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    'Build a bunker': Indian police warn people in Kashmir to prepare for nuclear war


    People in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir have been told to build bomb-proof basements and gather food and water for a possible nuclear war.
    A series of deadly skirmishes along the cease-fire line in recent weeks has heightened tensions between India and Pakistan - both of which have nuclear weapons.
    However officials will not confirm why they are now ordering people in the region to pack two-weeks' worth of essentials.


    Tensions in the region have intensified after a number of violent clashes between India and Pakistan
    The notice, published on Monday by the Kashmir police in the Greater Kashmir newspaper, advised people to build toilet-equipped basements large enough to house the entire family for two weeks.
    If there is no basement, residents should construct bunkers in their front yards, the notice advised.

    The shelters should be stocked with candles, battery-operated lights and radios and non-perishable food and water that is regularly replaced to ensure it is fresh, it said.
    During an attack, it advises drivers to dive out of their cars toward the blast to save themselves from being crushed by their soon-to-be tumbling vehicles. It also warns residents to keep contaminated people out of their shelters.

    'Expect some initial disorientation as the blast wave may blow down and carry away many prominent and familiar features,' it advises.
    Yoginder Kaul, inspector-general at the civil defence and state disaster response force, said that it was a 'normal exercise to raise general awareness among (the) public about disaster management.'
    'It has nothing to do with anything, and it should not be connected with anything,' Kaul said.

    Residents have been told to build bunkers or make their basements bomb-proof, and stockpile food
    Both India and Pakistan claim the divided Kashmir region in its entirety and have fought two wars over it.
    Earlier this month, three Pakistani soldiers and two Indian soldiers were killed in the worst bout of fighting in Kashmir since a cease-fire accord was signed by the countries in 2003.
    In light of the violence, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday he was reviewing future ties with Pakistan.
    The nuclear war advisory and its timing surprised many residents in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
    'This is fuelling an atmosphere of fear. Educating people is fine but not this brazen way,' said Fayaz Ahmed, a local resident.
    The lengthy notice also provided advice on how to survive attacks with chemical and biological weapons.

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    Turkey To Send OIC's Fact-Finding Mission In IOK For Exposing Indian Army Brutalities

    September 21, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS: (APP) Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday exchanged views on regional situation in South Asia as well as the Middle East, particularly in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, Syria and Iraq.

    President Erdogan said that Turkey will make arrangements for sending a fact finding mission to Indian Occupied Kashmir in the capacity of the Chair of human rights commission of the OIC Contact Group.

    The two leaders met on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly session in New York. This was the first meeting between both the leaders since the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

    The Prime Minister was assisted by Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, among others.

    Prime Minister Sharif conveyed the sense of relief and strong sentiment of support on behalf of Pakistani people to President Erdogan on his successful handling of the coup.

    Nawaz Sharif was among the first world leaders to call the Turkish President and express Pakistan's support and solidarity with the democratically elected government and the people of Turkey while the coup was being thwarted.

    The Prime Minister reiterated strong support for the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir who have been the victims of brutal atrocities at the hands of Indian occupation forces for decades.

    He shared the latest situation in Kashmir, especially the uprising that has unfolded in recent months as a result of barbaric Indian acts of violence against innocent Kashmiris and gross human rights abuses at the state level.

    Prime Minister Sharif thanked the Turkish President for his support.

    The Turkish President said, "We are friends forever; Turkey and Pakistan are inseparable countries."

    The Prime Minister conveyed condolences to the Turkish President on the recent terrorist incidents in various cities across Turkey that had led to the loss of precious human lives.

    He expressed hope that the brave Turkish brethren will be able to overcome these challenges soon.

    President Erdogan said Turkey and Pakistan have always been and will continue to remain strong and steadfast partners in bringing peace and progress in their respective regions as well as in the Muslim world.

    The Prime Minister hailed the positive contribution of Turkish companies who had invested in infrastructure and services sector in Pakistan. He invited Turkish firms to enhance their investment in Pakistan.

    While highlighting the significance of Pakistan-Turkey Free Trade Agreement, the Prime Minister stressed upon the need for finalizing it at the earliest so that both countries could maximize the trade potential.

