India Suppressing Kashmiris’ Struggle with Might: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, January 31 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has deplored that India is suppressing the Kashmiris’ freedom movement through military might.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Farooq, who continues to be under house arrest, in a statement issued in Srinagar said, killing Kashmiris with impunity shows cowardice of Delhi that makes great claims before the world but does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute. “This approach will neither alter the fact of the dispute nor will people of Kashmir give up their demand for its just resolution in accordance with their aspirations,” he said. The Mirwaiz pointed out under the black laws like Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the troops had been given absolute powers to kill the Kashmiris at will without any fear of prosecution or accountability. “With killings and severe subjugation becoming the norm, many among Kashmir’s educated youth unfortunately feel compelled to take up arms, resist the oppression and fight for their birth right. All space for peaceful agitation for our fundamental political right stands completely chocked and crushed,” he said and added that there was no way left for the young generation to express their feelings and aspirations peacefully and democratically. The Mirwaiz said, everywhere in Kashmir an atmosphere of fear and intimidation looms large. “People feel completely unsafe and vulnerable to the forces’ whims everywhere even in their homes. Pro-freedom leadership stays caged or in lock ups. We are not even allowed to visit the families of the martyrs and mourn with them such is the height of cruelty.” “With every killing entire Kashmir has been turned into a military fortress, especially the downtown areas of Srinagar and Internet and other communication lines are snapped so that people could not even protest,” he deplored. Meanwhile, the Chief Patron of Jammu and Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi in a statement in Srinagar condemning the firing of Indian troops on peaceful protesters in Shopian said that the Kashmiris would continue their liberation struggle till complete success. He advised India to pave the way for a peaceful, dignified and durable resolution of the Kashmir dispute. KASHMIR VOICE
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JKPL Condemns Arrest of Waza, Party Acitivists

Srinagar, January 31 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have arrested the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, along with over half a dozen party activists in Islamabad town.
According to media sources, the police took Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and other party activists into custody when they were on their way to participate in a protest in Srinagar against killing of civilians by Indian troops in Shopian. They were lodged in Sadar Police Station in Islamabad town. The JKPL in a statement while condemning the killing of civilians and arrest of resistance leaders said that the Indian forces and the puppet authorities were violating all international laws in occupied Kashmir. It paid glorious tributes to Rayees Ahmed Ganai who was injured in the firing of troops in Shopian on Saturday and succumbed to his injuries at Soura hospital in Srinagar, today. KASHMIR VOICE
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ED Officer Asks Shabir Shah’s Wife All Old Questions

New Delhi, January 31 (Kashmir Voice): The Indian Enforcement Directorate (ED) has once again summoned the wife of senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, who is lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail for the past several months.
According to media sources, Shabbir Shah’s wife, Dr Bilquees, in a media interview said that she was grilled for seven hours by the ED for questions that she had answered many times earlier. “Today I was made to reply to all those old questions about my job, livelihood, education of my children, bank details, earnings, property, etc,” she added. Dr Bilquees said that she objected to answering questions whose answers she had already given in writing many times, and added that Shabbir Shah’s nephew was also questioned for 10-12 hours. “Nothing has been found against Shabbir Shah till date. It has made the ED officers more frustrated, because of which they also grilled his nephew. And today I was made to reply to all those old questions,” she added. It is to mention here that the Indian authorities have illegally detained Shabbir Ahmed Shah in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail in a fake case registered against him. A charge-sheet has been filed against him by the ED. KASHMIR VOICE
Shabir Shah's wife “questioned” by ED in New Delhi

Pulwama, Shopian Shut to Mourn Youth’s Death Killing Triggers Clashes in Pulwama Town

