Masarrat Aalam sent to NIA custody in Delhi

Srinagar, June 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while denouncing India’s military approach towards Kashmiri youth has urged the Narendra Modi-led government to resolve the political dispute over Jammu and Kashmir peacefully.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his Eid sermon at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar made it clear to the new political dispensation in India that the Kashmir dispute was a reality which could not be ignored. He asked Pakistan and India to forget the bitterness of the past and start a new chapter of peace, friendship and well being for the peoples of India, Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, three civilians were injured, one of them critically, after Indian army opened fire on a private car they were travelling in at Drabgam in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Two of the three injured were identified as Waqar Ahsan Mir and Mohammad Rafiq Dar.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, Masarrat Aalam Butt who was shifted from Jammu jail to New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on Monday has been given into the custody of New Delhi’s National Investigation Agency for 10 days. A JKML spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Masarrat Aalam Butt was presented before Patiala House Court, which sent him into the NIA custody. The spokesman appealed to the Human Rights Council, International Committee of Red Cross and Amnesty International to play their effective role for the release of Masarrat Aalam Butt, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Aasiya Andrabi and other leaders from NIA custody.

Besides 300 companies of paramilitary forces already deployed in the occupied territory in the name of security for recently-held Lok Sabha elections, India is planning to deploy 200 more companies now in the name of annual Amarnath Yatra, beginning July 1. The pro-freedom circles are viewing the heavy deployment of Indian forces in the territory as a part of the Indian government’s plan to crush the movement with military might. However, they say New Delhi cannot suppress the freedom sentiment even if it deploys all its regular and paramilitary forces in Kashmir.

A protest rally was taken out in Muzaffarabad against the continued house detention of the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani. The rally was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement.

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