Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik terming the action of Indian investigating agency NIA against pro-freedom leaders as a pressure tactics to suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom voice has said that the Hurriyat leadership will not bow down or succumb before the Indian government.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, today, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that the Kashmir dispute could not be resolved through military might. Syed Ali Gilani, who has been under continued house arrest since 2010, addressed the press conference over phone. The press conference was called soon after the NIA filed a chargesheet in a Delhi court against several Kashmiris including pro-freedom leaders already under detention in Tihar Jail. The leaders including Altaf Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Merajuddin Kalwal have been charged in a false case registered against them in May, last year, for their active role in the ongoing Kashmir freedom movement. The chargesheet says that these people have waged a war against India.
On the other hand, Indian troops and police personnel have started a massive frisking operation in the territory ahead of 26th January, the Republic Day of India, causing immense inconvenience to the people. The police and troops have erected over forty makeshift checkpoints only in Srinagar where the main official function of Indian Republic Day will be held.
The residents of Shamsipora area of Islamabad district held a protest demonstration outside the office of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, today, against the setting up of a camp by Indian Army in a playground. People also held a protest against the rape and murder of an 8-year-old young girl in Kathua district of Jammu region. The girl Asifa Bano, who had gone missing a week ago, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Hiranagar tehsil of Hindu-dominated district.
The puppet administration in a written reply in the so-called Kashmir Assembly, today, admitted that it arrested over 12,290 persons in last two years.
Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter held a demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today, against the stepped up Indian state terrorism and continued detention of Hurriyat leaders in occupied Kashmir.
In New Delhi, India’s Enforcement Directorate has summoned Dr Bilqees, the wife of illegally detained senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, to its headquarters for questioning. Shabbir Shah is presently lodged in Tihar Jail.