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23rd Year of Publication Vol: 23 No.

09

Monthly September 2017

KASHMIR
INSIGHT

IOK people celebrate Indias anti-Kashmir Slapping of fresh PSA


Pakistans Independence designs face stiff on Aasiya Andrabi
Day with enthusiasm resistance in IOK condemned
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reiterates
Pakistans support to Kashmir cause

We assure our complete diplomatic, moral and political support to the people of Kashmir in
their fight for right to self-determination.

(Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi after assuming the office


addressing first meeting of the federal cabinet on August 3, 2017)

It is incumbent upon the international community to play its role in the resolution of regional
conflicts, particularly the Kashmir dispute in conformity with the UN resolutions on the subject
with a view to ensuring durable peace in the region.

(Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasis message on


70th Independence Day of Pakistan on August 14, 2017)
Kashmir Insight SEPTEMBER 2017
Editor: M Raza Malik From The Editor's Desk
India is using all kinds of repressive tactics in occupied
Sub Editor: Benazir Khan Kashmir to suppress the Kashmiris just struggle for freedom
from its illegal occupation. It has invoked draconian laws
Art Editor: M.Haroon including Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Public Safety
Act and Disturbed Areas Act, giving its army, police and
C O N T E N T S paramilitary personnel unbridled powers to subject the
people of the territory to the worst kinds of brutalities to force
Editorial
them into submission. Killings, extrajudicial executions, fake
Indian plans to changing demography of IOK . . . 02 encounters, arrests, torture, destruction of property and
Cover Story molestation of women at the hands of Indian forces personnel
have become a routine matter in occupied Kashmir.
Kashmiris referendum against India . . . . . . . . . . . . 03
It is a reality that New Delhi is suppressing the Kashmiris'
Reports ongoing freedom movement through military might.
IOK people celebrate Pakistans Independence Day However, the brutalities of Indian troops have failed to
subdue the Kashmiris resolve for freedom and they are very
with enthusiasm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 07 much committed to carry forward their ongoing movement
Indias anti-Kashmir designs face stiff till they were given their inalienable right to self-
determination, which was promised to them by the Indian
resistance in IOK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 09
leadership before the world community several decades ago.
Slapping of fresh PSA on Aasiya Andrabi Unfortunately, instead of respecting the sentiments and
condemned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi
after the failure of its all old tactics is now using its
Glowing tributes paid to martyred investigating agencies like National Investigation Agency
Sheikh Abdul Aziz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 and Enforcement Directorate to defame the Hurriyat
leadership and malign the Kashmiris ongoing freedom
Pictorial struggle as a foreign-sponsored terrorist movement. These
Images speak louder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 agencies have illegally arrested several leaders and traders
including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah,
Human rights situation Merajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Muhammad
Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Advocate
HR violations in IOK during August 2017 Devender Singh Behal and Farooq Ahmed Dar from
Raies Ahmed Mir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Srinagar, Jammu and New Delhi and are continuing raids on
the residences of pro-freedom people to harass them. The
Report arrested persons have been detained in New Delhi and are
India urged to give up its plans of changing being victimised and targeted for their political beliefs,
ideologies and principles.
demography of IOK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 It is high time for New Delhi to give up its diversionary
Kashmiris constant struggle and resilience tactics and acknowledge the fact that its state terrorism had
acknowledged. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 failed to subdue the Kashmiris liberation sentiment in the
past and would meet the same fate in the future as well. It
Chronology must take steps towards settlement of the Kashmir dispute by
A chronological account of developments fulfilling its commitments of holding plebiscite in Jammu and
Kashmir to enable the Kashmiris decide their political future
on Kashmir (133) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 by themselves through the exercise of their right to self-
determination. The international community should also
Beauty thy name is
hold India accountable for its atrocities on the innocent
Tourist places in Kashmir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 people of Kashmir and play its role in the resolution of the
lingering dispute to mitigate the sufferings of the Kashmiris.
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Indian plans to changing demography of IOK


India is using all methods to before 2021 general elections to
suppress the freedom movement appease the Hindus of Jammu
in occupied Kashmir where and Kashmir and win a big chunk
people are being subjected to of their votes.
torture and are made target of Such acts are executed in clear
pellets and bullets. 166 persons violation of the United Nations
have been killed during the Security Council resolutions on
ongoing uprising since July 8, Kashmir and the established
2016 while 20,038 have been norms of the international law.
injured and 18,172 arrested. The The change in demographic
pellet firing has critically composition will have serious
damaged the eyesight of 3,086 impact of fundamental nature on
people. Fake cases are being the results of plebiscite, when-
registered against Hurriyat ever held in accordance with the
leaders who are being arrested UN resolutions.
and kept in notorious jails like The move by Indian government
Tihar Jail of New Delhi. 796 to repeal the Articles 370 and 35A
people have been detained under has met with stiff resistance from
the black law, Public Safety Act. the entire population of occupied
To defeat the very purpose of the Kashmir and even pro-India
relevant United Nations Security politicians and parties are
Council resolutions, the Indian opposing it. However, the
government is continuously paradigms of pro-freedom
working on its plan to change the leadership in dealing with the
demography of the territory. demography issue are different
Indian Constitution itself in comparison to the pro-India
provides special status to Jammu parties of the occupied territory.
and Kashmir by virtue of its The pro-freedom leaders are
Articles 370 and 35A. The presenting the case as a step to
government in New Delhi defeat the purpose of Kashmiris
intends to abrogate these articles inalienable right to self-
to completely integrate Kashmir determination. On the contrary,
with India. Article 35A bars the pro-India parties of occupied
people from India to purchase Kashmir are agitating against the
land in the occupied territory and move in the context of the
to get jobs. Indian ruling party, internal autonomy of Jammu and
Bharatiya Janata Party and its Kashmir.
patron Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Indian rulers must keep in mind
Sangh have managed to chal-
that the Kashmiris would not
lenge Article 35A in Indian
allow their anti-Kashmir
Supreme Court through RSS
offshoots like We The Citizens. nefarious designs to succeed and
would continue their struggle till
In case of Jammu and Kashmir,
they achieved their right to self-
Indian judiciary is working as a
subservient institution of the determination. The international
government. Many cases can be community must come forward
cited to substantiate the point. in a big way to stop New Delhi
The BJP through Indian judiciary from making any change in the
plans to do away with Article 35A demography of Jammu and
to facilitate the settlement of non- Kashmir. It must impress upon
Kashmiris in Jammu and India to implement the UN
Kashmir. The aim is to change the resolutions on Kashmir and hold
demography of the territory. plebiscite in the territory so that
Towards this end, the BJP plans the people of Kashmir shape
to achieve some solid results their fate themselves.

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Kashmiris referendum against India


Indian Independence Day observed as Black Day
Kashmiris on both sides of the personnel in strength in Srinagar Shopian, Bandipora, Kupwara
Line of Control and across the and all major towns of the and other areas and held forceful
world observed the Indian territory to prevent people from anti-India demonstrations and
Independence Day on August 15, holding anti-India protests. rallies. They also raised high-
2017 as Black Day to convey to Tight security measures were pitched slogans in favour of
the international community that taken around Bakhshi Stadium, freedom and Pakistan and
India had illegally occupied their the main venue of the official against India. Pakistani national
homeland. The observance of the function in Srinagar. Sharp flag was hoisted at many places.
Black Day was also meant to shooters were deployed in all Indian forces' personnel fired
make it clear to New Delhi that it sensitive areas and vital installa- pellets, bullets and teargas shells
had no right to celebrate its tions. Closed circuit television on the protesters in different
Independence Day in Jammu cameras were used to monitor areas, injuring scores of them.
and Kashmir as it was a UN- the movement of people while Indian police foiled an attempt
mandated disputed territory. mobile phone and Internet by member of the so-called
The day was marked by services were suspended. The Kashmir Assembly, Engineer
complete shutdown in occupied authorities continued to put Abdur Rasheed, to hoist black
Kashmir, call for which was Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar flag at Bakhshi Stadium in
given by the joint resistance Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik Srinagar. The police subjected to
leadership comprising Syed Ali and other Hurriyat leaders under baton-charge dozens of
Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq house arrest and illegal detention supporters of Engineer Rasheed
and Muhammad Yasin Malik. to prevent them from leading who had gathered at Jawahar
The puppet authorities had anti-India demonstrations. Nagar in Srinagar with black
converted the entire occupied Defying curfew, thousands of flags in their hands. Major towns
Kashmir into a garrison by people took to the streets in of Jammu region also observed
imposing curfew and other Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, August 15 as Black Day to
restrictions and deploying Sopore, Baramulla, Pulwama, register protest against Indias
Indian troops and police Islamabad, Bijbehara, Kulgam, illegal occupation of Jammu and

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Kashmir and blatant violations


of human rights by Indian troops
in the territory. Members of
Muslim community boycotted
Indias Independence Day
celebrations and closed their
shops in Kishtwar, Bhaderwah,
Doda, Thathri, Gath and Gandoh
areas in Jammu region in
response to the shutdown call
given by the joint resistance
leadership. The call was fully
backed by Muslim representa-
tive organisations like Markazi
Majlis-e-Shoora Kishtwar,
Anjuman Islamia Bhaderwah,
Seerat Committee Doda, country but only after 72 days of and Kashmir into minority and
Anjuman Islamia Gandoh and this freedom, it snatched the any attempt in this regard would
Masjid Committee Thathri. freedom right of the Kashmiri face stiff resistance from the
Senior resistance leaders, Syed people and forcibly occupied Kashmiris. They cautioned the
Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Jammu and Kashmir by landing Kashmiri people against the
and Muhammad Yasin Malik, in its troops in Srinagar on October nefarious designs of Delhi and its
a joint statement issued in 27 and since then this occupation henchmen in the territory. They
Srinagar said that the Kashmiris continued. said that the Kashmiris demand
were not against freedom of any They said, Kashmir is an interna- for right to self-determination
country. However, they said that tionally-recognised dispute and was purely a democratic demand
India had no moral and constitu- New Delhi can neither succeed in and India had also promised to
tional right to celebrate its changing the disputed status of fulfill it on national as well as
Independence Day in occupied the territory by its rigid and international levels but this
country backtracked from its
promises and was now busy in
suppressing the Kashmiris voice
through military might.
Other Hurriyat leaders including
Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi
Al-Safvi, Yasmeen Raja,
Zamruda Habib, Farida Bahenji,
Muhammad Yousuf Naqash,
Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, Bilal
Siddiqui, Syed Bashir Andrabi,
Javaid Ahmed Mir, Mukhtar
Ahmed Waza and Zafar Akbar
Butt in their statements said that
the Kashmiris had every right to
observe Indias Independence
Day as Black Day as it had
Kashmir till it gave the Kashmiris stubborn policy nor can this illegally occupied their mother-
a chance to decide their future by region be kept permanently land. They also condemned the
themselves. They said that India under the forced control. puppet authorities for
itself had attained freedom from The resistance leaders said that converting the occupied territory
British rule on August 15, 1947 India was desperate to change into a military garrison on the
and became an independent the Muslim majority of Jammu occasion of Indian Independence

