18 journalists killed, scores injured in IOK since 1989: report

Srinagar, May 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three Kashmiri youth in Shopian district of south Kashmir, today.

The troops martyred the youth identified as Lateef Ahmed Dar, Tariq Molvi and Shariq Ahmad Negroo during a violent cordon and search operation in Adkhara area of the district. Earlier, an Indian soldier was injured in an attack in the same area. The killings triggered massive anti-India demonstrations in the area. Indian police and troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, injuring more than twenty persons. Three of the injured were referred to Srinagar hospitals for specialised treatment. Reports of demonstrations and clashes were also received from Lal Chowk, Reshi Bazar and Old Town areas of Islamabad after the killing of the youth in Shopian. The occupation authorities imposed strict restrictions in Shopian district and snapped internet services across south Kashmir. The authorities also suspended train service from Srinagar to Banihal.

Meanwhile, a report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, today, revealed that eighteen journalists have been confirmed as being killed while performing their duties during the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation struggle since 1989. They include Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Mushtaq Ali, Muhammad Shaban Wakeel, a woman scribe Aasiya Jeelani, Ghulam Muhammad Lone, Ghulam Rasool Azad, Pervez Muhammad Sultan, Shujaat Bukhari, Ali Muhammad Mahajan, Syed Ghulam Nabi, Altaf Ahmed Fakhtoo, Saidan Shafi, Tariq Ahmed, Abdul Majid Butt and Javed Ahmed Mir. The report said that in the occupied territory, almost routinely, the journalists face manhandling, abductions, murder attempts and death threats by the Indian troops and all this has made their everyday work extremely difficult. The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day hailed the contribution of the press fraternity of the territory in highlighting the sufferings of the people. The Kashmir Journalists Association on the World Press Freedom Day demanded immediate release of illegally detained journalist, Aasif Sultan.

The sister of illegally detained ailing Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, addressing a press conference along with her mother at their Maisuma residence in Srinagar, today, said that they were extremely worried about his well-being. She appealed people to pray for the JKLF chief who has been kept in solitary confinement in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. She said that the Indian government would be responsible if anything bad happened to Yasin Malik. A delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi led by its President, Muhammad Iqbal MIr, visited the residence of Muhammad Yasin Malik and expressed solidarity with his family members.

The Indian authorities are deploying 300 additional companies of armed forces in Pulwama and Shopian districts during the last phase of the Indian parliamentary polls to be held on Monday.

On the other hand, India’s infamous National Investigation Agency (NIA) has issued a summons to All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani’s grandson, Anees-ul-Islam, asking him to appear before the investigating agency at its headquarters in New Delhi for questioning on Monday.


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