Sunday, 30 October 2011 11:39 Written by Bang e Sahar
Rallies slam occupation of J&K, Gilgit-Baltistan
RAWALPINDI: Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Conference (JNLC) in collaboration with other nationalist parties, groups, organizations and political parties held a mammoth demonstration outside National Press Club in Islamabad against the interference of Pakistan in Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan on October 28.
The rally was led by Arif Shahid, president JKNLC, Prof. MARK Khaleeque, spokesman APNA, Azhar Kashar, Ilyas Jhandalvi, Khizar Ashraf Advocate, Imran Shan, Raja Aurangzeb, leader of Muslim League (PML-N) and others.
They demanded immediate withdrawl of `lent officers' (chief secretary), additional chief secretary (dev), secretary finance, secretary health, accountant general, additional director general (audit) and inspector general police, et.,) from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, abolition of the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and OGB Affairs and Kashmir Council and the restoration of all the rights of the people of POK and OGB. The protesters were carrying banners and placards and were chanting slogans in favour of their national independence and against foreign interference.
The speakers on the occasion criticized the policies of Pakistan and said by diverting Rs55 billions meant for the earthquake-affected people of PAJK to `Benazir Income Support Programme', the present government of Pakistan has dealt a severe blow to the people of PAJK. They said the world had donated this money to the needy people of PAJK in distress and adversity but Pakistan distributed this amount among its `jayalas' to further the cause of their petty politics. The speakers said `lent officers' of Pakistan were assigned to train the PAJK's bureaucracy some 64 years back but they have not been able to accomplish the task assigned to them even after such a long time and hence are not prepared to return back to Pakistan. It is unfortunate and ironic that `elected' Prime Minister of PAJK has to work under the supervision of Chief Secretary, a `Lent Officer', they lamented.
The govt. of Pakistan, they said, was plundering the resources of this territory in the name and through these very `lent officers' and the people of PAJK were suffering from the worst state of unusual price-hike and unemployment. There was complete set-up of a governing body and no justification of Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and other institutions of Pakistan in the POK and OGB, they said. In fact, according to the speakers, pre-1947 conditions were being played and repeated where there used to be a `Viceroy', which is Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs today.
The speakers demanded of UNO and the comity of nations to pressurize Pakistan to stop interference in PAJK and OGB's affairs through its institutions and should respect the wishes and aspirations of the people to cast vote freely. They also said that their struggle against their respective occupants would continue on the basis of natural principles, and it would continue till the independence of Jammu Kashmir. As far as PAJK and OGB were concerned, they said, these had been made hostages and the psychophants had distorted and destroyed the territorial identity and nobody was safe in the face of foreign interference
Black day: Kashmiri's across the globe observed a black day to protest India's occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. The day was marked with a total shut down in Indian occupied Kashmir.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Syed Ali Gillani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and other Kashmiri leaders called the annual strike.
Rallies were held in support of Kashmiri's liberation struggle in Pakistan and almost all major cities of the world.
It was on October 27 in 1947 when Indian troops landed in Srinagar and occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
"The decolonization agenda of the United Nations would be incomplete without resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute," Raza Bashir Tarar, Pakistan's deputy permanent Representative to the UN, told the General Assembly's Fourth (Decolonization) Committee this month.
Speaking in a general debate, the Pakistan delegate said decolonization was an objective of such importance that it could not be limited to the 'Non Self Governing Territories' alone.
The negation of the right to self determination often ignited regional conflicts that threaten peace and security. "Such conflicts cannot be swept under terrorism or religious rivalries," he added.
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Monday, 24 October 2011 17:22 Written by Bang e Sahar
Kashmir calls for new probe into alleged mass rape
By Our Correspondent
SRINAGAR: A government commission in Indian-held Kashmir called for a fresh probe into the alleged mass rapes in two remote villages by Indian army personnel twenty years ago, a report said.
Kashmir's State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) recommended that the government set up a special team to reinvestigate the alleged mass gang rape of at least 31 women by Indian army personnel in 1991. The women from the villages of Kunan and Poshpora in the northern Kupwara district had claimed that they had been gang raped by soldiers during the night of February 23-24 in 1991, at the peak of the insurgency that erupted in 1989.
The incident sparked mass protests across Kashmir, despite the Indian army's repeated denial of its involvement. A high-level team from the Press Council of India visited Kashmir in June that year to investigate the case.
