Mirwaiz Welcomes AI Report Calling For Ban on Pellet Guns

Srinagar, September 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has welcomed the Amnesty International report calling for immediate ban on shotguns in Kashmir.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir welcomed the Amnesty’s report released yesterday in Srinagar. “Kashmir welcomes Amnesty report calling for immediate ban on pellet guns, trial of forces personnel in civilian courts and rehabilitation and compensation for victims,” the Mirwaiz added. KASHMIR VOICE
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Kashmir Gets Closer To Venezuela at UN

Geneva, September 14 (Kashmir Voice): Representatives of international powers at the United Nations in Geneva witnessed an interesting moment during the 36th session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) when the top diplomat from Venezuela and representatives from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and occupied Kashmir met in front of the full glare of international community.
According to media sources, the Foreign Minister of Venezuela stole the show during the council session. Young and dynamic, Mr. Jorge Arreaza walked into the hall to defend his country in the face of criticism by the UN on how his government is handling the opposition and constitutional reforms. As he left, he visited Sardar Amjad Youssef Khan from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Syed Faiz Naqshbandi from Srinagar. Sardar Amjad Youssef Khan and Syed Faiz Naqshbandi are attending the UNHRC session as part of a Kashmir delegation. “Foreign Minister Arreaza was gracious. He met us and gave us a few minutes from his schedule to discuss Kashmir dispute,” Naqshbandi said. “Venezuela has supported Kashmir in the past,” Sardar Amjad said, adding that he and his colleagues from occupied Kashmir wanted to thank FM Arreaza for Venezuela’s support for the freedom struggle in the past. The United Nations has made history by breaking its decades-long silence on Kashmir in September 2017. The Kashmir conflict is now part of the top policy agenda of the UN Human Rights Council, whose 36th session is currently underway in Geneva. A Kashmir delegation is attending the session. KASHMIR VOICE
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Protests as Army Men Thrash School Bus Driver, Students

Srinagar, September 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian army, today, assaulted students and a school bus driver after hitting his vehicle in Islamabad district.
According to media sources, witnesses said that the driver of a local private school entered in a heated argument with the soldiers after his bus was hit by an army vehicle in Wanpoh area of the district.
They said that army men beat up the school driver, identified as Nazir Ahmad, following which students staged an anti-army protest. Reports said that soldiers beat up the students and resorted to aerial firing to disperse the protesters. Soon, forces deployed in the area resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the protesters. A student, Sheezan of 10th standard, was shifted to District Hospital, Islamabad, where he received several stitches in his head. Traffic came to a grinding halt because of the protests, reports said. KASHMIR VOICE
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UNHRC Urged to end Rights Violations in IOK

Geneva, September 13 (Kashmir Voice): Kashmiri representative, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi has apprised the international community about grim situation of human rights in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi in his statement submitted at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva informed the World Body that India did not allow a UN fact-finding team to visit occupied Kashmir as suggested by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to assess the human rights violations perpetrated by Indian armed forces in the territory. Syed Faiz Naqshbandi while appreciating High Commissioner’s report stressed the need to focus on the situation where territories were under foreign occupation. “There is grim situation of human rights in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir where on one hand, India does not allow UN fact finding team to visit Kashmir as said by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and on the other, the armed forces of India enjoy impunity. Confession before a police officer stands declared a valid confession in the Indian Evidence Act. Identity of a witness can remain secret which has resulted in fake trials. This situation has drastically increased human right violations in occupied Kashmir,” the statement said. The statement maintained that Kashmiri resistance leaders; Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and others were in continued detention, victimized and harassed by Indian forces and even not allowed to meet the people. He while urging the Council to play a role in ending the human rights violations called for sending a UN fact-finding mission to occupied Kashmir. Similar demands were made by other Kashmiri representatives including Shameem Shawl, Pervez Ahmed and Sardar Amjad Yousef in their statements. They asked the UNHRC to compel India to stop genocide in occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE

IOK HCBA to Observe Strike from Tomorrow

Srinagar, September 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has announced to observe strike from tomorrow against once again summoning of the Bar President, Mian Abdul Qayoom by India’s National Investigation Agency to New Delhi.
According to media sources, the HCBA in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the NIA move is aimed at harassing and humiliating the leadership of the lawyers’ body. It said that the Bar members would observe strike on 14th September, which would continue till return of Mian Qayoom from New Delhi.
As per the statement, the decision was taken at HCBA’s General Body meeting that was held in Srinagar.
“The purpose behind registration of the criminal case and raiding of houses of pro-freedom leadership and their activists and dragging them to New Delhi is to intimidate and threaten them so that they give up their support to the principled cause of people of Jammu and Kashmir and their inalienable right to self-determination,” the statement added. “Therefore, as a mark of protest, the Bar members shall observe strike on 14th of September, 2017 and continue the same till the Bar President would return back from Delhi. It was also decided that the lawyers would meet again on 15th of September in the High Court Bar room to discuss the issue further,” it added. KASHMIR VOICE
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