Dunya K Munsifo
Kashmir, an internationally acknowledged dispute
In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute, which even has been acknowledged by the Parliament of India, and the pledges made to Kashmiris by Indian leaders including first Indian Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru bear testimony to the fact of it being a dispute that needs a resolution. While reacting to the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict in which it had said that Kashmiris were citizens of India and that Jammu Kashmir had no vestige of sovereignty outside the constitution of India, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement termed the verdict of no consequence. Yasin Malik said that “Great Britain kept India under its occupation for more than two hundred years and British laws and courts used to call India as integral part of British Empire but Indian independence in 1947 exterminated all those laws and verdicts.
Concern expressed over Aasiya’s continued arrest in IOK
In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have expressed serious concern over the continued arrest of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi and described it as frustration of the authorities. Illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar said even after the court order she was not released. This is extremely shameful on part of the authorities, he added. Bilal Sidiqee in a statement in Srinagar, condemning the brute and callous approach of the puppet administration against Dukhtaran-e-Milat chairperson, Tehreek-e-Mazahmat Chairman, said that Aasiya Andrabi was being subjected to revenge.
Three Indian soldiers killed in Pampore attack
In occupied Kashmir, three Indian soldiers were killed in an attack on an Indian Army convoy in Pampore, yesterday. Indian media reported that the army convoy was attacked on Srinagar-Jammu Highway in Kadlabal area of Pampore. The reports said that Indian police and troops have launched a massive house to house search operation in the area to nab the attackers. Hurriyet leader, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, and the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Deeni Mahaz in their statements strongly denounced the continued illegal detention of Aasiya Andrabi.
IOK court quashes PSA detention of 7 youth
In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has quashed the detention of 7 Kashmiri youth illegally detained under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA). Counsel for the youth said all of them were booked for stone pelting during the ongoing uprising. “The court also quashed the detention of Beerwah youth Javaid Ahmed Wani,” he added. Javaid Ahmad Wani was released after three months of detention at Kot Bhalwal Jammu under PSA on December 13.
Feminists, global rights activists ask India to repeal AFSPA
Prominent feminists and international human rights defenders have called upon Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to repeal the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the law that is in force in occupied Kashmir to quell the struggle for right to self-determination in the territory. Angela Davis, an African American feminist and human rights defender, made the demand in Mumbai through a campaign, initiated by Indian feminists, which has been signed by more than 1500 women from all over the world. Speaking at a “meet the press” in Mumbai, Davis said, “In addition to being an instrument of oppression on the people, AFSPA is a symbol of state power and militarization that one is increasingly witnessing in different parts of the world.”
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