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JKLF (R) Press release

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

JKLF (R) Press release

 

Tuesday 16th June, 2009

Srinagar

 

On the eve of Vice-President of India Hamid Ansari’s visit to valley to address convocation in University of Kashmir Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) has appealed the people of Kashmir to observe complete strike on Saturday 20th June to show the resentment against his visit to valley and to register the protest against the dual rape and murder of Shopian women   

 

JKLF (R) spokesman has said that “though we have nothing personal against the Hamid Ansari (V.P India) but as the Vice President of India he represents the colonial, imperialistic, occupying and evil troops of India who are indulging in worst kinds of human rights violations in Kashmir, he represents those who have martyred more than one lakh people, who have violated the chastity of our mothers and sisters of which the recent example is of Shopian were C.R.P.F raped and then brutally murdered our two Kashmiri sisters and ironically same people are being invited and warm reception is accorded to them and in the name of cultural programmes same people are presented before our sisters this is shameful”.  

 

JKLF (R) spokesman while castigating the Vice-Chancellor of Kashmir University said that “he is the one who on the behalf of his Indian masters went from east to west to attend Conferences to propagate the Indian agenda by speaking against the national interests of Kashmiris and he is the one who has done much harm to the Kashmir cause by mortgaging his consciousness to further the Indian nefarious designs”.

 

While expressing his concern on Shopian incident JKLF (R) spokesman said that “there are certain powers behind the scene who want to suppress the facts in Shopian case but we don’t know who they are and they are trying their level best to save the guilty of this unpardonable and heinous crime. India which claims champion of human rights and democracy should feel shame on its part to suppress the voice of people using her military muscle to deny them their basic and birth right and muzzle and caging those dare to raise voice against oppression and injustice of which the arrest of Muhammad Salim Nanaji, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta karate Shabir Ahmad Shah, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Nayeem Khan, Syed Ali Geelani, Asiya Andrabi is the example for every one to see”.

 

Meanwhile JKLF (R) has paid glowing tributes to a youth Muhammad Shafi Bhat of Preschou Pulwama who succumbed to his injuries after getting critical injuries in police action when he was protesting the rape and murder of two women in Shopian.

 

Issued by: – Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front

Head Quarter: – Rajbagh Srinagar Kashmir

Web: – www.liberationfront.org

Email: – jklfhq@yahoo.com , jklfhq@gmail.com    

 

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Amnesty calls for "independent" probe over Indian rape in Kashmir

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

http://www.worldbul letin.net/ news_detail. php?id=43207

Amnesty calls for “independent” probe over Indian rape in Kashmir
Amnesty International has urged India to immediately carry out “fair and impartial investigations” into rape claims in Kashmir.
Thursday, 11 June 2009 14:58

World Bulletin / News Desk

Amnesty International has urged the Indian authorities to immediately carry out “fair and impartial investigations” into any involvement of Indian troops in the sexual assault and murders of the two women in Kashmir.

Also, protests against the rape and murder of two Kashmiri women continued for 12th consecutive day on Thursday in Shopian district.

All shops and business establishments, banks, government, semi-government offices, educational institutions continue to go on strike.

The deaths of a 17-year-old girl and her 22-year-old sister-in-law have sparked widespread protests in the Valley, including Srinagar, since their bodies were found in a stream on May 30.

Indian officials initially insisted they had drowned, but the families of the victims have accused the security forces of abducting, raping and killing the women.

On Sunday, police said forensic tests showed they had indeed been raped and have filed a case.

Amnesty International, in a statement, said “these protests are about the ongoing failure of the Indian government to bring members of the security forces to justice for serious human rights violations.”

Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’ s Asia-Pacific director. “Until the Indian government provides accountability for the conduct of the armed forces in Kashmir, it will continue to face discontent from the residents.”

“Authorities should ensure that security forces comply with international human rights standards on law enforcement, in particular those relating to the use of force to deal with protestors. Any instance of excessive use of force should be impartially investigated, ” said Sam Zarifi.

