Mirwaiz prays for a strong and stable Pakistan

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (M) (APHC-M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has written a letter to the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi, Salman Bashir briefing him about the prevailing situation in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK).

An APHC spokesman in statement issued in Srinagar said that the letter was handed over to the Pakistan High Commissioner by senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in New Delhi during the Pakistan Day function.

In the letter, Mirwaiz on behalf of Hurriyat and Kashmiri people, prayed for a sustainable, stable and progressive Pakistan, the statement added.

Meanwhile, a Hurriyat spokesman denounced the police crackdown on youth in Kashmir, especially in Srinagar. The police are conducting nocturnal raids during which they terrorize people and ransack their belongings. Lethal gases like pepper gas are adding to the woes of people. People are complaining of various diseases due to frequent use of pepper gas, the statement said.

The police are giving a collective punishment to the people who are demanding end to oppression.

The spokesman in the statement said that such repressive measures were initiated by the authorities to break the will of Kashmiris. But such aggressive policies wont prevent people from pursuing their cherished goal of freedom, he said.

Meanwhile, on the instruction of the APHC Chairman, a delegation led by Ghulam Qadir Beigh visited Tujgari Mohalla, Nowhatta and took stock of the situation after 31 residential houses were gutted on Saturday. The delegation expressed sympathy with the victims and stressed their immediate rehabilitation.

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3 Indian soldiers injured in fighting with Mujahadeen

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), at least three Indian army soldiers are critically injured in a fight with Mujahadeen e Kashmir in Srinagar district.

The Mujahadeen conducted an attack on Indian army in Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday morning, officials said.

They said the injured personnel were rushed to the hospital and search operations have been launched against Mujahadeen e Kashmir.

India is occupying OSJK since 66 years through use of its military. The Kashmiri never accepted Indian occupation and since then, struggling for the right of self-determination.

Kashmir is an un-resolved part of dividing Hindustan into India and Pakistan. The people of Kashmir want to join Pakistan while India is trying to force them to become part India using its armed forces.

Hundreds of thousands of innocent Kashmiris are killed by Indian army so far, while 10s of thousands of Kashmiri women were raped by the same Indian army.

Pakistan’s support to Kashmir cause appreciated

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other liberation leaders have expressed gratitude to the people and Government of Pakistan for observing the Kashmir Solidarity Day to show unity with the Kashmiri people engaged in a just struggle to secure their inalienable right to self-determination.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is also the President of Jammu & Kashmir Tahreek e Hurriyat (TeH), in his message called upon Pakistan to galvanise its efforts to highlight the Kashmir dispute at the global level more vigorously. Syed Ali Shah Geelani also called the international community to force India to give the right of Self-Determination to the people of Jammu & Kashmir according to the resolutions of United Nations Organisation (UNO).

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, whose travel documents are forfeited by the Indian authorities and is under house arrest since long time strongly beleives that the future of Kashmir is not with India but with Pakistan.

Another APHC leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq maintained that Pakistan had always supported the Kashmir cause on moral, political and diplomatic levels and this support had been a source of inspiration for the Kashmiris. He hailed the message of President of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, on the Solidarity Day that the country was firmly committed to finding a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He urged India to reciprocate Pakistans sincere efforts and come forward to settle the dispute, once and for all.

Other senior Hurriyat leaders, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Yasmeen Raja, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Musaddiq Aadil, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Javed Ahmad Mir and Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in their messages maintained that Pakistans unflinching support had been the main motivating force of the Kashmir liberation movement.

Shabbir Ahmad Shah and the High Court Bar Association of the Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir in their statements condemned the puppet administrations recent decision to prosecute Nayeem Ahmad Khan and other Hurriyat leaders in false cases.

The APHC-AJK at a meeting in Islamabad with its Convenor, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, in the chair, also denounced the action.

On the other hand, Pakistanis living in Britain organized a function in Slough in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day. Addressing on the occasion, the speakers including heads of Kashmir Centres in London and Brussels, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl and Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo said that observance of the Solidarity Day was reiteration of the commitment of the people and government of Pakistan that the Kashmiris were not alone in their just cause.

Amarnath Yatra schedule unacceptable, Says APHC

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Led by the President of Jammu & Kashmir Tahreek e Hurriyat (TeH) termed the Amarnath Yatra as unacceptable, scheduled recently by the Amarnath Shrine Board.

The APHC has said that it will prove disastrous for ecology of the territory.

The APHC at its Executive Council meeting in Srinagar chaired by its General Secretary, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, said that the Shrine Board, without taking into consideration the suggestions and objections raised by experts, announced the schedule in a autocratic way.

The APHC said that the decision would prove disastrous for the ecology, environment, forests and water resources of the territory.

The meeting observed that the civil society, peoples representatives and experts in environment and forestry had been urging the authorities for limiting and decreasing the Yatra duration and number of yatris. But the Shrine Board works like a state within the state, said a spokesman of the forum, strongly castigating the role and silence of the puppet authorities on the matter.

