Mirwaiz Arrested As He Tries To Conduct March in Srinagar

Srinagar, July 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in Srinagar, today, as he defied his house arrest and tried to conduct a march towards Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqashband Sahib (RA) to pay tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs of July 13, 1931.
According to media sources, call for the march was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq stepped out of his Nageen residence along with his dozens of supporters and tried to march towards Naqashband Sahib. However, a heavy contingent of Indian police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force already deployed there stopped them to proceed to the Naqshband Sahib (RA) Shrine, which houses the martyrs’ graveyard. Talking to reporters before his arrest, the Mirwaiz said that the martyrs of 13th July 1931 were the torch-bearers of Kashmiris’ struggle for self-determination who set the precedent to stand up against repression and fight for their fundamental right, the right to be masters of their destiny. “Tremendous sacrifices of life have been made since July 13, 1931, and lacs of Kashmiris have been martyred and continue to be killed in their struggle for freedom,” he said. The Mirwaiz said, “Undoubtedly it is an uphill task that the brave people of Kashmir have undertaken but to break the yoke of subjugation and achieve freedom is the dream of every nation which is worth all the struggle and sacrifice being offered.” He also welcomed the statement of UN Chief, Antonio Guterres, backing the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein’s call for international investigation into human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir calling it the “voice of the UN”. He said instead of calling the UN report biased and fallacious New Delhi should understand that it cannot forever cloak the gravest human rights abuses being perpetrated by its forces’ personnel in the occupied territory from the eyes of the world. He urged India to give up its obduracy and resolve the Kashmir dispute in the spirit of democracy and give the Kashmiri people their right to self-determination. The Mirwaiz also condemned the occupation authorities for barring people from offering Juma prayers at Jamia Masjid and other mosques in downtown Srinagar by enforcing curfew and restrictions. Meanwhile, the occupation authorities had put Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Zafar Akbar Butt and Umar Aadil Dar under house arrest or in custody to prevent them from leading the march. KASHMIR VOICE
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IOK Shut to Remember Martyrs of 13th July 1931

Srinagar, July 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed, today, to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the 22 Kashmiris who were shot dead by the Indian Dogra Forces in Srinagar on this day in 1931.
According to media sources, call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road. On 13th July in 1931, the troops of Dogra Maharaja had killed 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside Central Jail in Srinagar during the court proceedings against one Abdul Qadeer who had asked Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra rule. Meanwhile, occupation authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar, today, to prevent people from conducting a march towards Naqshband Sahib where the martyrs of 13th July are buried. The authorities also arrested Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and put Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Zafar Akbar Butt, Umar Aadil Dar and other Hurriyat leaders under house arrest or in custody to prevent them from leading the march. KASHMIR VOICE
IOK Shut to Remember Martyrs of 13th July 1931

After Exhumation, Martyred Youth Laid To Rest in IOK

Srinagar, July 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people, today, participated in the funeral prayers of two martyred youth in Kulgam and Islamabad districts. According to media sources, Indian troops had killed the youth, Zahid Rashid Butt of Braihad Yaripora area of Kulgam and Nissar Ahmed Butt of Krad Shangus area of Islamabad in a fake encounter in Machil area of Kupwara district. The bodies of the martyred youth were exhumed and brought to their native villages this morning. Thousands of people reached Braihad Yaripora in Kulgam and Krad Shangus in Islamabad and attended the last rites of the martyrs. The slain youth were laid to rest amid high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. KASHMIR VOICE
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UN Chief Hints at Support for Human Rights Probe in Kashmir

United Nations, July 13 (Kashmir Voice): The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, today, hinted his support for the UN Human Rights chief’s call for an independent international investigation into the situation in occupied Kashmir, saying the Human Rights High Commissioner’s action represents the “voice of the UN” on the issue. According to media sources, Antonio Guterres told reporters at his press conference in New York when asked whether he supports an independent international probe into the rights situation in Kashmir as recommended by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein in his report last month. “As you can imagine, all the action of the Human Rights High Commissioner is an action that represents the voice of the UN in relation to that issue,” he said. On the situation in Kashmir and whether he has made any attempt to bring about dialogue between India and Pakistan, Guterres said, “It is clear to me that only political solutions can address political problems.” He said whenever he meets with the leaders of both India and Pakistan, he always offers his good offices to the settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He expressed hope that in future mechanisms of dialogue will be created that will allow for this problem to also find an adequate political solution that the people can benefit from. KASHMIR VOICE
UN Chief Hints at Support for Human Rights Probe in Kashmir

APHC-AJK Remembers Martyrs of 13th July 1931

Islamabad, July 13 (Kashmir Voice): Hurriyet leaders of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chapter organised a condolence reference to mark the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day and pay tributes to the Kashmiris who sacrificed their lives on July 13, 1931. According to media sources, the speakers in their speeches highlighting the sacrifices of martyrs of 1931 said that they had laid the foundation of liberation movement of Kashmir. They vowed to carry on the martyrs’ mission till complete success. The speakers said that India was using every tactic including arrests, harassment and the use of brute force to suppress the ongoing liberation movement but would never succeed in its nefarious designs of preventing the people of Kashmir from continuing their struggle for right to self-determination. They reiterated that the people of Kashmir would render every kind of sacrifice for the Kashmir cause. They urged the Indian government to give up its rigid stance and grant the Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the UN resolutions. The speakers strongly denouncing the human rights violations by the Indian troops in occupied Kashmir appealed to the world community to play its role in stopping the Indian brutalities in the occupied territory. They said that the sacrifices given by the Kashmiri martyrs would always be remembered. The speakers said that killings and arrests in occupied Kashmir by Indian forces could not suppress the ongoing liberation movement as the morale of Kashmiris was high and they would take the movement to its logical conclusion at all costs. They demanded immediate and unconditional release of all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists languishing in different jails of India and the occupied territory. They also appealed to the Pakistan government to apprise the international community of the latest situation of Kashmir through its effective diplomacy. The speakers included Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Abdul Hameed Lone and Syed Muzaffar Shah. Abid Khurshid, Raja Kafeel, Shehzad Rathore, Arshad Saani, Ejaz Abbasi, Abid Abbasi and Sardar Hameed also spoke on the occasion. KASHMIR VOICE
APHC-AJK Remembers Martyrs of 13th July 1931

UN Chief Thanked For Backing Probe into HR Abuses in IOK

Srinagar, July 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has thanked the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, for backing international probe into human rights violations being committed by Indian troops in the occupied territory. According to media sources, the DFP Secretary General, Muhammad Abdullah Tari in a statement issued in Srinagar said, the statement of UN Chief is welcomed and the time has come for the World Body to impress upon New Delhi to accept the demand of Kashmiri people for a free and fair plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. He also thanked the UN chief for rejecting India’s assertions that Human Rights High Commissioner’s report overstepped his mandate and that Commissioner had no mandate for it. Muhammad Abdullah Tari said Kashmiri people are facing massive rights violations at the hands of New Delhi and its agents. He said a large number of people including Hurriyat activists and leaders are facing the worst kind of atrocities in different jails. He said the DFP Chairman Shabbir Ahmad Shah is facing the worst situation in Tihar jail of New Delhi as he is even denied proper medical treatment. Muhammad Abdullah Tari appealed to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein to take notice of the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners and put pressure on India to release all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists. KASHMIR VOICE
UN Chief Thanked For Backing Probe into HR Abuses in IOK