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Day.
Meanwhile, anti-India rallies
were held in Islamabad, Lahore,
Karachi, Muzaffarabad and
other areas of Pakistan and Azad
Jammu and Kashmir.
The Azad Jammu and Kashmir
chapter of All Parties Hurriyat
Conference (APHC-AJK) staged
a protest demonstration outside
the Indian High Commission in
Islamabad to mark Indias
Independence Day as Black Day.
The protesters expressed concern
over the unabated wave of
killings by Indian troops in
occupied Kashmir and warned Park in Islamabad to mark the chanted slogans like Kashmir
New Delhi against the use of Indian Independence Day as Baney Ga Pakistan.
brutal tactics to crush the Black Day. Over 5,000 black The World Pasban Khatm-e-
Kashmiris freedom movement. balloons were released in the air Nabuwat organisation held a
They urged the international on the occasion to express special programme at the Lahore
community to take notice of solidarity with the people of Press Club to mark the Indian
Indian atrocities in the occupied occupied Kashmir. The balloons Independence Day as Black Day
territory. had a message Free Kashmir to express solidarity with the
Members of civil society, led by written on them. oppressed Kashmiris. The
Mushaal Hussain Malik - the Addressing the event, the speakers, addressing the
wife of Jammu and Kashmir speakers pledged to raise their participants condemned the
Liberation Front Chairman voice for the oppressed people of killing of innocent Kashmiris by
Muhammad Yasin Malik held a the occupied territory and Indian troops in the occupied
protest rally in front of National highlight their sufferings at the territory. They urged the
Press Club in Islamabad. The hand of Indian forces at every international community to
forum. The impress upon New Delhi to stop
participants state terrorism in occupied
recorded Kashmir and resolve the
their video Kashmir dispute in accordance
messages with the Kashmiris aspirations.
and showed
In Karachi, activists of Anjuman
support for
Ittehad-e-Bradran Waadi-e-
the brave
Kashmir organised a protest
and resilient
rally to mark Indias
people of
Independence Day as Black Day.
occupied
The participants raised vocif-
Kashmir
engaged in a erous slogans against India,
long battle demanding of it to fulfill the
protesters demanded of the for freedom from Indian yoke. promises made by its leaders
world community particularly with the Kashmiris of giving
Youth Forum for Kashmir also
the UN to take serious notice of them their right to self-
staged a protest rally in Lahore in
the brutalities committed by determination.
connection with the Black Day.
Indian troops on the people of The rally started from Punjab Big rallies and processions were
occupied Kashmir. Assembly and culminated at the brought out in all small and
The Youth Forum for Kashmir Lahore Press Club. The partici- major cities including AJKs
(YFK) organised an event at F-9 pants burnt Indian flag and capital city of Muzaffarabad and

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other district headquarters of In Mirpur, a big protest rally was steps to give them an opportu-
Mirpur, Neelam Valley, Kotli, held at the District Courts nity to decide their fate by
Bagh, Bhimber, Sudhnoti, premises under the auspices of themselves. The international
Haveili, Hattian and Poonch. the National Events Organising community must also realise the
The main event of the day was a Committee in collaboration with gravity of the situation and play
massive public rally in various organisations repre- its role in the settlement of the
Muzaffarabad. It was led by the senting people from different Kashmir dispute.
AJK Prime Minister, Raja Farooq walks of life. The observance of Indian
Haider Khan, and attended by Addressing the protest rallies in Independence Day as Black Day
thousands of people including the AJK, the speakers strongly is Kashmiris referendum against
members of AJK Legislative condemned the frequent New Delhis illegal occupation of
Assembly and leaders and incidents of unprovoked firing their homeland. It also shows
activists of different political, by Indian troops on the Line of that India has failed to subdue
social and religious organisa- Control and the Working the liberation sentiment of the
tions. Raja Farooq Haider Khan Boundary in which civilian Kashmiri people by deploying
while addressing the rally said population dwelling in the over seven hundred thousand
that the BJP-led forward areas was targeted. troops in the
government in India occupied territory
was trying to end the during the past
special status seven decades. It is
enjoyed by Jammu a reality that the
and Kashmir under so-called largest
Article 370 of the democracy of the
Indian Constitution. world has utilised
He said that the all its tactics and
Kashmiri people and resources but
leadership would could not change
resist such attempts the minds of the
tooth and nail. Kashmiris in its
Kashmiri people favour. In fact,
have made sacrifices holding the
for their right to self- Independence
determination and Day functions in
Ironically, India celebrates its
will never bow before Indian occupied Kashmir at the dint of
Independence Day in occupied
atrocities, he added. military might and by confining
Kashmir under the shadow of
The participants of the rally the people to their homes by
gun. On the day, it snatches all
handed over a memorandum to India has further strengthened
kinds of freedoms of the
the United Nations Observers the Kashmiris resolve to get rid
Kashmiri people by putting the
office. The memorandum of Indian bondage.
entire occupied territory under
addressed to the UN Secretary military siege. The deplorable It is also a fact that Kashmiris do
General, Antonio Guterres, aspect of the matter is that for the not observe Indias
demanded implementation of past several decades it has killed Independence Day as the Black
the World Bodys resolutions on hundreds of thousands of Day for hurting the sentiments of
Kashmir that were passed Kashmiris for demanding the the Indian people but they do so
several decades ago. It also urged same thing that it had achieved as a mark of protest against the
the UN Chief to take cognisance for itself after huge sacrifices of government of India for denying
of the gross human rights its people against the British rule. them their right to self-
violations perpetrated by Indian New Delhi needs to acknowl- determination as guaranteed by
forces personnel and send a edge the fact that its worst kind of the UN resolutions and
special fact-finding mission to state terrorism has failed to breaching of promises made to
assess the ground situation in intimidate the Kashmiri people them by the Indian leaders.
occupied Kashmir. into submission and it must take (Humayun Aziz Sandeela)

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IOK people celebrate


Pakistans Independence Day with enthusiasm
In occupied Kashmir, people The joint resistance leadership moral, political and diplomatic
celebrated Pakistans 70th comprising Syed Ali Gilani, support to our just cause and
Independence Day on August Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and struggle since 1947. We pray to
14, 2017 with great enthusiasm Muhammad Yasin Malik Almighty Allah for peace,
by holding forceful pro- felicitating the people and the strength, stability, progress and
Pakistan rallies and government of Pakistan on their prosperity of Pakistan. Strong
demonstrations and hoisting Independence Day thanked and stable Pakistan is very
Pakistani flag in every nook and them for their continued moral, important for resolution of the
corner of the territory. political and diplomatic Kashmir dispute. It is Pakistan
Thousands of people took to the support to the Kashmiris just that is taking up the Kashmir
streets in Srinagar, Shopian, struggle for securing their issue in every forum of the
Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, inalienable right to self- world, he added.
Badgam and other districts of determination. He said, We in particular
the territory and held pro- The Chairman of All Parties felicitate Pakistan Army that
Pakistan parades and pro- Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali has the responsibility of
freedom rallies. They also Gilani, in his message greeted protecting and safeguarding
raised high-pitched slogans in the people and government of the geographical and
favour of freedom and Pakistan. Pakistan on their Independence ideological borders of
Pakistani national flag was Day, saying that after Allah Pakistan.
hoisted at many places on Almighty, Pakistan is the only The APHC Chairman said that
telecommunication towers and visible support to the people of the existence of Pakistan had
buildings across the territory. Kashmir.
Pakistans national anthem was
also played to mark the day.
Indian forces' personnel fired
pellets, bullets and teargas
shells on the protesters, injuring
several of them. Special prayers
were offered for safety and
integrity of Pakistan and early
freedom of Jammu and
Kashmir from illegal Indian
occupation.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat arranged
Independence Day functions in
several areas of the territory. A
DeM spokesperson in a
statement issued in Srinagar
said that in these functions Syed Ali Gilani said, people of proven to be a great blessing for
special prayers were held for Kashmir extend their heartiest the Muslims of the entire world
safety and integrity of Pakistan felicitations to the people, especially for those living in
in general and freedom of government and army of South Asia. Its creation has
Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan on their Independence played a vital role in the
Indian occupation in particular. Day. Kashmiris are highly recognition of the existence of a
Pakistans national anthem grateful to the Islamic Republic community which was known
was also sung, she said. of Pakistan for its continued as a minority in the sub-

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continent, he stated.
He said that till 1947, Jammu
and Kashmir was an
independent princely state but
India with its military might
forcibly occupied it against the
wishes of the Kashmiri people.
We do not nurture any grudge
or enmity with the people of
India but we do not accept its
military occupation of our land.
We will continue our struggle
against forcible occupation of
Jammu and Kashmir till the
achievement of the goal of
freedom, he added. country. political and diplomatic
Syed Ali Gilani said that India The Jammu and Kashmir support extended by Pakistan
had no moral or constitutional Liberation Front Chairman, to the Kashmir cause.
right to celebrate its Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a Other Hurriyat leaders
Independence Day if it statement issued in Srinagar including Agha Syed Hassan
continued to occupy forcibly said that Pakistan had always Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi,
and illegally Jammu and
highlighted the Kashmiris Muhammad Yousuf Naqash,
Kashmir.
miseries and supported their Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Syed
The Chairman of Hurriyat
freedom movement on Bashir Andrabi, Bilal Siddiqui,
forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq,
international forums. He Yasmeen Raja, Zamruda Habib,
in a statement in Srinagar said
Farida Bahenji, Nahida
Nasreen, Mukhtar Ahmed
Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Javaid
Ahmed Mir, Shabbir Ahmed
Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir,
Muhammad Ahsan Untoo,
Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi and
Ghulam Nabi War in their
statements said that Pakistan
was the torch-bearer for the
Muslim Ummah. They said that
the enemies of Islam were
always conspiring against
Pakistan so it was the
responsibility of every Muslim
that Pakistans continued prayed that Pakistan might of the world to work for the
support to the Kashmir cause touch new heights of peace, security, stability and
had always been a source of progress and prosperity in the prosperity of this country. They
inspiration for the people of days to come. He said that the also condemned the reign of
occupied Kashmir in their hearts of Kashmiris throb with
freedom struggle. He prayed terror unleashed by Indian
the people of Pakistan and they forces in every nook and corner
for the peace, progress,
were thankful for the moral, of the occupied territory.
integrity and prosperity of the
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Indias anti-Kashmir designs face stiff resistance in IOK