Reiterating the demand of handing over the administration of Shrine Board to local Pandits, members of the Executive Council decided that they would intensify the public awareness campaign by meeting all sections of people and will apprise them of the stand adopted by the forum with regard to Amarnath Yatra.

Kashmir solidarity day to be observed tomorrow

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed, tomorrow, all across Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and abroad to express unity with the people of occupied Kashmir in their fight against Indian subjugation.

The Day is being marked in Pakistan since 1990 to pay homage to the Kashmiri martyrs and highlight the plight of Kashmiris for their birth right to self-determination, promised to them by the international community under the resolutions of United Nations Security Council. There would be a public holiday on the Day and one minutes silence would be observed throughout the country at 10.00 am by blowing sirens.

Rallies, demonstrations, human chains by men, women and children will be organised in various cities of the country, Azad Kashmir and the connecting points between Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Special functions will be held in educational institutions to apprise the new generation about the Kashmir dispute and heroic struggle of the Kashmiris for their rights.

The APHC-M Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement issued in Srinagar from New Delhi hailed Pakistan and its people for their unflinching support to the Kashmir cause. He said that Pakistan had consistently been supporting the rightful struggle of Kashmiris, highlighting the Kashmir dispute at the global level.

He also denounced the opening of a false case against APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, terming it illegal and unconstitutional action aimed at suppressing the ongoing liberation struggle. Nayeem Khan said that case against him was totally fabricated.

APHC leaders, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Zafar Akbar Butt, in their statements appreciating Pakistans unwavering support to the Kashmiris liberation struggle praised its efforts towards bringing about a just resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference, Bilal Ghani Lone, addressing a meeting of his party activists in Srinagar said that settlement of the Kashmir dispute would pave way for peace and prosperity in South Asia.

Geelani draws international attention towards detainess in OSJK

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), veteran Syed Ali Shah Geelani has urged International Red Cross and Amnesty international to take serious note of pathetic conditions of political detainees and impress upon India to shun its callous attitude towards them and provide them with basic necessities as per jail manual.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is also the President of Jammu & Kashmir Tahreek e Hurriyat (TeH), was commenting on the High Court Bar Associations report on the plight of political prisoners in Jammu jails praised the HCBA role in the ongoing liberation movement.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that the lawyers had disclosed the pathetic condition of political prisoners in Jammu jails with sense and responsibility.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a statement said that India and its authorities in occupied Kashmir were subjecting the political prisoners to worst kind of atrocities and torture in jails.

Terming the details revealed by the Bar Association horrific Geelani said that report was an eye-opener for those who believe India is a great democracy.

Haling the members of Bar Association, Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that the Bar had always provided free legal advice and assistance to the detainees.

Another APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan has said that pro-India politicians are the biggest hindrance in resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Nayeem Ahmad Khan in a statement issued in Srinagar said, The pro-India politicians talk of plebiscite in one week, autonomy in the other, Atoot Ang in the next and finally they end up on bowing before the tricolour.

He said that the politicians of autonomy and self-rule, to achieve their ends, damage the collective interest of the Kashmiris. The attitude of changing colours by the pro-India politicians from time to time has damaged the political strength of Kashmiri people and the role played by them leads to the agony of the people, he added.

The APHC leader said that activities of pro-India politicians could only pro-long the agonies of Kashmiri people but the movement would not get killed and the people of Kashmir would achieve their goal.

Geelani reiterates terms of Talks with India on Kashmir

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani reiterating conditions for any talks with India has asked New Delhi to create a conducive atmosphere for resolution of the Kashmir dispute by taking several confidence building measures.

The spokesman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in a statement in Srinagar in response to the puppet minister Ali Mohammad Sagar’s speech, said that the APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani had asked India to accept Kashmir as a dispute, announce demilitarization, revoke draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and release all prisoners.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Who is also the President of Jammu & Kashmir Tahreek e Hurriyat (TeH) said that the talks should not be aimed at coercing people of Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK).

Ali Mohammad Sagar had asked the Hurriyet leadership to enter the dialogue process.

The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that APHC had been saying that for the resumption of dialogue process, a suitable ground should be prepared and certain conditions need to be fulfilled.

Delhi is expecting us to enter into a dialogue but on the other hand they have not stopped committing human rights violations. We wont be a party to this kind of dialogue process. We will not go to Delhi for a cup of tea, he said.

It is true that a complicated dispute will only be solved through dialogue process. But a dialogue process should be based on honesty from both the sides. One is where both parties to the dispute are in favour of finding a lasting solution but the other is who want people of Kashmir to bring into submission by giving them some favours, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the veteran leader addressing a Seerat conference organised by the Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar said that India was perpetrating the worst kind of state terrorism in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK).

