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).

India crossed all limits of cruelty, 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 said that India and its puppet authorities in OSJK have crossed all limits of cruelty in Kashmir by resorting to killings, frequent arrests, use of pepper gas and ransacking of residential houses.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is under house arrest in Srinagar after his arrival from New Delhi on Thursday, in a media interview via phone said that arrests, curfews and restrictions could not weaken the Kashmiris resolve for their fight against Indian repression.

The battle we are fighting is between truth and injustice. History is testimony to the fact that truth has always prevailed. I am sure victory will be ours, the APHC Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said.

Geelani aid that Kashmir is witnessing the fallout of the secret hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru that a youth from Pulwama was murdered at Hyderabad in India and another youth was killed in cold blood in Baramulla town.

He said, Everybody is aware of the treatment meted out to me in New Delhi. I was put under house arrest for 19 days. Such were the restrictions on me that policemen stayed inside my room for 32 hours.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that Indian army is not only on the killing spree in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK) but also arresting minors and even ransacking the public property.

Geelani said that the blood of martyrs would not be allowed to go waste.

The Tahreek e Hurriyat (TeH) spokesman, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Ganai, in a media interview said that Indian armed forces have arrested Kashmiri youth and an aged man Muhammad Yasin Malik for raising pro-freedom slogans on the arrival of Syed Ali Shah Geelani at the Srinagar airport. He strongly condemned the arrests and the highhandedness of police.

In the meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL) and the Jamaat e Islami of Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK) have said that the Indian government and its puppet authorities are suppressing the people of Kashmir through use of brute force.

The DFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Kashmiris demand for return of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru from New Delhis Tihar Jail to the territory was gaining momentum with every passing day but the authorities were trying to suppress the legitimate and democratic demand of people by dint of force.

The JKPFL spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the killing of a youth, Tahir Ahmad Sofi, in Baramulla by Indian troops with indiscriminate firing and arrest of students by the Indian police. He said that such tactics could not demoralize the people of Kashmir and they would continue their struggle for securing their right to self-determination till complete success.

He appealed to the international human rights organisations to impress upon India to stop its state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir, OSJK. He also urged the United Nations to take serious and solid steps for peaceful settlement of the lingering Kashmir dispute.

The Jamaat e Islami of OSJK in its statement strongly denounced the arrest spree started by the Indian authorities in OSJK. It said that hundreds of innocent people mostly youth had been apprehended and they were being subjected to physical torture in various police stations and interrogation centre.

The Jamaat also condemned the house arrest of the Chairman of APHC, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on his return from New Delhi. It said that all these actions were anti-democratic and symbol of autocracy. It demanded an immediate halt to Indian state terrorism in the territory.

Kashmiris to protest to get Guru remains back.

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), the Muttahida Majlis e Mashawrat (United Advisory Council) constituted by pro-liberation organisations has issued a five-day protest calendar to seek the mortal remains of Kashmiri leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, from New Delhis Tihar Jail to Kashmir.

the MMM announced the protest calendar after a meeting in Srinagar attended by the representatives of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by the prominent Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Jamaat-e-Islami of OSJK, Kashmir High Court Bar Association and other organisations.

A statement issued by the MMM after the meeting said that there would be a sustained campaign to seek the mortal remains of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru from Government of India. It urged the people to observe a complete strike on Friday and stage protests after congregational prayers. The Imams of masjids should make people aware of the present situation like the life sentences awarded to people of Kashmir, it added.

As per calendar, lawyers will stage protests on Wednesday and raise slogans like we want freedom and return the remains of martyrs. On Thursday, people of South Kashmir will hold protests at district headquarters of Islamabad, Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam, demanding the mortal remains of Butt and Guru during the protests.

On Saturday (March 2), people have been asked to hoist red-ribbons on houses, vehicles and shops. The red ribbons would be a reminder of the blood of thousands of martyrs, the statement said. It urged the people to compensate the Friday strike by normal business on Sunday (March 3).

We request the people of Kashmir to follow the protest calendar religiously, the statement added.

Senior APHC leader and the Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Yasmeen Raja, along with a party delegation visited the residences of Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru and a 9th class student, Ubair Ahmad Rather, who was killed by Indian army during protest against Gurus hanging, in Sopore to express solidarity with the bereaved families.

A spokesman for the Muslim Khwateen Markaz in a statement in Srinagar said that Yasmeen Raja denounced Indias fascist tactics to suppress the Kashmiris liberation struggle.

She assured the family members of Muhammad Afzal Guru that a joint strategy would be worked out to press India for return of his body to the occupied territory from New Delhis Tihar Jail.

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.

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.”

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.

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