Protest in Srinagar against NIA raids, arrests » Kashmir Media Service

Talks only option for Kashmir’s final solution
Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar, today, to condemn the raids by India’s National Investigating Agency, detentions and killings in the territory.

Hundreds of resistance activists while taking part in the protests said that putting common people in jails was in blatant violation of democratic norms and human rights. The protesters vowed that the people of Jammu and Kashmir could not be intimidated into submission through such acts of state terrorism.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar, today, termed the repeated arrests of APHC leaders and activists as the worst example of lawlessness. He urged human rights organizations to put pressure on India to ensure the release of Masarrat Aalam Butt, Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmida Sofi, Amir Hamza and other Hurriyat leaders and activists. APHC leader, Mir Shahid Saleem addressing his party workers in Rajouri hailed the Amnesty International’s demand for ban on the use of pellet guns in the occupied territory.

Meanwhile, Indian troops laid a cordon and search operation in Chittibandey area of Bandipora, today, subjecting the residents to harassment.

Despite global criticism over the use of pellet shotguns by Indian troops in Kashmir, New Delhi has authorized its paramilitary forces to continue the use of lethal weapons to tackle protests in the territory. The use of pellets is part of a seven-point special operation procedure, which has been sanctioned by Indian Home Ministry for Central Reserve Police Force and police in Kashmir.

A court in New Delhi remanded two Kashmiri youth, including photojournalist, Kamran Yousuf, to judicial custody until October 17. Kamran Yousuf and another youth Javed Ahmad Butt were earlier remanded to the custody of National Investigation Agency until today

On the other hand, Group of Concerned Citizens and other civil society group, during a meeting with former Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh-led delegation in Srinagar reiterated that the talks with all stakeholders were the only option for final settlement of the Kashmir dispute. The group comprised former judges and academicians including Muhammad Shafi Pandit, GR Sufi, Hasnain Masoodi, Dr Tara Singh, Professor Nissar Ali, Krishen Lal, Masood Husain Shah, GN Shaheen and Mufti Nasirul Islam.

In Geneva, Kashmiri representatives, Syed Faiz Naqashbndi, Shamim Shawl, Pervez Ahmad Shah, Altaf Wani and Ms Benazir Khan in their addresses at the 36th session of United Nations Human Rights Council said Indian forces were systematically killing youth in fake encounters under the garb of cordon and search operations in occupied Kashmir. They informed the world body that peaceful protests were responded with indiscriminate bullet and pellet firing by Indian forces. A large number of Kashmiris and their sympathizers led by Lord Nazir Ahmad held a demonstration outside the UN office in Geneva to draw world’s attention towards human rights violations by Indian troops in the occupied territory.

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