AAC Condemns Repeated Imposition of Curfew in Srinagar

Srinagar, September 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee has strongly condemned the repeated imposition of curfew and restrictions in Srinagar and lockdown of city’s central mosque to disallow the people to offer Friday congregation prayers. According to media sources, an AAC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar termed all these tactics an ultimate form of repression and political vendetta. The spokesman said placing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest over and over again thereby barring him from carrying out political, social and religious activities is aimed at putting him away from the people. He said from over a decade history bears witness that the successive pro-Indian parties in power adopted oppressive measures to weaken the popular sentiment of the people by committing grave human right violations besides bloodshed. Meanwhile, the forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement while saying that the Indian authorities were following policy of revenge against Mirwaiz termed his house detention as undemocratic. The forum said caging Mirwaiz has created problems for general public who are not allowed to meet him as he is not only a political but also a religious leader. KASHMIR VOICE
AAC Condemns Repeated Imposition of Curfew in Srinagar

No One Records Statement in Handwara Fake Encounter Case

Srinagar, September 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, even after the deadline ended on Sunday, no one came to record statement in the killing of a youth in a fake encounter by Indian troops in Handwara on August 22.
According to media sources, this was confirmed by the magistrate investigating the killing of Shahid Bashir Mir. “Nobody came to record his/her statement till Sunday evening,” said Manzoor Ahmad Pir, the additional district magistrate Kupwara. He has been asked to investigate the case. “I will extend the time by 15 days now.” On August 22, a day after Shahid went missing from home, Indian soldiers had claimed that they killed a militant in Handwara forests. The slain later turned out to be Shahid Bashir Mir, a person with no militant records. The murder triggered massive protests in Daril, Tarathpora, Shahid’s native village, located 23 kilometers from Handwara town, against the staged encounter by the Indian army. “Now, I will visit Shahid’s home as well,” Pir said. Police have already stated Shahid was not a militant. His track record is clean. “The chapter of investigation has not been closed… date will be extended and the enquiry process is on,” Pir said. Shahid was a college student. His father Bashir Ahmad Mir is a carpenter and slain Shahid was his eldest son. KASHMIR VOICE

No One Records Statement in Handwara Fake Encounter Case

Year on, Justice Eludes Family of Aged Man Killed by Forces

Srinagar, September 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the family of an elderly man, Ghulam Muhammad Khan, awaits justice.
According to media sources, Ghulam Muhammad Khan, 76, died at Soura hospital in November last year of injuries caused by a teargas canister that hit his head. He had been taking a stroll along with his friends outside his house at Ellahi Bagh, Soura. “My father was not a stone thrower or a protester. He was an aged man who was murdered by the forces in cold blood. Despite knowing all the facts, the police have not taken any action against the forces personnel involved in his killing,” said Fayaz in a media interview in Srinagar. In his quest for justice, Fayaz has so far approached puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Secretary and Home Secretary but nothing concrete has come out of these efforts. The family has also approached the Human Rights Commission of the territory, which had directed the Senior Superintendent of Police to file a report on Khan’s death. “He was shot at when there was no protest around. SP Hazrabal and SHO Police Station, Soura, have already recorded the statement of witnesses. Police have also recovered the canister which was fired at my father. Now police are seeking my permission to conduct an autopsy of the deceased after 10 months. It is disgustingly shameful,” Fayaz said, vowing to fight for justice. KASHMIR VOICE

Year on, Justice Eludes Family of Aged Man Killed by Forces

Glowing Tribute Paid to Shaheed Ajaz Dar

Srinagar, September 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders on Monday paid glowing tributes to Ajaz Dar on his martyrdom anniversary. According to media sources, a Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party spokesperson in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri people for securing right to self-determination would not go waste. Bilal Sidiqee in a statement in Srinagar paid rich tributes to Shaheed Aijaz Dar, saying he was a great warrior and dedicated solider of movement. He said that Aijaz Dar remained always at forefront and nourished the cherished movement with his blood. Zafar Akbar Butt in his statement in Srinagar paid tributes to Shaheed Aijaz Dar. He said, “We have always pleaded the case of people and always advocated peaceful means to resolve Kashmir dispute. KASHMIR VOICE

Glowing Tribute Paid to Shaheed Ajaz Dar