Demo in Islamabad to Mark Indian Republic Day as Black Day

Islamabad, January 26 (Kashmir Voice): A forceful protest demonstration was held outside the National Press Club (NPC), Islamabad, to mark the Indian Republic Day as Black Day and condemn continued gross human rights violations committed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, the demonstration was organized by Occupied Kashmir Journalist Association (OKJA) and was attended among others by journalists, AJK Hurriyat leaders and civil society members from occupied Kashmir, Azad Kashmir and Pakistan. The demonstrators particularly raised voice against the molestation and extra-judicial killing of an 8-year-old girl Aasifa in a village of Hindu-dominated Kathua district in Jammu region and demanded that the culprits of this heinous crime should be punished. The demonstrators also raised voice against continued crackdown operations, house-to-house searches, harassment and continued illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists by Indian forces’ personnel in the occupied territory. They demanded immediate release of Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Merajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Muhammad Ramzan Khan and photojournalist, Kamran Yusuf. The demonstrators also demanded end to the so-called military ‘Operation All Out’ under the guises of which the Indian occupation forces were conducting crackdown operations and house raids across the occupied territory to intimidate people. The participants said that India should be ashamed of calling itself a republic state as it has snatched basic democratic rights of the people of Kashmir. They added that Kashmiris observe Indian Republic Day as Black Day to remind India as well as the world that Kashmir still is the oldest unresolved dispute on the UN agenda despite promises made by India’s forefathers to give the Kashmiris their right to self-determination. They stressed the need of implementing the United Nations resolutions to settle the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. They also condemned India for resorting to heavy shelling and firing on the Line of Control to divert attention of world community from the gross human rights violations by its forces in occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
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APHC-AJK Stages Anti-India Demo in Islamabad

Islamabad, January 26 (Kashmir Voice): The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held a peaceful protest outside the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today, to mark the Indian Republic Day as Black Day.
According to media sources, addressing the demonstrations, the speakers expressed serious concern over the continued Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir. They said that India could not weaken the freedom sentiment of the Kashmiri people through brutal tactics. They urged the international community to impress upon India and its puppet administration to stop atrocities on the innocent Kashmiris. They said that durable peace in the region was impossible without settlement of the Kashmir dispute and the Kashmiris would continue their struggle till they achieved their right to self-determination. KASHMIR VOICE
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NIA Wrongly Framing Photojournalist as Stone-Pelter: Family

Srinagar, January 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the family of Kamran Yousuf, charged as a stone-pelter by the India’ National Investigation Agency (NIA) has said that if it’s a crime to cover events, then all Kashmiri journalists and photojournalists should be booked for this ‘crime’.
According to media sources, freelance photojournalist Kamran Yousuf, 23, who was detained by NIA without any charge in September last year, was booked by the agency on January 18, in a fresh chargesheet brought against him in the special court in New Delhi. The NIA chargesheet accuses Yousuf and another “stone pelter” Javed Ahmad Butt of “forming strategies and action plans to launch protests and communicate the same to the masses in the form of protest calendars released through newspapers, social media and religious leaders in Kashmir. Yousuf’s family, however, refutes these charges, emphasising that he has been wrongly framed. “These are fabricated charges. Everyone in Kashmir knows that he is a freelance photojournalist for the past five years and not a stone-pelter,” Yousuf’s uncle, Irshad Ahmed, told media. KASHMIR VOICE

Talks on Kashmir Must be Result-Oriented: Mirwaiz Moosvi Asks UN to Send Peacekeeping Troops in IOK

Srinagar, January 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq welcoming the UN Secretary General’s statement has called for initiation of result-oriented dialogue over Jammu and Kashmir to pave the way for peace in the South Asian region.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq In a statement in Srinagar said, from the beginning this has been the stand of the Hurriyat that Kashmir is a political and human issue, which cannot be resolved through the military might. On Tuesday, UN chief Antonio Guterres had asked India and Pakistan to address their outstanding issues through talks amidst heightened tensions along the borders. “The Hurriyat believes that for a solution to Kashmir dispute, there is a dire need for a result-oriented dialogue process, which will pave the way for peace in the region and help in clearing the clouds of war and overcome the insecurity “, Mirwaiz said. Senior APHC leader and President of Anjuman Sharie Shian, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in a statement also welcomed the UN Chief’s statement where he urged India and Pakistan to hold a dialogue. Ahga Hassan said peace and stability is not possible in the South Asian region until the Kashmir dispute is resolved as per aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He also appealed to the UN to send peace keeping force to Kashmir. “Kashmir is the very old dispute and the people of Kashmir have given huge sacrifices over past seven decades. UN should take practical steps in implementing the UN resolutions on Kashmir instead of giving statements, “Agha Hassan assed. KASHMIR VOICE
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Protests in Srinagar against Rape, Murder of Kathua Girl

Srinagar, January 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, hundreds of activists from different social organizations held a protest at press colony in Srinagar against the rape and murder of minor girl Asifa in Kathua district.
According to media sources, the protest was jointly organized by RTI Movement, Civil Society for Justice and Development, Gujjer-Bakerwal Foundation, Gujjer-Bakerwal Youth Conference and SAIRAB. The protesters holding placards raised slogans like “Asifa Hum Sharminda Hai Tumaray Qatil Zinda Hain,” “We Want Justice” and “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Nara Kahan Gaya”. Interacting with the media on the occasion, the participants expressed dismay over the criminal silence maintained by the civil society of India and said the racist approach is unfortunate which exhibits their partial activism. Prominent among those who participated in the protest included Dr Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, Zeeshan Pandith, Inamul Nabi, Mushtaqul Haq Sikandar, Tauseef Raina, Bilal Bashir Butt, Aman Qadri, Mehreen Zafar, Shafiya, Asiya Rather, Deeba, Ansaa and others. KASHMIR VOICE

Shopian Killings India’s Republic Day Gift for Kashmiris

Srinagar, January 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the killing of three youth including a teenage boy, and injuries to two women by Indian troops at Chaigund in Shopian district.
According to media sources, the youth including17-year-old boy, identified as Shakir Ahmad Mir, were martyred by troops during a siege and search operation in Chaigund area of the district, last night. The illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in a statement condemning the killing of Shakir Ahmad Mir and injuries to two women Sabreena Jan and Sumi Jan said that people were getting killed mercilessly on daily basis. Hurriyat leader Javaid Ahmad Mir that peaceful protests against worst human rights violations by Indian forces were being answered with bullets. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Umer Adil Dar termed the killings as the Republic Day gift from India to the people of Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement while paying tributes to martyrs said that said that India would achieve nothing by its policy of suppression and oppression in Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
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