Revelations by WikiLeaks

‘WikiLeaks vindicated our stance about HR abuses in IHK’

Hurriyet leaders and civil rights groups have said that the revelations by WikiLeaks about torture of detainees in Jammu and Kashmir has vindicated their assertions about the gross human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian police and troops in the territory.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview in Srinagar said that WikiLeaks had vindicated their stand about the systematic torture prevalent in the jails of occupied Kashmir.

“We have been telling the world for past 21 years about gross rights violations in the territory. This information provided by International Committee of Red Cross to the US embassy is only about the official jails, but there are hundreds of unofficial jails and underground torture cells here where civilians are subjected to third degree torture,” he added. The Mirwaiz said that it was unfortunate that the US, which portrayed itself as champion of democracy and civil rights, had maintained intentional silence over the issue.

Syed Ali Gilani in an interview said that there was nothing new in the revelations of WikiLeaks, as the Indian forces had been resorting to inhuman and brutal torture to crush the sentiments of the Kashmiri people for past over 21 years. “Thousands of civilians have been killed by Indian troops by subjecting them to torture, but world is behaving as mute spectator to the atrocities perpetrated on the people,” he said, adding that he himself was subjected to third degree torture in jails in and outside the occupied territory.

Khurram Parvez, said that it was a testing time for Indian civil society whether it would sit silent or come on streets to put an end to torture and torture chambers in occupied Kashmir. “The revelation by a credible and independent agency is a challenge to the conscience of Indian civil society,”

America cannot impose solution on Kashmir

American President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States could not impose a solution on Kashmir or other issues in the volatile India-Pakistan relationship (Interesting, even he is president of super power who think they have solution of all world problems).

"I believe both Pakistan and India have an interest in reducing tensions between the two countries," Obama said when asked about the Kashmir dispute at a press conference after he met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Gilani addressing a seminar in Delhi

Syed Ali Gilani addressing a seminar in New Delhi organised by the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners said, “All previous dialogue processes with India have failed without solving the issue as New Delhi didn’t want to find out amicable solution to the Kashmir dispute.”

He reiterated that the Kashmir dispute could be resolved only through right to self-determination and the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be given a chance to determine their fate. He said that Kashmir was not an internal dispute but an international one and added the interlocutors should be boycotted. He informed the audience that Kashmiri youth were being targeted by Indian police and paramilitary forces during the peaceful protest demonstrations.

Earlier, noted Indian author, Arundhati Roy, expressed solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their fight for justice and right to self-determination. She said, India needs as much azadi (freedom) from Kashmir as Kashmir needs from it.

Umar Farooq appeals Obama to prioritise Kashmir

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has appealed to the American President, Barack Obama to impress upon India to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. Mirwaiz addressing his party workers in Srinagar, said that during his visit to India, the Obama must prioritise the Kashmir dispute in his talks with the Indian leadership to ensure peace and stability in South Asia.

He emphasised that India should withdraw its forces from the occupied kashmir.

On the other hand, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent Kashmiri youth during siege and search operations in Banihal. Dozens of people were injured when Indian police resorted to violence against peaceful protestors in Srinagar, Baramulla, Shopian and Islamabad. An Indian soldier was killed in mysterious circumstances at an army camp in Uri.

The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in a meeting in Srinagar, today, expressed concern over the deteriorating health of illegally detained senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah. Dukhteran-e-Millat in a statement strongly condemned the arrest of Hurriyet leader, Massarat Aalam Butt.

Obama to demand India for Kashmir issue resolution

Go for a Kashmir solution and help bring stability to the region for a ticket to UN Security Council membership and fulfilling your big power aspirations. That's the broad message President Barack Obama will be bringing to New Delhi during his upcoming November visit to India, preparation for which are in full swing in Washington DC.

The Kashmir settlement-for-seat at high table idea is being discussed animatedly in the highest levels of the US administration, according to a various sources. President Obama himself has decided to revive the process of a US push in this direction, albeit discreetly, because of New Delhi's sensitivities.

Key administration officials are confirming that the UNSC issue will be on Obama's agenda when he visits New Delhi. The US President is expected to announce an incremental American support to India's candidature during his address to the joint session of India's parliament, depending on New Delhi's receptiveness to resolving the Kashmir tangle.

"[UNSC reforms] is something that is under discussion as we prepare for the President's important visit," US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake confirmed on Monday during a read-out of the meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Indian counterpart S.M.Krishna, saying the two had agreed the "President's visit will be a defining moment in the history of our bilateral relations."

The clearest insight into Obama's thinking on the matter comes from Bob Woodward's latest book "Obama's War" in which top US policy makers are shown mulling on defusing the Kashmir situation as part of an exit strategy for US from the AfPak theater.