The team concluded that the charges against the army were a "well-concocted bundle of fabricated lies" and "a massive hoax orchestrated by militant groups and their sympathisers and mentors in Kashmir and abroad".The call from the SHRC follows Friday's announcement by Kashmir's chief minister that tough emergency laws imposed in Indian Kashmir in 1990 that allow security forces to act with near-impunity would be partially withdrawn. The SHRC has recently been recording statements from the victims. "In the course of hearing the case, statements of 18 women were recorded and during which they testified that they were subjected to the atrocity," the SHRC report said.
It has advised the government that a senior superintendent of police should head the fresh team to probe the case. The SHRC has also asked the state government to prosecute the then director of the prosecution, who had sought to close the case on the grounds that the perpetrators were "untraceable". In addition, the SHRC has recommended that government compensation be paid to each of the victims.
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Sunday, 16 October 2011 13:02 Written by Bang e Sahar
Unity of two JKLF groups - Amanullah scores a goal
Dr Shabir Choudhry
Yes, it is official; two groups of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front which at time of split in 1996 accused each other of working against the interests of an independent Jammu and Kashmir have tied the 'golden knot' and have become one. Congratulations to all who still hope that the JKLF will lead them to independence, as no one can impose any restrictions on dreams.
Many Kashmir watchers, however, believe that the JKLF has seen its peak and is out of step with ground realities and especially with geo-political situation of the world and international obligations and stark realities that face the post 9/11 world. They feel the top JKLF leaders are directionless and are incapable of formulating such policies that can bring back the past glory.
These JKLF leaders, in view of some experts, lack wisdom, perhaps sincerity and team with skills, know - how and dedication to unite all groups of the JKLF; and leading people of Jammu and Kashmir to independence is beyond their capability, as people have diverse views and are perhaps politically more mature than the JKLF leaders.
It is widely believed by true nationalist political parties that the JKLF during its heydays was hand in glove with secret agencies, and was promoting such policies that were formulated by non Kashmiris.
These policies were designed to communalise the Kashmiri polity, kill non Muslims and drive them out of the Valley to make it a 'Muslim struggle' rather than a Kashmiri struggle.
Furthermore, key element of this strategy was to 'liberate' Jammu and Kashmir under the Indian occupation and only pay lip service to plight of the people under Pakistani occupation by containing the 'struggle' on the Indian side of the LOC. People have right to question if this is a new game plan to serve those the JKLF groups have served in the past, especially when these groups are infested with people who take pride in working with secret agencies.
In mid 1990s, to Amanullah Khan and his followers Yasin Malik was a 'RAW agent' released from prison to sabotage to JKLF struggle. Conversely, Yasin Malik and his followers thought Amanullah Khan was an 'ISI agent' who damaged the JKLF with his unconstitutional blunders which took place from time to time.
It was during this time, in frustration and anger Amanullah Khan while commenting on the split of the JKLF associated with Yasin Malik, alleged to have said: "My one arm was seriously affected with cancer and there was no cure for it, so I cut it off to save the JKLF". Thank Allah, hard work of surgeons in Islamabad has performed a miracle; and they have stitched back this 'cancer affected arm' after curing the disease. Let us hope that the 'arm' or some other part is not contaminated by the cancer treatment which often happens; and there are no side affects.
Even before the official announcement of 6 October 2011, I had a lengthy chat with a leader of one group of JKLF which is not part of this unity. We worked as a team in the JKLF and developed very serious differences. We opposed each other and worked against each other, but after years of antagonism we sat down to discuss issues related to the JKLF and the Kashmiri struggle. He admired my skills and dedication; and added that in his opinion and opinion of his friends I have only strayed by 5 to 10% and we can still work together. He asked me and Abbas Butt to consider coming back to the JKLF fold.
I thanked him for this offer and politely said that the JKLF is still stuck in 1990s era, but the world and the Kashmiri struggle has moved on; and so have we. Also I had a little chat with Amanullah Khan few days before this announcement. He wanted to know my comments about the unity of the JKLF. I gave him my honest opinion; and also told him about the above conversation. He was not happy with what I said, but honest opinion is not given to make others happy.
Some old members of the JKLF who worked under my leadership in Britain until July 1992, and who admired my work for the JKLF; and felt even at that time that I was wrongly treated by Amanullah Khan, contacted me. They were happy with the unity, and general 'amnesty' for all former JKLF people to come back and strengthen the JKLF.
Apart from that many non-Kashmiris and non-JKLF people have also asked my opinion about this unity. I told them that I was busy with my new book and won't have time for some days. Some urged me to join the JKLF; others thought it was a non starter and some people have made news of this event which will keep them alive for some time, but it won't have any impact on the Kashmiri struggle or the Kashmir dispute.