In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat joint resistance leadership Majeed Zargar, Mubeen Shah,
leadership, civil society, traders, comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Advocate Faisal Qadri, Javaid
students and legal fraternity Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Ahmed Mir and representatives
vociferously rejected the Indian Muhammad Yasin Malik and of various traders and business
plan to change the demographic
was supported by traders. All organisations and few
composition of the occupied
shops, business establishments representatives from Jammu
territory through abrogation of
and educational institutions region as well.
Article 35A of Indian
remained closed while traffic On August 18, the Kashmir
Constitution.
was off the road. Center for Social and
Article 35A, which denies non-
Strike was also observed in Development Studies staged a
Kashmiris the right to settle and
Bhadarwah, Doda, Kishtwar, silent sit-in protest at Srinagars
buy property in Jammu and
Gandoh and Thathri areas of Pratap Park against Indias
Kashmir and cast vote in the so-
Jammu region. intentions to dilute the Article
called Kashmir Assembly, has
On August 13, a roundtable 35A.
been challenged in the Indian
conference was organised in On the other hand, Indian media
Supreme Court with the view to
Srinagar by Awami Ittehad Party reported on August 20 that a key
alter the demography of
led by Engineer Abdur Rasheed file on Kashmir justifying the
occupied Kashmir by giving the
and was attended by people from insertion of Article 35A into the
Indian people citizenship of
all walks of life to discuss the Indian Constitution has gone
Kashmir and permanently
sensitive issue of Article 35A and mysteriously missing from the
settling them in the territory. It is
measures to defend it. After a high security vaults in New
being projected as part of the so-
day-long discussion and debate Delhi. The incident came at a
called final solution to the
on the issue, resolutions were time when the Indian Supreme
Kashmir dispute by the extremist
Hindu organisation, Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh-backed
and rightwing Bharatiya Janata
Party-led Indian government.
On August 11, the members of
civil society at a round-table
conference in Srinagar decided to
send a memorandum to the UN
Secretary General, all permanent
members of the UN Security
Council and member states of the
Organisation of Islamic
Cooperation to apprise them of
New Delhis wicked anti-
Kashmir designs. unanimously passed to ensure Court has been hearing a petition
On August 12, complete that the Article would be by an RSS-backed NGO We The
shutdown was observed in protected in letter and spirit for Citizens seeking the abrogation
occupied Kashmir against the the larger interest of the people of of the Article.
Indias move, which is aimed at Jammu and Kashmir. The On August 22, traders staged a
converting the Muslim majority participants included Advocate demonstration in Srinagar
of the territory into minority. Call Nazir Ahmed Ronga, Prof against Indias plans to change
for the strike was given by the Hameeda Nayeem, Abdul the demographic composition of

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the territory. The traders led by


the co-Chairman of Kashmir
Economic Alliance, Farooq
Ahmed Dar, assembled at the
Press Enclave in Srinagar.
Carrying placards, they raised
slogans against attempts to
abrogate Article 35A. Later, the
protesters tried to march
towards Governors House in
Srinagar. However, Indian police
used brute force to prevent the
march and arrested several
protesters.
Members of civil society staged a
strong protest in Kishtwar on Srinagar, Islamabad and other seminar titled Understanding
August 23 against Indias plans. district headquarters to express Constitutional and Political
A large number of people and their resentment against Indias Dimensions of Article 35A
civil society activists participated nefarious designs. People also organised by Kashmir
in the protest held in front of s t a g e d a n t i - I n d i a University Teachers Association
District Court Complex. The demonstrations in Srinagar, (KUTA) at the Kashmir
protesters raised slogans against Badgam, Handwara, Kupwara, University in Srinagar expressed
the proposed abrogation of Shopian, Bandipore, Islamabad, grave concern over Indian
Article 35A. Shopian, Kulgam and other attempts to abrogate the
areas. The protesters raised full- constitutional provision that
On August 25, the joint resistance
provides a special status to
Jammu and Kashmir. The
speakers said that the
Constitution of India in itself
gives way for separate
constitution of Jammu and
Kashmir considering it a
sovereign territory which had
not merged with India. Indian
Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Kapil
Kak, veteran journalist Prem
Shankar Jha, Dr Sheikh Showkat
Hussain, Professor Gul Wani,
Professor Noor Bilal and others
spoke on the occasion.
On August 28, speakers at a
leadership held a protest march throated slogans in favour of seminar titled Indian Designs to
in Maisuma area of Srinagar freedom and against India. Change Demography of
against Indias anti-Kashmir Indian forces personnel used Kashmir - Violation of UN
plans. The protesters raised high- brute force on the protesters in Resolutions and International
pitched pro-freedom and anti- various areas causing injuries to Law held in Islamabad
India slogans. several persons. unanimously passed a resolution
Lawyers took to the streets in On August 26, speakers at a calling upon India to give up its

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systematic designs to change community leaders in Jammu right to self-determination and


demography of Jammu and said that they were with the the people would fight against it
Kashmir including plans to people of the Kashmir Valley in with complete unity and
abrogate Articles 370 and 35A of their fight against the efforts of steadfastness.
the Indian Constitution. The RSS and BJP to undermine the The leadership also announced a
seminar was organised by All special status of Jammu and comprehensive protest
Parties Hurriyat Conference Kashmir. programme against the Indian
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Leaders from Gujjar Charitable conspiracies. As per the protest
(APHC-AJK) chapter in calendar, on 25th August, the
Trust; Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu;
collaboration with Kashmir lawyers of the territory held
Muslim Action Committee,
Media Service (KMS) and peaceful demonstrations in
Bhaderwah; Islami Shoora,
Kashmir Institute of Srinagar and other district
Kishtwar; Global Party; former
International Relations (KIIR). headquarters. All civil society,
puppet minister and Congress
The speakers noted with serious traders bodies, religious and
leader from Ladakh region,
concern the Indian machinations social organisations were to
Nawang Rigzin Jora; and Imam
to turn Jammu and Kashmir an organise peaceful protests on
Khomeini Memorial Trust said
26th August. Kashmiri diaspora
overwhelming Muslim majority that the abrogation of 35A would
living across the globe was to
population into a minority by affect Jammu more than
stage protests on 27th August.
settling Indian citizens in Kashmir. They urged people to
People of Azad Kashmir were to
occupied Kashmir. defend the Article 35A.
hold demonstrations on the same
The resolution urged the United The joint resistance leadership day. On 28th August, Kashmiris
Nations to play its duty to stop comprising Syed Ali Gilani, living across the world were to
human rights violations and the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and register their protest on social
media by signing a petition in
this connection. Students across
Kashmir were also asked to hold
protests on the same day. On
29th August, the day when
Indian Supreme Court was to
hear this case, a complete strike
was to be observed throughout
occupied Kashmir and if Indian
Supreme Court issued any
adverse orders in this regard a
mass agitation was to be
launched from that very
moment. However on August 25,
the joint resistance leadership
Kashmiris systematic genocide Muhammad Yasin Malik in a had to postpone the protests after
by Indian forces in occupied statement pointed out that the the hearing of case regarding the
Kashmir. RSS-backed Indian rulers were Article 35A in the Indian
hatching conspiracies against the Supreme Court was adjourned
Meanwhile, several community
demography of the territory that till Divali, a festival of Hindus to
leaders in Jammu and Ladakh
had become a matter of life and be celebrated in October.
regions including Hindus and
Sikhs also said that they were death for the people of Kashmir. It said that a new protest
against the scrapping of Article It said that the proposed programme in this regard would
35A of Indian Constitution. They demographic change was be announced when the hearing
and most of the Muslim directly related to the Kashmiris would resume in future.

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Slapping of fresh PSA on Aasiya Andrabi condemned


Action termed as sheer political vengeance
In occupied Kashmir, the leader was not being released. Abdul Ghani Butt, Abdul Ahad
puppet authorities booked one They said that it was sheer Parra, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai,
more time the ailing lawlessness that despite court Farooq Tawheedi, Salman
Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e- orders, she was rearrested, Yousuf, Tanveer Ahmed,
Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, and her ignoring all ethics and morals. Showkat Hakeem, Haji
associate, Fehmeeda Sofi, under They termed the act as highly Muhammad Rustam Butt and
draconian law, Public Safety undemocratic and unethical Shakeel Ahmed Yatoo. They
Act, on August 31, 2017 and saying that an ailing woman said that these repressive tactics
shifted them to Amphala Jail in whose PSA was quashed by the could not break the resolve of
Jammu. The two women leaders court and was shifted to a the detained leaders and
were admitted to a hospital in hospital for treatment was activists.
Srinagar on August 30 after eventually dragged out of the Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar
High Court of the occupied hospital and shifted to a jail in Farooq and Muhammad Yasin
territory quashed their Jammu by Indian police which Malik pointed out that most of
detention under the PSA. was highly condemnable. the prisoners were bailed out by
Earlier, the puppet authorities The resistance leaders also court but they were repeatedly
had slapped another PSA on expressed concern over the slapped with draconian law,
Aasiya Andrabi and Fehmeeda deteriorating health of Aasiya PSA, thus prolonging their
Sofi on August 18 after the Andrabi and said that she was detention.
previous one expired on August being subjected to the extreme They said that Hurriyat leaders
15. The two leaders were sort of political vengeance. They Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Peer
arrested by the Indian police demanded immediate release of Saifullah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf
after raiding the residence of
Aasiya Andrabi on 26th April,
2017. They were kept in a
womens police station in
Srinagar and were shifted to
Amphala Jail in Jammu on 18th
May after being booked under
the black law. The continued
illegal detention has also been
taking a heavy toll on the health
of Aasiya Andrabi as she is not
being provided with basic
facilities including medical care
in the jail.
The joint resistance leadership
comprising Syed Ali Gilani,
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and
Muhammad Yasin Malik in a all unlawfully detained Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Muhammad
statement slammed the puppet Hurriyat leaders and activists Akbar, Merajuddin Kalwal,
authorities for their haughty including Masarrat Aalam Butt, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and
approach towards prisoners Aasiya Andrabi, Ameer Hamza Farooq Ahmed Dar, who were
particularly Dukhtaran-e-Millat Shah, Muhammad Yousuf arrested by Indias Enforcement
Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi. Falahi, Mir Hafeezullah, Bashir Directorate and National
The leaders said that despite Ahmed Boya, Raies Ahmed Mir, Investigation Agency, were
court orders, the ailing woman Muhammad Yousuf Lone, being subjected to inhuman

