Muhammad Afzal Guru death anniversary
Severe restrictions signify IHK govt’s fear, frustration: Tabassum SRINAGAR—Tabassum Guru, the wife of Muhammad Afzal Guru, has accused the government of being “scared of his fame’ and decried imposing strict restrictions to foil condolence meeting at his native village in Sopore area of north Kashmir. “Even after Afzal sahib’s death, government is scared of his fame. Severe restrictions signify government’s fear and frustration,” Tabassum told GKNS. She said on Afzal’s death anniversary, a condolence meeting was scheduled to be held at his Seer residence. “Due to strict restrictions, nobody could reach to our home. But our whole family including my son Ghalib and some people of the village held Dua Majlis (prayers) for peace to Afzal sahib’s soul,” she said. “To put it straight and with utmost honesty, the true story is Afzal was working with a medical company. To carry out his medical business he used to visit Delhi quit often. On 17th of December 2001, exactly at 8 p.m. Afzal Sahib called me. This was the last time I spoke with him over phone. He said to me, to pack the stuff and move to Kanispora Baramulla as Eid was nearing. He was to join us all at Kanispora. I got very excited about this but that did not happen. All of a sudden Afzal stopped calling back home.
Shutdown for 3rd consecutive day ISLAMABAD—Complete shutdown is being observed for the third consecutive day (Tuesday) to mark martyrdom anniversary of renowned liberation fighter Muhammad Maqbool Butt. Muhammad Maqbool Butt was executed in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on the 11th February in 1984. Call for the three-day shutdown was given by pro-freedom leaders and organizations, Radio Pakistan reported. It is aimed at pressing the demand for return of mortal remains of the martyred leaders Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail to the occupied territory.—APP
JK participates in Turkey’s tourism exhibition SRINAGAR—Seeking to expand its tourism market, Jammu and Kashmir this year for the first time participated in Turkey’s largest tourism exhibition, EMITT 2014 Istanbul. Besides having a stand at the exhibition, the Tourism Department arranged many B2B meetings with Travel Trade and Media. The Tourism Department representatives met leading Turkish Media Groups such as World Travel Channel, ATV, Sabah Group, officials privy to the event told Greater Kashmir. The Interviews with the leading Media both Newspapers, Magazines and TV channels were initiated to introduce the Destination and to change the image and perception about Kashmir and to further the growth of Tourism in the Valley from the Eastern Mediterranean region and specially Turkey, they said. Joint Director Tourism Department, M H Mir met leading Tour Operators from the Eastern Mediterranean region to introduce the destination, enlist interest and create buzz and excitement amongst the Travel Trade in Turkey.— NNI
Body of missing youth found after 3 months
After some days passed one of our relatives came to our house and immediately switched on the television. All hell broke loose on us. When I saw Afzal Sahib portrayed as militant by the Indian media. All my dreams shattered by watching all these blatant lies staged by the media. When they arrested Afzal, for precisely one year we did not meet him because every member of our family was afraid of travelling to Delhi. For first three years he was under remand after that he was shifted to high-risk prisoner ward of Tihar jail. It was only there he started to write letters to us and always wrote not to come to visit him in jail. But after lot of discussion and deliberation within our family we went to meet him. At that time the case was lodged in Tees Hazari court and the judge was S.R. Dingre. And rest is history,” said Tabbasum while replying to a question about the happening. “If people would have protested in time, Afzal sahib would not have been hanged. However, I would not ask or stop anybody from holding protest demonstrations,” she said. Tabassum, said “she doesn’t expect justice from Central or State government but would continue to demand the return of her husband’s body till her death.” To a question whether Omar
Abdullah was aware about the execution of Afzal Guru, she said” “Let me start by saying that his father was responsible for Maqbool Bhat’s execution and Omar Abdullah is responsible for execution of my husband. It was a very well orchestrated plan by both the government’s center as well as state. It was with explicit permission of Omar Abdullah that they hanged my husband. On 31st January 2013, Omar went to New Delhi to sign the papers of Afzal’s execution. For next one week, on his orders more paramilitary troops arrived here to quell any situation. In such manner a proper planning was put in place before the execution of Afzal Sahib, all under the nose of Omar Abdullah. I hold Omar Abdullah equally responsible as government of India. It is impossible that without his green signal they could have executed Afzal Sahib as he is the head of the state. “My husband’s number was 21st and they hanged him before all the first 20. Is this justice? Till date they haven’t hanged killers of Rajiv Gandhi but they hanged Afzal Sahib. They hanged Afzal Sahib and Ajmal Kasab only because they were Muslims. The Hindu prisoners in Tihar jail who in every sense are real criminals are still living happily in Tihar,” she said.—NNI
