Shutdown Continues In Shopian to Mourn Killing of Youth

Srinagar, April 28 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in Shopian town on the second consecutive day, today, to mourn the killing of a student in the firing of the Indian troops.
According to media sources, all shops and other business establishments are closed in the town while traffic is off the road. The student identified as Shakeeb Shabbir was killed when the troops resorted to indiscriminate firing after an attack by unknown gunmen on a patrolling party of Indian Army in Lazibal area of Islamabad town on Thursday. Meanwhile, youth took to the streets in the town and held demonstrations against the killing. Indian troops and police deployed in the town fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and the forces’ personnel. The slashes were going on till reports last came in. On the other hand, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt, in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the killing of Shakeeb Shabir. He said that the bloodbath of Kashmiri youth continued unabated under one pretext or the other while human rights organizations and civil society activists in India were acting as mute spectators. He said, the Kashmiri youth are offering unprecedented sacrifices for a great cause and their sacrifices will not be allowed to go waste. He said New Delhi can delay the resolution of Kashmir dispute by use of force and military might but cannot deny it. He demanded unconditional release of all illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in different jails. KASHMIR VOICE
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Shutdown Continues In Shopian to Mourn Killing of Youth

Srinagar, April 28 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in Shopian town on the second consecutive day, today, to mourn the killing of a student in the firing of the Indian troops.
According to media sources, all shops and other business establishments are closed in the town while traffic is off the road. The student identified as Shakeeb Shabbir was killed when the troops resorted to indiscriminate firing after an attack by unknown gunmen on a patrolling party of Indian Army in Lazibal area of Islamabad town on Thursday. Meanwhile, youth took to the streets in the town and held demonstrations against the killing. Indian troops and police deployed in the town fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and the forces’ personnel. The slashes were going on till reports last came in. On the other hand, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt, in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the killing of Shakeeb Shabir. He said that the bloodbath of Kashmiri youth continued unabated under one pretext or the other while human rights organizations and civil society activists in India were acting as mute spectators. He said, the Kashmiri youth are offering unprecedented sacrifices for a great cause and their sacrifices will not be allowed to go waste. He said New Delhi can delay the resolution of Kashmir dispute by use of force and military might but cannot deny it. He demanded unconditional release of all illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in different jails. KASHMIR VOICE

Woman’s Killing; Police Tries to Exonerate Killer Troops in IOK

Srinagar, April 28 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, in an attempt to exonerate the killer Indian troops, the police have stated before the Human Rights Commission of the territory that Ruby Jan of Shopian was killed by mujahideen and not by the troops.
According to media sources, the family of the woman and local residents say that Ruby Jan also known as Beauty Jan was killed when the troops fired bullets to disperse protesters during a cordon and search operation in Shopian on December 19, last year. “She was inside her home with her suckling child in her lap when a bullet was fired in her abdomen from a window,” the family members say. The police in reply to a petition filed by the Chairman of Centre for Peace and Protection of Human Rights, M M Shuja, seeking justice for the victim woman, in its report to the commission instead of bringing the real culprits to book used the old ploy to exonerate and shield the killer troops. The Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, didn’t corroborate the police line. However, he sought to justify the killing of Beauty Jan by stating that since AFSPA is in force in district Shopian (along with other districts) no permission is sought from a magistrate before opening fire during operations. The commission had sought personal appearance of SSP and DC Shopian in the case, but the officials didn’t appear before the rights body. M M Shuja has filed a petition seeking probe into the killing by the investigating wing of the commission. The petition writes, “A constitutional obligation is cast upon this commission to constitute a thorough probe preferably through its own agency so that those responsible for the killing of the innocent civilian are brought to justice.” The petitioner said the magistrate under whose orders the firing was ordered also needed to be booked under law. KASHMIR VOICE
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Kashmiris’ Miseries Should End Now: Former Norwegian PM

Oslo, April 28 (Kashmir Voice): The former Norwegian Prime Minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik, has said that the miseries of the Kashmiris should end now.
According to media sources, Kjell Magne Bondevik speaking at a seminar on Kashmir organised by his organization, Oslo Center, in the capital city of Norway, expressed hope that the Kashmir dispute would be resolved soon. “We have a deep interest in the issues existing in the region, including the problem of Kashmir,” he added. The seminar was also addressed by Mushal Malik, the wife of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and Prof Sten Widmalm, a professor of Political Science, Uppsala University of Sweden. The former Norwegian Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of Mushal Malik for highlighting the Kashmir dispute. The seminar was attended by a number of people from different walks of life including researchers and intellectuals. Mushaal Malik in her address urged the international community to play its role in stopping the atrocities perpetrated by the Indian troops on the innocent people of occupied Kashmir and in resolving the Kashmir dispute according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. She also spoke on the brutal use of pellet guns by the Indian forces on the protestors in occupied Kashmir. She also mentioned rape and murder of a minor girl, Aasifa Bano, in Kathua area of Jammu. Meanwhile, the Executive Director of Kashmir Scandinavian Council, Sardar Ali Shahnawaz, expressed his hope that the seminar with the participation of Norwegian intellectuals and researchers will make further awareness and understanding in Norway on the Kashmir dispute. He added that the Kashmir cause is being pursued in Norway from last 20 years. KASHMIR VOICE
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India’s ED Issues FEMA Notice against Detained IOK Businessman

New Delhi, April 28 (Kashmir Voice): India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) show cause notice to a Kashmiri businessman, Zahoor Ahmed Watali, arrested by the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a fake case of money laundering.
According to media sources, the ED claimed that Zahoor Ahmed Watali had received money from abroad in his accounts. The NIA had arrested him from New Delhi in August last year. The NIA had filed a charge-sheet in the case in January this year. The ED has also filed a money laundering case, based on this NIA FIR, and is probing the role of Watali under this law too. KASHMIR VOICE
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Indian Police Attack Malik, Arrest Him in Injured Condition

Srinagar, April 28 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, after subjecting him to brute torture in Srinagar, today.
According to media sources, the JKLF in a statement said that the police intercepted Muhammad Yasin Malik along with party leader, Bashir Ahmed Kashmiri, near Ghousia hospital in Khanyar when he was on his way to Jamia Masjid Srinagar to lead a peaceful protest called by the Joint Resistance Leadership. It said that the police stopped the vehicle that Yasin Malik was driving and straightaway an officer started showering choosiest abuses on the JKLF Chairman and whole resistance leadership. The police officer was endlessly calling the resistance leaders as terrorists and threatening to kill them all, it added. The statement said that Yasin Malik objected to misbehavior of the officer and asked him to show some restraint but there was no stopping to his hooliganism. “He ordered his uniformed men to attack Yasin Malik and obliging his order the policemen assaulted the JKLF Chairman, injured him and virtually dragged him to police station Khanyar from where he along with Bashir Kashmiri was shifted to police station Kothibagh,” the statement added. Meanwhile, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has condemned the police assault and manhandling of Muhammad Yasin Malik. “Strongly condemn police assault, manhandling and arrest of JKLF chief Yasin Malik by police when he was on way to Jama Masjid to take part in a peaceful protest against unabated killings of youth, use of force on students and continued illegal arrests of leaders,” Mirwaiz said in a tweet message. Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiaz Ahmed Reshi and Ghulam Nabi War in their joint statement also condemned the police attack on Muhammad Yasin Malik. KASHMIR VOICE
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