    He thanked the Turkish President for playing a constructive role in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

    The Prime Minister shared details of Pakistan's strong credentials in non-proliferation as well as nuclear safety and security which make it an ideal candidate for NSG membership.


    https://timesofislamabad.com/45590-2/2016/09/21/

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    The suffering in Kashmir hurts our conscience and need resolution swiftly, says Erdogan

    11/2016

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raked up Kashmir issue twice on Thursday, expressing concern over the violence saying events there continue to “hurt our conscience”.


    Erdogan, whose country shares a warm and traditional relationship with Pakistan, also offered Turkey’s cooperation in resolving the issue while he felt the resolution of the dispute lies in dialogue between India and Pakistan.





    “The events in Kashmir continues to hurt our conscience,” he said in his address to a joint session of the Pakistan Parliament which was attended Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif besides Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh among others.
    “We are aware of the distress and suffering of our Kashmiri brothers and sisters. We are deeply concerned about the increase of tension.”
    He said the situation in Kashmir once again demonstrated the importance and the urgency of the solution of this issue.
    The resolution of this dispute lies in dialogue between Pakistan and India for which Turkey is ready to extend any cooperation, he added.




    He said the international community should exert further efforts in order to solve this issue, which has political and humanitarian dimensions, according to justice and law.


    Earlier, after extensive talks with Prime Minister Sharif, Erdogan held a joint press conference wherein he said that they talked about the situation in Kashmir. Erdogan said:
    “Our brothers and sisters in Kashmir are suffering because of escalating tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) and Kashmir, which can no longer be ignored.”
    He stressed on the importance of dialogue to address the thorny issue.


    Erdogan also talked about terrorism and said peace was not possible in the world and in the Muslim countries until the terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda were tackled.


    He said these terrorist organisations were bringing bad name to the Islam, a religion of peace.
    “We should eliminate these bunches of killers, who have no other skill than to shed Muslims’ blood, from the Islamic world and from all over the world as soon as possible.”
    Erdogan also lambasted what his government has termed the Fethullah Terror Organisation for allegedly supporting a coup against him and said it was a threat to other countries.


    Erdogan also highlighted Turkey’s historical relations with Pakistan, calling the two as “real brothers”, which always have been sharing each other’s joy and grief.
    “Our target is to further expand multidimensional relationship with Pakistan in different fields including defense, culture, education and health. We also want to set the target of enhancing the bilateral trade to USD 1 billion.”
    Talking about the regional situation, the Turkish leader said that strong relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan were vital for peace and security in the region.


    He left for Lahore after parliament address to attend a banquet hosted in his honour.

    http://muslimcouncil.org.hk/the-suff...-says-erdogan/

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    Kashmir & Palestine: Both Occupied, Both Victims Of The Military-Industrial Complex




    The struggle for liberation of both Palestinian and Kashmiri people began in the late 1940s during the waning days of British colonialism.

    By Kit O'Connell @KitOConnell | October 4, 2016



    AUSTIN, Texas — Although their homelands are separated by almost 2,500 miles, Palestinians and Kashmiris share a struggle for liberation and the right to self-determination against occupying forces backed by the might of the American military-industrial complex.


    While the shrinking Palestinian homeland dwindles in size among Israel’s ever-expanding illegal settlements, Kashmir is caught on the border between India and Pakistan, both of which would lay claim to the land despite members of the Kashmiri ethnic group supporting independence.

    The Kashmiri have been in the middle of three wars between India and Pakistan since the British partition of the region in 1947. In one of the biggest parallels between their mutual struggles against colonialism, Palestinians have spent the last 68 years resisting the displacement caused by the British-mandated creation of Israel. Like Palestinians, Kashmiris are treated as second-class citizens in their own land, which has become one of the most intensely militarized borders in the world.


    In an Aug. 24 opinion piece for Al-Jazeera, geopolitical analyst Goldie Osuri explained:

    “There are about 500,000 military personnel in the region — in other words, one soldier for 25 civilians. The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society reports more than 70,000 killings, about 10,000 enforced disappearances and 7,000 mass graves.”


    While the U.S. government sometimes makes token objections to Israel’s occupation and continued expansion into Palestine, the Israeli military is currently backed by over $3.1 billion in annual aid. This figure will increase to $3.8 billion annually under the terms of a recent agreement, and that doesn’t even include U.S. financial support for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.


