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.


Sonia playing down the situation in Kashmir, says Geelani

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: A day after the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi expressed satisfaction over what she said “remarkable progress” made in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said that Sonia is deliberately playing down the situation in OSJK to conceal the realities.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a statement in Srinagar said, “The statement of Gandhi (Sonia) is nothing but a crude joke with the people of Kashmir. The drama is enacted with an eye on the next year’s General Elections.”

Sonia has expressed satisfaction over “remarkable progress” made in the territory but emphasised the need to “take note of the cry of pain and anguish” emanating from the people.

The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, demanded the return of the mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt.

If Congress president is sincere in resolving Kashmir issue then she should accept the demand of the Kashmiris on priority and return the mortal remains to their families,” Geelani said.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is also the President of Jammu & Kashmir Tahreek e Hurriyat (TeH), said that since the Congress president herself was a woman she can well understand the pain of a woman who was even not allowed to meet her husband prior to his execution, Geelani referred to the widow of Muhmammad Afzal Guru.

The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani criticised the Congress for continuation of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

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.

APHC-AJK concerend over increasing HR violations in OSJK

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter has expressed serious concern over increasing human rights violations by Indian armed forces in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK).

The APHC-AJK at a meeting in Islamabad with its Convener, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, in the chair, condemned the opening of old cases against APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, and other Hurriyat leader.

The participants of the meeting denouncing the continued illegal detention of Hurriyet leaders and activists in the occupied territory appealed to the world human rights organisations to take cognisance of the matter.

They maintained that India would not succeed to suppress the Kashmiris ongoing liberation struggle by resorting to repressive tactics. They also said that the genuine Kashmiri leadership should be included in the talks between Pakistan and India to make the dialogue process meaningful and result-oriented.

The meeting was attended by Syed Yousuf Naseem, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Manzoor-ul-Haq Butt, Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoob, Abdul Majeed Malik, Abdul Hameed Lone, Muzaffar Hussain Shah and Khadim Hussain.

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 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.”

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.

India wants status quo over Kishmir, says Geelani

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), the chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Shah Geelani has criticised India saying that New Delhi wants to maintain status quo over the Kashmir issue.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is also the President of Jammu & Kashmir Tahreek e Hurriyat (TeH), in a statement issued in Srinagar said, India never wants a prosperous and stable Pakistan and is attempting to destabilize it.

The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani emphasised that a stable Pakistan stands a guarantee for the resolution of Kashmir dispute and urged all patriotic forces in Pakistan to understand the need of the hour and observe wisdom.

Geelani advised the Indian authorities not to be part of any sort of expedition aimed to destabilize the country.

Geelani said, Though we are not directly related with the politics of Pakistan but as a matter of fact the prevailing situation in the country has direct impact over the Kashmir dispute and India would try to take advantage from it.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani reiterated that everybody had a right to expression and was free to address gatherings and organize the processions but peace, welfare and stability of the country deserves top priority.

In the meanwhile, three persons including one in suspicious circumstances died across the Kashmir valley.

A trawler conductor died in a suspicious circumstance inside the trawler near Srinagar-Jammu Highway Levdoora Qazigund in Kulgam when the trawler was moving from Srinagar to Jammu.

One, Mohammad Ashraf Bhat (36) died when he was hit by a shooting stone in a stone quarry at Malpora, Sumbal in Bandipora and Mohammad Rajab Dar (55) died after falling from the rooftop of a parked vehicle at General Bus Stand in Islamabad.

BKashmir: India is not serious in Peace Process

By Zaheerul Hassan:

Pakistans Foreign minister has invited leading members of the Executive Council of APHC, senior veteran pro-movement leader Syed Ali Gilani and Yasin Malik visit Pakistan from 15 to 22 December 2012. Probably, purpose behind the invitation was to take initiative and paving path for resolution of an old and burning issue of Kashmir through consultative process between the political leadership of Pakistan and India. As usual India has shown her non-serious attitude in settling down of the matter while refusing the visa to the leaders of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC). It is mentionable here that the APHC has the history of fighting for the rights of Kashmir peacefully.

Kashmir Movement basically started on the day when British have sold Kashmiries territory to Sikh ruler under a contract deed. However the moment which was started in 1931 against Dogra rule is still going on since Kashmiri still deprived of basic human rights.

Indeed, the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is the oldest unresolved issue on the agenda of the United Nations Organization. From January 1948 to May 1964, United Nations Organization passed sixteen resolutions and carried out many debates/discussions concerning Jammu and Kashmir. In this connection UN Security Council Resolutions number 91, 96 of 1951 and UN Security Council Resolution Number 98 of 1952 have very clearly stated plebiscite is the only answer to solve Kashmir Issue. In all of its resolutions, including resolutions of United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP), UN asked India for a fair and impartial plebiscite to decide the future status of Jammu and Kashmir as per the wishes of its subjects.

Late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru though initially agreed in 1948 and during Sino- India war of 1962 but declined to implement the UN resolutions and abiding by the promise of settling down the Kashmir issue with Pakistan after the war. Both the countries have fought four wars and many bilateral talks including Confidential Building Measures (CBMs) have been held on the issue but India always tried to put the matter at a sideline or tried to delay, contrary to it Pakistan have made serious efforts to crystallize the issue with a view to resolve the conflict under UN resolutions. In this connection, at times Islamabad preferred to discuss others issues of CBMs, but New Delhi never ever shown encouraging reaction in relation to Kashmir problem.

In fact, Kashmir issue always remained very tricky and touchy aspect in internal and external Indo-Pakistan politics. We should admit from the outset that none of the government is in a position to delink Kashmir issue independently from their local traditional politics; therefore win-win solution would be the answer of resolving the issue, i.e. division of Kashmir while taking Kashmiries into confidence.

