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Jatt’s killing ‘big success’, will approach Pak to take back his body: Police

Firdous Hassan

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Srinagar, Nov 28: Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh, on Wednesday termed the killing of Lashkar-e-Toiba Commander Naveed Jatt a “big success” for the government forces.

“The specific thing about the operation was the killing of the Chief Commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba who had been operating in the valley for a long time. This is the biggest success as he was involved in killings, kidnappings, throat slitting, forcing youth to join militant ranks, and bank robberies in south Kashmir,” Singh said.

“We will be writing to the ministry of home affairs to inform Pakistan to take his body.”

With Jatt’s killing, the Director General of Police (DGP) believed “the graph of militancy has come down coupled with no fresh recruitment of youth into militant ranks”.

“In the last one week, nearly 24 militants have been killed, which is actually a good sign for the peace-loving people. There have been a few successful operations in which top commanders have been killed. It relatively brought down their activities in south Kashmir with no new recruitments of youth into militant ranks,” he said.

The DGP said, “The killing of militants also improved Law and Order situation, and stone pelting incidents too decreased. The killing of innocent people has stopped now. For the last two months, no new youth has joined militancy in the valley. That is a welcome development.”

Singh claimed the investigation into the killing of Rising Kashmir Editor-in-Chief, Shujaat Bukhari, would continue even after Jatt’s death. Police claims that he was the prime accused in the case.

“We were willing to catch them live, so that we could get more information. But as Naveed was killed in the gunfight, the things were not clear. The investigation is still going on, and the details would be made public at completion,” he said.

Saying only counted number of militant commanders were now operating in the valley, the DGP appealed the local militants “to shun the path of violence”.

“They (militants) must return to their homes. We don’t feel happy in killing the local militants. We will ensure their rehabilitation, if they are not involved in crimes. Government is seriously pursuing the rehabilitation policy for those who have shunned the path of violence,” he said.

Despite killing nearly over 250 militants this year, Singh said currently 200-250 militants would be active within the valley.

“The number keeps on fluctuating as some manage to enter to this part through infiltration.”

Saying that the forces were trying to ensure less collateral damage during operations, the DGP appealed the people to remain away from the encounter sites.

“There have been some small incidents at the encounter sites. This is not a good thing to trigger law and order situation. So youth should not go close to the encounter sites,” he said.

Asked about the use of social-media by the militants, Singh said, “The do it to lure youth towards militancy.”

“Everybody is trying to show his presence, so do the militants. They are posting photos and videos on social media to motivate more youth to join the militant ranks,” he said.

The DGP said posting of pictures by militants on social media would help them in their anti-militancy operations.

Commenting on the photograph of Umar Majeed Ganie of Hizb near Ganta Ghar (Clock Tower), he said the picture was not a fresh one.

On coming up of new bunkers with intensified frisking by forces in city areas, Singh said the step has been taken in view of encounters in Srinagar areas.

“There were some encounters in the city and people do understand it. Peace in the city is our top priority,” he said.

 

 


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Kashmir shuts on World Human Rights Day

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Srinagar, Dec 10: On World Human Rights Day, Kashmir Monday observed a complete shutdown to protest against the human rights violations in the region.

The shutdown call was given by Joint Hurriyat, a leadership amalgam of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik.

All shops and business establishments remained closed and public transport was off the roads. The authorities had suspended train services between Banihal and Baramulla while restrictions on public movement were imposed in parts of old Srinagar.

Many separatist leaders were put under house arrest.

Shutdown was also observed in other towns of the Valley including Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Kangan.

Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) staged a silent protest amid shutdown in Press Enclave Srinagar.

The Joint Hurriyat had asked the people of Kashmir to observe complete protest strike on December 10, the World Human Rights Day, against the “gruesome human rights situation” and also to register their regret at the apathy of international community and rights organizations towards the plight of people of Kashmir.

“The leadership once again urged the world peace organizations, international community, Amnesty International Asia Watch, UNHRC and ICRC to take note of the Kashmir situation and put pressure on New Delhi to stop the grave human rights violations forthwith,” the Joint Hurriyat had said in a statement.