    Although India receives far less in direct military aid, it is a top recipient of economic aid from the United States and, as a weapons buyer, a key player in the American military-industrial complex. In 2014, India became the second-biggest buyer of U.S. military hardware, just behind Saudi Arabia. In April, Reuters reported India was in talks to purchase Predator surveillance drones from the United States.




    Abby Martin: Many have seen this map, but how did #Palestine become colonized? Essential context to a conflict ppl paint as equal http://bit.ly/2dfnYEr




    Kashmir & Palestine in a global context

    When members of either group fight back against apartheid-style policies, whether through nonviolent protest or in direct retaliation to state violence, they tend to be deemed “terrorists” by mainstream media. This terminology doesn’t just obscure their right to fight for independence from occupation, it also supports their continued oppression. Osuri noted:


    “This terror frame supports the economy of arms trade between India, Israel and the United States. In this story … Kashmiri and Palestinian quests for self-determination are reduced to neighbouring Muslim or Arab states causing unrest.”


    To understand the similarities between Israel and Palestine, Osuri urged that current events be viewed “in a longer context.” Israel is a key ally in the Middle East, helping further the U.S. agenda of controlling the Middle East’s fossil fuels and even guiding foreign policy in the region.
    The United States, meanwhile, seeks to deepen its ties with India as a way of putting pressure on Russia and China. Together with Brazil and South Africa, the five nations have formed the powerful economic alliance known as BRICS, but the United States hopes foreign aid and arms can woo India into an alliance with NATO instead.


    Because the United States depends on maintaining a strategic alliance with both Israel and India, both nations are free to oppress Palestinians or Kashmiris with near impunity.
    Watch “‘Empire Strikes Back’: Eric Draitser On Western Destabilization Of BRICS” from MintPress News’ “Behind the Headline”:



    “Since the 1990s, through a decade of armed struggle against the Indian state, state violence in Kashmir has taken its toll,” Osuri wrote, noting a recent crackdown by Indian forces in which hundreds were blinded or maimed by pellet guns. Osuri reported:


    “The dead numbered more than 70, and 6,000 or more were injured. These numbers continue to rise. Yet, Kashmiris continue to protest against the Indian state and call for Azadi (freedom).”

    By comparison, Israel’s attack on Gaza in the summer of 2014 left about 2,200 dead, including about 500 children, and at least 500,000 homeless. Palestinians live under a military occupation enforced by similarly overwhelming numbers of troops, and are forced to travel through military checkpoints to move almost anywhere, including commuting to work. Everyday items like musical instruments, crayons, and construction materials are routinely turned away at the borders.


    The United Nations has repeatedly condemned the actions of the occupying powers of India and Israel as war crimes, yet this has failed to result in any measurable improvement in the human rights of the Kashmiri or Palestinian peoples.

    By parroting government narratives which paint freedom fighters as terrorists and convincing the audience that occupied people’s struggles for freedom are equivalent to the military force keeping them oppressed, the mainstream media also plays a crucial role in glossing over war crimes.


    ‘Most Kashmiri favor independence’

    “Despite a long history of wide cultural and trade links the people of Kashmir share with Pakistan, which precede its modern creation as a nation-state, most Kashmiri favor independence from both India and Pakistan,” noted Tariq Mir, a journalist based in Pakistan, in an analysis published on Sept. 26 by Boston Review.


    The latest wave of protests and unrest began with the death of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the 22-year-old leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen insurgency who was killed by Indian paramilitary police on July 8, during the third day of an Eid al-Fitr celebration, one of the most important holidays in Islam.


    Kashmiris tend to divide their support between resistance groups representing various ideologies, including the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, which seeks independence for Kashmir. The Hizbul Mujahideen insurgency is a pro-Pakistan resistance group influenced by Jamat-i-Islami, a group linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. Despite these differences, according to Mir, “for the most part populist sentiment continued to favor all Kashmiri guerilla fighters, regardless of their particular political bent, so long as they resisted India.”


    As news spread of of Wani’s death thousands flooded the streets of Tral, his hometown. “Soon as many as 250,000 people—perhaps the largest gathering in Kashmir in recent times—packed the town’s narrow streets, open fields, and orchards,” Mir wrote.


    Mourners chanted, threw rocks, and burned a few outposts of India’s paramilitary police. The crackdown was swift and severe, sparking protests in which acts of police brutality were reported.


