Protest demonstrations despite curfew in Kashmir

In occupied Kashmir, despite curfew and other restrictions imposed by the authorities, people took to the streets at several places against the illegal detention of APHC leaders under draconian Public Safety Act.The people also protested against the restrictions on the movement of the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Forceful anti-India demonstrations marked with crippling strike were held at Nowhatta, Gojawara, Baramulla, Kupwara, Sopore, Islamabad, Shopian, Pattan and Palhalan. Dozens of people were injured when Indian police personnel resorted to brute force to break up the demonstrations.

The APHC Chairman while talking on telephone to Kashmir Media Service, urged India to reciprocate APHC’s five point proposal of the withdrawal of troops, repeal of black laws, inclusion of Kashmiri leadership in the talks process, free movement and free trade within different parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Besides the APHC Chairman, other Hurriyet leaders including Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Yasmin Raja continued to remain under house arrest and were not even allowed to offer Juma prayers.

Curfew was imposed in Pulwama and the troops had sealed all entry points to the town to prevent Pulwama March, call for which was given by senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani, supported by the APHC Chairman.

The Executive Directors of Kashmir Centers in London and Brussels, Professor Nazir Shawl and Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo in their separate statements condemned the detention of Hurriyet leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Aasiya Andrabi, Mohammad Salim Nunnaji, Mussarat Aalam Butt and Farooq Ahmad Dar.

Undeclared curfew in Srinagar, Shopian, Kashmir

In occupied Kashmir, all major cities and towns have been sealed and nobody is being allowed to venture out to march towards Shopian where two young innocent women were raped and murdered by Indian troops on May 30. The authorities have imposed undeclared curfew in downtown areas of Srinagar and in Shopian town to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. People of the downtown areas told media men that they are not being allowed to move out of their houses by Indian troops and police personnel.

Indian troops holding heavy automatic weapons and sticks have been witnessed marching the deserted streets. All exit and entrance points at the district headquarters have been sealed.

A high level meeting of the authorities, which was held in Srinagar, yesterday evening, decided that March would not be allowed. "No march will be allowed. We have decided it," said a senior police officer after the meeting. "We have decided not to allow any body to march from any place," he added.

“CRPF and police personnel have been deployed wherever it was needed and no one will be allowed to take out procession, said a senior police official from South Kashmir.

On the other hand, the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Mian Abdul Qayoom, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi and other Hurriyet leaders have been placed under house arrest. The occupation authorities put in jails several Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Saleem Nunnaji, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Farida Behanji and Mushtaq-ul-Islam.

Meanwhile, the troops barged into the house of Imam-e-Hai, the imam of historic Jamia Masjid ransacked the household goods and harassed the inmates.

Black laws are root cause of Indian state terrorism

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, while condemning the rape and murder of two young women by Indian troops in Shopian, said that black laws are root cause of stepped up Indian state terrorism and violence against women in occupied Kashmir.

Farooq Rehmani in a statement said that reaction of the masses against the Shopian incident was natural and justified. He said that it was not the first incident but the troops time and again committed heinous crimes and the world witnessed all such happenings as a mute spectator.

Farooq Rehmani said that the Shopian incident was a deliberate attempt to break the political and psychological will of Kashmiris for freedom from Indian occupation. He said that if human rights violations were not stopped in the occupied territory and troops were not withdrawn the situation would further deteriorate.

He called upon the world community and international human rights organisations to take notice of Indian state terrorism and massive violation of human rights in occupied Kashmir. He said that settlement of the decades-long Kashmir dispute was imperative for establishing permanent peace in South Asia.

India using Kashmiri women as tool to suppress liberation struggle

Gilani, Nayeem arrested, shifted to undisclosed places

In occupied Kashmir, the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has appealed to the international community to take cognisance of the fact that India is continuously using Kashmiri women as a weapon to suppress the ongoing struggle for right to self-determination.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was addressing an extraordinary meeting of the APHC at his residence in Srinagar, today. He urged India to repeal black laws, withdraw its troops and take steps towards resolving the Kashmir dispute to ensure peace and stability in South Asia. The meeting was attended by Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Fazl Haq Qureshi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza. Immediately after the meeting, Indian police personnel took Nayeem Ahmed Khan into custody and shifted him to an unknown destination.

On the other hand, the occupation authorities arrested several Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Farida Behanji and Mushtaq-ul-Islam from their residences, this morning, shifting them to undisclosed destinations. The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Mian Abdul Qayoom and other Hurriyet leaders continued to remain under house arrest.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown continued for the seventh consecutive day, today, all across the Kashmir Valley against the molestation and subsequent murder of two women by the troops in Shopian. Forensic Science Laboratory report into the incident issued, today, revealed that the two women were raped before being murdered.

At least 20 people were feared dead as a vehicle, they were travelling in, fell into Chinab River at Karara in Doda. Three Indian troopers including a Junior Commissioned Officer were killed and three others injured in different road accidents in Ramban and Poonch areas.

Addressing a gathering of university teachers and students at Qum in Iran, Kashmiri intellectual, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam urged Iran and other Muslim countries to take notice of the miserable plight of the Muslims in India and of state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.