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Mehbooba asks Delhi: Why question us now?




Srinagar, Nov 22:Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Thursday said that Pakistan undoubtedly has impact on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, however it was for India to change the ‘negative to positive’ and tread the path taken by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Ina series of tweets, Mehbooba said that PDP had aligned with the Bharatiya Janata Party to change ‘pernicious’ mindset, “We had aligned with the BJP to change this pernicious mindset. Undoubtedly Pakistan has an impact on the situation in J&K. But its upto our country to change that from negative to positive and tread the path that was taken by Vajpayee ji.”

Mehbooba also said that she was shocked at Ram Madhav’s comments in which he alleged that the government formation in the state was taking place at the behest of Pakistan,“Shocked to see baseless allegations against mainstream parties in JK following dictates from Pakistan leveled by @rammadhavbjpji. Sad to see what the political discourse of our country has been reduced to. How does one define a party’s nationalistic credentials? Nationalistic and patriotic only if you are with the Centre and Pakistan sponsored and anti-nationalistic otherwise?” she wrote on her Twitter handle.

She added that: “All mainstream parties in JK have taken grave risks to bridge the trust deficit that exists between people of the state vis a vis the country. Both PDP and NC have been allies of BJP at some point. Strange that our credentials were not questioned then. But just because our MLAs had enough integrity to stand up to your failed attempts of defection, they are now anti nationalistic?”

“India is a great country and democracy is a battle of ideas. Let’s not make a mockery of those very institutions and people,” she added


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Kashmir shuts on World Human Rights Day



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



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



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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