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treatment by the jail authorities


and were denied the basic
facilities.
The resistance leaders also
expressed concern over the
death threats served on social
media to a leading religious
cleric and columnist, Altaf
Hussain Nadvi, saying that he is
one of the courageous soliders
and is at forefront in the ongoing
freedom struggle. He is a well-
respected columnist and in
civilised societies there is a space
for different opinions but on
mere differences, the death
Aasiya Andrabi, her husband, seemed that this puppet regime,
threats seem to be a part of
Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo on orders of its masters in New
conspiracy. We dont expect it
had also been made to suffer for Delhi, wanted to kill Aasiya
from anybody, however only
his stance on the Kashmir Andrabi inside the jail. Thats
enemies can go to such an
dispute. why despite being critically ill,
extent, they added.
Nahida Nasreen said, because of this puppet government isnt
Meanwhile, the General
asthma attack, dangerous levels shifting her to the Kashmir
Secretary of Dukhtaran-e-Millat,
of phlegm has accumulated Valley. Ideally, keeping in
Nahida Nasreen, in a statement
inside Aasiya Andrabis chest consideration her critical health
in Srinagar also condemned the
due to which she cannot talk or condition, Aasiya Andrabi
invoking of draconian law
breathe properly. The condition should be released but this
against Aasiya Andrabi and regime is so much frightened of
of DeM Chairperson is
Fehmeeda Sofi one more time. this woman leader that it isnt
worsening with every passing
She said that the fresh PSA was even shifting her to the Kashmir
day as no medical facility has
Valley, she stated.
She added that it has been the
policy of Indian government
that those who do not surrender
before it, it either hangs them or
invokes PSA and other
draconian laws to keep them
behind the bars.
Meanwhile, the spokesman for
Muslim Deeni Mahaz in a
statement termed the invoking
of fresh PSA on Aasiya Andrabi
and Fehmeeda Sofi as political
vendetta. He said that the
puppet authorities knew Aasiya
Andrabi was suffering from
various ailments and needed
slapped on Aasiya Andrabi at a been made available to her since frequent oxygen support.
time when her health condition May 18 - the day she was lodged Despite this, she was sent to a jail
was extremely critical as she had in Amphala Jail, she added. in Jammu where weather
suffered acute asthma attack She said that it was a clear case of conditions are very hot, he
recently. She said that besides political vengeance and it added.

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Glowing tributes paid to martyred Sheikh Abdul Aziz


Kashmiris living across the Line Yousuf Naqash and others also logical conclusion in a more
of Control paid glowing tributes visited the grave of Sheikh Abdul effective manner.
to prominent martyred Hurriyat Aziz at the Martyrs Graveyard, On the other hand, the All Parties
leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz, on his Eidgah, and participated in the Hurriyat Conference Chairman,
9th martyrdom anniversary on fateha khawani held for the Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement
August 11, 2017. martyred leader. issued in Srinagar said that the
August 11 brings sad memories Speaking on the occasion, the cold-blooded killing of Sheikh
to ones mind as on this day in leaders paid glowing tributes to Abdul Aziz had further
2008 one of the most devoted and Sheikh Abdul Aziz and 72 other rejuvenated the liberation
dedicated freedom-fighters of martyrs who laid down their movement and his martyrdom
Kashmir and a frontline leader of lives during the mass uprising in was beacon light for the people of
All Parties Hurriyat Conference, 2008 against Indias illegal Kashmir. He said that the
Sheikh Abdul Aziz, was occupation of Jammu and Kashmiris had been rendering
mercilessly gunned down by the Kashmir and economic blockade sacrifices for last seventy years
ruthless Indian troops in Uri area of the Valley by Hindu fanatics of and were determined to continue
of Baramulla district when he Jammu. They said that 2008 the liberation struggle till
was leading a march towards uprising was an important phase complete success. He said that
Muzaffarabad against the of the ongoing Kashmir freedom the best way to pay tributes to
economic blockade of the movement when people Sheikh Abdul Aziz and other
Kashmir Valley by Hindu massively took to the streets to martyrs was to follow their
extremists of Jammu region. The protest against the economic footsteps and carry forward the
march was in protest against the blockade and to demand their mission they had laid down their
blocking of Srinagar-Jammu inalienable right to self- lives for.
Highway by Hindu zealots to determination. The leaders said The Chairman of Hurriyat
punish the Kashmiris for that the sacrifices offered by the forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in
disallowing the illegal transfer of Kashmiri martyrs would not be a statement paying homage to
a large chunk of land to Delhi-
based Amarnath Shrine Board
that manages the annual
Amarnath Yatra in occupied
Kashmir.
The joint resistance leadership
comprising Syed Ali Gilani,
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and
Muhammad Yasin Malik
organised a special prayers
session at the Martyrs
Graveyard, Eidgah, in Srinagar
in the memory of Sheikh Abdul
Aziz. A large number of Hurriyat
leaders and activists including
Umar Aadil Dar, Javaid Ahmed
Mir, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi,
Ghulam Muhammad Mir,
Tahoor Siddiqi, Sajad Ahmed, allowed to go waste and their Sheikh Abdul Aziz said that the
Muhammad Yaseen Attai, mission would be accomplished martyred leader offered the
Mukhtar Ahmed Sofi, Haji at all costs. They said that the sacrifice of his life for a great
Qudus, Ghulam Nabi Ahanger freedom movement had entered cause and his contribution and
and Rafiq Ahmed participated in into a crucial phase and greater sacrifices for the freedom
the prayers session. Pro-freedom unity among the ranks of people movement would always be
leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt, Hilal and Hurriyat leadership was remembered. He said that the
Ahmed War, Muhammad need of the hour to take it to its huge sacrifices of Kashmiri

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people had centre-staged the


Kashmir dispute at the global
level. The international
community has realised the
urgency involved in the
settlement of the Kashmir
dispute, which has endangered
the peace of entire South Asia, he
added.
The Chairman of Jammu and
Kashmir Liberation Front,
Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a
statement while paying rich
tributes to Sheikh Abdul Aziz
described him as a thorough
gentleman and selfless leader.
He said that Sheikh Aziz was a martyrs. They said that the freedom struggle of Kashmir
humble soul and dedicated Kashmiri martyrs were beacon would always be remembered.
freedom-lover who always stood light for the Kashmiris and their They said that the huge sacrifices
in the front row and even mission would be accomplished being rendered by the Kashmiri
sacrificed his life for the just at all costs. They said that 2008 people in their struggle for
cause. He said that the Kashmiris mass uprising was a turning freedom from Indian
would never forget the sacrifices point of the Kashmir movement subjugation were a priceless
and contribution of the martyred when people from all walks of asset for the ongoing liberation
leader in the ongoing freedom life hit the streets against Indian movement. They said that it was
movement. occupation. due to these sacrifices that the
Other Hurriyat leaders including Meanwhile, the All Parties Kashmir dispute was echoing in
Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Hurriyat Conference Azad all forums of the world. They also
Al-Safvi, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Jammu and Kashmir (APHC- condemned Indias plans to
abrogate Article 35A of the
Indian Constitution to change
the demographic composition of
occupied Kashmir. They said
that the Kashmiri people would
not allow India and its agents in
the occupied territory to succeed
in their nefarious designs.
The speakers also praised the
people of occupied Kashmir for
their unparalleled sacrifices for
the Kashmir cause and their
resolve to continue liberation
movement despite facing the
worst kind of Indian state
terrorism.
The speakers included member
Yasmeen Raja, Farida Bahenji, AJK) chapter organised a of UK Parliament, Ms Yasmeen
Zamruda Habib, Bilal Siddiqui, seminar in Islamabad to pay Qureshi, Ghulam Muhammad
Shabbir Ahmed Dar, homage to Sheikh Abdul Aziz on Safi, Muhammad Farooq
Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, his martyrdom anniversary. Rehmani, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi,
Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi and The speakers on the occasion said Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam,
Ghulam Nabi War in their that Sheikh Abdul Aziz offered Nafees Zakaria, Raja Najabat
statements also paid homage to the sacrifice of his life for a great Hussain and Abdul Hameed
Sheikh Abdul Aziz and other cause and his contribution in the Lone.