People still question if Amanullah Khan and Yasin Malik were sincere in unity then why they did not invite other JKLF groups? Even in the declaration they only urged Rauf Kashmiri, Chairman of one group of JKLF to abandon his group and join them; but completely ignored the other two groups known as Aftab Group and Bitta Karate or Farooq Dar Group. Does it mean Yasin Malik and Amanullah Khan do not regard them as JKLF Groups? Or is it because this JKLF group headed by Farooq Dar and Javed Mir have made political life difficult for Yasin Malik in the Valley; and Amanullah Khan and his colleagues don't like Aftab?
Both Yasin Malik and Amanullah Khan know political culture of Jammu and Kashmir that anyone who is expelled or forms a parallel group does not join unity talks or joins alliance unless requested to do so at the beginning of such talks. No body joins when two groups have concluded their talks and make public request to others to join, as that is just for public consumption and is to score political points against their political opponents.
In other words, despite his sincerity and dedication, it is very unlikely that Rauf Kashmiri will leave his post of Chairman, and join them as a member, even though they did not consult him and took him in confidence. One leader of JKLF said to me that he is '100% sure that Rauf Kashmiri will not join them the way he was ignored by Yasin Malik when he (Rauf Kashmir) was in Indian Prison, and how he was treated by Amanullah Khan after his release'.
It is also very unlikely that former leaders and members of the JKLF will rush to join this new JKLF when they know how these leaders damaged to the JKLF and its ideology by aligning themselves with the secret agencies. One former JKLF colleague said, 'They are selling old wine in new bottle - old policies with a new wrapping, I am not interested. We know their old policy and old strategy which was formulated in offices of Aab Para (reference to ISI Head Quarters in Islamabad) unknowingly I also promoted that policy, but I don't want to commit the same mistake again'.
Depending on know how, and political maturity and political allegiance, people will continue to talk about this unity as another ISI ploy or a sincere effort of two leaders to put past behind them and move forward. However, one thing is clear that Amanullah Khan has come out shining in this whole matter. He has played his political inning wisely and created this impression that he was in control of everything in relation to the JKLF and the Kashmiri struggle when in reality he was not.
Now towards the end of his political inning he has hit a big shot. In the past people accused him for committing blunders and dividing the JKLF and the movement; now he can take credit for uniting at least two groups of the JKLF. He has asked forgiveness from those he might have treated wrongly; and has forgiven those who might have done something wrong to him. He always ensured that he had total control over the JKLF either under one title or the other; and that his Central Committee consists of either 'yes men' or those who are politically weak or politically immature. Anyone who did not fit the above criteria was expelled with some allegations.
I honestly believe that he committed many blunders, damaged the JKLF and the Kashmiri struggle for independence; and treated me and many others unfairly. He has asked for forgiveness, very nice of him, and I wholeheartedly forgive him for injustice or wrong he did to me. However, should he be not seeking forgiveness from the nation and especially from those who suffered and died as a result of his stubbornness and wrong policies executed to safeguard him and to promote a non JKLF agenda?
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Making Kashmir a theocracy - Part-II
By Hashim Qureshi
People of J&K are living the life of slavery be it this or that side of the LoC. The people do not enjoy sovereignty and their state is divided into two parts. Hundreds of thousands of non-state soldiers stationed on either side of the ceasefire line upset their lives.
Rules and regulations for this state are framed in Delhi and Islamabad. Their economy, educational system and their honour on both sides is at the mercy of Islamabad and New Delhi. In this background, entangling the suppressed nation in slogans like Islamic system and freedom for Islam and Pan-Islamism with no semblance of unity at any stage or level is not going to win us an Islamic state.
Sayed Jamaluddin Afghani and Sultan Hamid of Turkey had made efforts way back in 1914 for forging Islamic unity. And Sultan Hamid was profiled as caliph at that time. But the Sheriff of Makkah revolted against this system on 5 June 1916 and declared himself the king of the Arabs. The Arabs sought support from France and Great Britain and a person known in history as Lawrence of Arabia, an intelligence officer, extended full support to the Arabs against Turkish domination.