Delhi Court harasses Hurriyat leaders NEW DELHI—A Delhi court has fixed February Indians and therefore, the penal provisions un19 for pronouncing its order on a plea seeking registration of an FIR against separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and three others for purportedly instilling “hatred” among the people of Kashmir and other parts of India. Metropolitan Magistrate Vijeta Singh reserved the order after hearing the arguments advanced by the two complainants. “Be listed for order on application under section 156(3) CrPC on February 19,” the court said. The complainants had claimed that Geelani, chief of hardline Hurriyat Conference, had on several occasions “threatened the safety and security of government of India and its citizens” by delivering hate speeches. During the arguments, the counsel appearing for the two complainants said that the court has the jurisdiction to order registration of FIR as the alleged statements given by Geelani and three others have been heard in Delhi as well. On the issue of special status and applicability of Ranbir Penal Code in Jammu and Kashmir, the lawyer argued that these four persons were
der IPC and other acts were applicable on them. Earlier, the court had sought an explanation from the two complainants as to how provisions of IPC are applicable in the matter as the purported offences have been allegedly committed by Geelani and three others in Jammu and Kashmir. The court’s order came after it went through the Action Taken Report (ATR) of Delhi Police which said the alleged offence did not fall in its jurisdiction and the probe cannot be carried out under Indian Penal Code (IPC) as it is not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir where the penal provision is under Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). Besides Geelani, the complaint had also sought lodging of FIR against Tehreek-EHurriyat general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Sahrai and two Hurriyat Conference members Masarat Alam Bhat and Ghulam Nabi Sumji for offences under various sections of IPC, including 121 (waging or attempting to wage war against country) and 153A (promoting enmity between classes).—NNI
SRINAGAR: Indian police not allowing pedestrians to go to their desired destinations.
Mufti: NC heads ‘worst ever corrupt dispensation’
KATHUA—Seeking support of the people to ‘uproot the worst ever corrupt dispensation’ headed by the National Conference, patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said that forthcoming SRINAGAR—Police has recov- Lok Sabha elections would be the first stage of ered the mutilated body of a PDP’s crusade to set up a new system of justice youth who was missing since and equality in JK. November 12 last year from forHe asserted that with the support of the est area of Pakharpora in Cen- people PDP is committed to establish a corruptral Kashmir’s Budgam district. tion free, transparent and accountable system of “This morning a group of villag- governance in the State so as to ensure that evers saw some wild animals mu- ery individual would get equal opportunity of tilating a body at Fotlipora area growth. Addressing an impressive public meetof Pakharpora in Charisharief,” ing at Kathua, Mufti regretted that since its forofficial sources said. mation the National Conference coalition regime The villagers immediately has systematically dismantled democratic instiinformed police regarding the tutions in the State thus depriving people of their body. Meanwhile, Police team democratic rights. rushed to the spot and they reHe observed that democratic institutions of covered the mutilated body the State have become first causality of the from the area. wrong policies being propagated by the present A police official while con- dispensation during the last more than five years. firming the incident and iden- Ridiculing claims of the government to take tified the deceased as Feroz some steps to “strengthening” Panchayat Raj Ahmad Baba (25) son of Institutions in the State, Mufti said that such Ghulam Qadir of Wathoora, cosmetic steps were taken too late. Chadoora. “A case under sec“Panchayat elections in the State were held tion 174 CrPc has been regis- in the year 2011 but for the last three years nothtered in this regard and further ing has been done to make Panchayats vibrant in investigations taken up”, the J&K”, he said and observed that when tenure of official said.—GNS the present government was almost over this re-
gime has been taking some cosmetic steps at its fag end only to befool the people. “This regime had conducted Panchayati elections only to get grants which were blocked by the Centre for not conducting Panchayati elections in the State. Trickling down powers at village level to strengthen grass root democracy was never aim of this regime, he said, adding, “the way this government created hurdles in the elections of the Block Development Councils (BDCs) and District Development Councils (DDCs) is a clear indication that regime is not interested to decentralize powers”. Taking State Government to task for its failure to conduct civic bodies elections which were due in February 2010, he said that during the last five years Jammu and Kashmir has been witnessing deliberate and overt attempt to irrevocably subvert democratic institutions. He said that people were sick and tired of the corruption and they want to get rid of present system. “Only PDP has potential to provide credible alternative of National Conference because this party during its tenure in the government and as well as in opposition has proved how to address aspirations of the people”, he said and urged people of Jammu region to response their faith in PDP for political empowerment and balanced economic growth “I assure the people that PDP would safeguard their aspirations and concerns as a responsible political party”, he told the gathering.—NNI
BHIMBER: President Kashmir Freedom Movement, Engr. Khalid Parvaiz Butt presenting a memorandum for UN Secretary General to UNMOGIP officials after a protest demonstration in front of United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan field officer on the occasion of death anniversary of Kashmiri leader Maqbool Butt and Shuhada of Chakothi.
Maqbool Butt’s death anniversary observed
DAK: Puppets of state agencies have licence to commit crime
MIRPUR—Jammu & Kashmir people at either side of the line of control and rest of the world on Tuesday observed 30th anniversary of hanging of eminent leader of Kashmir freedom movement Muhammad Maqbool Butt. Processions were taken out and the rallies held in all small and major towns at both sides of the Line of Control to pay glorious tributes to shaheed Maqbool Butt who was put to gallows by India this day in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail this day in 1984 for his “offense” of demanding right of self determination. Special functions in Mirpur observed the anniversary of one of the founders leader, a joint demonstration was staged coupled with a big procession taken out by various social, political and student organizations. The activists of Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Conference, Jammu Kashmir Plebiscite Front, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation, J & K Students Liberation Front and other groups were present there to pay glorious tributes to the eminent hero of the Kashmir freedom struggle. The demonstrating people marched through the major city streets in separate procession taken out from Akber Road and Quaid-e-Azam chowk chanting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans besides the slogans in commemoration of the supreme sacrifices of lives by Maqbool Butt and other Kashmiri martyrs. Earlier a large number of the activists of different organizations took out a torch bearing procession at Shaheed chowk Monday night to eulogize the contribution of the martyred Kashmiri leader to the freedom struggle. The participants of the rally put on the candles of freedom in memory of the Kashmiri martyrs coupled with the renewal of the pledge to continue the mission of late Maqbool Butt, Afzal Guru and other Kashmiri martyrs to make the Kashmir freedom struggle a complete success.—APP
‘Difficult to get passport’ S RINAGAR —Even though there are proper directions from the government that the kiths and kins of former militants should not be deprived from getting passports, yet there are countless examples in Held Kashmir where men, women and youth are facing enormous difficulties to get the passport. CID department of the State are citing the reason that their relatives are involved in militancy related cases and thus can’t be issued passport in their favour. “I applied for the passport (file number A-020905) in 2011 and it is 2014 yet I have not received the passport. I was told that my brother is involved in a militancy related case. The irony is that the verification done by CID makes it clear that nothing adverse has been found against me,” a Srinagar resident told CNS. He said that after consultation with a CID official, he was asked to submit an application wherein he should admit that his brother was involved in a militancy case and request the top brass to issue passport in his favour. —NNI
Molesting a lady medico condemned SRINAGAR—Powerful and mighty in Kashmir houses involved were acquitted and given plump have a license to commit crime. They dare to do it in Kashmir because they know that they will get away. They are puppets of state agencies with an assignment to suppress the sentiment and are free to kill and rape. Shabir Khan is a glaring example of power crime who after molesting a female medico is roaming free. Police has failed to arrest him because power houses are protecting him. This is irony that the accused is roaming scot free despite an arrest warrant against him, DAK President, Dr Nisar Ul Hassan told Valley Media Service in a statement. In Sara Grooves murder case, the Kashmir police arrested the accused Richard Dewit within 24 hours; but in Shabir Khan’s case, police is delaying his arrest despite huge public outcry. In 2006 sex scandal in a secret trial all power
