Protest in Srinagar against NIA raids, arrests

Talks only option for Kashmir’s final solution
Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar, today, to condemn the raids by India’s National Investigating Agency, detentions and killings in the territory.

Hundreds of resistance activists while taking part in the protests said that putting common people in jails was in blatant violation of democratic norms and human rights. The protesters vowed that the people of Jammu and Kashmir could not be intimidated into submission through such acts of state terrorism. Continue reading

IOK rights body moved against illegal detentions

Indian army continues operation in Kupwara
Srinagar, September 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that the Indian authorities are subjecting Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chief, Aasiya Andrabi and her associate Fehmida Sofi to political vengeance by not releasing them despite the court has quashed draconian Public Safety Act against them.
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Gilani denounces divide-and-rule policy in IOK

Srinagar, September 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has flayed the puppet coalition regime for their divide-and-rule policy, asking it to desist from stirring communal sentiments in the territory.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Interference and meddling in religious matters is a serious matter” and denounced the lockdown of Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, and barring the devotees from offering prayers. He said, “Such actions cannot be justified.”

Terming the prevailing situation in the occupied territory horrendous, Gilani said, “Imperialistic and tyrannical forces for their political gains always exploit situations and instigate and promote infighting among different ethnic sections in society.” Continue reading

JRL seeks meaningful dialogue for Kashmir settlement

Indian troops martyr two Kashmiri youth in Kupwara

Srinagar, September 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that Kashmir is not a territorial dispute but a human and political issue, which can be settled through dialogue among Pakistan, India and the genuine Kashmiri leadership.

The resistance leaders in a statement issued after a meeting at the Hyderpora residence of Syed Ali Gilani said that Hurriyat leadership was not averse to a sincere, meaningful and result-oriented dialogue for resolution of the lingering dispute. However, they deplored that instead of creating conducive environment for such a process, India is focused on upgrading the police apparatus and enhancing military power by providing war-headed helicopters for use against the Kashmiri people who raise voice for their right to self-determination. The leaders said that this military approach was resulting in continued killings, maiming, blinding and injuring of people while political activists had been jailed and peaceful political activities had been prohibited. In this grim situation of oppression, they said, India’s rhetoric to hold talks for permanent resolution of the Kashmir dispute is an excuse to flee from the table of negotiations and put the onus on the resistance leadership. Continue reading

Pro-India parties playing with Kashmiris’ sentiments

Delhi court extends Shabbier Shah’s judicial remand

Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that pro-India Kashmiri political parties are exploiting the sentiments of innocent people to remain in power.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the subjugated people of Kashmir were suffering because of hypocritical behaviour of these double dealers. He said that pro-freedom leaders were repeatedly summoned and detained by India’s National Investigation Agency because of their unflinching support to the Kashmir cause.

The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing an executive meeting of the forum in Srinagar, today, welcomed the Amnesty International’s report that calls for immediate ban on shotguns, trial of forces’ personnel in civilian courts and rehabilitation and compensation for victims in the occupied territory. The meeting denounced the cordon and search operations and raids on the houses of resistance leaders, activists, lawyers and traders. Mirwaiz asked for settlement of the Kashmir dispute in the interest of lives of millions of people in South Asia. Continue reading

CRPF statement on pellet use misleading: Amnesty

Forces violating international standards in Kashmir: Rai

Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): The Amnesty International has said that the Indian government and local authorities in occupied Kashmir have failed to give any concrete assurance about complete ban on the use of pellet guns in the territory.

Aakar Patel, Executive Director of the Amnesty International, addressing a press conference in Srinagar said the crowd control measures adopted by the police and paramilitary forces in Kashmir violate international standards.

He said the government claims that pellet gun is not lethal, but the injuries and deaths caused by this “cruel weapon bear testimony to how dangerous, inaccurate and indiscriminate it is.”

“There is no proper way to use pellet-firing. It is irresponsible of authorities to continue to the use of pellet guns despite being aware of the damage they do,” Patel said. Continue reading

Amnesty International demands ban on pellet guns

IOK bar to abstain from court work tomorrow

Srinagar, September 13 (KMS): The human rights watchdog, Amnesty International has demanded that the pellet-firing shotguns, which have been responsible for blinding, killing and traumatizing hundreds of people in occupied Kashmir, must be immediately banned.

Releasing a report, titled “Losing Sight In Kashmir, The Impact of Pellet Guns” at a local hotel in Srinagar, the Director Amnesty International India, Aakar Patel said that no amount of violence from the youth could legitimize the use of pellet guns. He said that the Amnesty had raised the issue with the government of India, which understands that the damage caused by the pellets was disproportionate. Patel pointed out that his organization was working in Kashmir for a long time, and since 1989, no case or FIR registered against the forces had been acted upon. Continue reading

Indian troops kill two youth in IOK today

Thousands attend martyrs’ funerals
Srinagar, September 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their continued acts of state terrorism killed two more youth in the territory, today, bringing the toll to five in two days.

The youth, identified as Sayar Ahmad Wani and Dawood Illahi Khan, were martyred by the troops during a cordon and search operation in Khudwani area of Kulgam district. The killing led to spontaneous shutdown in Kulgam and Islamabad districts. The authorities suspended mobile and Internet services in the two districts.

Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of Sayar Ahmad Wani and Dawood Illahi Khan. Multiple rounds of funerals were held for the youth in their native Hawoora and Wanpora areas of Kulgam. The martyrs were laid to rest amid pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. Continue reading