Shutdown in IOK against Planned Genocide of Civilians

Srinagar, June 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, valley-wide shutdown is being observed, today, against the planned genocide of Kashmiri people, especially youth, by the Indian forces in the territory. According to media sources, call for the strike has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik. All shops and business establishments are closed while there is very thin traffic movement on roads in the valley. Classes were suspended in most of the schools and colleges in the territory. Indian troops have blocked roads with concertina wires at many places. Train and internet services have been suspended in all major parts of the Kashmir valley. The authorities arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chief Muhammad Yasin Malik and put Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Engineer Hilal Ahmad War under house detention in Srinagar in the wake of protest call. The JRL expressing concern over resumption of Operation All-Out and CASOs in Kashmir said the forces have resumed the Operation and when people resist to forces’ harassment action they are showered with pellets and bullets with a sole aim of killing them. “We can’t act as mute spectators over the brutal killings of unarmed protesters as since Eid, four innocent people including father of two minor siblings were killed by the troops,” the JRL said in the statement. strongly condemning the killings of civilians — Aijaz Ahmed Butt, Muhammad Yousuf Rather and Yawar Nazir— the JRL said that more than 50 people had been left seriously injured, many of them with bullets and pellet injuries. KASHMIR VOICE
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Concern Raised Over Aasiya’s Deteriorating Health

Srinagar, June 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML) has expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health of illegally detained Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson Aasiya Andrabi. According to media sources, a JKML spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that everybody is aware that Aasiya Andrabi’s health condition is not well since long, adding that prolonging her illegal detention is nothing but a political vendetta which is the worst form of state terrorism. He said that despite her falling health no medical treatment or care is provided to her. The inhuman and cruel treatment meted out to her at the hands of jail authorities is condemnable. He appealed leaders, imams of mosques and intellectuals to raise their voice against oppression and illegal detention of Aasiya Andrabi and her associates Nahida Nasreen and Fahmida Sofi.The spokesman appealed to the international bodies international Amnesty International and other human rights organizations to come to the rescue of the detainees and take notice of the Indian sate terrorism in the occupied territory. KASHMIR VOICE
Concern Raised Over Aasiya’s Deteriorating Health

Qazi Yasir Demands End to Killing Cycle

Srinagar, June 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the incarcerated Chairman of Ummat-e-Islami, Qazi Yasir while expressing anger over bloodshed in South Kashmir has said that the Indian forces are conducting a steady genocide, especially in South Kashmir. According to media sources, Qazi Yasir in a statement said, unabated killings and inhumane behaviour goes unchecked in Kashmir; perhaps the forces have been planning this genocide every moment during the so-called ceasefire. “This is not a civilised conduct when you shower bullets upon civilians and unarmed protesters, and killing a 13-year-old boy is certainly no civilised conduct,” Qazi Yasir said. He said the Indian forces should hang their head in shame while the media celebrates the killing of civilians in Kashmir. Qazi Yasir demanded the end of killing cycle and said that political prisoners should be released and nocturnal raids stopped throughout southern Kashmir. “On every side they are harassing us, what sort of peace are they expecting,” he asked. KASHMIR VOICE

IOK HCBA Condemns Lal Singh’s Threatening Remarks

Srinagar, June 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has condemned the member of so-called Kashmir Assembly from Hindu extremist Bharatiya Janata Party, Lal Singh, for making threatening remarks against Kashmiri journalists over highlighting the gruesome rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl, Aasifa, from Kathua district in Jammu. According to media sources, the HCBA in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the remarks as an act of criminal intimidation, and demanded that the said MLA should be arrested and put behind bars for his obnoxious and irresponsible statement. The Bar Association also condemned the firing by the Indian troops at Chidder village of Qaimoh Kulgam. Two youth were killed and dozen others got injured with bullets and pellets, fired upon them by the ruthless Indian forces. It also condemned the firing of metal pellets and teargas shells on the protestors at Tawheedabad and Parray Mohalla of Hajin town on June 23, 2018. The Association expressed grave concern over the attacking and ransacking of the houses of mujahideen and beating of inmates at Kulgam and arrest of the relatives of mujahideen in Tral-Bala, Tral-Payeen and Seer areas by the forces and described the same as the worst kind of state terrorism. The Bar Association appealed to the international community to take notice of the grave human rights violations in Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE

Tens of Thousands Participate in Martyr’s Funeral

Srinagar, June 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, tens of thousands of people participated in the multiple rounds of funeral of martyr Shakoor Ahmad Dar in Islamabad district, today. According to media sources, around six rounds of the funeral were held for the martyr in a vast ground at Sopat-Tangpora in Devsar area of the district. The ground could hold over thirty thousand people at a time. A least, three mujahideen surfaced during the funeral and offered a gun-salute to martyr Shakoor Ahmad Dar. Shakoor Dar was martyred by the Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Qaimoh area of adjoining Kulgam district, yesterday. KASHMIR VOICE
Tens of Thousands Participate in Martyr’s Funeral

Asifa’s Case Will Be Raised at UN

United Nations, Geneva, June 25 (Kashmir Voice): Kashmiri woman leader Shamim Shawl joined two members of European Parliament to raise the case of gang rape and murder of the eight-year-old Kashmiri girl Asifa at the United Nations. According to media sources, this was one of the largest side-events during the 38th session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and saw extensive discussion on Asifa’s case and on Kashmir, as the conflict now tops the humanitarian agenda of the Council, thanks to the first-ever UN report on Kashmir issued by UN High Commissioner. Shamim Shawl led this major side-event in her capacity as the Geneva representative of International Muslim Women Union (IMWU), in collaboration with a key American INGO, Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN). Afton Beutler, Director of Global Education Opportunity Program, an NGO, commended the work of rights defenders in highlighting India’s violations in Kashmir. She singled out Shawl’s diligent effort over the years to keep members of the Council and human rights defenders informed about developments in Kashmir. Ms. Ward gave a detailed presentation on her long study of Indian human rights violations in the disputed region. European Parliament Member, Alex Mayer drew the attention of Kashmiri activists to the fact that British members of European Parliament are often alone in talking about Kashmir conflict, and that there is a need for Kashmiri activists to reach out to European Parliament members other than those from the United Kingdom. A short film on the case of Asifa was screened in the hall. KASHMIR VOICE
Asifa’s Case Will Be Raised at UN