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.

MMM Denounces stepped up Indian state terrorism in OSJK

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), Muttahida Majlis e Mushawrat (MMM), has strongly condemned the reign of terror and suppression let loose by India and its puppet authorities in OSJK.

The MMM in a statement issued in Srinagar said, Such repressive measures by India had neither dampened the courage and spirit of people in the past nor will do it in future. It said that the Indian government tried these repressive tactics in 2008, 2009 and 2010, but it could never dampen the freedom sentiment.

The statement pointed out that on one hand, the pro-India politicians were in the forefront of perpetrating all atrocities on people, while one the other, they were shedding crocodile tears in the so-called Kashmir Assembly.

Muttahida Majlis-e-Mushawrat (MMM), is the representative forum of pro-liberation organizations spearheading the campaign of return of the mortal remains of Kashmiri leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, from New Delhis Tihar Jail to Kashmir.

The Grand Mufti of Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), Mufti Bashir-ud-Din, terming the current situation in the territory as extremely grim has said that the government of India has once again set Kashmir on fire.

The Grand Mufti in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the killing of Tahir Rasool Sofi by Indian troops in Baramulla and hanging of research scholar, Mudasir Kamran, in Hyderabad, India, seemed to be connected incidents.

The Government of India continues with its policy of treating Kashmiris as bonded slaves and subjecting them to the worst suppression and repression. Sometimes it plays political gimmicks and sometimes it uses worst repressive measures to realize its interest, he stated.

Mufti Bashir-ud-Din denounced the use of indiscriminate force by Indian police and troops against peaceful protesters and imposition of curfew and restrictions in the occupied Valley. We also condemn smashing doors and windowpanes of houses in different areas of the Valley by the armed forces, he added.

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 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 converting Muslim majority into minority in OSJK

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK), the APHC leader and Chairperson of Muslim Khawateen Markaz Jammu and Kashmir, Yasmeen Raja has said that India was working on a well-hatched conspiracy to convert the Muslim majority population into a minority in the territory.

Yasmeen Raja in a statement issued in Srinagar said that massacre of 1947 in Jammu and the spate of ongoing killing since 1990 across the length and breadth of the occupied territory was part of the Indian plan.

She described the discovery of unmarked graves in Kashmir as a great human tragedy and urged the United Nations to investigate the matter. She also called upon the World body to take notice of serious human rights violations including gang rape of women by Indian troops in the territory

The APHC leader denounced the Indian plan to award Permanent Residential Certificate to non-resident Kashmiris. Yasmeen Raja asked UN Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon to play his role in settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

Islamabad seminar expresses concern about Human Rights in OSJK

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: Speakers at a seminar expressed serious concern over human rights violations including life imprisonment to the Kashmiri youth and award of imprisonment till death to Hurriyet leader, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK).

The seminar, which was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in Islamabad, today, on the occasion of World Human Rights Day, was presided over by the Executive Director of Kashmir Media Service, Shaikh Tajamul-ul-Islam. Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Arshad Andrabi, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Ishtiaq Hameed, Khalid Ibrahim and Shah Ghulam Qadir were among the speakers. The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, addressed the seminar over phone from Srinagar.

A resolution passed on the occasion demanded of the United Nations and human rights organizations to prevail upon India to repeal all black laws including Armed Forces Special Powers Act from occupied Kashmir.

It pointed out that India had imposed complete ban on peaceful political struggle for right to self-determination in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK).

Therefore, it urged the United Nations to make it clear to New Delhi that in it was difficult to find out political settlement of the Kashmir dispute with such Indian attitude. The resolution also expressed grave concern over unbridled human rights violations against women and deplored that the perpetrators of the crimes against women were not brought to book.

The resolution took a notice of arrests of minors in the occupied territory and termed the act as a brutal tactic to suppress the peaceful liberation struggle. It appealed to the world human rights organisations and members of civil society from Pakistan and India to come forward in a big way to stop Indian atrocities in the territory.

Indian army martyred two more Kashmiris

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: 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.

On the other hand, body of an unidentified youth was recovered from Lidder Nala in Pahalgam.

Indian armed forces, in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred 93,816 innocent Kashmiris, including 6,996 in custody since January 1989 till today.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the World Human Rights Day, today, revealed that these killings rendered 22,764 women widowed and 107,441 children orphaned.

The report said 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.

The report pointed out that during the past four years alone, Indian police arrested hundreds of youth including Hurriyet leaders, activists and young boys, who are languishing in jails.

The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on the International Human Rights Day has demanded an investigation into 8,000-10,000 cases of custodial disappearances by an independent and credible commission.

The APDP leader, Parveena Ahanger in a media interview during a sit-in at Pratap Park in Srinagar said, Our stand on the enforced disappearances has been once again vindicated by the recent study conducted by Kashmir University.

She pointed out that the study should serve as an eye-opener for India. Perveena Ahangar demanded that the perpetrators, who committed heinous crimes like enforced disappearances should be brought to book without any further delay.

In most cases, Parveena said, the perpetrators have been identified by the family members and cases against them are pending in different courts.

She said that the authorities knew everything. They know secret jails exist in Badami Bagh cantonment. They know the agencies who have subjected our children to enforced disappearance. Why dont they ask them where our children have gone? she questioned.

On the other hand, scores of people staged a separate sit-in at Pratap Park in Srinagar against the continued violation of human rights in the Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK) and authorities failure to bring the perpetrators to justice. The protest was held under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Joint Voice of Victims.

The perpetrators of crimes are roaming free, while the victims are denied justice, Executive Director, Jammu and Kashmir Joint voice of Victims, Abdul Qadeer Khan said.

From Kunanposhpora to Kupwara, Shopian to Handwara, Bumai to Gaw Kadal, Hawal to Bijbehara, Surankote to Macchil, scores of people have been killed, subjected to disappearance, and women raped. We wont forget what has been done to us, he added.

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