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Human Rights Situation

HR violations in IOK during August 2017


Compiled by Raies Ahmed Mir August 1: Indian troops killed Agency (NIA) to continue with
India has been subjecting the two youth during a violent the custodial remand of the All
people of occupied Kashmir to crackdown operation at Parties Hurriyat Conference
Hakripora in Pulwama district. leaders, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer
the worst kind of state terrorism
The charred bodies of the youth Saifullah, Merajuddin Kalwal
for the past seven decades to
were recovered from the debris and Nayeem Ahmed Khan, for
suppress their just struggle to get of two houses blasted by the twelve more days while other
freedom from its illegal troops with explosives in the three Hurriyat leaders, Shahid-
occupation of Jammu and area. A civilian, Firduos Ahmed ul-Islam, Ayaz Muhammad
Kashmir. It has given its troops Butt, was killed and over fifty Akbar and Farooq Ahmed Dar,
and police personnel unbridled people were injured after Indian were sent to judicial custody till
powers under black laws to forces' personnel opened fire on September 1. The NIA had
intimidate the Kashmiris into peaceful demonstrations in arrested these leaders from
submission. Indian forces' Pulwama and Srinagar areas. Srinagar and New Delhi on July
personnel enjoying impunity August 2: The troops killed two 24, 2017 in false cases registered
teenagers, Aqib Ittoo and Suhail against them.
under these black laws have
Rather, during a siege and search August 5: Indian troops killed
ruined the life of the people of the
operation in Yaripora area of three youth including a B.Com
occupied territory. Killings, Kulgam district. student, Abid Hameed Mir,
arrests, destruction of property,
use of brute force against
peaceful demonstrators and
molestation of women on daily
basis have turned the paradise on
earth into a hell for its
inhabitants.
The world community should
come forward in a big way to
stop genocide in occupied
Kashmir and pressurise India to
accept the ground realities of
Kashmir and show realistic
approach for resolution of the
Kashmir dispute.
New Delhi also needs to A 17-year-old boy, Aqeel Ahmed during a crackdown operation at
acknowledge the fact that it will Butt, who was injured in the Amargarh in Sopore.
not be able to continue its illegal firing of Indian forces at Over a dozen people were
hold on Jammu and Kashmir for Gabarpora in Pulwama a day injured after Indian forces'
long and must initiate measures before, succumbed to his injuries personnel used brute force on
to give the Kashmiri people their at Soura Institute of Medical protesters in Sopore, Hajin,
inalienable right to self- Sciences in Srinagar. Sadrekote and Qaimoh areas.
August 3: Indian troops killed August 6: Indian police arrested
determination it had promised
two youth, Yawar Nissar three youth from Islamabad
several decades ago.
Shergujri and Ghulam town and a Doda-based lawyer
Following are the details of Mohiuddin Butt, during a and social activist, Babar-ul-
atrocities of Indian troops and crackdown operation at Herpora Islam Nehru, from outside a
police on the people of occupied Kanelwan in Islamabad. mosque at Gandhi Nagar in
Kashmir during the month of August 4: A Delhi court allowed Jammu.
August. India's National Investigation Indian agency, Enforcement

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Directorate, questioned Bilquees


Shah, the wife of illegally
detained senior APHC leader
Shabbir Ahmed Shah, and also
arrested a Kashmiri
businessman, Muhammad
Aslam Wani, in New Delhi.
August 7: Indian troops during
military operations killed five
youth in Machhil area of
Kupwara and one at Samboora in
Pulwama.
Indian forces' personnel barged
into a government school in
Pahalgam area of Islamabad
district and misbehaved with
teachers, asking them to chant Directorate from Srinagar on July Srinagar.
'Vande Mataram'. 25, 2017 in a decade-old The occupation authorities
August 8: Indian police arrested fabricated case. placed Hurriyat leaders
three youth from Behrampora August 10: Indian forces' including Syed Ali Gilani,
Tilgam in Baramulla. personnel barged into residential Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and
August 9: The troops killed four houses, vandalised household Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai
youth including a teenage boy goods and arrested two persons under house detention and
during a crackdown operation at during a siege and search stopped them from attending
Gulab Bagh in Tral. Dozens of operation at Qaimooh in congregational Friday prayers.
people were injured after the Kulgam. August 12: Several people were
injured after Indian forces'
personnel fired pellets, bullets
and teargas shells on protesters
at Awneera in Shopian.
August 13: Indian troops killed
prominent freedom-fighter,
Muhammad Yasin Itoo alias
Mehmood Ghazanvi, along with
his two associates during a
violent military operation at
Awneera in Shopian.
A youth, Owais Ahmed Dar, was
killed and many other people
were injured after Indian police
and troops fired pellets on the
demonstrations at Kakpora in
Pulwama against the killing of
forces' personnel used brute Indian police arrested a civilian, Muhammad Yasin Ittoo and his
force on peaceful protesters in Ishfaq Ahmed Kanna, at Seer associates. Scores of people
the area. Amargarh Road in Sopore. sustained injuries in the brutal
A Delhi court sent the illegally The puppet authorities booked a action of Indian forces' personnel
detained senior APHC leader Hurriyat activist, Irfan Ahmed on similar protests in Shopian,
and the Chairman of Jammu and Khan, under black law, Public Chadoora, Kralpora and
Kashmir Democratic Freedom Safety Act, and shifted him from Nawgam areas.
Party, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, to Islamabad District Jail to Kathua Indian police arrested four
Tihar Jail on 14-day judicial Jail in Jammu. youth, two each from Srinagar
remand. Shabbir Shah was August 11: The police arrested and Handwara areas.
arrested by India's Enforcement two youth from Bemina in August 14: Many people were

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injured after Indian forces' opening fire on a passenger bus Indian police used brute force on
personnel fired pellets and at Banderpora in Pulwama. protesters at Batamaloo in
teargas shells on protesters in August 17: The troops killed two Srinagar.
Srinagar, Pampore and Pulwama youth during a violent military The police prevented the leaders
areas. operation at Bhim Nullah in of Jammu and Kashmir
Indian police arrested Hurriyat Gurez. Democratic Freedom Party from
leaders including Muhammad Eight people were injured after holding a press conference at
Yasin Malik and Mukhtar Indian police used brute force on Sanat Nagar in Srinagar and
Ahmed Waza in Srinagar and protesters in Kakapora and arrested the party General
Islamabad areas. Pampore areas. Secretary, Maulana Abdullah
August 15: The puppet Indian police arrested three Tari.
authorities imposed curfew and youth from Sumbal in Bandipora August 26: Indian troops killed
other restrictions in Srinagar by and scores of people mostly three youth during a violent
deploying Indian troops and students from Badgam and military operation after an attack
police personnel in strength in all Poonch areas. on District Police Lines in
major cities and towns of the The NIA arrested noted Pulwama.
occupied territory to prevent Kashmiri businessman, Zahoor August 27: The headless body of
people from holding anti-India Ahmed Watali, from Srinagar. 24-year-old pro-freedom activist,
protests on India's Independence August 18: At least six persons Muzaffar Ahmed Parray, was
Day. The roads were blocked were injured in violent actions of recovered from Mandi Hajin in
with concertina wires. Special Indian police in Srinagar, Bandipora. Hurriyat leaders said
security measures that Muzaffar
were taken Ahmed was
around Bakhshi killed for his
Stadium, the main affiliation with
venue of the the ongoing
official function in f r e e d o m
Srinagar. Closed movement.
circuit TV August 28: At
cameras were least 20 people
used to monitor were injured
the movement of after Indian
people while police used
mobile phone and brute force on
Internet services protesters in
were suspended. Shopian and
Indian police Pulwama areas.
arrested member of the so-called Chadoora and Kupwara areas. August 30: Indian forces'
Kashmir Assembly Engineer August 20: The police booked
personnel used brute force and
Abdur Rasheed, along with his three Kashmiri engineering
beat up students and teachers of
two dozen supporters from students for not standing when
Indian's National Anthem was Government Degree College,
Jawahar Nagar area of Srinagar
after subjecting them to brute played in a cinema hall at Handwara, and damaged
force when they tried to hoist Hyderabad in Telangana state of property including shops and
black flags at the Bakhshi India. vehicles in Litter area of
Stadium. August 22: Indian troops killed a Pulwama.
Indian police arrested the 23-year-old youth, Shahid August 31: Indian police
General Secretary of Dukhtaran- Ahmed Mir, in custody at
personnel thrashed a senior
e-Millat, Nahida Nasreen, after Hongnikote Hafruda in
Handwara. Horticulture officer, Asif
raiding her house in Srinagar.
August 24: At least twenty Muzaffar Bodha, and several
August 16: Indian troops killed a
prominent freedom-fighter, people including traders and students in Bijbehara and a
Muhammad Ayoub Lone, after transporters were injured after driver in Pampore.

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India urged to give up its plans of changing demography of IOK


A seminar titled "Indian Designs chief guest. fare' by the Indian government
to Change Demography of The speakers emphasised that that needed to be repulsed by
Kashmir - Violation of UN the issue in debate is purely of a counter legal and constitutional
Resolutions and International technical nature and should be means.
Law" was held at a hotel in dealt with in a legal manner. The speakers put forth the
Islamabad on July 28, 2017. It was They pointed out that the UN following suggestions:
jointly organised by the All resolutions on Jammu and A team comprising top lawyers
Parties Hurriyat Conference Kashmir will become redundant of international standing is
Azad Jammu and Kashmir if demography in the territory is constituted to suggest ways to
(APHC-AJK), Kashmir Media changed. All the speakers were fight a legal battle against India
Service (KMS) and Kashmir unanimous on the point that the on the subject both in IOK and at
Institute of International leaders of Kashmir movement the international level.
Relations (KIIR). had no option except to find Teams from AJK and IOK are
Speakers of the seminar included ways to resist the move of BJP sent across the world to expose
Nafees Zakria, Foreign Office and RSS. It was made clear that Indian machinations aimed at
Spokesman; Siraj-ul-Haq, Amir the paradigms of pro-freedom converting Muslim majority in
Jamaat-e-Islami; Sardar leadership in dealing with the IOK into a minority.
Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, demography issue should be Dedicated desks are set up in
former President AJK; Chaudhry different in comparison to the foreign missions of Pakistan to
Latif Akbar, leader Pakistan pro-India parties of occupied brief law-makers and
People's Party AJK; Syed Faiz Kashmir. They said, the pro- intelligentsia about the Indian
Naqshbandi, Convener APHC freedom leaders should present plans.
(Mirwaiz); Shaikh Tajammul the case as a step to defeat the A permanent Kashmir Centre
Islam, Executive Director KMS;
Dr Habib-ur-Rahman, Vice
Chancellor Mirpur University of
Science and Technology; Justice
(Retired) Shah Khawar, former
Attorney General of Pakistan;
Faizullah Firaq, Spokesman
Government of Gilgit Baltistan;
Raja Najabat Hussain, Chairman
Right to Self-Determination
Movement UK; Dr Muhammad
Khan, Professor of international
relations at the International
Islamic University, Islamabad;
Brigadier (Retired) Ishaq
Ahmed, Director South Asian
Strategic Stability Institute;
Advocate Ahmar Bilal Soofi, purpose of Kashmiris' is established in Islamabad for
senior lawyer Supreme Court of inalienable right to self- monitoring and analyzing the
Pakistan; Noor-ul-Bari, Naib determination. On the contrary, Kashmir situation from time to
Amir JI AJK; Ms. Nabila Irshad, they said, the pro-India parties of time and to recommend future
Vice Chairman PPP AJK; and the occupied territory are line of action. The centre will
Maulana Saeed Yousuf, leader agitating against the move in the work as a think-tank on Kashmir.
JUI (F). context of the internal autonomy Social media including Face-
The event was presided over by of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian Book, Twitter etc. is used by all
Ghulam Muhammad Safi, plans to abrogate Articles 370 concerned Kashmiris and
Convener APHC-AJK, while and 35A of the Indian Pakistanis to highlight IOK
Sardar Muhammad Masood Constitution, the speakers situation.
Khan, President AJK, was the added, were to be taken as a 'law- Kashmiri diaspora is activated

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in all important world capitals.


