Truth triumphed, says Bilal Kawa’s mother on his release*
The 37 yr old businessman from Srinagar, Bilal Ahmad Kawa, on Saturday described his detention by the Delhi Police as his “bad luck”.
Mr. Kawa told The Hindu over phone from his Delhi residence, “This episode will not keep me away from Delhi. I have done no wrong. Why should I fear? I will keep coming to do my business here and prosper.”
He said, “I am thankful to the Delhi Police for being kind enough during the detention. I am also thankful to the J&K Police for being truthful about my reality.”
Mr. Bilal was arrested on January 10 this year from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, New Delhi, by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police based on inputs from the Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad (ATS). He was accused of having a role in the 2001 Red Fort attack and was declared “wanted for 17 years”. However, a Delhi court granted him bail on February 8.
In custody for 29 days, Mr. Kawa was greeted by his children — Mutiya Bilal, a Class 4 student, and Falah Bilal, who is in nursery, on his arrival two days ago. “They hugged me and cried as I stepped home,” said Mr. Bilal.
Mr. Bilal’s elder brother Niyaz Ahmad Kawa said the court was convinced about his innocence. “Thankfully, we got our hand on the air tickets from 2010 till 2015, since he travelled to Delhi frequently. We also provided Income Tax returns and sales tax details to prove he was very much in Delhi and doing business all this while,” said Mr. Niyaz Ahmed.(Muzaffar khan srinagar)
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Shopian teenage girl injured on Jan 24, succumbs..*
Srinagar, Feb, 10 ÷ A teenage girl Saima Wani who was injured in an encounter on January 24 last month in Shopian village has succumbed to injuries on Saturday evening.
A senior doctor said that the girl Saima Wani (18) daughter of Hilal Ahmad Wani was shifted to general ward yesterday and succumbed to injuries today.
Saima died today after battling for life for eighteen days at SKIMS Soura today.
Regarding another girl Sabreena, the doctor said that she was very much stable.
On January 24, two local militants were killed in an encounter while civilian minor boy Shakir Ahmad Mir died and two girls including the Saima Wani, sister of the deceased militant Sameer Ahmad Wani were injured at Chaigund, Audoo area of Keegam Shopian. Police said that Shakir and the girls were caught in cross firing.
On Jan 25, Musharaf Fayaz (10) had suffered critical injuries in his head and face after a shell exploded at the encounter site while a group of people were clearing the debris of the house which was razed to the ground by the forces during the gunfight. Musharaf later succumbed on Feb 1 after battling for life at least seven days.
On Jan 27, youth Javed Ahmad Bhat, 20, of Balpora and Suhail Javed Lone, 24, of Rawalpora Shopian died while Rayees Ahmad Ganie of Narpora who was injured on the same day and later succumbed to injuries on Jan 31 after battling for life for the five days at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of SKIMS, Soura. The casulties suffered after army men opened fire upon a group of protesters at Ganapora.
Police have booked an army unit on murder and ‘attempt to murder’ charges over the shooting of civilians while as the government has ordered a magisterial probe into the killings.
Army has claimed they opened fire in “self-defence” after a “mob tried to lynch an officer” during protests..(muzaffar khan srinagar)
Third militant killed in Sunjwan attack..*
Army has neutralized third militant of Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit who was holed inside a residential block in Sunjwan Military Station. Sources in Jammu and Kashmir Police confirmed that the third militant has also been killed by the army’s Special Forces (para-commandos) and there are chances that one militant is still holed inside the same block. Earlier, PRO Defence Jammu, Col Devender Anand confirmed the killing of two Jaish militants and also killing of two army personnel and injuries to nine persons including five civilians. Operation is still on in the Sunjwan army area.(muzaffar khan srinagar)
*Kashmir issue is alive at United Nations: Maleeha Lodhi..*
Pakistan will stand by the Kashmiri people and support their just struggle for self-determination until the achievement of their goal, Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Maleeha Lodhi told a large gathering of Pakistanis and Kashmiris in New York, Business Recorder reports.
As reported by the newspaper, Maleeha was presiding over a meeting organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day, she is quoted to have said that the Pakistan Mission was working hard at the United Nations in seeking the implementation of its resolutions on the decades-old Kashmir dispute.