postings. It was shocking to see even public mandate for some involved in the sex scam. Alas, it can happen in Kashmir only. In rest of India there is no immunity to celebrities and Tarun Tejpal’s molestation case is a best example to substantiate the argument. If authorities are sincere to investigate the female medicos complaint and cleanse the government offices, involvement of all the accomplices under the command of former minister of state must be probed thoroughly because the culpability of his subordinates can not be ruled out, he said. If the accused is not arrested immediately the doctors fraternity will have no other option but to take to streets. We request the people of the nation to knock the doors of their conscience and raise their voice against this heinous crime.—NNI
World urged to pressurize Delhi to return mortal remains S RINAGAR —Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani has urged the international community and human rights bodies to pressurize New Delhi to return mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru from Tihar jail. “We will continue to demand the return of mortal remains of our martyrs from Tihar jail. We ask international community and world Human rights bodies to pressurize India to return their mortal remains,” the spokesman of Hurriyat (G) Ayaz Akbar quoting Geelani said in a statement. Geelani paid rich tributes to ‘Shaheed-e-Islam’ Muhammad Afzal Guru. “By putting Afzal on gallows and burying him in the premises of Tihar Jail not only Indian democracy and secularism stands exposed but it has proved a milestone for the freedom
movement of Kashmir by promoting the sentiments of Islam and Freedom among the people of Kashmir,” Geelani said. “Afzal has become an ideal for the Kashmiri youth. It the worst type of state terrorism to convert the whole state into a prison and crackdown against freedom lovers and has proved that it is only thousands of martyrs like Afzal who represents the real sentiments of Kashmiri people. He condemned the arrest of separatist leaders Ashraf Sahrai, Muhammad Yasin Mailk, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Naeem Ahmad Khan. Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Mehrajudin Kalwal, Mir Hafeezulah, Muhammad Ashraf laya, Abdul Gani Bhat, Malik Noor Fayaz, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and Nisar Hussain Rather.—NNI
Brother dies, sister critical in Pattan mishap P ATTAN —One person was killed another sustained serious injuries after a car in which they were travelling met with an accident in Pattan area of Baramulla district this morning. “A speedy Maruti car bearing registration number DL3C2044 turned turtle near Diver crossing Mirgund, resulting in injuries to driver Harjeet Singh and his sister Ranjeet Kour, residents of Aluchibagh, Srinagar”, a police spokesman said. Due to negligence of the people in power creates huge
problems for resident of occupied Kashmir to travel from one place to another, this sad incident is an example of the deteriorating conditions of occupied Kashmir roads etc. He said that both the injured were shifted to Sub District Hospital, Pattan where Harjeet Singh succumbed to his injuries. The injured Ranjeet Kour was referred to SKIMS, Soura for further treatment. Meanwhile, Pattan Police has registered a case in this regard, the spokesman added.—Agencies
JKPFL denounces harassment of party leaders SRINAGAR—The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL) has strongly condemned the crackdown on the party leaders and activists by the authorities to thwart conducting of various programmes in connection with the martyrdom anniversaries of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru. The JKPFL spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Indian police raided houses of the party leaders and activists including Imtiaz Ahmad Shah and harassed the inmates particularly women and children. He said that the fresh arrest spree exposed the socalled Indian democracy and further stressed India usually follows such actions quite regularly and this arrest spree is brutal example of India’s ruling party atrocities in occupied Kashmir. He further stated that the world should take serious note against India and must stop India from committing crimes against humanity because such actions not only psychologically keep residents disturbed but also physically hurts. The spokesman said that the cheap tactics being utilised by the Indian government and its puppet administration in the occupied territory could not weaken the freedom sentiment of the Kashmiri people and they would continue their struggle for securing right to self-determination till it reached its logical conclusion.—KMS
MUZAFFARABAD: Activists of Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation holding a protest demonstration on the occasion of death anniversary of Kashmiri leader Maqbool Butt and Shuhada of Chakothi.