Sehrai hails British MPs report on ‘human rights violations’ in Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 01 ): Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai on Thursday welcomed the report on human rights abuses in Kashmir prepared and presented by a group of British MPs to the UK Parliament.
Welcoming the report prepared by All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG), Sehrai in a statement issued today said that the report is a second jolt to the Indian state after United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHR) report revealed large scale human rights violations in Kashmir.
“The detailed report by APPKG reflects grim situation of Kashmir and how Indian forces have brutalized Kashmiris on daily basis since last 70 years,” Sehrai said.
He said that the unprecedented use of violence by the Indian forces against the unarmed and innocent Kashmiris was a daily affair
“So we appeal international community UN, UNSC, European Parliament, OCHR, and every human rights organisation to do more than occasional verbal condemnation and go beyond such Human rights violation Report submissions in order to restore your own reduced credibility,” Sehrai said.
He said that the UN and other International watch dogs have a moral obligation to the people of Kashmir as the promise of holding plebiscite in Kashmir has not been fulfilled till now.
Meanwhile, Sehrai expressed concern over the missing of a Kashmiri student Ahteshaam from Khanyaar Srinagar in Delhi saying students even outside Jammu and Kashmir were not safe, and expressed serious concern and apprehensions over the mysterious missing of the said student.

Two rebels killed, army soldier wounded in Budgam gunfight

SRINAGAR, NOV 01 : Two rebels were killed and an army soldier wounded in a gunfight in Zugoo Arizal area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Thursday, triggering violent protests and Internet blockade.

A police spokesman said the gunfight broke out after a joint team of army’s 53RR, SOG and CRPF laid a siege around Zugoo, Arizal after receiving credible inputs about the presence of some rebels in the area.

He said that two militants were killed in the gunfight that lasted for several hours. The slain rebels, he said, were identified as Mukhtar Ahmad Khan son of Abdul Ahad Khan, a resident of Brass Arizal Budgam and Mohd Amin Mir son of Ghulam Rasool Mir resident of Drangbal Pampore.

Mobile Internet service was snapped in the Budgam district soon after the gunfight broke out. An official said the service was suspended as a “precautionary measure” to prevent spreading of rumours.

The militant killings triggered violent protests in Zugoo near the site of the gunfight, and Pampore area of Pulwama district as the news of local rebel’s death reached there.

Reports said that youth pelted stones on the forces in Namblabal area of Pampore as the news of Mir’s killing reached there. The protesters also blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway.