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Unity among the separatist leadership as imperative : Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoob

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

Unity among the separatist leadership as imperative : Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoob

Chairman Jammu Kashmir Peoples League Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoob in a statement has strongly denounced the illegal detention of pro-freedom leaders & activists and demanded immediate release of Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Shabir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mohammad Yousuf Mir and Muhammad Saleem Nunnaji. Sheikh Yaqoob reiterated that India has been suppressing this political movement by the use of force that has created hundreds of graveyards in the state where lakhs of martyrs lie buried, and added that there is hardly a jail or torture chamber in India where Kashmiris have not endured years of unspeakable pain and suffering, and the process of killing and jailing pro-movement people continues to this day, Yaqoob said. Sheikh Yaqoob urged unity among the separatist leadership as imperative and need of an hour, the Kashmir was a political issue that could be resolved politically only through tripartite talks between the kashmiri leadership, India and Pakistan. He also insisted the sympathizers and activists of Peoples League to make this peaceful political resistance organization an effective platform to which common Kashmiris will reckon with so that the dream of Shaheed-e-Azeemat, Sheikh Abdul Aziz (Martyr of determination) is fulfilled. Peace in the subcontinent cannot be restored unless and until the core issue of Kashmir imbroglio is not addressed seriously because it is only peace which can guarantee for the prosperity and development in the region, Yaqoob said. He appealed common masses of people to solicit their sincere co-operation and timely suggestions so that Jammu Kashmir Peoples League will emerge as a full-flagged pro-freedom democratic political organization, Yaqoob said.

While condemning the molestation and murder of two women in Shopian Peoples League chairman said that India has deployed more than 7 lakh of its forces in Kashmir to silence the voice of Kashmiris, who are resisting for their just cause (Freedom). “We will never succumb to any sort of oppression and will continue to struggle for the right to self determination”, Yaqoob said. He demanded an independent probe should be done and the culprits should be booked for committing such heinous crime.

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Geneva conference passes resolution against Kashmir separatists’ detention

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

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Geneva, June 13: The continued detention of pro-freedom leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Salim Nanaji, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate and Masarat Aalam Bhat was strongly condemned in a resolution passed at a conference held in Geneva.

Earlier, speaking at the International Council for Human Rights, which was held in association with International Human Rights Association of American Minorities, International Educational Development, Indian Council of South America, Nord-Sud XXI, Womens International League for Peace and Freedom, World Muslim Congress, OCRAPOCE, The International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations and Hawaii Institute for Human Rights hosted an Interactive Dialogue and Roundtable at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Patron of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (R), Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo said New Delhi claims to hold free and fair elections but does not allow those to stand who would promote the secession of Kashmir from India.

The event entitled Councils Mandate on Self-determination ran in parallel to the 11th session of Human Rights Council that is taking place at the United Nations this month.

Tramboo said the right of peoples to self-determination was enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and it was expressed in, inter alia, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and common Article I of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Declaration on the Granting of Independence of Colonial Countries and Peoples, the Declaration on the Rights to Development and now the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“If we look at the case of Kashmir we can see that the people were clearly granted the right to plebiscite, to self-determination, in several UN resolutions shortly after the partition of India. Some 60 years on this right has not yet been granted,” Tramboo said. “Whilst governing the people against their will the 700,000 Indian troops based in Kashmir act with impunity committing gross human rights abuses on a daily basis. In cases such as this is critical that the mandate of the HRC be both strengthened and exercised if the pursuit of human rights is to mean anything.”

Besides, Tramboo, permanent representative to the UN Geneva, Prof Alfred de Zayas Public and International Law professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Ronald Barnes Chair of Indigenous Peoples and Nations Coalition Prof Marco Lombardi, Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart Milan, Frank Schwalba Hoth former MEP and political strategist and Wilton Littlechild University of Alberta Alumnus and Pioneer of the Global Indigenous Rights Movement also spoke on the occasion.

