Brussels, April 15 (Kashmir Voice): The Chairman of Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed has urged the British government to raise issue of human rights of the oppressed people during upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to the UK. According to media sources, Narendra Modi will pay a two-day visit to the United Kingdom on April 18-19. Beside participation in Commonwealth’s meetings, Modi will take part in bilateral talks to sign a dozen agreements to boost Delhi-London ties. Ali Raza Syed hoped the British Prime Minister Theresa May will put issue of human rights during her meeting with the Indian Prime Minister. London should bind Delhi to improve the conditions of the human rights in occupied Kashmir. He also asked the human rights organizations and as well as Kashmiris based in UK to largely participate in protest during the upcoming Modi’s visit to the kingdom. Ali Raza Syed also demanded severe punishment to the perpetrators of rape and murder of eight-year-old Aasifa Bano of Kathua area of Jammu region. He said that the shocking crime was a ruthless attack on humanity and followers of every religion and human ideology condemns such shameful act of barbarism. He added that the rape and murder of the minor girl in a temple and protest in favour of the killers and rapists should be an embarrassment for the Indian so-called democracy and the civil society. Those who committed the heinous crime against the innocent and minor girl were harsh animals and deserved severe punishment, he said. The Kashmir Council EU Chairman urged the international community to intervene in the worsening situation of human rights in IHK and help the Kashmiris in securing their right to self-determination. He also expressed concern over the targeted killing of Kashmiri youth which has become almost a daily affair in the territory. KASHMIR VOICE
Tehran, April 15 (Kashmir Voice): Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei has expressed the hope that the people of Kashmir will push back their oppressors by their resistance, soon. According to media sources, Ayatollah Khamenei said this while addressing a gathering of top government officials and ambassadors of Muslim countries who called on him in Tehran during a religious event. At the end of the function, Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that the withdrawal of arrogance and oppressors from the world due to resistance is a divine tradition. “I hope that the nations of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, the oppressed nation of Palestine, Myanmar and the people of Kashmir will push their enemies back with the help of resistance in the near future.” KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has said that Kashmir has been virtually reeling under martial law. According to media sources, the APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced the puppet regime and its forces for their inhuman and vengeful attitude towards the resistance leadership. He deplored that Haji Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Bilal Sidiqi and Mohammad Ashraf Laya are continuously under house detention. He also expressed concern over the continued illegal detention and deteriorating condition of Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Dr Ghulam Mohammad Butt, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Merajuddin Kalwal, Naeem Ahmad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Mohammad Aslam Wani, Masarat Aalam Butt, Mohammad Yusuf Mir, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori and Mir Hafeez Ullah, saying they are being subjected to vengeance. Demanding immediate release of all detainees, the spokesman said fake cases have been filed against them to prolong their detention and despite court orders the authorities are not releasing the political detainees. KASHMIR VOICE
Jammu, April 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Shanti Swaroop, the expelled National Conference (NC) leader from Jammu, has said that he doesn’t mind his expulsion as he is “a Hindu first, then part of any party”.
According to media sources, Shanti Swaroop had participated in the Hindu Ekta Manch, Jammu-based Hindu umbrella organizations, rally taken out in favour of the culprits involved in the rape and murder of minor girl from Kathua, Aasifa. “…if they have expelled me, I don’t mind. I am a Hindu first, then part of any party. It is my responsibility to fight injustice done to Hindus. This is why I became part of Hindu Ekta Manch,” he said according to media reports. Swaroop as per reports claimed unfamiliarly with the party decision, while terming Manch as “above party lines”. Meanwhile, BJP lawmaker Surendra Singh has said that the next Lok Sabha elections would be fought on the lines of “Islam versus Bhagwan” and “Pakistan versus India”. The BJP lawmaker from Bairia in Uttar Pradesh had made controversial comments when he defended lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar who raped a 17-year-old girl last year. During a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia, Surendra Singh had said, “The 2019 poll are going to be on the lines of Pakistan versus Bharat… Islam versus Bhagwan and so the respected people of the country you have to decide whether it will be Islam which will win or Bhagwan.” KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of martyr Amir Hamid Lone who succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Srinagar. According to media sources, Amir Hamid Lone, 22, a resident of Chuturgul Kangan, was critically injured in shelling by Indian forces on protesters in Kangan, erupted against the killing of another civilian Gowhar Ahmad Rather on April 3. Gowhar was also injured in police shelling on civilian protesters and had suffered grievous injuries after which he was treated at Soura Medical Institute, Srinagar. Amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, Amir was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard at his native Chuturgul village in Ganderbal district Chuturgul. Men, women and children participated in his funeral procession. Meanwhile, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani addressed the funeral procession telephonically. In his address, Gilani paid tributes to the martyred youth. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza visited the families of Sharjeel Ahmad and others martyrs in Khudwani and other areas of Kulgam district to express solidarity with them.
According to media sources, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza on the occasion condemned the killing of civilians, indiscriminate use of pellets and vandalism of properties by the Indian troops in Shopian, Kulgam and Islamabad districts. He said that the growing Indian aggression against unarmed and peaceful people in Kashmir had touched the alarm line and turned this beautiful place into a battlefield. Waza urged the world community to take cognisance of the Indian brutalities in Jammu and Kashmir and take concrete steps to resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute for ensuring permanent peace in the South Asian region. KASHMIR VOICE