In this way, the Islamic State was destroyed by the Muslims with their own hands. There were many nationalities that had failed to secure full rights under Ottoman dynastic rule. Earlier around 1821, nationalist movements had begun to surface in Ottoman Empire. Turkish regime had, during the World War I, aligned the movement with Germany and Italy. Later, it became an ally of Germany against France and Great Britain. The Arabs gave full support to these marginalized nationalities against the Caliph. Thus Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait and many other Arab States, one by one, distanced from Turkey's concept of Islamic state under the overarching concept of nationalism. Undoubtedly, Turkey would have got fragmented if it had not under the leadership of Kemal Ataturk and his comrades reunited Turkey to secure itself against France and Great Britain. Had not that happened Turkey would not have been in its present shape today.
The unjust war unleashed by the Arabs against the Turks forced Ataturk to go to the extreme fringes of nationalism so much so that even the Quran and the Islamic call for prayers (azaan) were translated into Turkish language and promulgated in the state. Thus each Muslim State today is locally identified by respective nationalism. Hence we have Egyptian nationalism, Lebanese nationalism, Iraqi nationalism, Jordanian nationalism etc. All Muslim countries are being represented in the UN in terms of their respective nationalism. However, Saudi Arabia is called Islamic state but only to the confusion of ordinary people. It is a dynastic monarchy. Pakistani constitution gives her the name of Islamic Republic of Pakistan but is it an Islamic Republic in reality? Its constitution drawn first in 1956 and then in 1974 is based on the laws made by the British colonial power. Thus though in these 60 countries there are Muslims with sovereign power in their hands, yet these are not Islamic States.
The people of Jammu and Kashmir have been enslaved and made destitute to the extent that their entire struggle is now subservient to Islamic slogan mongering and making Kashmir an Islamic State. This distanced non-Muslims of the State from our national freedom struggle. Fearful for life, vexed by the idea of accession to Pakistan and conversion of Kashmir into an Islamic state brought them closer to India. The biggest damage which our movement suffered was its de-recognition on international level. Islamic countries maintained total silence about national freedom struggle of Kashmiris. Not only that, many among them openly supported India's stand on Kashmir. It will be reminded that elements supporting accession to Pakistan on the basis of religion, an effort in which they received support from Pakistan, wanted division of the State on the basis of religion. But the entire world is now united in opposing this kind of thinking and ideology. International community is of firm belief that no state can be constituted on the basis of religious extremism. If Kashmir is to be divided on religious basis the entire subcontinent will go up in flames. Muslims in India will find themselves in a perilous situation. There could be bloodshed in different parts of the state as well owing to communal flare up. Another holocaust will appear with entrenched hatred after the partition of 1947.
We appeal to the people on both sides of the line to abandon religious slogans and slogans of accession; reunite the original State of 1947.
Kashmir's perpetuation depends only on national freedom. Policy planners in Pakistan, protagonists of accession to Pakistan and those favouring to create a theocratic state ought to think deeply if it is ever possible that Kashmir will accede to Pakistan or that Kashmir will become a theocratic state. People in India and its policy planning institutions should also think deeply whether the current situation of the State will be conducive to India's peace and development.
Recently, the news came that the two factions of Liberation Front had formed a committee to help forge unity between them. Many such efforts were made in the past to bring about unity among various groups and factions. It proved an exercise in futility. Since these groups claim to be the upholders of the cause of national freedom, therefore the serious option for them is to give up their ego and self interest and dedicate their lives to the national freedom cause. The past has to be kept in view and also the ground realities that prevail in Kashmir at the moment. International mood has also to be taken care of. The disastrous effects of the division of the state cannot be ignored.
After thinking over these aspects in full depth the groups should form some united plan of action. If that does not happen, then the fate of national freedom organizations will be bleak and even in jeopardy. It is possible that religious extremist groups and also pro-Pakistan groups will not spare the organizations and individuals and leaders upholding their stand for the freedom of Kashmir. Pro-Pak and religious extremists may not be united in their day to day affairs but they get united when the target is of national freedom fighters, be they organizations or individuals. Unity is good but it has to be in the interests of the people and for helping national freedom reach its destination.--Concluded
The writer is the Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party.