Finances will be needed to
work on the international level so
separate budget for the purpose
is allocated by the concerned
ministries.
Following is the resolution
unanimously passed at the end
of the seminar;
Expressing deep concern on
Indian systematic designs to
change demography of Jammu
and Kashmir including plans to
abrogate Article 370 and Article
35A of the Indian Constitution;
Noting with serious concern Indian designs to bring about violations in IOK;
Indian machinations to turn demographic changes in Indian Condemning use of pellet guns
Jammu and Kashmir an occupied Jammu and Kashmir; by the Indian forces to willfully
overwhelming Muslim majority Noting that demographic blind the Kashmiris, mostly
population into a minority by changes bring a material change, youth, in thousands and new
settling Indian citizens in Indian that is violation of United methods of terror unleashed in
occupied Jammu and Kashmir; Nations Security Council IOK in line with the malicious
Noting that Indian judiciary is resolutions, which do not allow plans of the BJP and RSS;
working as a subservient any material changes; Recalling UN Security Council
institution of Indian government Noting that as a part of design to Resolutions on Kashmir [Res. 38,
with regard to Jammu and change demography of Indian 39, 47, 51 (1948); 80 (1950); 91, 96
Kashmir and the petitions filed occupied Kashmir, India has also (1951); 98 (1952); 122,123, 126
by Rashtriya Swayamsevak resorted to genocide of people of (1957); UNCIP Res. (13 Aug 48, 5
Sangh (RSS) backed think-tank Indian occupied Kashmir; Jan 49) that, inter alia, promised
against Article 35A in Indian Kashmiris their right to self-
Noting the
ongoing determination;
grave human Underscoring that the UN has a
r i g h t s responsibility to stop human
violations in rights violations and the
I n d i a n Kashmiris' systematic genocide
occupied by Indian occupation forces in
Kashmir, in IOK;
particular, Expressing deep concern on the
the latest arbitrary arrest of over 10,000
round of Kashmiris with their fate
killings and unknown;
brutalities in
c u r r e n t Recalling the massacres
Supreme Court form a uprising that began on July 8, committed in IOK by Indian
conspiracy to pave way for 2016; occupation forces between 1990
settling Indian citizens in IOK by and 2017;
abrogating the above mentioned Noting the Indian defiance to the
calls by UN High Commissioner Taking note of the findings of
Article; reports of investigating
for Human Rights in Geneva,
Noting that Pakistan has already OIC and elected representatives organisations in the wake of
notified to the United Nations in the UK, Europe and other discovery of unnamed and
Security Council and United countries for an independent unmarked mass graves in IOK;
Nations Secretary General about investigation into human rights Noting India's blatant violation

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of UNSC Resolutions on Jammu results of plebiscite whenever 6. Call on the United Nations to
and Kashmir, the UN Charter held in Jammu and Kashmir in assume its responsibility of
and international humanitarian compliance with the UNSC organising the plebiscite in
laws; resolutions; Jammu and Kashmir under its
supervision;
Appreciating the offer of the 2. Call on India to stop forthwith
United Nations Secretary its efforts of changing the 7. Urge UN and other relevant
General to help resolve the long- demographic composition of international fora to investigate
festering problem of Jammu and Jammu and Kashmir and desist all massacres, gang-rapes, fake-
Kashmir through dialogue; from altering the status of the encounters, forced
territory; disappearances, wilful blinding
Reminding India of the repeated
using pellet guns, etc. committed
pledges made at the highest level 3.Call on India to cease forthwith by the Indian forces and Hindu
to allow the people of Kashmir to all human rights violations terrorist organisations RSS, etc.
decide their future through a against and stop the bloodshed and bring the perpetrators to
plebiscite, in particular, the of the people of Jammu and justice;
statements by Prime Minister Kashmir;
Jawaharlal Nehru in October 8. Demand the Government of
4. Condemn Indian fresh strategy Pakistan and all national parties
1947 and 1951, in which he stated
to curtail Hurriyat leaders' of the country to adopt a
that We (India) have declared
movement and defame them by proactive approach to project in
that the fate of Kashmir is
involving them in fake cases, the world the Indian state
ultimately to be
decided by the people. t e r r o r i s m
That pledge we have perpetrated in IOK,
given... not only to the take all steps to
people of Kashmir but assure the people of
to the world. We will Jammu and Kashmir
not and cannot back out Pakistan's full and
of it. We are prepared unconditional
when peace and order support to their
have been established legitimate freedom
to have a referendum struggle and make
held under the auspices further steps
of the UN.; towards utilising all
relevant UN
Expressing concern at mechanisms to bring
the escalating tensions to justice the
between Pakistan and causing harassment by perpetrators of crimes against
India on the UN supervised conducting raids on their houses humanity committed by Indian
ceasefire line and the killing of through its organisations like authorities in IOK;
civilians by the Indian forces by NIA and Enforcement
9. Request the Pakistani and
use of heavy arms near the LoC; Directorate and lodging them in
international media to give due
The Participants of this notorious jails like Tihar Jail of
coverage to the continued
Kashmir Seminar, therefore, New Delhi as collective
sufferings of the people of
punishment;
1. Call on the United Nations to Jammu and Kashmir; and
take serious note of the Indian 5. Call on the government of
10. Request all international
designs to convert the Muslim India to allow UN / independent organisations including the OIC,
majority in Indian occupied investigations into the human EU etc. to play a meaningful and
Kashmir into a minority as these rights situation, to establish effective role in the resolution of
designs are intended to defeat responsibility and determine the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
the essence of Kashmiris' appropriate punishment for the Further, that these organisations
inalienable right to self- perpetrators of such crimes that formally approach India to allow
determination, the purpose of are against international access for international
relevant UN resolutions on humanitarian law and organisations to Indian occupied
Jammu and Kashmir and the international human rights laws; Jammu and Kashmir.

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Kashmiris constant struggle and resilience acknowledged


In occupied Kashmir, the She said that Burhan Wani was the Kashmiri Muslims to the
Executive Editor of English daily seen by youth as both a symbol of wall.
Kashmir Times, Anuradha Bhasin oppression and defiance against She said that 2016 uprising was
Jamwal, delivering Pandit it. She said that since the killing fuelled by abuse and a sense of
Raghunath Vaishnavi Annual of Burhan Wani, the situation of insecurity but it essentially
Lecture in Jammu on August 19, desperation had only deepened stemmed from unheeded
2017 greatly acknowledged the with young boys, sometimes also political aspirations. This year,
resilience of the people of girls, ready to fight the mighty she said, the discourse on
Kashmir and their constant and powerfully equipped forces challenging Article 370 and
struggle which has been going on with bare hands or stones while Article 35A is providing a similar
for the past several decades. some picked up the gun. setting. She said that there was
The lecture was themed Many There is no dearth of passion no space for peaceful resistance,
Shades of Kashmir Resistance: driving youth towards militancy which had been targeted in
Reflections on Emerging Trends but there is dearth of funding and various ways.
in the Political Theatre and the availability of arms. And this Anuradha Bhasin said, the RSS
Agency of Peoples Struggles increases their vulnerability. inspired BJP makes no pretence
and was organised by a human They know they are no match for regarding Kashmir and that it is
rights group, Jammu and the powerful state but are still driven by an ideology not just to
Kashmir Coalition of Civil ready to die and die too easily, regain control over Kashmir but
Society. she added. Anuradha Bhasin of altering the very idea of India
Addressing the participants of said that what further acted as a and damage its democracy and
the lecture, Anuradha Bhasin,
said that there were many shades
and forms of resistance in
Kashmir. She said that space for
peaceful resistance in Kashmir
had shrunk, forcing youth to pick
up guns. According to Bhasin,
before 2016 mass uprising,
Kashmir was already a
simmering volcano beneath the
occasional calm, waiting to
erupt.
She said, Burhan Wanis killing
in 2016 provided that tipping
point that many of us have been
dreading for more than a decade.
She said that the 2016 uprising
was different from the agitations
of previous years which were catalyst was the rise of the Hindu democratic institutions.
built around the narratives of fascist powers in New Delhi, She said, the RSS inspired BJP is a
oppression and call for justice. their ideology of communalism totalitarian regime which wishes
This was an open rebellion that and politics of beef and love for to target not just its political
reflected not just pent up anger Jehad (a term coined by Hindu adversaries and critics but also
but also the desperation of the extremist organisations against eliminate and annihilate
situation, she added. Muslims), the attempts to revoke categories of communities,
Anuradha Bhasin maintained Article 370, the shockingly which they feel cannot be
that it is difficult to understand shabby response of New Delhi to integrated into their ideal
and describe the phenomenon Kashmirs devastating floods of political system. Kashmir fits
that unfolded in 2016 and still 2014, the historic but blundered the bill. It wants to create a
continues but not difficult to formation of PDP-BJP alliance in Hindutva Rashtra. Kashmir is
understand why it happened. occupied Kashmir and pushing both a project of long cherished

