CPJ demands release of Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan

Srinagar, February 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed, tomorrow, to mark the sixth martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri leader, Muhammad Afzal Guru.

Call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The JRL has also called for shutdown in the territory and a march towards Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Monday to press the demand for the return of the mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru and renowned Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt, from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail to occupied Kashmir for decent burial. India had hanged Muhammad Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 9th February, 2013 and Muhammad Maqbool Butt in the same jail on 11th February, 1984, for their role in Kashmir freedom movement. Their bodies remain buried in the premises of the jail. »

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Srinagar, February 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has paid glorious tributes to prominent Kashmiri liberation leaders, Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt, on the eve of their martyrdom anniversaries.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, reiterating his demand for the return of the mortal remains of both the leaders from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail said although it is purely a human issue, but India is very reluctant to this demand thereby violating all the principles of morality and constitution and its claim of “largest democracy in the world” is getting badly exposed. »

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Srinagar, February 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed concern over the total apathy of the authorities towards the people living in cities, towns and most of all in remote villages, struggling with the fallout of adverse weather conditions for the last two months without any respite.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, expressed grief and sorrow at the loss of lives in the recent heavy snowfall and avalanches across the valley and extended condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families. He also regretted the damage to homes and property in different parts of the valley due to heavy snowfall. »

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Islamabad, February 08 (KMS): An extra-ordinary meeting of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) was held in Islamabad with its Convener, Syed Abdullah Gilani, in chair.

The Hurriyat leaders, expressing concern over the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir, said that Indian troops had crossed all limits of brutalities in occupied Kashmir and urged the international community to take notice of the Indian state terrorism. »

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Srinagar, February 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organisations have paid glowing tributes to prominent Kashmiri liberation leaders, Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt, on the eve of their martyrdom anniversaries.

India had sent Muhammad Afzal Guru to gallows in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 9th of February, 2013 and Muhammad Maqbool Butt, on 11th of February, 1984 for their role in the ongoing Kashmir freedom movement. Their bodies remain buried in the premises of the jail. »

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Srinagar, February 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed, tomorrow, to mark the sixth martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri youth, Muhammad Afzal Guru.

Call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to press the demand for the handing over of the mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru and renowned Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt, from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail to occupied Kashmir for decent burial. »

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New York, February 08 (KMS): The New York-based media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CJP) has urged the police in occupied Kashmir to immediately cease all legal proceedings against journalist, Aasif Sultan, and release him.

Aasif Sultan, along with nine other people, has been booked under false charges of hatching a conspiracy of the murder of an Indian policeman.

“Filing terrorism-related charges against journalist Aasif Sultan, despite a complete lack of evidence, marks a terrible injustice and further undermines press freedom in Jammu and Kashmir,” said Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator, in a statement from Washington, D.C. “Is it so hard to understand that journalists, in the normal course of their work, must make contact with the people they write about?” »

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Srinagar, February 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops have launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Bandipora district.

The troops laid a siege around Gamroo village of the district, today, and started door-to-door searches. The troops have also sealed all entry and exits points of the area. The operation was going on when last reports came in.

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Srinagar, February 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian army has started to equip its troops with new lethal high-precision rifles designed for sniper missions along the Line of Control (LoC).

These deadly sniper rifles also include an anti-material rifle that can penetrate through concrete and metal objects, such as vehicles. The guns being given to the troops are the 0.338 Lapua Magnum Scorpio TGT by Beretta, and the 0.50 Calibre M95 by Barrett. »

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Srinagar, February 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has urged New Delhi to take a cue from Afghanistan talks and start a dialogue with Kashmiri Hurriyat leadership and Pakistan to resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said that after decades of bloodshed, good news for the region was coming from Afghanistan where many factions of Afghan parties and the Taliban were having a dialogue to end 17-year-old war in their country. He hoped that India would pay heed and agree to talk to Kashmiris and Pakistan to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute. »

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