Islamabad, March 08 (Kashmir Voice): The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held a seminar in connection with International Women’s Day in Islamabad, today.
According to media sources, the Hurriyat leaders, besides discussing the latest situation in occupied Kashmir, expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri women. They denounced India for unleashing brutalities against Kashmiri women and urged the world community to take cognizance of human rights abuses committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. The Hurriyat leaders stated that Kashmiri women had been brutalized by Indian occupational forces. They observed that mothers were waiting for their disappeared sons, widows and half widows were in pain. The leaders said that the manner in which Kashmiri people especially women had been made destitute and children orphaned was a question mark on the integrity of entire humanity. They deplored that thousands of women were among 94,327 civilians, martyred by Indian troops and other paramilitary forces since January 1989 till date. They said that thousands of women suffered the loss of their sons, husbands, fathers and brothers in the occupied territory who got disappeared in the custody and killed by the Army, police and paramilitary personnel. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 08 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Tehreek-e- Khawateen (KTK) observed the International Women’s Day as Black Day.
According to media sources, the Chairperson of Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen, Zamrooda Habib along with party activists staged a silent protest today. They were holding the pictures of women killed by forces and demanded justice for them. Talking to media persons, Zamrooda Habib said it is the Day that commemorates the women’s rights and prosperity and we the women of Kashmir have nothing to celebrate. “World is talking about the empowerment of women and we are facing the humiliation every day,” she added. Zamrooda Habib also expressed deep concern over the domestic violence against women in Kashmir. She said increasing number of the cases of domestic violence is alarming and unfortunate and against the principles of Islam and humanity. She said this silent protest is in solidarity with the affected women of Kashmir and appealed to women to raise the voice against every kind of violence committed upon them. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 07 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference staged a protest at Hyderpora in Srinagar against the killing of civilians in Indian army’s firing on a private car in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
According to media sources, the protesters rued the silence of the United Nations and international community over the civilian killings in the occupied territory. Carrying banners and placards reading ‘Stop Civilian Killings’, ‘Stop Genocide’ and ‘Civilian Killings Unacceptable’, the protesters raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. The protest was led by the APHC leaders and activists including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Rafiq Owasi, Merajuddin Rabbani, Davinder Singh Behel, Syed Muhammad Shafi, Muhammad Shafi Lone, Khawaja Firdous Ahmed, Muhammad Yasin Ataie, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Rameez Raja, Aashiq Hussain, Imran Butt, Zahoor Ahmed Beig and Nisar Ahmed. The protesters criticized the PDP-led puppet regime for its treachery saying, “On one hand, they are maintaining criminal silence and on the other, they are laying curbs and strangulating genuine voices. They are hand in glove with assailants. The lust of power has turned them blind and beasts.” They also condemned the illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders Muhammad Yasin Malik, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Bilal Siddiqi, Muhammad Yusuf Makroo, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Umer Aadil Dar and Khawaja Nazir Ahmed. The Indian police arrested APHC leader, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, and did not allow the protesters to move towards Lal Chowk. KASHMIR VOICE
Geneva, March 07 (Kashmir Voice): Kashmiri representatives briefed Michel Frost, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders and European Parliament members during the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
According to media sources, a Kashmiri delegation comprised Sardar Amjad Yousuf, Hassan-al-Banna, Advocate Parvez Ahmed Shah, Shameem Shawl and Professor Shagufta Ashraf informed Michel Frost about the situation of human rights defenders in occupied Kashmir where the rights activists especially journalists and lawyers were harassed, intimidated and detained by Indian occupation forces. The delegation also discussed the denial of travel documents to political leaders and human rights defenders. The issues like suspension of internet services and media gags were also discussed at length. It was brought into the notice of Special Rapporteur that India in 2017, under the colonial British law, Indian Telegraphic Act, 1885, suspended internet service 42 times in Kashmir and thereby deprived the people from the valuable right of freedom of speech and expression. The delegation also drew the attention of Special Rapporteur towards the recent fake encounter in Shopian where six innocent Kashmiris lost their lives, and the arrest of noted human rights defender, Parvez Imroz. Meanwhile, Kashmiri representative, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, briefed the European Parliament members, Francis Zammit Dimech, Amjad Bashir and Walter van Luik about the systematic human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, March 07 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while referring to the Shopian killings has said that the situation in Kashmir is extremely grim and fast deteriorating as more than thirteen civilians have been brutally killed by the Indian forces in just past few weeks.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said, “These forces enjoy complete immunity from any accountability or legal prosecution under the cover of the draconian law Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Most of the killings took place in Shopian district where around eight civilians including a 17-year-old-girl Saima Wani were killed.” “Even lactating mothers have not been spared, two young mothers of infants were gunned down by the forces,” the Mirwaiz said, adding that rampant killing of Kashmiris was becoming order of the day in the occupied territory. The Mirwaiz lamented that as no responsibility was fixed for these killings and there was no accountability, the highly worrisome reality was that the lives of the people of Kashmir were perpetually at greater risk as they were at the mercy of Indian forces. The Hurriyat forum Chairman said unless the draconian law AFSPA is abolished, the killing of Kashmiris will continue and “we will keep losing our young and old men and women”. The Mirwaiz urged the world human rights organizations to take cognizance of the extremely grave human rights situation in the Valley and highlight it at the global level. He said the silence of the Indian rights activists, humanists, print media, writers and columnists at the rising graph of gruesome killings in Kashmir is extremely sad and discouraging. KASHMIR VOICE