"Why can't we have straightforward talks with India on why a stable Pakistan is crucial?" Obama is reported as musing at one meeting. "India is moving toward a higher place in its global posture. A stable Pakistan would help." Implicit in the rumination is the idea that settling Kashmir would mollify Pakistan, where, US officials say, hardliners are using the unresolved issue as an excuse to breed an army of terrorists aimed at bleeding India.

Dedicated To SELF DETERMINATION In Kashmir

Tu Ne Ujri Hui Jannat Ko Na Daikha Ho Tou Aa Mere Ujrey Howa Bikhrey Howa "KASHMIR" Ko Daikh.
Dedicated To SELF DETERMINATION In Kashmir.

Pro Freedom demos rock in Sringar after Eid prayers

In occupied Kashmir Eid-ul-Fitr, today, was marked with massive anti India and pro freedom protests, clashes between Indian army and demonstrators and a mammoth public gathering at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. Thousands of freedom lovers, chanting pro-freedom slogans, took out huge processions from Eidgah in Srinagar and other cities and towns of the occupied territory.

A big march in Srinagar was led by the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq who participated in a sit in at Lal Chowk. APHC leader, Yasmin Raja and other liberation leaders also joined the sit in. Hundreds of youth on motorcycles shouting, "we want freedom", "Kashmir bane ka Pakistan", Jiss Kashmir ko khoon se seencha, wo kashmir hamara hai" etc. gathered at Lal Chowk and. hoisted Pakistani and green flags a top the Clock Tower.

As the Lal Chowk rally was about to end, a mob set ablaze the buildings of Crime Branch of India, Power Development Department, Power Corporation and a police post. Enraged youth torched the barracks of Indian police in Hazratbal, a Central Reserve Police Force camp in Tral and police posts in other places. The troops resorted to aerial firing, cane charge and tear gas shelling.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Bemina, Habba Kadal, Nawab Bazar, Khanqai Muala, Zaindar Mohalla, Khanyar, Sonawar, Sopore, Baramulla, Kupwara, Handwara, Bandipore, Islamabad, Pulwama, Budgam and other towns and cities to protest against Indian state terrorism.

Addressing a gathering of hundreds of thousands of people in Eidgah, the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq vowed to continue liberation struggle till it reached its logical conclusion. He denounced the illegal detention of Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Mian Abdul Qayoom, Aasiya Andrabi, Zaffar Akbar Butt, Ghulan Nabi Shaheen, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and others. The Mirwaiz urged India to shun its military might policy and take positive steps for the resolution of Kashmir through tripartite talks.

Addressing similar Eid congregations Hurriyet leaders, including Syed Agha Hassan Al-Moosvi, Nisar Hussain Rather, Javid Ahmad Mir, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza said, India would not be able to suppress Kashmiris’ liberation struggle by brute force. Mohammad Farooq Rehmani addressed a function held in Bandipore through telephone from Islamabad.

India’s Independence Day in Kashmir

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed the Indian Independence Day, 15 August, as Black Day to convey to the world that the people of Kashmir have yet to exercise their birth right to self-determination.

Call for the observance of the Day had been given by the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani and all other liberation leaders and groups.

The occupation authorities had made unprecedented arrangements to thwart anti-India protest demonstrations on the day, imposing curfew in several cities and towns. Police and paramilitary troops had sealed all the roads leading to the Bakhshi Stadium in Srinagar, the main venue for the official function, while sharp shooters had been deployed on the top of various buildings in different areas in the city.

In a daring deed, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of local police hurled a shoe at the puppet Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Omar Abdullah when he was taking salute after unfurling the Indian flag at Bakhshi Stadium in Srinagar. After hurling the shoe, the police officer raised a black flag shouting the slogan, “We want freedom". Indian troops immediately took him into custody.

On the other hand, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent youth one each of them in Kupwara and Rajouri areas. Two persons including a teenager were killed when Indian police fired upon protestors in Narbal and Islamabad. Protests continued in Banihal area of Ramban district.

In Muzaffarabad, the APHC-AJK staged a protest outside the Press Club against Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir. A memorandum was presented to the United Nations Observers’ Office on the occasion.

And in Brussels, hundreds of Kashmiris and their sympathizers staged a peaceful protest demonstration in front of the Indian Embassy to protest against the gross human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. Addressing the demonstrators, the Chairman of Kashmir centre Brussels, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo expressed his anguish on the continued occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and denial of Kashmiris’ right of self-determination by India.

Rich tributes paid to Kashmiri leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz

In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyet leaders and organisations have paid rich tributes to APHC leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz on his second martyrdom anniversary being observed, tomorrow (August 11).

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said that lacs of Kashmiris had rendered their lives for the Kashmir cause their sacrifices would not be allowed to go waste. He reiterated the pledge to continue the liberation movement till its logical conclusion.