South Asian security situation is also directly linked with the Kashmir problem due to the history of the wars between India and Pakistan. Moreover regional Geopolitics, where gets stimuli from the interference of super powers there it too influences by the factors like natural resources, geographical features, agro economy, need of hydro generation, strategically vital locations and development of nuclear capability. The regional security gets threatened due to the lust of capture of natural resources by any powerful regional actor and pinching issue like Kashmir. Thus, we can say that resolving of issue between two nuclear sates get more importance because ignition may push the region into nuclear conflict.

India and Pakistan resumed the new phase of negotiations in March, 2009, which were the first structured bilateral talks. But every time, prime ministers and foreign ministers of both the countries have ended their meetings with issuance of positive notes, and vowed that their dialogue would pave the way for the solution of real issues, particularly the core dispute of Kashmir, but the same failed without producing tangible results. Notably, on November 10, 2011, the then Prime Minister Gilani and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in Maldives. They agreed to improve their bilateral relations by resolving all issues. Quite contrarily, two days after that meeting, Singh stated, I left Gilani in no doubt that if public opinion in India is not satisfied that justice is being done to those responsible to the barbarous attack of Mumbai, it would not be possible to move forward with the peace process.

Pakistans Foreign Minister Khar pointed out that with her counterpart Krishna, she discussed all the outstanding issues such as terrorism, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage, water and especially main dispute of Kashmir.

During the visit of Indias External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to Pakistan, Islamabad and New Delhi signed on September 9, 2012, an agreement of liberalised visa regime and a memorandum of understanding on cultural exchanges but again main issue of Kashmir has not been stressed upon by India.

Pakistans President if Ali Zardari who visited India on April 8, this year met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. After the meeting, both the leaders stated that the two countries are willing to find pragmatic solutions to a number of issues. Indian Prime Minister has committed that he will visit Islamabad in December 2012 with a view to strengthening CBMs but unfortunately in the first week of December 2012 has shown his inability of visiting Pakistan on the plea of unsuitably environment in Pakistan. Postponing of Indian PM Visit and not permitting APHC leaders to visit Pakistan clear reflect Indian sinister design towards the regional peace.

Indian ruling elite cannot afford oppositions criticism and pressure over Kashmir Issue since it can put Congress party on mat in the coming elections. In this respect, another reason is that the fundamentalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) including other similar extremist groups have always put pressure on the Manmohan Singh by opposing the revival of Pak-India dialogue. In August, 2010, BJP had questioned Manmohan Singhs statement on autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, saying: autonomy for the state would not be tolerated. The pressure of BJP could also be noted from the statement of Indian Prime Minister Singh who said on June 28, 2011 that Pakistan should leave Kashmir alone.

Anyhow, Indian rulers did not allow APHC to visit Pakistan since they were having comprehensions that conference might unveil India brutality in Kashmir. According to the spokes man of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir since 1989 to 15 October 2012, total killing of innocent individuals were 93,801, Custodial Killings in various camps and jails were 6,996. Overall 1, 20,392 individuals have been arrested, structural damaged have been done to the property was 1, 05,955. Moreover 22,764 women have been injured and suffered with severe injuries, 10,042 women have been gang raped or molested and over 1, 07,441 kids have become orphaned.

On December 10 ,2012 Srinagar, A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the World Human Rights Day. The report states Indian security forces rendered 22,764 women widowed and 107,441 children orphaned. It also reveled that the troops molested 10,042 women and damaged 105,970 structures. It maintained that the Indian troops and police subjected over 8,000 people to custodial disappearance during the last 23 years. In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), Indian army, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two youth in Poonch district.

The Indian armed forces killed the youth during indiscriminate firing at Nangi Tekri in Krishna Ghati area of the district. According to BBC 354- page reort was compiled by the Association of parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and the international peoples Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-Held Kashmir. The reposted reveals that 214 cases of abuse and highlighted the role of officials in the killing of nearly 70 people and disappearances of 8,000 people over two decades The report names military officials of very senior rank as perpetrators. In this regard Srinagr based Kartik Murukutla, a human rights lawyer and one of the authors of the report, said Indias priority in Kashmir was to control the territory, not pursue justice.

It is also notable that hundreds of serving Indian soldiers including senior officers are accused of involvement in widespread human rights abuses in Held Kashmir, daily Guardian reports. The article published in the United Kingdoms leading daily gives reference to report by a team of veteran legal activists in the Himalayan state that names 500 alleged perpetrators ranging from low-ranking policemen to Indian army generals. The writer Jason Burke based in Delhi says the charges relate to incidents occurring throughout more than 20 years of violence pitting armed religious and freedom fighters groups against New Delhis rule in Held Kashmir and include shootings, abductions, torture and rapes.

Debate over Kashmir Resolution stated that India attitude in settlement of the Issue remained quite discouraging since she is reluctant in providing travel documents to most of the Kashmiri leadership. Leaders like Syed Ali Gilani, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Sabbir Ahmad Shah and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza are neither being provided with passports nor being given travel permits to cross LoC.

Therefore, we can say: Firstly India is not sincere towards resolution of Kashmir issue through consultative process, secondly India does not want kashmiri leadership to visit Pakistan and meet Pakistani political leadership and lastly India is aiming at creating divide within the pro movement camp by allowing only few leaders to visit Pakistan.

At the end I would like to say that, World community should put pressure on India for resolution of Kashmir conflict under UN resolutions since it is the only way to establish peace in South Asia. Moreover, Indian political leadership too should change their mindset over Kashmir issue.

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