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Will continue lending full support to Kashmir: Imran

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Islamabad, Dec 10: Pakistan would continue to lend full diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday.

Khan’s remarks came in a message on the Human Rights Day which is observed every year on December 10.

This year, the Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we reaffirm our full diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for human dignity, respect and inalienable right to self-determination, he said.

He said this year is also significant for Pakistan as it has joined the UN Human Rights Council.

“Pakistan’s membership of the Council, for the fourth time, is a testimony to the confidence of the international community in Pakistan, as a consensus builder within the international human rights policy framework,” he said.

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Joint Hurriyat writes to UN chief; Urges for establishing commission of inquiry into rights abuses

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Srinagar, Dec 10: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Monday wrote to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, urging him to establish a ‘commission of inquiry’ to conduct comprehensive and independent international investigation into human rights violations in Kashmir.

The leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik asked the UN secretary general to press upon “New Delhi to stop the gross human rights violation forthwith.”

Joint Hurriyat, according to the letter, also urged him to initiate measures for the resolution of the dispute which is on UN Agenda since 1948, “and is the main cause of all Human Rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.”

“On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, we hope you and the institution of United Nations will stand up for the protection of human rights everywhere including in conflict torn Kashmir. This year is the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and today we are again addressing you on behalf of people of Jammu and Kashmir, who for last 70 years have been striving for peace, justice, freedom and dignity,” read the copy of the letter.

It continued: “We greatly acknowledge The UN report on the human rights situation in Kashmir– detailing the human rights violations and abuses and highlights a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by Indian forces.”

In the letter, the Joint Hurriyat acknowledged UN’s concern and call for “urgent need to address the past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives”

To focus international attention on the continued and worsening Human Rights situation people of Kashmir decided to peacefully observe December 3 to 9 as Human Rights Week, the leadership informed the UN Chief in the letter.

“But the repressive and authoritarian state even disallowed that by use of force and even arrested and lodged in jails those participating in candlelight protests! Massive crackdown was launched on the leadership as well as traders, transporter and even businessmen who decided to take out peaceful rallies against the gross human rights situation in Kashmir,” the letter read.

Referring to the 2018 UN report on rights abuses in Kashmir, the Joint Hurriyat said: “One of the most dangerous weapons used against protesters in 2016 – and which is still being employed by security forces – was the pellet-firing shotgun.”

“These fire pellets since then have affected 16000 people in Kashmir and blinded hundreds permanently, the youngest being 18-month-old Hiba who has lost her vision in one eye. Hundreds have suffered serious damage in liver and intestinal region due to pellets. 14% of pellet gun victims in Kashmir are below 15,” read the letter.

The leadership trio wrote that the conflict has consumed hundreds of thousand lives in J&K.

“This year alone 150 Civilians, 241 armed youth and 120 state forces have lost their lives due to the Kashmir conflict. As we write to you yesterday itself on December 09, 2018, two teenagers Mudasir Ahmad Parrey and Saqib Bilal Sheikh—aged 14 and 17 respectively from Hajin area of northern Bandipora district, were killed, seven houses blown up by using mortar shells or improvised explosive device (IED).”

“As your report also mentions the Indian troops operating in the Jammu & Kashmir have been provided legal impunity in the form of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from prosecution for the crimes against humanity committed by them.”

“In the nearly 28 years that the law has been in force in Jammu and Kashmir there has not been a single prosecution of armed forces personnel granted by the central government,” the letter quoting the UN report read.

The letter concluded with: Sir, the conflict on Kashmir is not a frozen one but continues to consume human lives unabatedly since its beginning in 1947 and has become the cause of horrendous human rights violations against the population of the area. We urge you to urgently establish as proposed by the OHCHR a “UN commission of inquiry to conduct comprehensive and independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir,…. to end the cycles of violence and ensure accountability for past and current violations and abuses, and provide redress for victims” and to press upon New Delhi to stop the gross human rights violation forthwith. We also urge you to initiate measures for the resolution of the dispute on Jammu & Kashmir which is on UN Agenda since 1948 and is the main cause of all human rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir.

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