Srinagar, January 31, (Kashmir Voice) In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian districts to mourn the killing of a third youth, who succumbed to his injuries, today.
According to media sources, the youth, Rayees Ahmed Ganai, a resident of Narpora, Shopian, was injured in the firing of Indian troops on protesters in Ganowpora area of Shopian on Saturday and succumbed at Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar, this morning. All shops and business establishments are closed in Shopian and Pulwama districts while traffic is thin. Two youth, Javaid Ahmad and Suhail Lone were killed after the troops opened fire on protesters in Ganowpora on Saturday. Rayees had sustained critical injuries after being hit by a bullet on his head. Meanwhile, clashes between protesters and personnel of Indian forces erupted in Pulwama against the killing of Rayees. Youth took to the streets and hurled stones on the forces’ personnel deployed in the town. The troops fired teargas shells on the protesters. On the other hand, shutdown was also observed in Sopore area of Baramulla district against the killing of a goldsmith, Tariq Ahmad Malik, whose body was retrieved from River Jhelum. Tariq Malik, 31, of Kalaroos Kupwara, who was putting up in Sopore was murdered after his abduction from his shop in Chhota Bazar Sopore on December 26. Traders Federation Sopore had called for the shutdown today in Sopore town in solidarity with the slain goldsmith. KASHMIR VOICE

Wamiq Farooq Remembered on 8th Martyrdom Anniversary

Srinagar, January 31 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, pro-freedom leaders and organizations paid glowing tributes to teenage, Wamiq Farooq, on his 8th martyrdom anniversary, today.
According to media sources, Wamiq Farooq, a 7th class student, was killed after being hit in the head by a teargas shell fired at him by Indian police near Ghani Memorial Stadium in Srinagar on this day in 2010.
Pro-freedom leaders including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja, Dewinder Singh, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Firdous Ahmad Shah, Bashir Kashmiri, Umar Aadil Dar, Molvi Bashir Ahmed, Muhammad Yasin Atai, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi, Imtiyaz Ahmed Shah, Mukhtar Ahmed Sofi and Imtiyaz Haider as well as Farooq Wamiq’s father, Farooq Ahmad, father of martyr Tufail Matoo, Muhmmad Ashraf Matoo and others visited the martyrs’ graveyard at Eidgah in Srinagar and paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth. The leaders also paid homage to all the martyrs of 2010 mass uprising and demanded an impartial investigation into the killings. They termed the ongoing uprising as referendum by the people of Kashmir against India. The leaders said that India should read the writing on the wall. They added that the anti-India sentiment in the hearts of Kashmiris could not be crushed and they would take their ongoing struggle for securing their right to self-determination to its logical conclusion at all costs. Meanwhile, Hurriyat leaders including Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo and Ghulam Nabi War in their statements also paid glowing tributes to Wamiq Farooq and other Kashmiri martyrs. They said that the sacrifices of these martyrs would not be allowed to go waste and their mission would be accomplished at all costs. KASHMIR VOICE
Wamiq Farooq Remembered on 8th Martyrdom Anniversary

Big Anti-India Protest Held in Srinagar against Killings

Srinagar, January 31 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a big protest demonstration led by senior resistance leader, Muhammad Yasin Malik, was held outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar, today, against surge in killings by Indian troops in the territory.
According to media sources, the protest was organized by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq could not participate in the protest as they continued to remain under continued house detention. However, they addressed the participants of the rally over phone from their residences. The protesters while marching on the streets of Nowhatta raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.Other resistance leaders including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Omar Aadil Dar, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri and Farooq Ahmad Sodagar also participated in the protest.
After the march, Muhammad Yasin Malik while addressing a press conference strongly condemned the detention of Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. He said that Indian forces were spilling the blood of innocent Kashmiri people. He said that men, women and children, who were ordered by the Indian troops to come out of their houses during cordon and search operations, were subjected to identity parade for hours in chilling cold. Yasin Malik on behalf of Joint Resistance Leadership gave the call for a march towards Shopian on Friday to express solidarity with the victims of Indian state terrorism in South Kashmir. He said that a big protest rally would be held at Shopian Chowk after Friday prayers against the brutalities of Indian troops in South Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
Big Anti-India Protest Held in Srinagar against Killings