    Though State Department officials have voiced their concerns about violence in Kashmir in the past, the most recent series of events and others have unfolded without any substantial action from the U.S. government.
    Watch “Kashmir unrest: Two more protesters killed in clashes” from Al-Jazeera English:



    ‘Transnational solidarity and activism are urgent’

    With India and Israel able to commit war crimes with the implicit support of the United States, Osuri wrote that “transnational solidarity and activism are urgent when almost every nation-state seems rogue.”


    She concluded:


    “The small but growing pockets of solidarity expressed for Kashmiris are heartening, as is the international solidarity for Palestinian struggle.

    Joining the dots between the occupations of Kashmir and Palestine shows the need for a greater solidarity between these two sovereignty struggles.”


    In October 2011, journalist Tara Dorabji visited Kashmir to report on tensions that continue to simmer even between moments of popular uprising. Dorabji wrote:


    “The torture and death can be buried no longer. … Kashmiri children grow up watching graveyards populate their villages. As people are buried, the community holds their story, the memory. Oral history is their biggest weapon against India’s brutal occupation. Even under occupation, the stories of the dead cannot be silenced.”


    Dorabji saw great hope in the future of Kashmir to create a new kind of indigenous-led nation, writing:


    “Perhaps if the nonviolent, popular movement of Kashmir is allowed self-determination a new brand of democracy will be born: a democracy that is not founded on control through military domination—one that does not wave the flag of democracy to cover up genocide.”


    Years later, and with many more dead, that hope for self-determination remains a dream for both Kashmiris and Palestinians.
    Watch “Mnar Muhawesh & Sut Jhally on Israel’s ‘Occupation of the American Mind’” from MintPress News’ “Behind the Headline”:




    http://www.mintpressnews.com/kashmir...omplex/220996/

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    This image of grieving 9-year-old boy becomes a symbol of Kashmir's suffering

    March, 16, 2017

    Nine-year-old Burhan Fayaz is seen crying at the funeral of his friend Amir Nazir, a civilian who was killed during an encounter in Pulwama last week. This photo, taken by HT photographer Waseem Andrabi, is being shared widely on social media.

    A picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words and a photograph of an anguished Kashmiri boy with tears rolling down his cheeks said volumes last week about the human suffering sweeping the region.

    The snapshot, taken at the funeral of a teenager killed
    in Padgampora of Pulwama in south Kashmir, is already being described by some as the defining image of the tragedy: Something as powerful as that of a young man seeking to block the advance of tanks in China's Tiananmen Square or that of the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi who perished while trying to escape the Syrian war.

    The Kashmiri boy catapulted to public gaze, however, considers himself no celebrity. For nine-year-old Burhan Fayaz, the picture just captured his angst and despair at losing his best friend, Amir. "I am still sad," the student of Class 3 in Begumbagh's government primary school said.

    Amir, a student of Class 9, died after being hit by a bullet in the neck. His family says he was 'targeted' while the police say the villain was a 'stray bullet'. Thousands, including Burhan, attended the funeral in his Begumbagh village.

    "Amir was like my brother. Who will I play with now," an inconsolable Burhan asks now.

    Once circulated on social media, his despairing image tugged hearts, moving many even to write poems.

    Rights activist Khurram Parvez quoted the celebrated Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz to share the photo. "Khoon kay dhabay dulain gay kitni barsaaton kay baad...(How many rains will it take to wash away the blood stains...)," he wrote.



    A blog site, With Kashmir, published a poem on Burhan's photo titled "A tribute to the innocent face" which went: "Let the world answer his tears/Let the world watch his heart break/Let the world listen to his cries..."

    National Conference spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu tweeted, "Should make us pause and think - are we all doing enough to prevent this pain and misery." Even HT's battle-hardened photographer Waseem Andrabi, who clicked the picture, has not been left untouched. "As I focused my zoom lens on the sea of mourners at the funeral, I saw this boy's face. The way in which he was crying struck me hard. I suddenly realized I might start crying myself," Andrabi recollected. The boy's haunting image kept him awake for several nights. Another photographer, Javed Dar, also clicked photographs of the boy.

    Burhan, though, is concerned only about his personal loss."My friend was martyred. But why did he die," he asked, unable to comprehend the violence that has become part of Kashmiri life.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-...1JV7QMhmI.html

    Kashmir, Oldest Freedom Struggle from India

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    Kashmir is the Palestine of the subcontinent. Indian soldiers routinely attack, harass, and kill Kashmiris and then report them as "militants" or they were helping the militants.

