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Jammu citizens demand hanging of Aasifa’s tormentors

Jammu, April 14, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians of Jammu have demanded justice for Kathua rape and murder victim Aasifa Bano and severe punishment to the persons involved in this brutal incident. Shouting slogans ‘Asifa hum sharminda hain tere Qatil zinda hain (Asifa we’re ashamed that your murderers are alive), people from all four communities assembled at Tallab Khatikan and demanded that the perpetrators of this heinous crime should be hanged.

Eight-year-old Aasifa was kidnapped, held captive, raped and subsequently murdered after she disappeared on January 10, when she has left her home to graze horses. Her body was recovered a week later in some bushes, not far from her home in Rasana village of Kathua district in Jammu region.

“Those who murdered Aasifa don’t belong to any religion as no religion of the world teaches its followers to commit such a heinous crime. We demand the accused should be hanged to death,” a Muslim youth, Jehangir Ahmed Butt, said.

He condemned the BJP leaders who had attended a rally organised by the extremist Hindu organizations Hindu Ekta Manch in Kathua and had questioned the credibility of the police and Crime Branch. He also castigated some nefarious elements who are trying to create a communal divide in the Jammu region. He said, “We the people of Jammu have lived together for the past 70 years. We would never tolerate such divisive forces who are trying to give a communal colour to Aasifa case.”

President Rajinder Bazar Association, Atul Raj Pal said, “Let us not get divided over Aasifa case. She was my daughter, every Hindu’s daughter and those who murdered our daughter ruthlessly need to be hanged publicly.”

In the evening, students from Ladakh and Jammu organised a candle march. The students assembled outside the Press Club of Jammu and later marched towards the Bikram Chowk, where they prayed for peace to the departed soul. A Ladakhi student said, “We’ve assembled here in support of a girl child who was brutally raped and murdered by some beasts.”

Meanwhile, amid shame and mounting pressure, two so-called ministers from Bharatiya Janata Party, Chowdhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, who had rallied in support of the perpetrators of rape and murder of Aasifa tendered their resignations. “They have submitted their resignations to state BJP president,” BJP General Secretary in occupied Kashmir, Ashok Kaul, in an interview said.

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Mirwaiz terms Aasifa’s rape, murder an assault on humanity

Srinagar, April 14, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has termed the rape and murder of minor girl Aasifa Bano in Kathua area of Jammu by the persons affiliated with extremist Hindu organizations as an assault on humanity and demanded exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of this heinous crime.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said, the monstrous crime is an open assault on humanity and civilization. “It is beyond one’s imagination that humans can stoop to such level for the fulfillment of their nefarious agenda of eviction of a small community of bakerwals and then rallies are organised in support of beasts is unbelievable,” he said.

The Mirwaiz said that every human irrespective of their religion, ideology, belief or background should in unison demand an exemplary punishment for these beasts who have shamed mankind. “To fall prey to the communalization of such incident and support rallies and bandhs in its favour does no good to the community that is doing so, in fact it brings shame to them,” he said.

The forum Chairman condemned the puppet authorities for disallowing congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and sealing of the grand mosque on the auspicious occasion of Meraaj-e-Aalam. He also denounced the authorities for imposing strict curfew in downtown Srinagar and majority of South Kashmir areas and caging resistance leaders either in their homes or in police stations and jails terming it as dictatorship of the puppet administration. “Repeated curbs, curfews and restrictions is the acceptance of moral defeat of failed rulers,” he added.

The Mirwaiz said that the ruling dispensation had thrown every principle of democracy to the winds only to secure its chair and hang on to it. He pointed out that every right of civilians is violated with impunity through the use of brute force and even the basic right to life is a huge casualty in occupied Kashmir. “People are not even safe within the four walls of their homes and are killed indiscriminately by the forces,” he stated.

Expressing anguish and serious concern over the targeted killing of Kashmiri youth which has become almost a daily affair in the occupied territory, he said that killing and repression were used as policy to intimidate the people and the resistance leadership into submission. “Kashmir dispute is a reality and use of force cannot deter a people who have been unrelentingly struggling for the past 30 years in particular, in the face of worst repression and despite Indian states huge military presence and might on ground here,” he said. He added that Kashmiri youth were being forced to take up arms as a natural reaction to oppression and repression.

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Shahbaz, Zubair discuss law, order and economic situation

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Iranian High Level delegation led by Iranian Federal Minister for Road visited KPT to explore avenues of mutual interest

Karachi, April 13, 2018 (PPI-OT): A high level Iranian delegation of 30 members led by Federal Minister for Roads and Urbanization of Iran, His Excellency Mr. Abbas Akhundi, visited Karachi Port Trust on 13th April 2018 to explore avenues available und...

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