Rebles kill 2 CRPF in Islamabad’s Achabal, LeT claims responsibility

Islamabad 13 July : Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, including an ASI, were killed after LeT militants attack CRPF party at Achabal in south Kashmir’s Islamabad .

That “vehicle-borne rebles in the afternoon opened indiscriminate firing upon force party deployed on law and order duty at Islamabad’s Achabal Chowk”.

Two soldiers were killed and two others, including a civilian, were injured in the incident,” he said.

However,The area has been cordoned off by security personnel and a search operation has been launched to track down the rebles .


UN Secretary-General backs Zeid’s call for Kashmir human rights investigation

United Nations, Jul 13 : UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has backed Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s call for an international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir saying that it represents the “voice of the UN”.

He also defended at a news conference on Thursday his own report on children in armed conflict that referred to situations in Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

He denied India’s assertions that his report overstepped his mandate and that Zeid’s had no mandate and said that they were both covered by the “the general mandate of human rights instruments”.

Asked at his news conference if he supported Zeid’s call for the independent international investigation, Guterres said: “As you can imagine all the action of the Human Rights High Commissioner is an action that represents the voice of the UN in relation to that issue.”

Answering a question about the reports running counter to India’s long-standing assertion that Kashmir is a part of India and any problem between the neighbours was a bilateral issue among India and Pakistan, Guterres said there was a distinction between political matters and human rights.

He said: “One thing is the definition of mechanisms for a political solution of a situation in a country and the other thing is the general mandate of human rights instruments in relation to human rights everywhere.”

“What the Human Rights Commissioner did was the use of its own competencies and capacities as it does in all other parts of the world to report on what he considers to be relevant human rights violations,” Guterres explained.

“It does not mean that there is in that a preference for any kind of methodology for a political solution,” he added.

Pertinently, Zeid, whose term gets over at the end of 2018, asked the Human Rights Council to set up a Commission of Inquiry into the human rights situation in Kashmir.

DFP thanks UN chief Guterres for backing international probe into rights situation in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jul 13 : Welcoming the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterre’s, backing Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s call for an international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has said that the UN Chief’s much needed statement has come at a time when butchering of Kashmiri youth by Indian forces has reached new heights.
Antonio Guterres has supported an international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir saying that it represents the “voice of the UN”. Human Rights High Commissioner had recently issued a report about Kashmir and called for a probe into the human rights abuses.
“The statement of UN Chief is welcome and now is the time for the international forum to impress upon New Delhi to accept the demand of Jammu Kashmir people for a free and fair plebiscite to entertain their political future,” JKDFP Secretary General, Moulana Mohammad Abdullah Tari said in a statement adding “several resolutions in this regard have been passed by the Security Council of the same UN.”
Moulana Tari also thanked UN chief Antonio Guterres for denying India’s assertions that Human Rights High Commissioner’s report overstepped his mandate and that Commissioner had no mandate for it.
While thanking UN Chief, Moulana Tari said that Kashmiri people are facing countless rights violations at the hands of New Delhi and its agents. He added that a large number of people including common people, political activists and leaders including JKDFP chief Shabir Shah are facing worst kind of state terrorism by remaining lodged in different jails on fabricated charges. Shabir Shah in particular, whom Human Rights bodies have termed “prisoner of conscience” for spending half of his life in different jails for his political faith, is facing worst situation in Tihar jail. He is even denied suitable medical treatment though suffering from many serious ailments.
He appealed and stressed upon UN chief Antonio Guterres and Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to take cognizance of the situation of Kashmiri prisoners and issue directions for India who is a signatory to almost all the International Treaties, to respect the treaty abut political prisoners.


Army commando killed in Kupwara encounter

Srinagar, Jul 11 : An army commando was killed and another injured on Wednesday in an encounter between hiding militants and government forces in a forested area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, army officials said.
Army sources said commando identified as Sepoy Mukul Meena was killed and another soldier injured during an ongoing encounter in Sadu Ganga forest area of Kupwara.
They said that an operation was launched in the forest area on Tuesday following information about a group of militants hiding there.