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    3 Kashmir civilians killed in protests against Indian occupation




    SRINAGAR, India — Three civilians were killed and 28 other people were injured in anti-India protests that erupted Tuesday following a gunbattle between rebels and government forces that killed a rebel in disputed Kashmir, police and witnesses said.

    The gunbattle began after police and soldiers cordoned off the southern town of Chadoora following a tip that at least one militant was hiding in a house, said Inspector-General Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani.

    As the fighting raged, hundreds of residents chanting anti-India slogans marched near the area in an attempt to help the trapped rebel escape.

    Witnesses said intense clashes between rock-throwing protesters and government forces erupted just a few hundred meters (yards) from the besieged house, with police and paramilitary soldiers firing shotgun pellets and tear gas to stop the protest.

    However, clashes spread to multiple places in the area.

    Later, government forces fired into the crowd, killing three civilians, including a teenager, and injuring at least 20 others, police said, adding that eight police and soldiers were also injured in the clashes.

    An army officer said one militant was killed in the fighting and one weapon recovered from the site. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with military regulations.

    Local residents said troops blasted the house with explosives.

    In Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police stopped an ambulance and took custody of the body of a 23-year-old student killed in the protests. The man had been brought to a Srinagar hospital where doctors declared him dead.

    Police fired tear gas and swung batons after the dead man’s relatives pleaded that they be allowed to take the body to Chadoora area.

    A police officer, speaking on a customary condition of anonymity, said the action was taken to avoid more protests in Chadoora and the body would be handed over to the relatives for burial later Tuesday.

    In recent years, Kashmiris, mainly youths, have protected anti-India rebels by engaging troops in street clashes during military operations against the militants.

    Rivals India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety. Most people in the Indian-controlled portion favor independence or a merger with Pakistan.

    Separatist leaders who challenge India’s sovereignty over Kashmir called for a shutdown and protests on Wednesday against the killing of the three civilians.

    Three key leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, said in a statement that the killings were “brazen state terrorism.”

    Last month, the Indian army chief warned that “tough action” would be taken against stone throwers during counterinsurgency operations. But the anti-India protests and clashes have continued.

    Rebels have been fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989. More than 68,000 people have been killed in the armed uprising and ensuing Indian military crackdown.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...=.962830d461db

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    Video clip showing Kashmiri youth tied in front of army jeep goes viral


    Former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "I understand the outrage the CRPF video generated. I'm also outraged that the video of the youth on the jeep won't generate the same anger."




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    A video clip showing a youth tied in front of an army jeep and used as a human shield in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district has gone viral on various social networking sites. The video clip shows a young man tied by ropes in front of the army jeep that is moving in some village of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district that went to by polls on Sunday and re-polls on Thursday. However, the clip was uploaded on the internet soon after services were restored in Kashmir on Thursday evening.

    Army spokesman, Col Rajesh Kalia told The Indian Express that army is verifying the credentials of the video. In the clip, an army soldier could be heard saying, “Those who throw stones will meet the same fate.” The video shows the army jeep moving ahead of an army patrol, while some villagers could be overheard that the youth had been picked by the army.

    Reacting to this, former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “I understand the outrage the CRPF video generated. I’m also outraged that the video of the youth on the jeep won’t generate the same anger.”


    Tanvir Sadiq of the National Conference said this incident has taken place at Gundipora village in Beerwah and termed this incident shocking and shameful.

    This comes days after a video clip showing youths assaulting CRPF jawans during bypoll to the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9 went viral.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/cit...viral-4612715/

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    Indian Army Using a Youth in Kashmir as a Human Shield

    Video of Kashmiri youth tied to Indian Army jeep sparks outrage

    by Mir Ehsan - April 14, 2017


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    A man tied to the bonnet of an Indian Army jeep as a human shield once again raised concerns over the violation of human rights by Indian armed forces in held Kashmir.

    Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted the video, noting that: "A warning can be heard saying that stone pelters [in held Kashmir] will meet this fate. This requires an urgent inquiry and follow up now."

    anvir Sadiq of the National Conference said this incident has taken place at Gundipora village in Beerwah and termed this incident shocking and shameful.

    The video footage shows a man tied to the front of the vehicle in an upright seated, hands and legs bound, as the vehicle drives through the streets blaring Indian armed forces propaganda.