“The Kashmir issue is alive at the U.N. and will remain alive until it is resolved,” Ambassador Lodhi told the audience.
But, she said, the efforts of the Pakistan government and its mission here must be complemented by the community members in spreading the word about the grave situation in Kashmir where Indian forces are attempting to suppress their popular uprising for freedom.
Ambassador Lodhi briefed the audience about the steps taken by Pakistan for the resolution of Kashmir dispute on the diplomatic front. She said she raised the Kashmir issue in the Security Council and urged the 15-member body to implement its resolutions non-selectively in order to establish its credibility.
Maleeha said she had also highlighted the Kashmir issue, especially the human rights violations there, in all the forums of the United Nations and had even spoken about to Secretary-General Guterres. The 193-member Assembly has also adopted a Pakistan-sponsored resolution on self-determination which had 70 co-sponsors.
She said the Pakistan foreign minister had also written letters to the secretary-general protesting Indian ceasefire violations in Kashmir and the killings of innocent Kashmiris and calling for the appointment of a special envoy to facilitate a settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
“Until Kashmir is liberated from Indian occupation, our moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people will continue,” the ambassador declared.(muzaffar khan srinagar)
Maqbool Bhat, Afzal Guru pioneers of movement: Lashkar*
“`Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Mehmood Shah on Saturdaypaid tributes to the “pioneers of Kashmir’s indigenous freedom struggle” Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru, saying both played glorious role against the New Delhi’s rule in J&K.
“Martyrdom is the pathway to mightiness. The deserving persons opt for such way. Our martyrs are our heirs, heroes and role-models for the youth. Those who follow the footsteps of their forefathers bear the fruitful results,” Lashkar spokesperson Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in a statement quoted outfit chief as saying. (Muzaffar khan srinagar)
Malik pays tributes to Maqbool Butt on his 34th anniversary..*
*Says he was an ideologue, statesman, warrior..*
Srinagar, Feb, 10 ÷ Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik Saturday paid tributes to Muhammad Maqool Butt on his 34th anniversary.
“Father of Kashmiri Nation Muhammad Maqbool Butt was an ideologue, statesman, warrior, political leader and diplomat who led this nation on all fronts and sacrificed his life for the sacred cause,” Malik said in a statement issued to .
Terming the struggle and sacrifice of Shaheed Baba I Quom, as corner stone of Kashmiri resistance movement against illegal occupation and symbol of freedom and liberty, Malik who is in jail from 6th February 2018, said that he will always remain as a symbol of freedom and liberty not only for Kashmiri nation but for all the nations which are striving for their freedom and liberty.
Malik said that Maqbool Butt was not an ordinary person; he was an ideologue, a warrior, a leader and an intellectual who visualized of liberating his nation from foreign occupation, pursued his dream, strived hard for it and sacrificed his life for this righteous cause.
He said that struggle and martyrdom of father of Kashmiri nation is a glorious chapter of our history that will always guide us through the tough journey of freedom struggle.
Recalling the struggle and sacrifices of Maqbool Butt, JKLF chairman said that he started his struggle when he was a teenager, continued it throughout his youthful days, migrated for the righteous cause and returned back to battle ground despite having gallows waiting for him.
He said that as a student he was foremost, as a youth he stood in the first line, as a warrior he chose to lead from front and when it came to sacrificing his life, it was he who kissed gallows at Tihar jail Delhi without any regret or remorse.
Malik said that “Maqbool Butt not only showed us how to continue struggle and resistance when free but also illustrated before us the way to continue resistance from jails and incarceration centers. His letters written during 12 years of incarceration at Delhi jail are a testimony of his intellect and greatness and every young Kashmiri should at least read these letters to know about this legend.”
He said that as heirs of sacred blood Kashmiri nation needs to focus on its goal and always remain steadfast and devoted to the mission of these great martyrs.
JKLF Chief said that “Maqbool started his mission as a loner but soon thousands followed his footprints and lay down their today for the betterment of ourtomorrow. These martyrs have made us indebted and it is now our duty to safeguard these sacred sacrifices and make efforts to take forward the sacred mission of these martyrs to its desired goal.”
Malik said that Indian state not only hanged Maqbool and Muhammad Afzal Guru but have denied these martyrs even a chance of proper burial. This is actually a scar on the conscience of international community which has failed to safeguard the very basic human rights of Kashmiris.”
He appealed people to follow JRL program in letter and spirit and observe a complete shutdown on 11th February and raise their voices in favor of the return back of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afazl Guru.(muzaffar khan srinagar)
*.Clashes erupt during search operation in Anantnag village..*
Islamabad, Feb, 10 ÷ Government Forces today launched a Cordon and Search Operation in Panditpora Chee village of South Kashmir’s Islamabad district.
Reports said that a large contingent of combined forces including Rashtriya Rifles of Indian Army laid a siege of the village and launched a search operation there.
An official said that the Cordon and Search Operation was launched after a tip off about the presence of militants in the village.
Door-to-door search operation was conducted; however, no contact with militants was established.
Meanwhile, massive clashes erupted at Makadpora Kharpora area of Bijbehara town of South Kashmir Anantnag district after Government Forces launched a Cordon and search there to flush out militants reportedly present in the village.
Reports said that Government Forces including Rashtriya Rifles of Indian Army, CRPF and SOG of Jammu Kashmir Police cordoned off Makadpora-Kharpora village and launched a door-to-door search operation. The operation according to a police official was launched after they received inputs about the presence of a group of militants.
Reports said that local youth hit to road and pelted stones on the forces who responded with tear-smoke shells.
The Forces personnel completed their operation despite the clashes. Sources said that no militant was present in the area.
Pertinently, Makadpora-Kharpora is the native village of three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants including the district commander Anantnag Azad Malik.(muzaffar khan srinagar)
Candlelight protest in Maqbool Bhat’s village on eve of anniversary*
Scores of people on Saturday evening staged a candlelight protest at Trehgam area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on the eve of death anniversary of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat.
Maqbool Bhat, a resident of Trehgam village in frontier Kupwara district, was hanged and buried by the Government of India on 11 February 1984 in Tihar jail, Delhi.(muzaffar khan srinagar)
Nations never forget their heroes: Geelani, pays tribute to Maqbool Bhat*
Reiterates joint leadership’s call for complete and state-wide shut down on February 11
Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday paid tributes to Muhammad Maqbool Bhat on his 34th death anniversary and said we are duty bound to safeguard these sacrifices.
While reiterating his demand for the return of the mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru, he said that although it is purely a human issue, instead India refused to return their mortal remains.
Geelani spokesman said while ridiculing Indian authorities for their reluctance, said “no country other than India set this wrong precedence and in this way, its claim of the largest democracy in the world is getting badly exposed.”
Reiterating joint leadership’s call for complete and state-wide shut down on February 11, Geelani said that nations never forget their heroes. “They are the source of inspiration for us & the best way of paying tributes to them is that the nation should not forget these brave sons of the soil, who had sacrificed their “present” for the “future” of the nation.”
“We have presented unparalleled sacrifice and now it is very imperative and obligatory to safeguard them,” said Geelani and added that we need to check loopholes & control our feeble points as all these weaknesses harm cherished mission of our martyrs, he said.
Geelani, the spokesman said called the nation to exhibit steadfastness and unanimity and keep aloof from India and its local stooges. “Don’t support them as all these activities prove detrimental for our freedom movement,” he said.
Meanwhile, on the directions of Geelani a deputation comprising of Mohammad Rafiq Owasi, Mukhtar Ahmad and Rameez Raja visited the residence of Afzal Guru and presented Tafheem-ul-Quran to his son Galib Guru and expressed their sympathy and solidarity.
The deputation also visited incarcerated activist in Tihar jail Ahtisham Farooq and expressed their condolences over the demise of his grandmother. The deputation prayed for the departed soul and for the strength to the grieved family.(muzaffar khan srinagar)
Hundreds from all walks of life participated in AIP’s seminar over capital punishment**
*_Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat didn’t get fair trial : Justice Hasnain Masoodi_*
*We must answer question of Tabasum Guru: Er. Rasheed*
Srinagar 10 Feb, People from every nook and corner of the valley, hailing from different walks of life participated in a daylong seminar organized by Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) in Srinagar today. Breaking all traditions the seminar was presided by a 90 year brave heart namely Sabaz Ali who had lost his three sons and is feeding nearly a dozen orphans. All the speakers mostly heirs of martyrs and victims of violence took the pledge that Kashmiris will never scum to pressure tactics and use of brutal force by New Delhi as they are seeking resolution to Kashmir dispute through Right to self determination for the larger interests of people of the sub continent. Tears were rolling down from the eyes of the participants when dozens of the parents and others spoke how army and security agencies butchered their near and dear ones during last 30 years but New Delhi not only denied the justice but did everything to prove innocent unarmed civilians as terrorists. Justice Hasnain through his speech send in writing and was readout at the seminar said that death penalty once executed leaves no room for correction of error and undue mistrial. He said severe punishment like death penalty presupposes fair trial. Referring to Afzal Guru’s and Maqbool Bhat’s hangings Justice Masoodi said “In case of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru the principles of fair trial are fair execution were never followed. In case of Maqbool Bhat the sentence was imposed in 1968 and executed in 1984 after 16 long years. The Hon’ble Supreme Court has time and again laid down that where for one or the other reason the execution of death penalty gets delayed, it should not be executed as the prisoner in the prison cell dies almost daily. While awaiting the execution and the long delays itself dehumanizing even long pendency of the punishment and the death sentence should have been commuted. In case of Afzal Guru the execution of death sentence was hurried and though far behind in the queue the sentence was executed that too without information to his family. In both the cases it is highly doubtful whether adequate legal assistance was provided during the trial. None from the legal luminaries came forward to defend them and it was left to the trial court to appoint an amicus curie”. Speaking on the occasion Er. Rasheed reiterated that Kashmiris are not enemies of India and they will be the biggest beneficiaries of peace between India and Pakistan. He said “Had hanging been a solution, no one would have dared to take up to arms after Maqbool Bhat’s hanging and after Afzal Gurus hanging what happened in Kashmir is ample reason to conclude that death punishment should be abolished”. Er. Rasheed added that while Huriyat represents sentiments and sacrifices of People of J&K, the need of the hour is that Huriyat Leadership should earn well wishers for the movement and not count everyone on the other side. He said the fight is much much bigger as New Delhi is doing everything to divide Kashmiris, creating confusions and avoids a resolution. If Kashmiris are not united and lack a proper workable strategy, masses will just go on sacrificing and leaders will continue to wait for searching opportunities to propagate their agenda whatsoever”. Er. Rasheed added that whatsoever valid questions Afal Guru’s wife has raised from time to time we all need to introspect and find the answers. Er. Rasheed condemned behavior of the police and civil administration for cancelling the permission granted for holding seminar in Hotel Lala Rukh and said that party was informed at 11:00 PM in the night about the decision and the act was just yet one more evidence of frustration on part of the Govt. He thanked people from all walks of life for making their presence to the seminar and listening around 35 speakers during the day. Prominent lawyers, political activists and scholars explained in detail how was the capital punishment a disaster throughout the world and a barrier in establishing peace.(muzaffar khan srinagar)
NC condemns its MLA’s remarks as ‘completely unacceptable’*
Jammu, Feb 10: The National Conference (NC) on Saturday condemned the remarks of its MLA Akbar Lone in assembly as “completely unacceptable”.
Earlier in the house, when BJP raised anti-Pakistan slogans following the fidayeen attack on army camp in Sujwan Jammu, the MLA Sonawari Akbar Lone shouted Pakistan zindabad.
Later while talking to news agency , Lone said nothing will happen by shouting anti-Pakistan or pro-Pakistan slogans and only talks can yield results.
Reacting to MLA’s remarks, NC spokesperson Junaid Azeem Mattu tweeted, “Just spoke to @JKNC_ President Dr. Farooq Abdullah Sahib. Dr. Sahib and the entire party is of the unequivocal stand that NC MLA from Sonawari Mr. Akbar Lone has spoken out of turn and his slogans in the Legislative Assembly are completely unacceptable to the party.”
“Hon’ble @JKNC_ President has said the NC MLA should not forget that he belongs to a party that rejected the two nation theory and he should also remember the oath he swears in the name of God at the beginning of his terms. The party disowns and condemns his remarks,” he wrote in an another tweet.(muzaffar khan srinagar)