Host: Syed Sheheryar

Co-Host: Mushtaq Wani

Rich tributes paid to Kashmiri martyrs at Toronto Conference

Hundreds of Canadians from all walks of life paid rich tributes to the struggle of the long-oppressed Kashmiri people at a conference in Toronto on July 15. Organized by the Friends of Kashmir Committee Canada, the conference paid tribute to Burhan Wani on the first anniversary of his martyrdom. The conference also recalled the first uprising of the Kashmiri people on July 13, 1931 against Dogra raj. The wide array of speakers from different walks of Canadian life included Sid LaCombe of the Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA), Canadian broadcaster Phil Taylor of the Taylor Report, Dr Ali Mallah, former vice president of the Canadian Arab Federation, Ken Stone, a former academic and member of the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, and Lord Nazir Ahmed from England.

Thousands participate in martyrs’ funerals

In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people, including women and children participated in funeral prayers of two martyred youth in Tral and Pahoo areas of Pulwama district, today.  Amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans the youth, identified as Mukhtar Ahmad Lone of Amurabad, Tral, and Parwaiz Ahmad Mir of Pohoo, were laid to rest at their native villages. Early in the morning, thousands of people including women and children had assembled in Tral and Pahoo villages to participate in the funeral prayers.

‘Kill them, they’re Muslims!’ Indian Muslim family assaulted

In another hate crime, Muslim family comprising 10 members including women, children who were returning from a marriage ceremony were brutally assaulted and robbed by a group of Hindu youth in Mainpuri district. The incident took place between Mota and Nibkarori railway stations- some 30 km away from Farrukhabad junction. 50-year-old Mohammad Shakir, who suffered severe head injuries along with fracture in right hand in the assault said, “It was a horror which I cannot forget. They attacked us with iron roads, robbed our belonging and molested our women. They didn’t even spare my 17-year-old physically and mentally challenged son.

Solidarity expressed with families of slain Yatris

In occupied Kashmir, parents of teenagers and youth killed by Indian troops during 2010 uprising in Kashmir staged a march in Srinagar to express solidarity with the families of seven Amarnath Yatris killed in a mysterious attack in Islamabad district on July 10.  The march was held under the banner of ‘Parents of Victims of 2010.’ Those who participated in the march also included fathers of three teenagers— Tufail Mattoo, Umar Qayoom and Wamiq Farooq, who were killed by Indian troops in 2010 uprising.

Muslims help perform last rites of Kashmiri Pandit

In occupied Kashmir, spreading a message of unity and brotherhood, around 3,000 people, mostly Muslims, gathered in Pulwama’s Trichal village to attend the final rites of a local Kashmiri Pandit. Fifty-year-old Tej Kishan, who lived in a Muslim-dominated area Pulwama, died after remaining paralysed for one-and-a-half years at his home. The Muslim community helped the family perform the last rites of Kishan as per the Hindu rituals.  “This is true Kashmir; this is our culture and we share brotherhood. We do not believe in duality or divisive politics. We share composite culture,” said Janki Nath Panditha, deceased’s brother.

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