activists including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo and Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, who have been undergoing long periods of illegal detentions. They noted with serious concern the Indian machinations to turn the overwhelming Muslim majority population in Kashmir into a minority by settling Indian citizens in occupied Kashmir and by plans to abrogate Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution. The speakers denounced the tactics being employed by India to force the Muslim population in Jammu to migrate from the region and said that the UN has a responsibility to stop human rights violations and the Kashmiris’ systematic genocide by the Indian occupation forces in the territory. They highlighted the issue of disappearance in custody of over 10,000 Kashmiris and recalled the massacres committed in Kashmir by Indian forces between 1990 and 2017. The speakers also referred to the findings of reports of investigating organizations in the wake of discovery of unnamed and unmarked mass graves in occupied Kashmir. They also expressed concern over the escalating tensions between Pakistan and India on the UN-supervised ceasefire line and the killing of civilians by the Indian forces by the use of heavy arms near the Line of Control.
A resolution passed during the seminar called upon the United Nations to assume its responsibility of organizing the plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir under its supervision in accordance with its resolutions on Kashmir. It demanded of all international bodies including United Nations and human rights organisations to mount pressure on India to release all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists and repeal black laws. The resolution urged the UN and other relevant international fora to investigate all massacres, gang-rapes, fake-encounters, forced disappearances, wilful blinding of youth with the use of pellet guns, etc. by the Indian forces and Hindu terrorist organizations like RSS and BJP and bring the perpetrators to justice. It asked the United Nations to take serious note of the Indian designs to convert the Muslim majority in Indian occupied Kashmir into a minority as these designs are intended to defeat the essence of Kashmiris’ inalienable right to self-determination, the purpose of relevant UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and the results of plebiscite whenever held in the territory in compliance with the UNSC resolutions. The resolution requested all international organizations including the OIC and EU to play a meaningful and effective role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Further, that these organizations formally approach India to allow access for international organizations to occupied Kashmir. It urged India to cease forthwith all human rights violations and stop the bloodshed of the people of Kashmir.
The resolution appealed to the international community to take cognizance of Indian ploy to curtail Hurriyet leaders’ movement and defame them by implicating them in fake cases, causing harassment by conducting raids on their houses through its organisations like NIA and Enforcement Directorate and subjecting them to torture in notorious prisons like Tihar Jail of New Delhi. The resolution demanded of the government of Pakistan and all national parties of the country to adopt a proactive approach to project in the world the Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir and take all steps to assure Pakistan’s full and unconditional support to the people of Kashmir in their legitimate freedom struggle and make further steps towards utilising all relevant UN mechanisms to bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against humanity committed by the Indian authorities in occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE