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India using NIA as war weapon against leadership: Gilani

Srinagar, June 11, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) was being used as a war weapon against Hurriyat leadership in the territory.

Syed Ali Gilani while chairing a meeting of the APHC executive body at his Hyderpora residence said, “NIA has no role and it is unjustified and illogical to drag it in Kashmir.” He said that the authorities were using this agency as a war weapon against leadership and to defame and discredit the freedom struggle.

The meeting was called to assess situation after recent raids by NIA on the residences of pro-freedom leadership. “They have crossed all limits and there is no legal justification for such arbitrary measures. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, its leadership and cadre is the main target of the authorities. It is a pre-planned psychological crackdown so that we surrender and stop voicing the sentiments of our people, thereby covering and shielding their atrocities and barbarism against common and unarmed people,” he added.

“We have no hidden agenda and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat represents political aspirations of people as such people generously support us. Our activities are open, transparent and based on political ideology,” Gilani said. “All these state sponsored tactics and coercive measures won’t deter us from pursuing our mission, nor these coercions, suppressive and aggressive measures will make us to surrender.”

“I warn Delhi of dire consequences if all these harassing measures are not stopped forthwith and desist from misadventure and stubborn approach. Kashmir issue is a reality,” he said, stressing to solve the issue as per aspirations of its people. Maintaining that Kashmir movement is indigenous, he said, “Pakistan as a party to the issue supports our right to self-determination on political, moral and diplomatic level.”

The representatives of all APHC constituents including Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Bilal Sidiqee, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Muhammad Yasin Ataie, Muhammad Shafi Rishi, Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Shafi Lone, Muhammad Yousuf Nadeem, Hakim Abdul Rasheed, Ghulam Muhammad Nagoo, Muhammad Yusuf Naqash, Molvi Bashir, Syed Muhammad Shafi, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Sheikh Zameer Ahmad, Ayaz Akbar participated in the meeting.

Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, condemned the harassment of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, Altaf Ahmad Shah by India’s National Investigation Agency and his summoning by NIA in the name of questioning. He termed the action as political vengeance.

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Crackdown returns to Srinagar areas

Srinagar, June 11, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, panic gripped Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal Chowk when the personnel of Indian police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) conducted a sudden search operation in the area.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Nazir Ahmed, a street vendor at Ghanta Ghar (clock tower), told media that all of a sudden teams of police and CRPF appeared in Lal Chowk and started searching buildings. “Some pedestrians started running for safety as a word spread that encounter may start.”

Another witness said, “A Casper vehicle also reached the spot and rumours started making rounds that Army too has joined Police and CRPF and encounter was about to start.”

“The joint teams of forces searched shopping complex at Court Road and also conducted a thorough search operation in Bund area,” the witness added.

Traffic in the area came to a halt for some time. “We even started packing our goods and were about to down our shutters. Normalcy returned after forces called off the operation at around 12: 45 pm,” he added.

The CASO, called crackdown by locals, has been a regular feature of forces in Pulwama and Shopian districts in south Kashmir. The CASO was re-introduced in Kashmir on May 5. Such operations were a routine affair in early ’90s. The troops also launched Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Pombai village in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

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Protesters disrupt Indian army operation in Pulwama

Srinagar, June 11, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, protesters tried to disrupt a cordon and search operation of Indian army in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district last night, police said. A police official said, “On a tip-off, troops cordoned Bonpora Pahoo and Malikmohalla in Ratnipora area and launched searches. As the word about the COAS spread, youth from nearby villages reached the spot and started pelting stones at the forces, who retaliated by firing teargas shells, triggering clashes.”

Media reports said that announcements were made on loudspeakers urging people to come out of homes and help mujahideen escape. Police claimed that two mujahideen were believed to be trapped in the besieged village. “The whole village has been engulfed by tear smoke,” locals said. Clashes between the protesters and the force personnel were on when this report was filed.

It is worth mentioning here that since Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat issued a warning to people over disrupting military operations, people have helped mujahideen escape on 13 occasions out of 43 such operations carried out by Army during the past three months in Kashmir.

An official report says that since the warning of Army Chief, 43 military operations were carried out by the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) counterinsurgency units and Special Operations Group of police in different parts of Kashmir. Most of the operations have been carried out in Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Awantipora and Budgam. The report reveals that in more than half the operations the residents pelted stones on the Army and Police, thus making remarkable disruptions in operations.

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Kashmiri journalist wins Europe’s highest journalism award

Srinagar, June 11, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, freelance Kashmiri journalist, Umar Manzoor Shah has won Europe’s top most Journalism award-Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2017, awarded by the European Commission in Brussels.

Umar Manzoor Shah, who won the prize in the Asia Pacific amateur category, was recognized for his story on suffering of Kashmiri children due to unresolved Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India.

The European Commission this year awarded Lorenzo Natali Media Prize to 10 best amateur and professional journalists across the world for outstanding reporting on development, poverty eradication and freedom of religion.

The award ceremony took place in Brussels. The winners were selected by independent jury experts in the fields of development, journalism and human rights. Umar was awarded by Nazila Ghanea, Associate Professor at University of Oxford.

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7 years on: Justice continues to elude Tufail Mattoo’s family

Srinagar, June 11, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, justice continues to elude the family of the martyred student, Tufail Ahmed Mattoo, even after the passage of seven years. Tufail Mattoo, a student of 12th class, was killed after being hit by a teargas shell fired by Indian police near Ghani Memorial Stadium in Srinagar on this day in 2010 when he was returning home from tuition. His killing had triggered massive anti-India demonstrations in the territory and over 120 protesters were martyred by Indian troops and police personnel within a period of three months in 2010.

Ashraf Mattoo, father of Tufail Mattoo, in a media interview in Srinagar said that the authorities were shielding the killers. He said instead of bringing the culprits to the book, the authorities had virtually waged a war against us.”

He said that all the eyewitnesses had categorically stated that they had seen two policemen chasing and firing on his son. “A woman present on spot had even caught hold of a policeman who fired at Tufail. The irony is that the official account has been given credence over the evidence of eyewitnesses and this development is shameful,” he added.

Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders including Javaid Ahmad Mir and Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, today, visited Martyrs Graveyard at Eidgah in Srinagar to attend seventh martyrdom anniversary of Tufail Matoo. The Hurriyet leaders said seven years have passed but the authorities had failed to provide justices to the family of martyr Tufail Ahmad Matoo.

On the other hand, Hurriyet leaders Bilal Siddiqui, Molvi Bashir and Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar in their statements also paid tributes to martyr Mattoo. They said that hundreds of innocent educated youth had suffered the fate of Ph.D scholar Gulzar Ahamad Wani. Wani was released 16 years of imprisonment for the crime he never committed.

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Continued illegal detention of Mirwaiz condemned

Srinagar, June 11, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyet forum has strongly condemned the continued house detention of its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and barring him from carrying out social and religious duties in the holy month of Ramadan.

A spokesman of the forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the detention had become a routine affair whereby the authorities caged and prevented him from performing his obligations as a religious and political leader.

He also denounced the continued detention of senior Hurriyet leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, who is lodged in Sheerbagh, Anantnag. Police station “Waza is suffering from multiple diseases and confining him to police custody can further aggravate his health condition,” he added.

The spokesman said that scores of Kashmiri prisoners continued to languish in various prisons across India, and despite court orders regarding their release, they continued to remain in prisons.

“There are many prisoners who have already completed their term and yet aren’t released as part of the political vendetta by the Indian government. These prisoners are also deprived of the basic facilities prescribed in the jail manuals thereby making their lives difficult inside the four walls of prisons at a time when temperatures across India are soaring,” he deplored.

The spokesman said that many pro-freedom leaders, including Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Shakeel Bakhshi, Masarat Alam Butt and dozens of other pro-freedom leaders continued to remain in prisons, which was highly condemnable.

He said that the authorities had crossed all limits of oppression and all the democratic values were being thrown into trash while dealing with the pro-freedom leaders in Kashmir. The spokesperson urged the international rights bodies to take strong note of the condition of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in various jails and make efforts for their release.

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