Srinagar, September 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has quashed the illegal detention of ailing All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), and directed the puppet authorities to release him forthwith.
According to media sources, the case of Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori was heard by the High Court judge, Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir. Prominent lawyer, Mir Shafqat Hussain, pleaded the case on behalf of the APHC leader. The judge, after hearing the arguments, quashed the PSA detention of Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori and directed the authorities to release him. It is to be mentioned that Indian police had arrested Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori on February 15 from Sopore during a condolence session held in connection with the 42nd martyrdom anniversary of noted freedom leader, Ghulam Muhammad Bulla, and lodged him at Police Station, Sopore. Later he was booked under PSA and was lodged at Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu. KASHMIR VOICE
New Delhi, September 16 (Kashmir Voice): A court in New Delhi, today, extended the remand to India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) of photojournalist Kamran Yousuf and another youth Javed Ahmad until September 19.
According to media sources, Kamran Yousuf and Javed Ahmad, both hailing from south Kashmir, are in the NIA custody in false cases registered against them. They were produced in a court in Delhi that remanded them to NIA custody for four more days till September 19. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, met the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, outside his residence in Srinagar after Indian police disallowed them to enter the house.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik visited the Hyderpora residence of ailing Syed Ali Gilani, who is under house arrest, to enquire about his health. However, Indian troops and police personnel deployed outside the house of the APHC Chairman did not allow them to enter in. Later, the three leaders held a meeting outside the residence of Syed Ali Gilani and discussed the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir. An eyewitness said that the police didn’t allow Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to go inside the residence and they met him outside. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that it is the moral duty of all people and nations of the world to impress upon India to stop the use of lethal weapons against the people of Kashmir for demanding their basic political rights.
According to media sources, this was said during the forum’s Executive Council meeting chaired by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Srinagar. The meeting was attended by Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Bilal Ghani Lone, Muhammad Musadiq Aadil and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza. The meeting unanimously said that the strong censuring of the Indian Government by the Amnesty International with regard to the indiscriminate and inhuman use of pellet guns against the people of occupied Kashmir based on facts and figures should serve as an eye-opener to all champions of human rights in India and world over and should shake the conscience of nations across the globe. The Amnesty report highlights the plight of the people of occupied Kashmir and the reign of terror unleashed upon them by the use of pellets that have killed scores of people and left hundreds of youth partially or fully blinded or maimed and injured since last year. The forum spokesman said that the meeting strongly denounced the frequent cordon and search operations conducted by Indian forces in the Valley especially in South Kashmir villages, turning the villages into a garrison and keeping the entire population caged and hostage for hours together causing them great distress. The meeting also condemned the continued policy of oppression and suppression against the people of Kashmir by the puppet authorities especially the killing of youth, arresting and detaining them under one pretext or the other, and persecuting them and their families to harass and intimidate them, he said. Participants of the meeting said that the arrests of Hurriyat leaders and activists, businessmen, journalists and students by Indian’s National Investigation Agency and the frequent raids being carried out and notices sent to people from all walks of life in Kashmir by the agency was an obvious attempt to intimidate and malign the leadership and those associated with the liberation struggle and to defame and degrade the freedom movement itself. They said, these tactics have failed in the past and are destined to fail yet again. The meeting reiterated that the Kashmir dispute is essentially a political and human issue and not resolving it keeps increasing the huge threat to peace and stability not only in South Asia but in the entire world. Later, the puppet authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza under house arrest. KASHMIR VOICE
Geneva, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): Kashmiri representatives, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi and Ms Benazir Khan, met Idriss Jazairy, the UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights in Geneva.
According to media sources, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi and Ms Benazir Khan held a meeting with Idriss Jazairy on the sidelines of the ongoing 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. They apprised the Special Rapporteur about systematic and massive human rights violations by Indian forces’ personnel in occupied Kashmir and India’s designs to change the demography of the territory. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have hailed the report of Amnesty International (AI) that asked the Indian government to immediately stop the use of pellet guns by Indian troops against the protesters in the territory.
According to media sources, APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, while hailing the report, termed it an eye-opener for India which claims to be the largest democracy of the world. He said a total ban on the indiscriminate use of pallet guns and other lethal weapons against the human beings as demanded by the Amnesty International needs compliance by Indian authorities. He deplored that the lethal weapons are used against the peaceful protests organized by the people raising the slogan for right to self-determination since 1947. He added that the frequent use of heavy weapons and repressive measures in the territory had become the routine matter and people were being subjected to such cruel methods of physical and mental torture. The APHC Chairman also condemned the action of India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) of summoning the Kashmir High Court Bar Association President, Mian Abdul Qayoom, repeatedly at its Delhi office. He termed the role of NIA as highly politically-motivated to victimize respectable people belonging to all walks of life so as to keep them away from the people’s ongoing peaceful movement for achieving the right to self-determination. Syed Ali Gilani praised the steadfastness shown by a young Hurriyat activist, Umar Aadil Dar, who has been detained in Humhama police station in a fictitious case. He appealed to the UN and world human rights organizations to prevail upon the Indian government to stop the use of lethal weapons and other atrocities against the peace-loving people of occupied Kashmir. The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said, “The strong censuring of the authorities by the Amnesty International with regard to the indiscriminate and inhuman use of pellet guns against the people of Kashmir is based on facts and figures and should serve as an eye-opener to all champions of human rights in India and the world over.” Hurriyat leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt, Javaid Ahmad Mir and Muhammad Ramzan Khan, in their statements in Srinagar also hailed the Amnesty International’s report. KASHMIR VOICE