Srinagar, July 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, former military secretary, Lt General Syed Ata Hasnain has been appointed as the Chancellor of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK).
According to media sources, a statement issued by the CUK in Srinagar said, “The President of India in his capacity as the Visitor of the Central University of Kashmir is pleased to appoint Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, former Military Secretary, Indian Army, as the Chancellor of the university, for a term of five years.” Hasnain has earlier served in Kashmir as Corps Commander of the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps. He retired as military secretary in June 2013. Lt Gen (Retd) Ata Hasnain has finally been given a post in occupied Kashmir, although not exactly what he had hoped for. As per media reports, Hasnain had been lobbying fairly openly for the post of Governor earlier and now again after the pro-India PDP-led regime fell and Governor’s Rule was imposed in the occupied territory. However, with this appointment it is clear that he is not in the running for the top post and either NN Vora who has a good relationship with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and the government in Delhi will continue or a person other than Hasnain appointed. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, July 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema and Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, have termed the occupation authorities’ action of preventing Juma prayers at historic Jamia Masjid as a direct interference in the religious affairs of the people.
According to media sources, the authorities disallowed congregational prayers at the grand mosque on Friday by imposing restrictions in Srinagar to stop people from conducting a march towards Naqashband Sahib. Cal for the march was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to pay tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs particularly those massacred by the troops of Dogra Maharaja on 13th July in 1931. The MMU and Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid strongly denounced the barring of congregational Friday prayers at the historic mosque for the tenth time this year. In a joint statement MMU and Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid strongly protested frequent closure of Kashmir’s religious and spiritual centre stating that it not only hurts the sentiments of the people but is a grave violation of their religious freedom. “Using military might to confine people and impose such curbs is a blatant interference in our religious matters that is bound to evoke anger and resentment in the masses. We demand an immediate halt to these anti-people policies imposed by the authorities,” the statement said. The MMU and Anjuman strongly condemned the continued detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence and barring him from performing his religious duties time and again. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, July 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown continued in Trehgam area of Kupwara district, today, against the killing of a youth by the Indian army.
According to media sources, the youth, Khalid Ahmed Malik, a resident of Trehgam, was killed after Indian army personnel resorted to firing on peaceful protesters on Wednesday. All shops and other business establishment remained closed while transport was off the road. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, July 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, according him the status of a martyr, the body of a youth from Heff village in Shopian district was exhumed from the general graveyard after five days and buried at Heff’s martyrs’ graveyard by local people.
According to media sources, the youth, Tariq Ahmad Mohand, was abducted by unknown men on July 8 from outside his home. His body was found the next day at Rakhmoman area of Arwani in neighbouring Kulgam district. After a post-mortem conducted at sub-district hospital, Shopian, police in Kulgam handed over the body to the family. Eyewitnesses said, nine mujahideen appeared in Heff village and offered several rounds of gun salute to Tariq Ahmad Mohand. “He was our well-wisher and was killed by Indian agencies. He is a martyr,” the mujahideen told a gathering of hundreds of villagers near the martyrs’ graveyard in Heff. A resident of Heff, wishing anonymity, told media that the mujahideen who appeared in the village raised pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans. He said that earlier the body of Tariq was buried in the general graveyard as people thought he had been killed by unknown gunmen. Tariq Ahmad Mohand, according to locals, was a carpenter by profession and had got married nine months ago. A gathering of more than a thousand people raising pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans was present when Tariq was buried at the martyrs’ graveyard. Before his re-burial, thousands of people with misty eyes participated in his funeral prayers. Mohand was the 16th youth from the village who was buried in the martyrs’ graveyard. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, July 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the son and wife of Hurriyat leader, Peer Saifullah, have appealed to the international human rights organisations to help release the ailing leader from illegal detention.
According to media sources, almost a year ago, Peer Saifullah was called to Humhama area of Srinagar, taken into custody and shifted to New Delhi by the sleuths of India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA). Since then, he has not spoken to his two-member family in Srinagar. Peer Saifullah, a resident of Zadora in Pulwama, is a member of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir. Following his arrest on July 24, 2017 by the NIA, he has been languishing in New Delhi’s Tihar jail. Peer Saifullah’s wife Qaiser said that their son Faisal was under depression after father’s arrest. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, July 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops have launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Kupwara district.
According to media sources, the troops have cordoned off Halmatpora area of the district and started searches. SSP Kupwara, Shriram Ambarkar Dinkar, confirmed to media that the troops have launched a siege and search operation in the area. KASHMIR VOICE