    In the latest surge of violence in India-held Kashmir, at least six people were killed and more than two dozen injured on April 9, when police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Srinagar in India-held Kashmir region.

    Suspected separatist factions in Kashmir had called for a boycott of the vote, resulting in heightened security and low voter turnout when the polling began



    https://www.dawn.com/news/1326930

    Israelis Use Boys as Human Shields

    It's no surprise seeing Indians using Kashmiri youth as human shields since these Indians learn from and copy their masters, the Israelis....who also use Muslim children as human shields


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    Police ask telecom companies to suspend 3G and 4G services in Kashmir Valley

    Officials said that it appears that such videos were being circulated with an aim to create fear among people or show the security personnel in poor light.

    The Jammu and Kashmir police has directed telecom companies to shut their 3G and 4G services in the Kashmir Valley as the state authorities feel there has been an attempt to spread fear and show security personnel in a bad light through online videos. The Jammu and Kashmir Police has directed the telecom companies to shut their 3G and 4G services in the Valley, official sources said.

    The decision was taken after several videos surfaced in recent days, some showing local politicians being threatened by militants in various parts of the Valley and others which showed alleged atrocities by Army, police, CRPF or other para-military forces deputed for Parliamentary by-elections.

    Officials said that it appears that such videos were being circulated with an aim to create fear among people or show the security personnel in poor light.

    Controversy peaked when a video showing a man tied to an army jeep in Budgam district of central Kashmir on April 9 surfaced when polling was underway for the Srinagar Parliamentary bypoll.

    A case has been registered against unknown army personnel for the act. There were videos showing traders and political leaders in Pulwama of South Kashmir being threatened by terrorists at gun point. “Such videos are only aimed at creating scare in general public,” a senior police official said.

    Internet services had been barred in the Valley keeping in view the sensitive Srinagar bypoll and were restored on April 13.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/ind...alley-4616634/



    More Videos of Kashimiri Youths Being Beaten by Indian Soldiers Surface


    It is not yet clear who shot the videos but they are being circulated across the social media platforms, leading to condemnation from the netizens of Kashmir.

    April 15, 2017

    A day after a video showing a youth tied to an army jeep as a human shield against stone pelting went viral, two videos, showing army soldiers beating up youths and forcing them to chant anti-Pakistan slogans, have surfaced, according to PTI.

    In one of the videos, a student of Pulwama Degree College is purportedly seen pinned to the ground by four army personnel and being thrashed with a cane. In the second video, three youths are seen in an army vehicle and being forced by a soldier to abuse Pakistan and chant slogan "Pakistan murdabad". "Azaadi chahiyay tumko? (Do you want freedom?)" the soldier is seen asking the youths before slapping them and hitting them with a stick.

    One of the youths in the army vehicle is injured as blood is seen oozing from his forehead in the video. It is not yet clear who shot the videos but they are being circulated across the social media platforms, leading to condemnation from the netizens of Kashmir.

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    http://indianexpress.com/article/ind...diers-surface/


    Even More Videos of of Abuse on Kashmiri Youth

    video 1: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5iilvt
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    He Voted, Never Hurled Stones, ‘What Was My Crime,’ Asks Army’s ‘Human Shield’ in Kashmir

    Farooq Ahmad Dar says he was beaten with gun butts and wooden sticks, and paraded through many villages while tied to an army jeep.

    By Mudasir Ahmad - 15/04/2017

    A civilian who is seen in a video tied to the front of an army jeep as a human shield in Kashmir’s Budgam district said he was paraded through several villages for nearly five hours before his family members and villagers got him released from the army’s custody in the evening.

    The incident occurred on April 9 during the by-election for the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency. Eight civilians were killed in firing by security forces that day as mobs tried to attack some polling stations in the constituency, which witnessed the lowest ever turnout – 7% – in its electoral history.

    Ironically, 26-year-old Farooq Ahmad Dar, a resident of Chil village in Beerwah sub-district, was among the few villagers who turned out to cast their vote on that day. He still has his voter slip serial number – 612 – to prove it.

    Later that morning, Dar was riding his bike to attend a condolence meeting at his brother-in-law’s house in Gampora village when he was picked up by the army.

    Narrating the incident, Dar, a shawl weaver, told The Wire that he was stopped by the forces in Utligam village, a few kilometres before Gampora, where some women were protesting against the elections.