Kashmiris see India as an “occupier” and accuse the ruling of systematic violations, killing dozens of civilians in Himalayan region.

Tens of thousands of Muslims have been killed since pro-independent moves grew against Indian rule in 1989.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. But India has rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.

Indian security forces have been accused in the past of human rights violations, including rape and extrajudicial killings.

Authorities deny any systematic violations and say all reports are investigated and the guilty punished.

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JKANC PRESS RELEASE

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

Mr. Muzaffar Shah, Senior Vice president JKANC met with Union Home Minister Mr. P.Chidambaram at Nehru Guest House in Srinagar along with Mr. A.R.Badhana, General Secretary, Mr. Abdul Gani Naseem Chief Spokesman, Mr. Miraj Siraj Press Secretary and Mr. Imran Rahi Senior Party Leader. Mr. Shah handed over a copy of the Memorandum sent by ANC Chief Begum Khalida Shah to Her Excellency The President of India on the Shopian and Kellar incidents stressing on the immediate revocation of the AFSPA, Disbanding of Task Force and SOG, whereabouts of Disappeared persons, compensation to HR victims since 1989, return of migrants to their homes, comprehensive package for the 500,000 unemployed youth and convening of Intra Kashmir Conference at Srinagar. Having received and read the copy of the memorandum at New Delhi two days ago, the Home Minister stated that all points raised in the Memorandum are under active consideration of Government of India and will be dealt on a priority basis.
Mr. Muzaffar Shah strongly advocated the immediate need for revocation of AFSPA as it was the root cause of all the diseases plaguing the Kashmir Valley. As the State Government had enough powers vested in them to revoke AFSPA, it did not require clearance from the Central Authorities to do so. The opposition PDP, instead of crying hoarse should demand convening of emergency session of State Legislature and pilot a bill demanding the revocation of AFSPA. Making noises about it by the ruling coalition and the opposition is merely an eye wash, Mr. Shah told the Home Minister.
The Home Minister’s attention was drawn to the immediate removal of all paramilitary and central forces to their barracks and was given a detailed insight to the mammoth expenditure running into thousands of crores under “Security Related Expenditure Head”, which was a burden on the Tax payers of the State as well as the State and Central Exchequer . An immediate end to this wasteful expenditure was demanded and this amount needed to be utilized towards the welfare of 500,000 unemployed youth. The HM’s attention was also drawn to the Ruthless, Callous and Highhandedness of the men in uniform both of the Central and State forces while dealing with the common man on the streets and the dictatorial behavior displayed on roads , shopping districts, tourist places, in particular when the families of the high and mighty enjoy shopping or tourist spots while thousands of children, sick people on way to hospitals, people traveling to offices get stranded for hours for their pleasures.. This was a source of major irritation and alienation towards the men in uniform behaving like Viceroys.
Mr. Shah and the delegation further dwelt at length on the following issues with the Home Minister.