APHC concerned about killing of youth by Sarpanch

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has expressed deep sorrow and shock over the brutal killing of a 22-year-old youth by a sarpanch at Sumbal in Bandipore.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Omer Abdullahl led Indian puppet administration is promoting hooliganism under the garb of Panchayati Raj.

APHC demanded impartial investigations into the killing of the youth and stern action against the culprit.

The statement said that almost all the panchs and sarpanchs behaved like renegades of yesteryears and had resorted to extortion.

APHC expressed concern over the sinister plan of the forces to exploit panchs and sarpanchs and use their services against ongoing liberation movement.

They are being called in camps and the way they are encouraged has escalated the sense of panic among the common people and with the gruesome killing of a youth by sarpanch has worsened the already troubled situation, the spokesman added.

The spokesman added that in order to muzzle the voice of people, they are bent upon creating uncertainty in Kashmir.

In the meanwhile India has ruled out immediate talks between the foreign ministers of Pakistan and India to ease tension along the Cease Fire Line (CFL) as proposed by Pakistani Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar.

A day after Hina Rabbani Khar offered to hold “discussion and dialogue” to ease tensions between the two countries along the LoC, Salman Khurshid said in New Delhi that direct talks between ministers do not happen in a rush.

On future course of action by India, Khurshid said, “Let us not rush into the matter and (let us) move step by step.”

Civilian bunkers surfacing in villages along Cease Fire Line

Jammu, MTT News Desk: After a gap of eight years, civilian bunkers have once again started surfacing in the hamlets along the Cease Fire Line (CFL) in Poonch as a war-like situation erupts on the border between Indian and Pakistan.

As a precautionary measure, populace in several villages from Balakot to Sabzian sector along the CFL, have started constructing bunkers adjoining their houses or renovating the old ones for safety from the unprovoked firing from across the border.

Pertinent to mention that around 45 villages including Kerni, Jhallas and Salotri in Krishna Ghati sector have remained worst affected because of conflicts between India and Pakistan. The Inhabitants here used to construct bunkers adjoining their houses for safety of their life during firing from across the border.

“The prevailing situation has forced people to be extra cautious and recreate these bunkers for a refuge from heavy firing from across the CFL,” said Ghulam Rasool of Sloor, a village situated on extreme border between the two countries.

Attaullah Handoo, a known businessman from Uri, said the tension between the two countries was not good for anyone. Uri has witnessed tremendous surge in business activities after the start of trade between the two sides in 2008. The entire area gained a lot of attention after the travel between the two dividing sides resumed after many decades. However, the present tension is a matter of concern, he added.

India denied travel documents to APHC Chairman Geelani to visit Pakistan

Srinagar, MTT news Desk: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), while denouncing the denial of travel documents to Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has termed it as unconstitutional, unjustified and added, Omer Abdullah and its administration to explain why Syed Ali Shah Geelani is not being allowed to move outside and why undue restrictions are being imposed during his stay at his residence.

APHC in its statement has explained that pro freedom leader had no political agenda, instead wanted to condole Jamat e Islami Pakistan and the bereaved family of late Qazi Hussain Ahmad. Refuting their tall claims to uphold ethics of democracy, the authorities while denying the necessary travel documents have denied the right to freedom and citizenship rights, said spokesman and added, there remains no doubt that their belief in democracy has proved to be a hoax.

APHC spokesman in press statement said that Syed Ali Shah Geelani had expressed his will to visit Pakistan to extend his condolence and for this purpose even submitted a reminder on 8th January.

Spokesman said that Passport office in its response had replied that they need permission from higher ups and indicated that the Hurriyat office would be informed in due course of time.

Even after a lapse of one week no intimation has been provided by the said department and added it a clear indication that there is no change in their policy with regards to Syed Ali Shah Geelani and authorities in Delhi and Omer Abdullah are in no mood to provide the travel documents.

Spokesman in his statement has mentioned that other leaders affiliated with the Hurriyat too have submitted their applications and documents for issuance of passport but since last one and half year the authorities on the pretext that verification from intelligence is awaited, are not issuing the requisite travel documents.

Spokesman has strongly condemned the attitude of the authorities and added that why Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other leaders affiliated with his organization are not being issued the said documents and denied this right and why they are being subjected to political vengeance? Spokesman in an explanation has sought a reply from authorities that, is this because Syed Ali Shah Geelani does not believe in hypocrisy in politics and or he always pleaded the Kashmir case in an unambiguous manner.

Spokesman said that undue restrictions have been imposed on political activities of Syed Ali Shah Geelani because of his zealous spirits and passion for freedom struggle and his movement prohibited because of the apprehension lest world may become aware about the real and grave situation in Kashmir.

Terming the denial of authorities as suppression of basic human rights and in its appeal to Amnesty International has urged to take cognizance of this serious matter and impress Indian authorities to give due regard to basic rights and furnish the travel documents to political leaders.

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