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Land occupation…Kashmir farmers lost 1200cr in 20 years

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

Kashmir farmers lost Rs 1200 Cr in 20 yrs
Rashid Paul
Srinagar, June 14: Kashmiri farmers have lost over Rs 1200 crore due to forcible occupation of their cultivable land and orchards by troops during the past 20 years.
According to official figures, 1,28,331 kanal of cultivable land is under the forced occupation of troops and paramilitary troopers.
The forced occupation of 94,435 kanal of the fertile cultivable land is classified as authorized in the official records as undersized rent ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 1390 per kanal by troops and paramilitary troopers every year.
The remaining 33,896 kanal are occupied even without providing nominal compensation to the farming community.
The occupation of land led to the loss of Rs 1,000 crore over the two decades as paddy, oilseeds, pulses and other crops could not be grown on this land.
The fruit growers also lost Rs 200 crore during this period due to occupation of their orchards.
Director Research at SK University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir, Dr A R Trag said the occupation has given a serious blow to the agricultural sector of Kashmir, which is already short of cultivable land area because of its geographical terrain.
“The sector suffered major losses owing to the occupation,” he said. “Hundreds of acres of the University’s research land is also occupied.”
Each hectare of the occupied cultivable land used to produce six tones of paddy every Kharif season.
Kashmiris are deprived of 3,84,660 quintal of paddy every year by the forced seizure of their land totalling an annual loss of Rs 38,47 crore.
Kashmiri farmers utilize the same land for cultivation of mustard oil seed during winters. Each hectare produces one metric tone of the mustard oilseed during rabi season.
The land capture by troops divests the region of approximately 6411 tones of oilseed every year amounting to Rs 9.62 crore.
The continued occupation for the past 20 years has stripped Kashmir of more than Rs 1000 crore in paddy, oilseeds, pulses and other crops.
Official figures say that the troopers have also forcibly occupied an orchard land of 5744 kanal from orchidists.
This land has been converted into military barracks and no compensation has been provided to the farmers.
A nominal rent of Rs 500 per kanal was paid until last year for another 2,816 kanal documented as authorized occupation in official records.
The rent has been revised up to Rs 10000 but farmers want eviction of troopers from their orchards.
“Since generations, my orchard and my land have been a means of sustenance for my family. The army has deprived us of our morsel,” said Abdul Ahad of Pattan, Baramulla.
Most of the orchard land gives us a harvest of 10 metric tones per hectare. Had the orchards not been occupied Kashmir would have earned at least more than Rs 226 crore over the past two decades.
President of Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, G R Bhat said the land and orchards under the occupations of troopers is devastated.
“The adjacent land has also been damaged as they could not be attended to owing to fear of the troops. They are a persistent danger not only to our sustenance but also to our lives and honour,” he said.
• Industrial units occupation costs Kashmir inc Rs 1000 Cr, 2000 jobs

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Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

Why does one go blind and refuse to see the writing on the wall? Perhaps it is the fear of losing face on being exposed of the crimes committed, lies told and promises broken. What ever it may be India seems to be sinking its head deeper and deeper in the sand.

That Kashmir is a dispute is now an open secret – the common Indian knows it, the lied to RSS knows it and the world knows it. Yet the Indian establishment insists on looking foolish. Read the news article in today’s newspaper (below) on the pressure USA has put on India, and also read what one Hindu girl has to say on TOI blog.

Its about time the RSS-KPs, Dr.Shabbirs, Dr.Bhims and other like minded people realized that an anti-Kashmir stance is counter productive and Jagmohan-like- conspiracies will not work. Settle the issue through a Kashmir-centric solution, or else someone else will do it for you.

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. (Malcolm X)

Preeti says:
June 14, 2009 at 04:57 PM IST

Point 1. India needs to accept the fact that however much we might rant and say mera bharat mahan the average Kashmiri will show us the middle finger.

Point 2. For the last many years large portions of the North East have also been showing us the middle finger. The point is that they dont get so much national or international coverage as they are nt much of interest to either Pakistan or to many other people in the world.

Point 3. We as a nation need to mature upto the fact that Indian nationalism is not limited to north India only. If we have to remain a federal entity it is critical that we ensure that the rest of the country is indoctrinated in the same ideals. And by that I dont mean force but diffusion of the ideals that make India a great nation.

Point 4. I am one of the ardent admirers of our Indian armed forces. But this doesnt mean that we blind ourselves to the fact that our army has committed crimes both in kashmir as well as the north east. i hope some of u remember the photos of manipuri women protesting against rape by the armed forces. And PLEASE can we move a bit beyond debates abt the terrorists doing similar activities. By saying that we are comparing the professionalism of the army to a bunch of thugs!

Point 5. Its time that the govt. showed political maturity by handling the kashmir issue politically than miliatrily. this is the right time as our friendly neighbour is currently trying to save its own territorial integrity. we need to realise that we might nt get another chance of peace in kashmir so we better act fast and with tenacity.