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idea of changing its demography


and suppressing its Muslim
population as well as a means to
achieve its larger ambition to
turn India into a Hindu Rashtra.
A chaotic, violent and unstable
Kashmir serves that end. BJP
successfully employs far more
brutal methods of suppressing
Kashmiris, ably uses the Kashmir
discourse of militarism,
exaggerating the threat of an
enemy and demonisation of
Kashmiris through its multiple
levels of propaganda machinery
for harnessing votes, capturing
power and enlarging its She stated that Indias present various ways and ruthlessly
footprints across India, she said. Kashmir strategy was based on crushed. There are cases where
The executive editor said complete battle formation, peaceful marches have been met
militarisation and repression ruthlessness, maligning, media with brutal military action.
were already existing. Impunity control, weakening the enemy - Forces personnel and police are
was exercised but mostly from corrupting them to vilifying accused of gunning down
through denials. Now it has them, make all attempts to passersby, shooting at
assumed a bold and brazen form foreclose spaces of peaceful ambulances, entering peoples
- the admission of torture comes dissent and silence rational homes and killing or injuring
with a sense of pride - the case of voices and attack by provocation. them. If people come out on
Farooq Dar, the human shield, Anuradha Bhasin said that roads with stones or decide to
illustrates this very well. Pellet armed struggle in occupied pick up arms, they are inspired
gun discourse.Torture is Kashmir was not born in vacuum by their own oppression,
celebrated. Critique of armed but was a reaction to years of political aspirations, history of an
unsettled dispute and anger
against increasing brutality and
the frustration caused by the
choked atmosphere they find
themselves in, she said.
Anuradha Bhasin said that
choking a place with a huge
population and killing people
was not going to wish away the
crisis. Instead, she said, it will
only inspire a backlash, angry
outbursts and promote more
violence and chaos that will
eventually have a spill-over
effect.
She also said that the element of
religion, which is used
dominantly in resistance, has
forces is treated akin to electoral fraud and unfulfilled
been part of the Kashmir dispute
blasphemy and all rational promises or erosion of
since decades.
questions stonewalled by autonomy. She said that the
Though not totally driven or
equating soldier to the highest Indian state had obliterated
caused by religion, shades of
pedestal of ultra-nationalism and spaces for peaceful resistance,
religion have been part of the
jingoism, she added. which had been targeted in

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dispute since decades. Religion,


whether it is a conscious attempt
by some or simply a means to
generate more steam, has been
used by armed insurgents.
Slogans and use of mosques are
an example. It is the same
method adopted during Indias
independence struggle by the
Indian National Congress, she
said.
Anuradha Bhasin questioned the
theories that youth throwing
stones are miscreants
instigated by Pakistan and
militants. Who would be
prepared to get killed for 500
rupees or even more? Whose long and complex history. The in Psychology and Political
agent is Insha Malik or Reyaz, the primary objective for this annual Science, and from Allahabad
ATM guard, or the five-year-old talk, open to the wider public, is with a degree in law before he
child who have been blinded by to emphasise the importance of returned to Kashmir in 1938. In
pellets? she asked. careful and critical historic, 1941 he was nominated to be a
Insha was blinded while Reyaz ethnographic, or journalistic member of the National
was killed by the pellets fired by work on Kashmir which is based Conferences Working
Indian forces personnel. on sustained scholarship in the Committee, at the time headed
It is to mention here that the region. by Sheikh Mohammad
Pandit Rughonath Vaishnavi The annual talk has been Abdullah. Pandit Vaishnavi was
Lecture was instituted in 2014. instituted to commemorate a firm believer in a democracy
The Pandit Rughonath Pandit Rughonath Vaishnavi's that did not stifle dissent and was
a fierce and outspoken critic of
the government led by National
Conference and left NC to form
the Political Conference, the only
political party at the time that
championed the Kashmiris right
to self-determination, even if it
meant Kashmir's merger with
Pakistan. To silence his voice, the
puppet administration arrested
him numerous times. Pandit
Vaishnavi passed away on
November 22, 1996.
The first keynote lecture of the
series was delivered by historian,
Mridu Rai, in 2014 and in 2015
the annual lecture was delivered
by academician and writer, Suvir
Vaishnavi Lecture features a extensive contribution to Kaul. In 2016, the keynote lecture
keynote event in which a speaker Kashmiri society, history and could not take place because of
committed to the humanist politics, with the goal to the prevailing situation in the
pursuit of social justice or a illuminate lesser-known aspects occupied territory in the
background in critical work or of Kashmir's history. Pandit aftermath of extrajudicial killing
scholarship, illuminates a Rughonath Vaishnavi graduated of Kashmiri youth leader,
significant aspect of Kashmir's from Lahore with a dual degree Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

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Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz


A chronological account of Umar Farooq, addressing a
gathering in Srinagar demands
developments on Kashmir (133) reopening of all traditional
routes of Jammu and Kashmir to
KMS Research Desk end the crisis of essential
commodities in the Kashmir
2014 Jammu. Valley during winters. He says
January 1: A report released by January 4: Speakers at a group that Pakistan and India should
the Research Section of Kashmir discussion in Srinagar maintain take immediate steps to connect
Media Service, reveals that that India's intransigence is the Kashmir with the outside world
Indian troops in their unabated main impediment in the way of through its traditional and
acts of state-terrorism martyred 9 resolution of the Kashmir natural routes that can provide
Kashmiris including a child in dispute. They demand economic relief to the people of
the month of December 2013. The withdrawal of Indian troops and the occupied territory.
report says that the troops repeal of draconian laws from People stage demonstrations in
subjected 87 persons to severe the occupied territory. The Sopore town after the body of a
torture and arrested 170 civilians discussion is organised by 16-year-old missing boy,
while Indian forces' personnel Dukhtaran-e-Millat and the Dawood Ahmed, a resident of
destroyed 5 residential houses speakers include Aasiya Maharajpora, is recovered from
and disgraced 3 women during Andrabi, Mian Abdul Qayoom, an orchard with multiple injury
the period. Dr Javed Iqbal, Zahir-ud-Din marks.
The report says that during the
year 2013, Indian troops killed
161 innocent Kashmiris
including 4 women and 12
children. It maintains that of
those martyred, 19 were killed in
custody. The report says that
Indian forces also tortured or
critically injured 2,374 civilians
and destroyed 19 residential
houses and structures besides
arresting 2,329 persons during
the year. It says that five
Kashmiris were subjected to
custodial disappearance while 45
women were molested by the
forces' personnel.
January 3: Indian police arrest and Javed Malik. January 5: Kashmiris on both
All Parties Hurriyat Conference The President of All Jammu and sides of the Line of Control and
leaders, Shabbir Ahmed Shah Kashmir Muslim Conference the world over observe the Right
and Muhammad Yousuf and the former Prime Minister of to Self-determination Day to
Naqash, along with dozens of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, remind the world that the people
Hurriyat activists from Mirgund Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, of Kashmir are continuing their
and Pattan areas while they were addressing the discussion struggle to achieve their
going to Sopore to participate in a through video link from inalienable right to choose their
public gathering. Islamabad says that the UN fate by themselves. It was on this
The police re-arrest Hurriyat resolutions are still relevant and day in 1949 when the UN
leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt, provide just, practicable and Security Council adopted a
immediately after his release viable settlement of the Kashmir resolution, acknowledging the
from Kathua Jail and shift him at dispute. right to self-determination of the
Joint Interrogation Centre in The Chairman of All Parties Kashmiris. The day is marked by

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seminars and other programmes
highlighting significance of the
UN resolutions and different
aspects of the Kashmir dispute.
The Chairman of All Parties
Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz
Umar Farooq, addressing a
seminar at the APHC
headquarters in Srinagar says
that the UN resolutions provide
the constitutional base to the
Kashmir dispute. He deplores
that the World Body has failed to
fulfill its obligations with regard
to the settlement of the dispute
that has put a question mark on
its credibility.
Zamruda Habib, leads a Ghulam Muhammad Safi, the
The veteran Hurriyat leader,
procession from Aabi Guzar to Convener of the AJK chapter of
Syed Ali Gilani, speaking at
Press Colony in Srinagar. The the forum led by the veteran
another seminar at Hyderpora in
participants raise high-pitched Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Gilani,
Srinagar demands settlement of
anti-India and pro-freedom addressing a function at National
the Kashmir dispute by
slogans. Press Club in Islamabad, urges
implementing the relevant UN
The APHC-AJK chapter stages a the world community to shun its
resolutions.
demonstration outside the UN indifferent attitude towards
The Chairman of Jammu and
Office in Islamabad to draw
Kashmir Liberation Front, Kashmir and impress upon India
attention of the World Body
Muhammad Yasin Malik, to fulfill its commitments with
towards the sufferings of the
addressing a big public regard to the implementation of
people of occupied Kashmir. A
gathering at Kanelwon in UN resolutions on the dispute.
memorandum presented to the
Bijbehara urges the world Kashmiri leaders including
office demands implementation
powers particularly the US and Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo
of the UN resolutions on
the UK to use their influence for
Kashmir, release of all illegally and Professor Nazir Ahmed
the settlement of the Kashmir
detained Kashmiris, repeal of Shawl speaking at a function in
dispute on priority basis.
black laws and withdrawal of London demand for unfreezing
The Chairperson of Kashmir
Indian troops from occupied the UN resolutions on Jammu
Tehreek-e-Khawateeen,
Kashmir. and Kashmir. The speakers at the
function held under the auspices
of the International Kashmir
Coordination Committee in
connection with the Kashmiris'
Right to Self-determination Day
say that the deteriorating
situation in occupied Kashmir
needs an international initiative.
They say that the UN must
launch its preventive diplomacy
to bring to an end the massive
human rights violations by
Indian troops in occupied
Kashmir.
Compiled by: Showkat Ali
To be continued...
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Literature