On the other hand, APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Peoples League, Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoob in a statement said that Sheikh Abdul Aziz was a committed and dedicated leader whose sacrifice had given a new dimension to the Kashmir liberation struggle.

Illegally detained APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan in his statement appealed the people not to give up the tradition of remembering their benefactors.

Meanwhile, the APHC leader, Yasmeen Raja in her statement issued in Srinagar, while paying homage to Sheikh Abdul Aziz, said that the blood of martyrs would not be allowed to go waste and Kashmiris would continue their mission till its complete success.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R, Farooq Ahmad Dar in his statement paying rich tributes to Sheikh Abdul Aziz, said that the sacred blood of Kashmiri martyrs would bring positive results and the day would come soon when the people of occupied Kashmir would get rid of Indian bondage.

It is to mention here that it was on August 11, 2008, when Indian army personnel shot dead Sheikh Abdul Aziz, while he was leading a mammoth march towards the Line of Control in the aftermath of the economic blockade against the Kashmir Valley by the Hindu fanatic groups of Jammu.

Kashmir Valley Situation

In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have arrested 41 persons including Hurriyet leaders and young freedom lovers under the black law, Public Safety Act (PSA) while 638 youth have been detained under different fake charges during a period of one month in the Kashmir Valley.

An official working in the police headquarters in Srinagar told mediamen that 23 persons including Respected Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, High Court Bar Association President, Mian Abdul Qayoom and General Secretary, Ghulam Nabi Shaheen have been booked under PSA. “The figure comprises people detained under PSA in various jails and district headquarters,” he said.

Though police officials in Srinagar didn’t reveal the exact number of people detained under the PSA, sources told newsmen that apart from Hurriyet leaders, three young boys hailing from Safakadal and one each from Gojwara and Nowhatta localities of Srinagar had been detained under the Act.

A police official said that 18 arrest warrants under the PSA had been issued in Pulwama district. “A youth has been detained and booked under PSA while 17 others against whom arrest warrants have been issued have fled from their houses. We have launched a manhunt to track them,” he added.

In Islamabad district, three persons have been arrested and booked under the black law. Many people, mostly youth have also been arrested under the PSA in Baramulla and Sopore towns.

Pertinently Kashmir Valley has been on boil after the killing of 17 year- ld Tufail Matoo in police action in Srinagar on June 11. Since then 16 more persons including a 25-year-old woman have died in the firing of police and CRPF personnel on peaceful protesters across the Valley.

Protesters Injured in Police Action in Srinagar, Kashmir

In occupied Kashmir dozens of freedom lovers were injured in Srinagar when Indian policemen and paramilitary troops resorted to brute force to disperse demonstrators, who were protesting peacefully against the blasphemous sketches of Islamic religious places on undergarments.

People took to the streets at Nowhatta and the adjoining localities including Rajouri Kadal, Gojwara and Hawal and staged demonstrations. They were shouting ‘We want Freedom’ and slogans against India.

The police stopped the demonstrators at Khayam Chowk when they tried to march towards Lal Chowk. The police fired several shots in the air, burst smoke shells and resorted to baton charge, triggering clashes between protesters and the police. Later, the clashes spread to Nowpora, Khayam, Rainawari, Dalgate, Maisuma and Koker Bazar areas. At least thirty persons were injured in the police action.


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Kashmiris observe Indian Republic Day as Black Day

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observed Indian Republic Day, today, as Black Day, call for which was given by the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani. Observance of the day was aimed at conveying the international community that India’s continued denial of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination was contrary to its claim of being a democratic republic.

In occupied Kashmir, all business establishments, government and private offices, banks and courts remained closed while traffic was off the road. Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces were patrolling the streets and all the roads leading to Bakhshi Stadium in Srinagar, where the main Republic Day function was held, were sealed.

It happened for the first time during the last twenty years that due to the apprehension of the public resistance, Indian authorities desisted from hoisting Indian flag on the Ghanta Ghar at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.

The APHC-AJK chapter organized a demonstration in front of the United Nations Observers’ Office in Islamabad, which was led by the Convenor, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar. On the occasion a memorandum presented to the UN Office urged the United Nations to help stop Indian atrocities against the innocent people of the occupied territory. In Muzaffarabad, a big procession was taken out, which marched through different streets of the city. Kashmiri leaders expressed the hope that the Kashmir liberation movement was destined to succeed.

In Brussels, a big demonstration was staged outside the Indian High Commission, which was led by the Chairman of Kashmir Centre, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo. In a separate function organised by the Centre, the speakers including Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate, Farooq H Naek, speaker of the AJK Assembly, Shah Ghulam Qadir and the Chairman of the Centre, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, urged India to come forward in a big way to settle the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.