    “They damaged my bike, thrashed me severely with gun butts and wooden sticks and in an almost unconscious state tied me to the front of the jeep and paraded me through 10 to 20 villages.”


    In the video, which has been widely shared on social media sites, Dar, wearing a pheran (a traditional winter cloak) and jeans, is seen tied to the bonnet of the moving army jeep which is being followed by an anti-mine vehicle and a bus ferrying army men. As the vehicles pass, a voice can be heard warning: “Aisa haal hoga pather waloun ka, yeah haal hoga (Those who pelt stones will meet the same fate).”

    “There was no stone pelting going on in the area when the army men picked me up and neither did any stone pelting take place on the [army] vehicles when I was being paraded,”
    said Dar.

    There was also a white piece of paper strapped to Dar’s pheran. “It had something written on it but I could only read my name,” he said.

    In a state of shock, Dar, with his left forearm bandaged, said he believed that fact that he was still alive is a “miracle”. “At one point I had given up the hope of returning home alive… I thought all my bones have been broken as my entire body was in pain due to ruthless beating. I was in shock, not able to understand what do to as the forces kept threatening me in case I speak to anybody moving on the road. I was pleading with them to leave me but they wouldn’t listen,” said Dar, adding he was first taken to the CRPF camp at Hardapanzu village in the afternoon where he was bundled into a vehicle and then taken to the Raiyari camp of the local army unit.

    “I thought my end is near but I kept praying and hoping that people who had seen me would inform my family,” said Dar, the youngest of three brothers who lives with his mother, Faizi Begum.

    His elder brother, Fayaz Ahmad, told The Wire that when they came to know about the incident, they rushed to seek the police’s help to get his brother released. “But when we didn’t get any help from anywhere, some of our family members, including women, villagers and the local sarpanch approached the army camp in the evening. We pleaded with the army that he [Dar] is not a stone-pelter and it was only then that they allowed us to take him home,” said Ahmad.

    Since his release, Dar said, he hadn’t left his house due to the continuous pain he is in. “I have never ever in my life hurled stones on forces. But I am not able to understand why I was beaten ruthlessly and then tied to the vehicle. What was my crime?” asked Dar.

    Former chief minister Omar Abdullah, who represents the Beerwah constituency, describing it as “shocking”. “This young man was TIED to the front of an army jeep to make sure no stones were thrown at the jeep? This is just so shocking!!!! #Kashmir,”Abdullah tweeted. “A warning can be heard (in the video) saying stone pelters will meet this fate. This requires an urgent inquiry and follow up NOW.”



    https://thewire.in/124465/kashmir-fa...hmad-dar-army/

    'I will never vote again': Kashmiri man used as 'human shield' describes his journey of humiliation

    Farooq Dar said that he defied calls to boycott Sunday's bye-poll. He ended up being paraded through several villages, strapped to the front of an Army jeep.

    By Rayan Naqash – 4/15/2017


    When bye-elections were held for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat last Sunday, only 7.1% of registered votes actually turned up at the booths. In Budgam district, only 31,476 people cast their votes. Among them was 26-year-old shawl maker Farooq Ahmad Dar, a resident of Chil village. He said that he left his home early that morning to make his way to the polling station at the local middle school.

    He would return home that night with his left arm broken by the Army, after having being paraded through several villages strapped to the front of a military jeep, serving as a human shield on a day marked by violence that left eight civilians dead.

    The soldiers “played with me like I was a toy”,
    Dar said on Saturday. “Am I a human being or an animal?”

    After the ballot

    But on Saturday morning, as Dar and his relatives in his home in Chil tried to make sense of the the “zulum” – oppression – that had been meted out to him, they insisted that there was no violence in the area in which the young man had been picked up and that he wasn’t the sort to hurl stones at the security voices.

    This is how Dar said his day proceeded. After he cast his vote in Chil, 33 km from Srinagar, he said that he got on to his motor cycle to attend a condolence meeting at his sister’s house in Gampora village, 20 kms away. His brother Hilal followed him on another motorcycle.

    A few kilometres before their destination, at Utligam village, Dar said he was stopped by an army patrol.

    The patrol consisting of at least 17 personnel was led by a major, Dar said. The security men surrounded him and pulled him off his motorcycle. After looking at his identity card, they questioned him about why he was so far from his home. They then began to beat him up and accused him of being a stone pelter. But, said Dar, there were no visible disturbances in the area when the stopped him.