1. The massive security related expenditure be cut down. The fleet of cars and personnel accompanying politicians and bureaucrats was a drain on the state exchequer. Thousands of persons housed in hotels with security personnel and vehicles plus Rs.4, 000/= per month paid as migrant allowance and the rent of hotel accommodation be brought to a halt with immediate effect. The savings from this could be used for employment generation or payment of stipend towards 500,000 unemployed youth.
2. Assessment of Kashmir situation could not done from the Nehru Guest House but it should be a trip to the place of mishap for an on the spot assessment. Merely a bureaucratic briefing and meeting with the powers to be was a futile exercise. The so called peoples representatives lack the ground support to control such situations as they did not enjoy the public backing they claim. They have managed to enter corridors of power through manipulations, match fixing and illicit means. We should not forget that J&K today was the Number One corrupt State in the country. The so called representatives of the people could not muster guts to visit Shopian and other areas and those who went amidst heavy security Bandobast were booed way.
3. Mr. Shah categorically stated that the persons /parties claiming to be the representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of the recently held State Assembly and Parliamentary elections were no representatives at all. A lot of loop holes are yet to be plugged in by the Election Commission India, when it could be claimed that such Elections could throw up the Real Representatives of Jammu and Kashmir. A detailed analysis in a open letter to the ECI was being put forward by JKANC and remedial measures in particular to the EVM software lapses are being sought. The Home Minister was informed that if corrective measures on the conduct of elections in Kashmir were not taken at once, the day was not faraway when each Assembly/Parliament ary segment was simply pocketed by persons giving the highest bid for that segment.
4. Removal of forces near places of worship where a minor incident becomes a reason to warrant severe and harsh response, particularly seen at Jamia Masjid, Srinagar was demanded. The HM was reminded of the effective and top class governance procedures laid down by founder president and former chief minister Late Jenab G.M. Shah, while dealing with law and order situation in Kashmir. Curbing of peoples right to protest results in violence which is responded by the forces and police by counter violence resulting in injuries and death. These measures keep the pot boiling and the vested interests are hell bent upon to vitiate the prevailing situation for the longevity of the repressive measures.
5. Last but not the least, efforts for a peaceful solution of the Kashmir issue have to be speeded and for this the formula laid down by late G.M. Shah for holding Intra Kashmir Conference for Peace and Solution was put forth to the Home Minster and its back ground explained with reference made of the meeting held by JKANC founder President and Former Chief minister Late G.M. Shah with Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh a few months ago.. The HM advised the delegation that a copy of The Intra Kashmir concept and its present status be forwarded to him for his study and understanding of the purpose and importance of holding its first session in Kashmir. Mr. Muzaffar Shah will be forwarding the same to the Hon’ble Home Minister at New Delhi as JKANC was preparing for holding the first Intra Kashmir Session at Srinagar in the month of Sept 2009.
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Secretary
Press and Publicity
Jammu and Kashmir
Awami National Conference

Press Secretary:
Awami National Conference JK
3 RC. Quarters, Press Enclave, Pratap Park, Srinagar-01
0194-2-48-23- 21, 0194-2-10-29- 05
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US Can Play Pivotal Role In Resolving Kashmir: Yasin Malik

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

Srinagar, June 12: Separatist leaders on Friday welcomed the statement of the United States Under Secretary of State, William Burns, over Kashmir, describing it as the first step towards the resolution of this vexed issue.
The chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, said, “ The US is a common friend of both India and Pakistan and it can play a decisive role in settling the Kashmir issue,” Malik, who has been under house arrest for past 10-days, told Greater Kashmir over phone.
“William Burns asking India and Pakistan to resolve the K-issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris is welcome development and a first step towards mitigating our sufferings,” he added.
He said that world had realized that peace couldn’t prevail in the south Asia till Kashmir issue was resolved. “America’s statement is a reflective of that,” he added.
Malik described the recent statements of the Obama’s administration on Kashmir as encouraging.
“Time has come for New Delhi to give up its rigidity and hold serious deliberations with true representatives of Kashmiris. Indian leaders need to understand that voice of Kashmiris cannot be muzzled anymore,” he added.
Malik said that when he had met the prime minister, Manmohan Singh, and had presented him the signatures of lakhs of Kashmiris, the PM, according to Malik had expressed his willingness to settle the Kashmir issue peacefully. “I hope Dr Singh remembers his promise and takes steps to hold a tripartite dialogue,” he added.

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NO PEACE WITHOUT KASHMIR SOLUTION

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

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 India 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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JAMMU KASHMIR PEOPLES LEAGUE
Constituent of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC)
H.O: Kursoo Rajbagh Srinagar
Tel / Fax(O) : 0194-2480921
E-mail : peoples_league@ yahoo.com, jkplhqs@gma

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