Point 6. Till the time the Kashmir issue is resolved you cannot solve the issue of Kashmiri Pandits. Whatever the reason for their exit…the kind of relationship that the KPs share with their Muslim brethren, the rest of the country can only see it in Hindi movies.

http://blogs. timesofindia. indiatimes. com/Hard- copy/entry/ it-s-a-war- keep
‘ Washington desperately wants India , Pak to settle Kashmir ’
Will Manmohan-Zardari Pick Up Musharraf Threads?

Srinagar, June 14: Would the prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s proposed meeting with the Pakistan president, Asif Ali Zardari, on the sidelines of Shanghai Co-operation Council in Moscow, mark the revival of the stalled composite dialogue between the two countries?

Although the Government of India is playing down the proposed Manmohan-Zardari meet as just a “chance encounter” devoid of any formal agenda, there are strong indications that the two countries would be getting back to the negotiating table very soon.

While Pakistani leadership is making repeated pleas for resumption of the dialogue with India – halted by 26/11 Mumbai attacks – there is, of late, a noticeable change in the Indian disposition vis-à-vis Pakistan . Recent statements by Indian leadership including those by Manmohan Singh, President Pratibha Patil and foreign minister, S M Krishna, are indicative of a shift in the Indian posture.

According to reports, the US is acting as a key backroom player in reviving the Indo-Pak peace process as the Obama Administration has launched renewed efforts for the resumption of the stalled peace process.

“Washington is desperately keen for India and Pakistan to settle their differences over Kashmir so that Zardari can turn his attention to his own internal problems in dealing with extremism,” British newspaper Sunday Herald wrote today.

The US under secretary of state, William Burns, without mincing words said in Delhi on Thursday that the US wanted the Kashmir issue resolved in keeping with the aspirations of its people. Burns asked New Delhi not to underestimate the seriousness of, and difficulties faced by, Islamabad in its effort to contain extremists.

“We find it encouraging if a country that is friend to both Pakistan and India is helping in the process,” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said Tuesday.

Reports suggest that there is a growing realization in Delhi as to how long it could sustain the policy of not talking to Islamabad particularly in the backdrop of the fact that the desired objectives of the talks’ suspension have not achieved their objectives and were rather hurting India ’s own regional interests.

According to reports, the Indian officials privately admit that they were “deeply impressed by the actions taken by Islamabad against the elements accused of perpetrating the Mumbai attack,” notwithstanding the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed by Lahore High Court, which raised eye-brows across the world.

According to political analysts, India is cognizant of growing US pressure for the resumption of the peace process, and wants its relations with Pakistan to start returning to normalcy soon, because it would not like the normalization process to be perceived as a Washington-driven initiative.

“ India is keen to put the Indo-Pak talks on track before the upcoming visit of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the sub-continent next month,” analysts opine and Manmohan-Zardari meeting in Moscow could prove the icebreaker for their revival.

According to reports, India and Pakistan had come very close to a major breakthrough on Kashmir in 2007 before Gen Musharraf ran into political problems, which eventually forced him to step down.

http://www.greaterk ashmir.com/ today/full_ story.asp? Date=15_6_ 2009&ItemID=60&cat=1

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NO PEACE WITHOUT KASHMIR SOLUTION: Peoples League Executive Member and Acting Chairman Jammu Kashmir Peoples League Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in a statement has warmly welcomed the comments passed by US Under Secretary State William Burns on Kashmir: in which he said that while seeking solution of Kashmir issue aspirations of Kashmiris must be taken into account; who is on a tour to India . Peace in South Asia will elude, if Kashmir tangle is kept in limbo: while seeking the durable solution to Kashmir as purposeful dialogue must start between India and Pakistan through the active arbitration of US, because in past all talks have failed due to the stance adopted by the two countries for just temporization, Waza said, it is the opportune time for India and Pakistan to address Kashmir issue and resolve it for ever and start work conjointly for the upcoming challenges like economic recession, which may engulf both of them. For the safety of South Asia, it is necessary for Indi
a and Pakistan to solve Kashmir problem because both countries are presently in the nuclear arms race, which has snatched the socio-economic right of poor people in the Sub-continent, Waza said. He maintained that it is only sincerity, which must prevail between India and Pakistan and both must go ahead with positive approach over Kashmir tangle and must come out from the phobia of sense of defeat.

