Srinagar, February 08 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, has denounced the BJP MP and senior leader, Vinay Katiyar for his threats to the Indian Muslims.
According to media sources, Vinay Katiyar had recently said, Muslims have no business to stay in India and that they should settle in Bangladesh or Pakistan. Engineer Abdur Rasheed talking to various delegations in Srinagar said, such statements are vindication of two-nation theory and it is provocation due to communal speeches which make Kashmir dispute also more religious than political. He said those discrediting Indian Muslims and asking them to prove their loyalty need not to forget the fact that Muslims have contributed more in the freedom struggle of India and there were renowned Muslim clerics, scholars and other revolutionaries who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of India. He said people like Vinay Katiyar everyday authenticate Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s words that “it may take centuries to Indian Muslim to prove their loyalty to Indian state”. “If arguments of people like Vinay Katiyar are to be believed then what is wrong in seeking merger of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan. It would be appreciable if Vinay Katiyar and likeminded people will ask New Delhi to give up its claim on Kashmir as it is a Muslim dominated territory and their place then happens to be only in Pakistan,” Engineer Rasheed added. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, February 08 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has said that Jammu and Kashmir has never remained part of India.
According to media sources, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, who is under house arrest in Srinagar, in a statement said that India had occupied Jammu and Kashmir against the will of the Kashmiri people by landing its troops in the territory on October 27, 1947. He said that the people of Kashmir had been rendering unprecedented sacrifices for last several decades to secure their right to self-determination and would continue their struggle till complete success. Thanking the government and people of Pakistan for their continued moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris’ liberation struggle, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai said that Pakistan was a great blessing of Allah Almighty for the Muslims of the entire world. He urged Pakistan to further accelerate its efforts and project more vigorously the human rights violations by the Indian forces in the occupied territory at international level. He also prayed for peace, prosperity, integrity and solidarity of Pakistan. KASHMIR VOICE—
Srinagar, February 08 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the President of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (JKMC), Muhammad Sultan Magray, has thanked Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Maleeha Lodhi for urging the UN Security Council to implement its relevant resolutions on Kashmir. According to media sources, Maleeha Lodhi speaking in the debate on the Working Methods of the Security Council had said that the Council should periodically review the implementation of its resolutions, especially on longstanding issues like the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Muhammad Sultan Magray addressing a party meeting in Srinagar, today, said that time had come for peaceful settlement of the lingering Kashmir dispute. He urged both India and Pakistan to come forward and hammer out a negotiable settlement of the dispute so that permanent peace could be established in the region. KASHMIR VOICE
London, February 07 (Kashmir Voice): Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK and Europe mobilized the Kashmiri diaspora and Pakistanis living in numerous European cities to express support to the people of occupied Kashmir in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day, observed on February 5, every year.
According to media sources, Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK President Fahim Kayani and Europe President Muhammad Ghalib led rallies with thousands of participants in Lisbon, where the procession led toward the Portuguese Parliament. The current UN Secretary General is the former prime minister of Portugal. “We remind the people of Europe of their responsibility to uphold human rights. Some of the worst abuses have been committed in Indian occupied Kashmir and for too long the world community has turned a blind eye to the suffering of the people. We urge citizens of Europe, and governments that are members to the United Nations to show their solidarity with the suffering people of Kashmir who are yet to be given their right to self-determination as promised by India and the United Nations charter,” said the participants of the rally. The protests are being carried in almost 15 European cities as part of Tehreek-e-Kashmir’s Free Kashmir Campaign to create awareness about the Kashmir dispute. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, February 07 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) has said that Kashmir dispute is the unfinished agenda of the Partition Plan, which was based on two-nation theory. According to media sources, the DeM Chairperson Aasiya Andrabi while addressing activists and members during a seminar at her Soura residence in Srinagar said, “There is no skepticism in it that we want to be with Pakistan.” The seminar was organised on the completion of 25 years in illegal detention by Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) President, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, who is also her husband. “Kashmir dispute came into existence because of two-nation theory and it remains to be the unfinished agenda of the Partition Plan,” Aasiya Andrabi added. Terming the detention of Dr Fakhtoo as political vendetta, she said he is being put behind the bars because of his political ideology. “It is difficult for a woman to spend her life without her husband. No one except a woman would understand it,” Aasiya Andrabi said and added that Dr Fakhtoo was the only prisoner to have completed 25 years in prison since 1931. The Chairperson of Kashmir Tehreek Khawateen, Zamruda Habib, in her address stressed the need to understand Dr Fakhtoo beyond the perspective of DeM and Aasiya Andrabi. “He himself is an institution and I believe he should be seen beyond the prism of Aasiya Andrabi and DeM,” she said. “I have read very little about him and I believe India came to know about his fertile mind when he delivered a speech in England after he was granted bail under TADA Act,” Zamruda Habib said. “India tried to negotiate a deal with him at least eight times but it failed to do that,” she added. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, February 07 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that India’s repressive tactics cannot deter the Kashmiri people from continuing their struggle for securing their right to self-determination.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar said, “State sponsored tactics won’t deter us from pursuing our mission, nor will these suppressive and aggressive measures make us surrender. We are peace-loving people and pursuing our peaceful struggle for the past 70 years.” He said, coercive measures, killings, detentions and suppression will yield nothing, instead will lead to devastation. The APHC Chairman while lashing at the puppet authorities said, “They have let loose a reign of terror and turned Jammu and Kashmir into a big jail. The resistance leaders are being caged, denied political space, hundreds languishing for decades and even lodged in Tihar, Jodhpur, Kolkata and other jails.” Quoting relatives of jail mates, Syed Ali Gilani said that reports pouring in were horrific and the detainees were subjected to ill-treatment. He expressed his deep anguish and concern over the worsening condition of prisoners, saying that they were being ill-treated and subjected to mental and physical torture in jails. The APHC Chairman urged the international human rights organizations to take notice of the condition of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in different jails of occupied Kashmir and India. These prisoners are subjected to political vendetta, he said, adding that oppression against Kashmiris, particularly youth, is going on and the Kashmiri inmates are subjected to inhuman deprivation of medical treatment, deprived of contact with families and also other basic needs are denied to them. He demanded of global human rights watchdogs to visit these jails to take stock of the plight of the Kashmiri detainees. Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani expressed deep concern over the falling health of illegally detained Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam and Farooq Ahmad Dar and other Kashmiris including Kamran Yousuf, Javaid Ahmed, Muhammad Aslam Wani, Zahoor Ahmed Watali and Muzaffar Ahmed Dar in Tihar Jail. He said that no proper medical facility was provided to the detainees. KASHMIR VOICE