    “They thrashed me for 20 minutes,”
    Dar said, adding that after the beating, they attempted to push him into a stream. “My leg was immersed in the water but I managed to push myself back and got back up.”

    The soldiers then tied him to a vehicle and paraded him “through 10-20 villages” with a piece of paper attached to his chest declaring that he was a stone pelter, Dar said. He said he did not have a clear recollection of events that transpired when he was tied up. “I was not in my senses,” he said.

    One memory that did stand out, though, was that the people of Khospora village tried to get him released. “But the RR [Rashtriya Rifles] men told them that they would not let me go as I was a stone pelter,” Dar said. “But I am not. I am an honest man. The whole area knows that.”

    Sonpa, Najan, Chakpora, Hanjiguroo, Khospora, Rawalpora, Arizal, Hardapanzoo are some of some of the villages he remembered passing through. He repeated the names as if he had memorised the trail of his hurt. “They humiliated me publicly,” Dar said.

    Dar estimates he was paraded for at least 20 km-25 km but his brother Qadir estimates the distance to have been greater. “He was taken in circles through different villages,” Qadir said. “They must have paraded him for 30 km-40 km.”


    At 4 in the evening, Dar said he was taken to a Central Reserve Paramilitary Force camp in Hardapanzoo where, he was “still tied up and not offered water.” Later, Dar said he was taken on another ride, this time inside a jeep. He does not remember the route or where he was being taken but at around 8 pm he was released from the Rayar camp of the army near Arizal.

    On Saturday, he recounted his story several times to journalists who had sought him out. “Am I a toy or a human being?” he said. “The government should take action against” the army personnel.

    He described the effects of the beating
    . “There are no bruises over the surface but I am [physically] hurt on the inside,” he said. “I can’t lift my hands. I can’t walk straight, I tremble if I try. They played with me like a football.”

    It was two days before he was able to visit a hospital. “I was in so much pain when I came back,” he said. “My neighbours and family that supported me know what i went through.”

    The family was still unsure of whether they would file a formal complaint. Dar said that he did not file an FIR that day as he was afraid that the army personnel would harass him even more.

    His relatives added that Dar had never pelted stones as he was preoccupied with making ends meet. “He is a very decent person,” said Dar’s cousin Zahid Malla. “He has never indulged in stone pelting. What the army claimed is completely false.”

    So far, the army has not made any preliminary statements about the results of its investigation, though officials familiar with the situation told Scroll.in that it was clear that Dar’s contention that he had been used as a human shield seemed to have been established.

    On Saturday, Dar said many things in his life seemed a little uncertain. To begin with, he wasn’t sure how he would make a living over the next few weeks. With his left hand swollen and bandaged, Dar said he would be unable to do the fine embroidery that shawls require. “Look at my hands, can I work now?” he asked. “Did they leave me able to work?”

    But there was one thing that was absolutely sure of: that he had lost his faith in the democratic process. Said Dar: “I used to vote but won’t do so anymore.”

    https://scroll.in/article/834706/i-w...of-humiliation

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    Female Kashmiri students lead anti-India protests

    Students from various female colleges in Indian-administered Kashmir take part in mass protests against Indian soldiers.

    Faisal Khan | 27 Apr 2017

    A 17-year-old was reportedly shot dead by security forces on April 15 in Indian-administered Kashmir while at least 50 college students were wounded by police officers who fired pellets and tear gas.

    Video showing Indian soldiers using physical abuse sparked anger leading to violent clashes between police and protesting students outside Government Degree College Pulwama.

    Indian police, assisted by paramilitary troops, created a checkpoint outside the college to arrest the boys who they said were involved in stone-throwing incidents.

    Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters but the clashes intensified when pellets were fired, leaving many students injured, including Zeeshan Ahmed, who was injured in the head.

    More than 15 students were admitted to the district hospital in Pulwama on the same day. Most of them suffered pellet injuries to their eyes. Zeeshan was later transferred to a hospital in Srinagar for specialised treatment, a senior doctor at Pulwama hospital told a local newspaper.

    Mass protests then broke out as a result, with students from other colleges, including a girls' college, taking part.

    The day-long protests and clashes on April 17 left more than 50 students injured.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inp...103422882.html


 

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