Leave Kashmir for the sake of humanity: Afridi to India and Pakistan

SRINAGAR, NOV 14 : Former Pakistan international cricketer Shahid Afridi has asked India and Pakistan to leave Kashmir “for the sake of humanity” and let Kashmiris decide their own future.

“Don’t give Kashmir to Pakistan or India either. Let them be independent. Humanity is big thing. Human are being killed there (Kashmir). It hurts to see humans are being killed whatever religion they may belong,” Afridi said while addressing the students at British Parliament.

“Pakistan doesn’t need Kashmir; it is not able to even handle the four provinces it has,” Afridi can be heard in a video of the press interaction. However, while admitting that Pakistan had failed in its efforts to keep the country united and safe from extremists, the former cricketer ranted that people were dying in Kashmir and it pains to see that happen.

“Say Pakistan doesn’t need Kashmir, don’t give it to India as well, let Kashmir become a country. The people dying there should not die, humanity should stay alive. It pains to see people die there,” he told the press.

It is not the first time that Afridi has commented on the Kashmir issue. Earlier this year too, he had tweeted on the matter in April.

“Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self determination & independence. Wonder where is the @UN & other int bodies & why aren’t they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?” he had written on the social media platform.

37th PSA slapped on Masrat Aalam,shifted to Hiranagar Jail

SRINAGAR, NOV 14 : The government has slapped one more Public Safety Act (PSA) on the incarcerated Muslim League chairman Masrat Alam Bhat.

This is 37th PSA on him, according to Muslim League spokesperson while condemning his shifting to Hiranagar Jail in Jammu.

The League’s spokesperson Sajad Ayoubi said, “The court, while quashing the 35th PSA order against Masrat Aalam on 26.10.17 had directed the authorities to release him immediately. But instead of releasing, he was re-arrested in connection with a frivolous FIR of 2015 lodged against him in Handwara and slapped 36th PSA which stands invalid now as its has expired as per duration”.

This time, he has been re-arrested for an FIR lodged against him in Baramulla and slapped with one more PSA, which has been described as a “lawless law” by the amnesty international.

Ayoubi said that the government is afraid of Masrat Aalam’s popularity which is why he is being put behind bars again and again.

“It is the worst demonstration of political vendetta,” he added.

Geelani voices concern over plight of prisoners

Srinagar, Nov 14: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani has expressed his serious concern about the pathetic condition our prisoners are made to face in and outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that despite being political prisoners they are denied every right guaranteed in the national or international jail manual. Revengeful attitude of the rulers in Delhi has grossed every limit of heartlessness and in sensitivity. They willfully prolong their stay in jails through their judicial victimization.
Slow and humiliating judicial process has ruined the life of so many young innocents. He cited examples of Tariq Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Rafiq Owasi, Iqbal Jan, Samiullah Sheikh and others who were declared innocent after a long period of more than a decade.
Hurriyat (G) chairman said that even the Muslims of India are not speared and champions of Hindutwa and the judicial legends in the shape of High Court and Supreme Court take more than 30 years to identify and punish the culprits who in police uniform butchered 42 Muslims in broad-day-light in presence of masses, putting a big question mark on the competence and efficiency of the judicial system of the so-called world’s largest democracy.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman said that ghost of NIA is threatening every Kashmiri and this much hyped investigative institution has dug so low to pave its worse in every trivial issue without any documentary proof.
He said that those arrested on factious cases are yet to be augmented with the documentary evidence of their “crimes”.
He said that Sang Parivaar is only prolonging their custody using judicial fools and Mr. Shabir Ahamad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahamad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahamad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahamad Dar, Shahid Yousaf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahamad Watali, Asia Andrabi, Fahmeedah Sofi, Naheedah Nasreen continues to bear the brunt of this victimization for more than a year now. Similarly for the last 9 years Mr. Dr. G. M. Bhat is languishing in Tihar jail and the list of fake witness (240), out of which only 33 have surfaced in these 9 years and if the judicial pace is same it may need another 50 years for judicial pears to testify his charges.
Extending his gratitude and rich tributes to the unwavering commitment and resolve displayed by the young Hurriyat leaders Masrat Aalam Bhat and Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani regretted the denial of justice to the prisoners of conscience belonging to the resistance movement of Kashmir. Slapping of public safety act for the 36 times on Masrat Aalam Bhat and about a dozen PSA’s on Mohammad Yousuf Falahi has created a history of non compliance of the judicial orders, said Hurriyat chairman and added that Indian rulers do not respect their own laws and even the release order from their courts are disrespected and disobeyed.
He said that judicial victimization is at peak as regards to Kashmir detainees and our pro-freedom leaders and workers are subjugated to dozens of PSA on the self favored charges, which include Gh. Qadir Bhat, Gh. Mohammad Khan Sopori, Gh. Ahmad Gulzar, Hakeem Abdul Rashid, Nisar Hussain Rather, Mohammad Ayoub Mir, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Ab. Gani Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Dentar, Bilal Ahmad Kota, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Feroz Ahmad Bhat, Tariq Ahmad Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Umar Aadil Dar, Shabir Ahmad Dar, Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi, Ashiq Hussian Bhat, Basharat Ahmad Mir, Manzoor Ahmad Najar, Riyaz Ahmad Dar, Lateef Ahmad Rather, Lateef Ahmad Dar, Showkat Ahmad Ganie, Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie, Sajad Ahmad Bhat, Mushtaq Ul Islam, Asadullah Parray, Farooq Tawheedi, Bilal Ahmad Ganie, Riyaz Ahmad Ahanger, Hakeem Showkat, Mehraj-ud-din Gojri, Sajad Molvi, Ab. Majeed Bhat, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Ab. Rashid Magloo, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Ashiq Hussain Narchoor, Sartaj Ahmad, Siraj-ud-din etc.
Hurriyat chairman while quoting the CRPC section 436-A said that where a person has, during the period of investigation, inquiry or trial under this section of an offence under any law undergone detention for a period extending up to one-half of the maximum period of imprisonment specified for that offence under that law, he shall be released by the court on his personal bond with or without sureties.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) leaders expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of son in law of Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Geelani Ghulam Hassan Maqdoomi.
According to a statement, a high level delegation of Hurriyat leaders headed by General Secretary Haji Ghulam Nabi Sumji and accompanied by senior Hurriyat leaders and activists including Mohammad Yousuf Naqash , Bilal Sidiqi, Rafiq Ahmad Ganai, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Shaqeel Ahmad Bhat, Mohammad Maqbool Magami and many other activists visited the bereaved family in Duru Sopore and expressed solidarity with them and prayed for departed soul and forbiddance to grieved family.

No military solution to Kashmir issue, only dialogue: PaK leader

SRINAGAR, NOV 14 : Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK), President Sardar Masood Khan has said there was no military solution to the Kashmir issue and India would have to initiate dialogue with Pakistan and Kashmiris to find a way for a peaceful settlement of this longstanding dispute.

According to the report of Pakistan based newspaper Dawn Masood Khan said “Pakistan had always sought a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute through dialogue, but India was adamant that it would settle the issue through military might by suppressing the voice of Kashmiri people for their internationally recognised right to self-determination”.

He made these remarks on Tuesday while speaking to a delegation of 48th Pakistan Navy Staff Course, comprising 14 faculty members of the Navy War College and 92 course participants, including 20 officers from friendly countries.

Recalling that India and Pakistan had already fought three wars over the Kashmir issue, the Khan cautioned that New Delhi’s persistent obduracy on the issue and its “barbaric acts in occupied territory and indiscriminate shelling” on civilian population along the Line of Control (LoC) could push both nuclear-armed states to the brink of a fourth war.

“It is the high time the UN secretary general take a step forward and appoint a special representative to explore a viable solution to this festering conflict and ensure lasting peace and stability in the region,” he said.

“The UN and world powers need to intervene in setting a stage for the settlement of the Kashmir issue before these two nuclear states indulge in a full-fledged war which will be a massive disaster engulfing not only the South Asian region but also a large part of the world,” he added.

About the draconian laws prevailing in India-held Kashmir, such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA) that give total impunity to India’s occupation machinery, President Khan told the delegation that an Indian soldier was at liberty to shoot and kill any person and nobody could hold him accountable for his act.

He said that a recent report on Kashmir by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights followed by a similar report compiled by the All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group in the British Parliament was a positive reflection of the fact that the international community had now started realising the gravity of the dispute.

He said that another report on the state of human rights in Kashmir was being compiled by a committee of the European Parliament.

Panchayat Polls: JRL calls for complete shutdown on November 17

SRINAGAR, NOV 14 : Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have said that people will once again show their complete rejection and disassociation from the repeated election dramas being enacted by the Indian state this time in the name of Panchayat elections.

JRL said that a complete protest shutdown across Kashmir will be observed on November 17 the day the Panchayat election drama commences and send the message to the rulers that they have nothing to do with a sham process being foisted on them to undermine Kashmir’s disputed status and the need to resolve it .

JRL also said that people will observe complete protest strike in poll bound areas on the day that elections are held there i.e. on November 20, 24, 27 and 29 and December 1, 4, 8 and 11.

JRL reiterated that holding elections in Kashmir under the shadow of gun and by force is a meaningless exercise and nothing but another attempt to mislead people of India and the world .

JRL said this exercise becomes all the more ridiculous , as their own pro-Indian regional political parties decide to stay away from this farcical exercise .

JRL said the recent massive rejection of ULB polls by more than 95% people of Kashmir has sent a crystal clear message to the Indian rulers of where the people of Kashmir stand and what they want but GOI arrogance of military might and forcible control over J&K makes them blind to it and they continue to thrust this sham of so called elections on people to further harass and torment people.

The Leadership said that enacting election drama in presence of lakhs of forces can befool no one . The world community knows the reality of “democracy “in Kashmir.

Leadership said that people of Kashmir know well that any sort of participation in the polls held under the Indian constitution amounts to selling out on the tremendous sacrifices of thousands and thousands of people, especially our youth. So there is no question of any participation.