Sharaf - the thief


(A Kashmiri folktale)
A little before Ranjit Singh's time, having as the only objects in life this occasion, as Sharaf Sur might
theft and robbery were so very eating, drinking and spending be near, and would certainly take
common and were practised money. One is not surprised to them. The boys laughed at the
with such proficiency in the find, therefore, that on his idea. Take them! they said,
Happy Valley that good and father's death he at once appro- what would you have us to
honest folk were put to their wits priated all his goods and money think? Are we fools or blind?
end to know how to retain what and had soon squandered These shoes are placed close by
they, by their industry and everything in magnificent feasts our side. How could they
economy, had gathered together. and bad society. What was he to possibly be removed without our
One of the most celebrated of the do now? He could neither beg noticing it?
thieves and robbers in those days nor dig, so he determined to The disguised thief, now finding
was Sharaf Sur. So cunning, so cultivate the craft of thieving. his opportunity, replied, Wait a
daring, and so successful was he, One day Sharaf visited a certain moment. I will show you how.
that his name was seldom Sharaf then went away a little
mentioned without trembling, distance to well scan the neigh-
while his character was bourhood, and seeing that there
supposed to be almost super- was nobody to mind at hand, he
natural. Whether or not it was returned, took up all the shoes in
that the common people a cloth, and again went away. A
thought that he possessed the second time, however, he did not
evil eye, or else some sort of return, although the little
mesmeric influence, they left company of boys shouted for
him alone to prosecute his him on all sides, and waited
plans without any hindrance. anxiously for his appearance.
One or two of the more deter- They had a suspicion that the
mined dispositions are quoted man was Sharaf Sur and the
as having brought the thief matter was blazed abroad over
before the courts, but as the city, but nothing could be
nothing could be thoroughly discovered.
proved, nothing could be really Once Sharaf entered a mosque,
done, and so those bereaved of and assuming the guise of an
their property had to submit, imam, began to cry. Many
their only consolation being in peasants, on hearing this,
the thought that this was their garden disguised in a dress of entered the mosque, and at a
fate. great pomp and style. Some given signal arranged them-
Sharaf Sur was the son of Kabir children of very respectable selves for prayer. Before
Ghani, who was a very great and parents were playing there in the commencing their devotions,
wealthy shawl merchant, and shade of the beautiful trees. Sharaf advised them to collect
lived near the Zaina Kadal. Sharaf noticed that several of the their chaddars and place them
Sharaf made no effort to learn his youngsters were wearing nice before them in a heap. It is
father's business or to provide new shoes, and, going near, told because, he said, Sharaf Sur, I
himself with any other means of them to sit down. According to know, is wandering about near
livelihood. Consequently he custom, the boys took off their this building, and is not at all
developed into a lazy, listless and shoes before doing so, but the particular whether he thieves in a
profligate fellow, apparently thief bade them not to act thus on mosque, or in the bazaar, or upon

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the highway. And they did so. it as the very tomb of Prophet A Pandit walking on the riverside
Now everyone who has watched Muhammad (PBUH) and to happened to be wearing a new
a company of Muslims praying swear again accordingly, putting well-made chaddar. Sharaf,
knows with what regularity they his hands in orthodox fashion seeing this, jumped into an empty
go through their genuflexions, as upon the little heap. boat which was fastened by a
the imam proceeds with the The good weaver, in all confi- string to a post fixed in the bank,
prayers. During one of the long dence, did so, but Sharaf had and pretending that he was a
prostrations, Sharaf - the pseudo- kept some dust in his hand, and boatman somewhat unwell,
imam - hastily got up, and while the man was bending in all
asked the Pandit to come and
quietly seizing the bundle of reverence over the supposed
help him, in return for the short
woollen cloths, left the service by grave, took a good aim at his eyes
cut and ride in the boat. The
a little side door in the building. and picking up the bundle of
All this time, about the space of a cloth ran away. It is not necessary Pandit readily consented. It was
minute, the congregation were to add that the poor weaver was some time before they arrived at
waiting and wondering what the so blinded and surprised that he their destination and already
imam was doing. Perhaps they was unable to see or to do darkness had set in. So the
thought that he was a little faint. anything except to roll about in boatman, assuming an expres-
However, at last one worshipper agony lamenting his sad lot. sion of great gratitude, said to the
lifted his head, and on discov- One day Sharaf sat by a tomb and Pandit, It is already late, and
ering that both their imam and pretended that he was offering your home, you say, is yet distant.
wraps had disappeared, shouted fateha. Meanwhile a man passed Will you not take dinner here at
to his fellow-dupes, Sorrow, a by, whom Sharaf called to come my expense, and sleep in the boat,
hundred sorrows, brethren! near to him. The man obeyed and and then in the freshness of the
Sharaf Sur has met with us. We asked what he desired. Sharaf morning go to your house? Take
have been led in prayer by an replied, May God bless you! this rupee, friend, which I
unbelieving rogue! Please bring me some bread. I
willingly offer you, and go and
On another occasion it is will give you the money. I want
buy food.
reported that a weaver was the bread for distribution among
The Pandit took the money, and
coming from a certain village and the poor in the name of my
bringing with him some linen deceased father. was going to purchase some
cloth to sell in Srinagar. Sharaf The man, considering this to be a dinner with it, when Sharaf called
chanced to be passing that way real work for God, gladly him, saying, Come here. You
and saluting the man asked him consented and started to fetch must be tired. I am quite recov-
for how much he would dispose the bread. When he had gone at a ered now, and can arrange for
of his burden. little distance Sharaf again called your dinner. Sit here in the boat
The weaver answered, Three him, saying, Come here. whilst I go and hire a servant to
rupees. After a little flattery and Perhaps you will not return. cook your dinner. And you had
quibbling Sharaf again asked Please leave your wrap here with
better give me your blanket, so
him once and for all to state the me until you come again with the
that the cook may bring the
proper price. The man then, bread.
calling upon the name of God dinner in it. The Pandit,
As there was nothing suspicious
and His Prophet, said that the about this arrangement, the man suspecting nothing, gave his
cloth cost him only eight anas unfastened his cloth and depos- blanket to him and patiently
less than he asked. Was this too ited it by the side of the supposed waited in the boat for some time,
much profit for all his labour?" he devout man. Alas! No sooner but at last, cold for the want of his
asked. had he got out of sight than blanket, and hungry for want of
Sharaf, however, appeared not to Sharaf, taking the linen cloth, his dinner, he got low-spirited
believe him even then, but departed in another direction. It and after a little time longer wept
gathering some dust together was rather a good bargain - a big
aloud, exclaiming, I must have
and smoothing it a little into strong cloth for a few Paisas!
met with Sharaf Sur.
shape, asked the man to consider

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Letters to Editor
K a s h m i r i s l o v e f o r Killings and restrictions oppressed. They must shun this
Pakistan Dear editor, India and its local double standard and play their
Kashmiri people make full use of collaborators in occupied due role for stopping Indian
any opportunity they come Kashmir are committing the suppression in the occupied
across to express their love and worst kind of human rights territory.
passion for Pakistan and violations by killing innocent Abdul Lateef Khosa
resentment and hatred against civilians with impunity besides Karachi
India. These two extremely imposing restrictions on the Killing innocent civilians
opposite emotions for Islamabad movement of Hurriyet leaders. The killing of civilians, in the
and New Delhi are being The authorities frequently place unprovoked firing of Indian
witnessed for the last almost under house arrest or illegal troops on peaceful protesters and
detention Hurriyet leaders Kashmiri youth in fake
seven decades in the month of
including Syed Ali Gilani, encounters is a glaring example
August when Pakistan and India
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and of Indian state terrorism in the
celebrate their respective Muhammad Yasin Malik to occupied Kashmir. By killing
independence days. prevent them from leading anti- innocent civilians, what good the
The people of occupied Kashmir India demonstrations and troops have achieved? Certainly
hold pro-Pakistan rallies and reaching the masses in the nothing! Killing of innocent
distribute sweets on Pakistan's backdrop of killing of innocent people and other grave human
Independence Day on 14th Kashmiri youth at the hands of rights violations at the hands of
August and offer special prayers Indian troops. Indian forces' personnel are a
for its prosperity, progress, The world human rights routine matter in the occupied
security and stability. The youth organisations must impress territory.
hoist Pakistani flags on vantage upon India to lift restrictions on It is unfortunate that killers of
points even in the presence of the pro-freedom leaders so that innocent Kashmiris are roaming
Indian troops and sometimes they are able to propagate their free and the families of the
they have to face their wrath. ideology and perform their victims are moving from pillar to
They do all this to demonstrate political and religious activities. post for justice. But, not a single
their affiliation, love, affection Umar Gul soldier or policeman involved in
Peshawar such killings has been punished
and passion for Pakistan and
their desire to be part of this UN role so far.
Dear editor, the situation in Indian brutalities during the past
country.
occupied Kashmir is very serious over sixty-nine years have failed
And the same people of Kashmir
as there is continued loss of to suppress the Kashmiris'
observe India's Independence
human lives; people are being resolve to continue the struggle
Day as Black Day. India for securing their inalienable
killed, maimed and blinded. But
celebrates its Independence Day right to self-determination and
it is quite saddening that the
in occupied Kashmir under the world community particularly they are determined to take it to
shadow of gun by converting the the United Nations is playing the its logical conclusion at all costs.
occupied territory into a role of a silent spectator in this It is time that the world
garrison. On the day, it snatches whole scenario. community should take strong
all kinds of freedoms by putting The UN is duty-bound to notice of the deteriorating
the entire territory under implement its resolutions that situation in occupied Kashmir. It
military siege. All this was had guaranteed the right to self- must hold New Delhi
witnessed this year also as the determination of the people of accountable for its brutal actions
occupation authorities imposed Jammu and Kashmir. It is in occupied Kashmir and force it
curfew and restrictions in the regrettable that vague references to resolve the long-pending
occupied territory to prevent are being given to the current Kashmir dispute in accordance
people from staging anti-India crisis in Kashmir by the with the Kashmiris' aspirations
international community for ensuring durable peace in the
demonstrations.
especially the US and the UN region.
Saim Khan
where little distinction is made Sarmad Bhatti
Rawalpindi
between the oppressors and Srinagar

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Atrocities by Indian troops
(January 1989 to August 31, 2017)

Total killings 94,804

Custodial killings 7,097

Civilians arrested 142,294

Structures destroyed/damaged 108,310

Women widowed 22,854

Children orphaned 107,656

Women gangraped/molested 11,017


Including custodial killings

Source: Kashmir Media Service (www.kmsnews.org)


Commitments unfulfilled!

"We have declared that the fate of Kashmir is ultimately to be decided by the people.
That pledge we have given (and the Maharaja has supported it) not only to the people
of Kashmir but to the world. We will not and cannot back out of it. We are prepared
when peace and law and order have been established to have referendum held under
international auspices like the UN. We want it to be a fair and just reference to the
people, and we shall accept their verdict. I can imagine no fairer and just offer.
"And let me make it clear that it has been our policy all along that where there is a
dispute about the accession of a State to either Dominion, the accession must be made
by the people of the State. It is in accordance with this policy that we have added to
proviso to the instrument of accession of Kashmir.

(Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehrus broadcast to nation from


All India Radio, November 2, 1947)

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