Zafar urges world to help Kashmiris rid of Indian bondage

Srinagar, September 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader and Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement Chairman, Zafar Akbar Butt has urged the international community to uphold the values of humanity and help Kashmiris get rid of oppressive bondage of India.

Accompanied by senior party leaders Zafar Akbar Butt visited Khag in Badgam and interacted with the families of martyrs of Kashmir. Addressing different public gatherings in the area, he reiterated the Kashmiris’ pledge to safeguard the martyrs mission by taking to it to logical conclusion.

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Symbolic Kashmir walk on Pakistan Defence Day

Srinagar, September 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): A group of young Pakistanis and Kashmiris held a symbolic walk in Islamabad to mark Pakistan Defence Day.

The walk was arranged to highlight 1965 war, which showed Pakistan’s commitment to Kashmir and its people. The young activists called it A Kashmir Walk on Pakistan Defense Day. The banners conveyed on the occasion read, ‘Kashmiris to fight again for Pakistan today like they did in 1965.’

Another banner proclaimed, ‘If Pakistan is attacked, Kashmiris will retaliate.’ Yet another banner said, ‘Trade and Indian film are not more important than Kashmir.’

The walk was organized by the Youth Forum for Kashmir [YFK], Pakistan’s pro-Kashmir lobby group that bring the youth of Pakistan, AJK and Indian-occupied Kashmir on a single platform.

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Delegation of Hurriyet leaders call on President Zardari

Srinagar, September 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): A delegation of Kashmiri leaders called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, today.

The spokesperson to the President, Senator Farhatullah Babar, said that Asif Ali Zardari told the delegation that Pakistan remained committed to finding a just and peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. The President reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to continue extending all political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri brethren in their just demand for their legitimate right.

The President said that people of Kashmir had rendered huge sacrifices for upholding their dignity and freedom. He said that the people of Kashmir were pleading for equity and justice and the fulfilment of the promise for the effective exercise of their right to self-determination.

The President praised the efforts of the Hurriyet leadership for highlighting the Kashmir case at various international forums. Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, and senior AJK Minister, Chaudhry Yaseen, were also present during the meeting.

The delegation included Syed Yousuf Naseem, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Mahmood Ahmad Saghar, Maulana Ghulam Nabi Nowshehri, Nisar Mirza, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Hassanul Bana, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoob, Manzoor-ul-Haq Butt, Tahir Masood, Tufail Altaf Butt, Abdul Majeed Malik, Altaf Hussain Wani, Abdul Hameed Lone, Raja Shaheen, Abdullah Gilani, Sheikh Abdul Mateen, Ishtiyaq Hameed, Pervaiz Ahmad, Mushtaq Mehmood and Abdul Majeed Mir besides representative of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in AJK, Muhammad Rafiq Dar.

Secretary Information APHC-AJK Chapter, Tufail Altaf Butt, told media men that the delegation thanked the President and government of Pakistan’s continued support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for self-determination.

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Massive protests across Kashmir against music concert

Srinagar, September 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, massive protest demonstrations were held across Kashmir, today, against the controversial Zubin Mehta’s concert, which is scheduled to be held in Srinagar, tomorrow. People came out of their houses in Srinagar, Baramulla, Gandarbal, Kupwara, Islamabad, Badgam, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and other areas of the occupied territory and took out rallies against the concert.

Hundreds of students of Kashmir University took to the streets in Srinagar raising, “Go India Go Back” slogans. Call for the demonstrations was given by veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani. Strike will be observed in the occupied territory, tomorrow, against the concert.

On the other hand, Indian police and paramilitary forces intensified frisking and checking in Srinagar and adjoining areas a day ahead of the musical concert. Troops carried out crackdowns near the historic Lal Chowk and Hyderpora to ensure smooth conduct of the orchestra.

Hurriyet leaders Agha Syed Hasan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Aasiya Andrabi and newly-elected President of the High Court Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom, in their statements opposed the concert, saying that Zubin Mehta had played his music to boost morale of Israelis during 1967 war and was doing the same for Indians in occupied Kashmir.

APHC leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza addressing different public gatherings at Khag in Badgam and Tral urged the international community to uphold the values of humanity by helping Kashmiris get rid of oppressive bondage of India. Indian authorities arrested APHC leaders, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Javed Ahmed Mir in Srinagar, today.

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Kashmiri doctors’ body supports employees’ strike call

Srinagar, September 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the President of Kashmiri Doctors Association, Nisar-ul-Hassan has asked the government employees to refrain from performing election duties so as to send a message across that Kashmir is a dispute and elections are no solution to it.

Dr Nisar supporting the proposed three-day strike call given by the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) of employees from Monday, in a statement in Srinagar said “Doctors and paramedics extend full support to employees strike call and warn government of dire consequences if employees’ demands are not met.”

Meanwhile, Non-Gazetted Employees Union, Information Department, Kashmir Division, at an emergency meeting in Srinagar also extended full support to JCC protest call, urging the employees to make it a complete success.

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Frisking, crackdowns make life miserable ahead of concert

Srinagar, September 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Srinagar and other areas are undergoing tight checking and crackdowns ahead of controversial musical concert of Zubin Mehta on Saturday. The Indian police and paramilitary troops have intensified the checking in Srinagar and scores of mobile bunkers have popped up in many areas of the city to ensure trouble-free concert at the famed Shalimar Garden on the banks of Dal Lake.

The scrutiny has also been beefed up in Lal Chowk and other areas of the territory. Indian troops carried out crackdowns near the Lal Chowk. A similar exercise was carried out in Hyderpora area of the city. At Maulana Azad Link Road, troops conducted searches and subjected the people to frisking.

Meanwhile, Shalimar Garden has been virtually turned into a military garrison. Hundreds of CRPF troopers and policemen, carrying assault rifles have been deployed in and around the garden. Besides barricading the roads, the Indian troops and police personnel have also put armoured vehicles at many places leading to the garden.

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Concert aimed at promoting unreal image of peaceful Kashmir

Srinagar, September 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, human rights activist and spokesman for the organizing committee of a parallel music show ‘Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir’, Khurram Parvez has said that the purpose of Zubin Mehta concert is to show an unreal image of a peaceful and normal Kashmir. Khurram Parvez addressing a news conference in Srinagar said that legitimising Indian occupation over Kashmir by using a musical concert was completely unacceptable. “It is deeply political event for a political purpose”, he added.

He said the residents of Shalimar are under surveillance of oppressive state apparatus and the invitees to the concert have been verified by the intelligence agencies. He said that the German Ambassador was misleading people by calling the Zubin show as an event for people of Kashmir.

Khurram Pervez made it clear that they were not against the music but against using music as propaganda machinery. “We also have historically cultivated a sublime tradition in and love for music. However, legitimising an occupation via a musical concert is completely unacceptable,” he said.

He appealed all sections of Kashmir society to join the “Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir” event to express their solidarity with the resilience and suffering of people of Kashmir.

Professor Hameedah Nayeem, one of the members of organising committee, said that they were not against music but the Government of India would project the event as a symbol of normalcy in Kashmir, which is far from reality. “The concert revolves round the politics of exclusion, where false impressions are being created,” she said.

Opposing the Zubin show, a noted satirist and poet Zareef Ahmad Zareef said: “The day Kashmir dispute will be resolved, we would invite him and others to perform for us and celebrate.”

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