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MJ Akbar calls Obama a lunatic, while Sanjay Kak shows a mirror

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

The US advice on Kashmir is lunacy
M J Akbar

14 Jun 2009, 0038 hrs IST,

If you want to sell arsenic, the kindest way to do so is to disguise it as medicine heavily coated with sugar. There is nothing particularly new about the proposal of an interim balm for the wounds of Kashmir , demilitarization on both sides of the Line of Control. What is novel is the heavy Washington endorsement of this Pakistan-promoted option.

This is not all. Unusually for a senior diplomat of a super power that affects neutrality, US under secretary of state for political affairs, William Burns, chose Delhi as the venue for a message designed to disturb the equanimity of his hosts, when he said, “Any resolution of Kashmir has to take into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people”. That must have been music to Islamabad ‘s ears.

Demilitarization sounds so sweetly reasonable, a definitive gesture of de-escalation. The Obama administration is delighted by the prospect of collateral benefit. This would release more Pak troops for the war against Taliban. Pakistan has shifted some brigades from the Indian border, but not from the Line of Control.

Self-interest may have blinded Washington to an obvious fallacy in this “reasonable” formulation. In all three major Kashmir conflicts — 1947, 1965 and Kargil — Pakistan has used a two-tier strategy. A surrogate force has served as a first line of offense. The Pakistani term for them has been consistent; they have come in the guise of “freedom fighters”. India called them “raiders” in 1947 and 1965, and defines them as terrorists now. This surrogate force has expanded its operations far beyond Kashmir , as the terrorist attacks on Mumbai confirmed.

DMZs (De-Militarized Zones) would guarantee the security of Pakistan and weaken India ‘s defences, since there is no suggestion that terrorist militias are going to be “demilitarized” . Should the Indian army leave the Kashmir valley to the mercy of well-organized, finely-trained, generously-financed indiscriminate organisations? India has no corresponding surrogate force, because it is a status-quo power; it makes no claims on any neighbour’s territory.

If America wants a DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) in India they will first have to ensure a DTZ (De-Terrorised Zone) in Pakistan .

India and Pakistan may have a common problem in terrorism, but they do not have terrorists in common. Those who have inflicted havoc already in India , and those who intend to do so in future, are safe in their havens in Lahore and Multan and Karachi . Pakistan ‘s ambivalence on terrorism was exposed yet again by the release of Prof Hafeez Mohammad Sayeed, emir of Jamaat ud Dawa, from house arrest on June 6. It needed an official sanction by the UN Security Council to send him into soft detention. The government’s duplicity was evident in the frailty of the case against him. The Lahore High Court, which ordered his release, discovered that Pakistan had not even placed al-Qaeda on its list of terrorist organizations.

Islamabad may have taken action against militants in the Frontier who pose a threat to Pakistan , but it continues to mollycoddle those who threaten India .

Islamabad ‘s leverage has risen in Obama’s Washington for good reasons. America may have outsourced flat-world, high-tech jobs to soft-power India . But America has outsourced a full-scale Af-Pak war to Pakistan .

Rewards for India come in corporate balance sheets and middle-class jobs. Compensation for Pakistan comes in billions of dollars for the army (as much as $5 billion of which has been diverted, so far, to the purchase of conventional weapons meant primarily for use against India ) and much more in aid and soft-loans. Pakistan believes that money is insufficient. It wants the bonus of political rewards. It expects a Pak-US nuclear pact, not because it is in need of fuel for peaceful or martial purposes, but in order to quasi-legitimize its status as a nuclear power. Islamabad also wants some settlement on Kashmir that it can sell to its people as a victory.

Former president Pervez Musharraf may be out of circulation but ideas that jumped out of his box a few years ago are back in play. He has just given an interview to Der Spiegel in which he suggests that India and Pakistan were close to an agreement over his proposals: “demilitarization of the disputed area, self-governance and a mutual overwatch.” Delhi insisted on the conversion of the Line of Control into a formal border, but the thought that the two countries came close has given Washington reason to believe that it can now pressurize Delhi to make some concession, perhaps by agreeing to make the Line of Control “irrelevant” by “opening transit routes”.

There is great danger in this “soft border” thesis. How can you have a “soft border” unless both sides recognize it as a border? Moreover, what does the phrase “mutual overwatch” mean? Both would dilute symbols of Indian sovereignty in Kashmir.

Musharraf, who sounds bored by his new routine of bridge with friends at his flat in London , says he is ready to broker a peace deal.

The search for peace might prove to be tougher than starting a war in Kargil.
http://timesofindia .indiatimes. com/Columnists/ MJ-Akbar- US-advice- on-JK-is- lunacy/articlesh ow/4653446. cms

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