New UN Rights Chief upholds Zeid’s stance

Srinagar, September 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two youth during a cordon and search operation in Kupwara and one PhD scholar, in disguise, in Srinagar.

The troops killed 18-year-old Furqan and Liaqat Ahmed at Guloora in Handwara area of Kupwara district, today. A 42-year-old PhD scholar, Abdul Ahad Ganai, was shot dead by Indian army men in disguise in Khanyar area of Srinagar. The attackers were wearing civilian clothes. Abdul Ahad Ganai, a resident of Lolab, Kupwara, was pursing PhD from Aligarh Muslim University. Sadly, Liaqat was martyred on a day when his sister was getting married, today.

The killings triggered clashes between protesters and troops in Handwara and Sopore areas. The authorities suspended Internet services and shut educational institutions.

The students of Islamic University of Science and Technology staged a protest demonstration in Pulwama against the harassment of the university students by Indian troops during a research work in the town. Even female teachers and students were not spared and were abused and by the troops.

Journalist fraternity remembered noted photojournalist, Mushtaq Ali, on his 23rd death anniversary. Mushtaq was killed in a bomb explosion in Srinagar on the 10th of September in 1995. Meanwhile, journalists, today, staged a protest outside the office of Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, against the detention of their colleague, Asif Sultan, by the Indian authorities.

A Delhi court sent the second son of prominent Kashmiri freedom leader, Syed Salahuddin, to judicial custody in a fake case. Syed Shakil Ahmed is working as a Lab Technician at Soura hospital in Srinagar.

Hurriyat leaders Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiaz Ahmed Reshi, Ghulam Nabi War and Ghulam Nabi Waseem in their statements condemned life threats to religious scholar Mufti Nasirul Islam.

The newly appointed UN rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet in her opening remarks at the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva slammed India for lack of any meaningful improvement on addressing issues highlighted in the UN report on human rights violations in Kashmir. Upholding the position taken by her predecessor, Zeid Raad Al-Hussain, on human rights situation in occupied Kashmir, Michelle Bachelet said that the people of Kashmir had exactly the same rights to justice and dignity as people all over the world. She urged India to respect these rights and take meaningful action on addressing issues highlighted in the UN report.

In Birmingham, a joint resistance committee was set up during an All-Party Conference attended by the Kashmiri diaspora living in the UK. Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl was elected as its convener. Senior resistance leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed the event over phone from Srinagar. Others who addressed the conference included Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Muhammad Ghalib.


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