JRL reiterated that people demand and slogan is only one “No to all elections, only right to self determination.”

Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Delhi questions why not India initiating dialogue with Kashmiri separatist leaders

SRINAGAR, NOV 14 : Welcoming the participation of India in talks with Afghan Taliban, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Delhi, Maulana Syed Ahmad Bukhari on Wednesday questioned why New Delhi was not initiating dialogue with Kashmiri separatist leaders.

In a statement, Bukhari said the policy adopted by the government on Taliban should also be adopted with regard to the separatist leaders of Kashmir, disgruntled Kashmiri youth, Maoists, Naxalites and Bodo separatists.

“The government was seeking peace in Afghanistan, but no such effort had been made by it for the establishment of peace in its own country,” he said in the statement.

Bukhari also hit out at the government for what he said deliberately linking terrorism with Islam and the Muslims.

“Maoists or other terror groups perpetrated acts of terror claiming, at times, even 70 lives, they were not referred to as terrorists. They were either called Maoists or referred to by the name of their respective organisations. But if youth associated with a particular religion were involved in such acts, even if a few lives had been lost therein, promptly they were declared as terrorists,” he said.

“Government and politicians kept on harping that terrorists had no religion, yet terrorism had deliberately been linked to Islam and Muslims.”

Weather to improve from Thu, no forecast of significant weather till Nov 21: Lotus

Srinagar, Nov 14 : The higher reaches of the Valley including the world famous ski-resort, Gulmarg Wednesday received fresh snowfall while as the rains lashed plains since this morning, brining the temperature further down in Kashmir.
Earlier, a local Meteorological department had predicted rain or snowfall in between Nov 13 and 14 across Kashmir.
The higher reaches of the Valley including the world famous ski-resort, Gulmarg received a fresh snowfall in the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday, bringing cheers among the tourists.
However, the rains lashed plains since the wee hours of this morning, thus bringing the temperature further down here.
Director MeT Sonum Lotus said that the weather conditions across the Valley would improve from Thursday afternoon.
He added that besides higher reaches, there is possibility of light snowfall in plains as well but the chances are very less. “The weather conditions across the Valley would improve from Thursday afternoon but the weather in the day (Thursday) would remain mostly cloudy and there will be occasional sunshine as well,” he informed.
He added that there is no forecast of any significant weather till November 21.
That though there would be gradual rise in day temperature from tomorrow (Thursday) but the night temperature would go further down by one or two degree Celsius.
Earlier on Tuesday, authorities had issued a low-danger avalanche warning for seven districts after fresh snowfall in the higher areas.
An official spokesman had said a low-danger avalanche warning was issued for 24 hours in avalanche-prone areas of Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Kupwara and Ganderbal districts in view of fresh snowfall.
People of these areas have been asked not to go in the avalanche-prone areas, the official said.
The snow as well as the rainfall has also resulted in closure of many roads, including the Srinagar-Leh highway and the Mughal road, which connects the valley to Poonch-Rajouri region in Jammu division of the state.

Dozens of Hurriyat leaders, activists participates in funeral of Geelani’s son-in-law

SRINAGAR, NOV 14 : Dozens of Hurriyat activists and leaders including Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairperson Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai; Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday participated in the funeral prayers of Syed Ali Geelani’s son-in-law at Sopore.

Ghulam Hassan Makhdoomi, the eldest son-in-law of Geelani passed away at SKIMS in Soura after an illness.

Witnesses said hundreds of friends, relatives and neighbours of Makhdoomi’s attended the funeral procession at Dooru village of Sopore.

Geelani, according to Hurriyat sources could not make it to the funeral prayers due to health issues.

JeM militant killed in first encounter since 90’s in Tral village

SRINAGAR, NOV 14 : The encounter that broke out in Dar Ganie Gund village of Tral Sub-district in which one JeM Militant was killed and both house and cowshed were totally damaged.

The bodies of both cow and her calf were recovered in charred form. Villagers said that it is a history as this was the first encounter in the village from early 90’s .

“Neither any militant trapped nor any militant was killed in a village of Dar Ganie Gund till day after yesterday’s gunfight from 1992 also till date no civilian causality were also reported till date.

As the encounters were reported from adjacent villages in early 90’s and also this year but this village has no record of any causality or encounter till day after yesterday’s encounter.

In this encounter both house and cowshed were totally damaged and leave behind the cone of ashes.

Panchayat Polls-2018: CEO issues notification for final Phase



SRINAGAR, NOV 14 : The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra today issued the notification for conduct of the final phase of Panchayati Polls-2018 to elect Sarpanches and Panches.

The notification has been issued for Block Natnussa, Drugmulla and Magam in District Kupwara, Banakoot in District Bandipora, Tujjar Sharief, Hardaboora and Tangmarg in Baramulla District, Wakura in Ganderbal District, Chadoora and Pakherpora in Budgam District, Kakapora and Awantipora in Pulwama District, Zainpora in District Shopian, Kulgam in Kulgam District and Pahalgam in Anantnag District of Kashmir Division.