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2016 leaves behind trails of memories in IOK

In occupied Kashmir, observers say that the year 2016 has left behind a trail of memories the people and rulers would not forget easily. This was the most tumultuous year that saw multiple changes in guard followed by a complete breakdown of law and order situation. The mass uprising started from July 8 after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Muzafaar Wani and his two comrades. On July 8, a game changing event took place when forces shot dead Burhan Wani, the most popular commander of Hizbul Mujahideen who had used social media to attract youth. Tens of thousands of people came out on streets to protest against the killing. More than 200,000 people took part in his funeral prayers at Tral in south Kashmir. This began a tumultuous phase in the recent history of Kashmir when forces used excessive force to quell the uprising.

Host: Mushtaq A. Wani

Co-Host: Shakeel Chishti

UK takes up issue of use of pellet guns in IOK with India

The British government has taken up the issue of using pellet guns in Kashmir with India. Baroness Anelay of St. John’s, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office stated while responding to a volley of written questions submitted by House of Lords member, Lord Nazir Ahmed. Lord Ahmed has asked what assessment the government has made of reports on the use of high-powered pellet guns against protesters in Kashmir by Indian forces and what representations they have made to the government of India regarding this issue.

303 including 42 teenagers martyred in 2016

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 303 innocent Kashmiris including 9 women and 42 teenagers during the year 2016. According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, 39 of those martyred were killed in custody. The killings rendered 25 women widowed and 58 children orphaned. Indian paramilitary and police personnel subjected 19,011 civilians to torture, while 12,604 including Hurriyet leaders, activists, students and women leaders were arrested.

Solidarity expressed with the bereaved families of IOK martyrs

In occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) leaders Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Bilal Ahmad Siddiqui and Hakeem Abdul Rashid today visited the residences of martyrs Sameer Wani of Khan Sahib, Javaid Ahmad Dar of Wadwan and Javaid Ahmad Mir of Nasrullah Pora, Budgam district, and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. The leaders on the occasion reiterated to continue the mission of martyrs and said that their sacrifices would not go waste.

India asked to respond positively to Pakistan’s talks offer

In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq terming as realistic the statement of Pakistan that Kashmir remains the main cause of confrontations between New Delhi and Islamabad has urged India to respond positively to the Pakistan’s dialogue offer. A spokesman for the Hurriyet forum, in a statement in Srinagar said, “Indian leadership, for the betterment of millions of people of South Asia, should positively respond to Islamabad’s dialogue offer to resolve the 70-year-old dispute between the two countries by reaching at a long-lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute.”

 


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