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Sunday, 25 September 2011 14:25 Written by Bang e Sahar
Kashmir problem: exclusive responsibility of all its units
By Arif Shahid
The ancient history of Jammu Kashmir notwithstanding, we claim to be in political struggle for its complete independence, freedom and prosperity only of that Jammu Kashmir which was ruled by Maharaja Hari Singh with the area of 84471 sq. miles. He, the ruler of Jammu Kashmir, maintained its unification, solidarity and identity with sheer force and not because of wishes of the people. However, he enjoyed the support of British govt. in India for he was owner of the state. Whatever his political, economic and social agenda, and the way he maintained its identity, all was based on despotism. Despite the fact, we claim and struggle to inherit the entire state under him, which should be independent, too. It means we are stuck to same angle where we left in 1947. Whereas there is a lot of difference between the objective conditions of then and now. Obviously, we need to change our outlook and the line of thought according to the laws of objectivity. We also need to face the reality. The unification, solidarity and identity of Jammu Kashmir under its ruler till 1947 was due to his peculiar rule, which has been disturbed and disrupted due to the interference of friends and foes and is not the same now. Now it is a divided state - divided into so many parts. Some call it 3 units: (1) Indian-Administered-Jammu Kashmir (IAJK), (2) Pakistan-Administered-Jammu Kashmir (PAJK) and (3) Gilgit-Baltistan (GB); and some others divide it into 5 units: (1) PAJK, (2) GB, (3) Jammu, (4) Valley of Kashmir and (5) Laddakh. This neo-slavery is post-1947 scenario in which all the units intend to guard their identity jealously and have a lot of reservations against each other, which could not be set aside in a united Jammu Kashmir in the same old shape as it is a multi-national and multi-religious country. Some count nationalities up to 8 and some others consider it a land of 9 nationalities with different geographical and historical background; which can not be made a part of 2-nation theory as some are trying to do without any rhyme and reason by ignoring the secular basis of the erstwhile state. Although, Jammu Kashmir was under one man's despotic rule, yet its secularism played key role in keeping all the units united and all the religions - Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Bhudds etc.
These secular basis had a long history behind them, which kept the state united in addition to the weapon of despotism, which was not the exclusive cementing factor. We have been enduring one cruelty and oppression after the other, which we took as our success and celebrated it. The gradual erosion of our secular values is one such example. Was it not a cruelty, oppression and exploitation that a movement was started in the name of liberation in 1988, which only remained confined in Valley of Kashmir and all other units like Jammu, Laddakh, GB and PAJK remained totally unconcerned and irrelevant. If our secular basis would have remained intact all the other units besides Valley would have also participated in the said `liberation movement'. Now some imprudent and immature pillars of that movement claim to go for unity, but complain they are not being recognized and admitted as genuine crusaders, rather are being discouraged and disappointed. They do not know perhaps that they are being led to this pass by the same forces who had split and divided them. The fact is that consciously or unconsciously they are being exploited and used for other purposes than their freedom by the forces who have their own axe to grind. We claim to struggle for independence, freedom and prosperity, but do not know what would be our political, economic and social programme; neither we know which particular political party is equipped and armed with such a comprehensive programme. We shall have to face the ground realities dispassionately, for even if we are handed over whole the Jammu Kashmir of despotic era as was on 14/15 Aug, 47, we shall not be able to maintain its unity. Jammu Kashmir, being contiguous to 3 big neighbours, India, China and Pakistan, has its own importance. Despite hetrogenous structure of society on the basis of culture, colour, creed and race, people have been living peacefully since centuries due to the depth of secularism. 400 years old and 64 years new slavery notwithstanding, the people of all the different units of Jammu Kashmir are still impatient to be politically one with each other. Jammu Kashmir dispute was created when Pakistan had violated `stand still agreement' signed by her with the ruler of Jammu Kashmir on 15th Aug, 47, and attacked on Valley of Kashmir through `tribal lashkars' in the 3rd week of Oct, 47. The ruler of Jammu Kashmir then fled to Jammu, requested India to accept accession of his state with her and an agreement of accession was signed on 26th Oct, 47. This is how Jammu Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan. Since then, India on the basis of same agreement and Pakistan on the basis of Muslim majority, have been making exclusive claim over Kashmir, imposed wars on each other many times and have been violating the promise of self-determination to the people of Jammu Kashmir. In the same vein, India calls it her part and parcel and Pakistan her life-line.
In the process, both the countries have created and sponsored an army of cronies (who claim to be politicians) to confuse the real concept of freedom and revolution. Not finding the natural outlet the genuine political workers and politicians started a popular resistance movement in early 60's. Soon after launching the movement, its leader, late Maqbool Butt (Shaheed), was hanged and became famous. Some forces planned to hi-jake that popular movement through a sponsored leadership and created controlled militancy in the name of freedom, which coloured and converted liberation movement into a fundamentalist movement and thus complicated the case further. It makes it imperative to seek solution of the problem not in the light of 1947, but according to objective and global situation of 2011, where all the nationalities shall have to accept each others rights. I shall talk of only 5 units of neo-slavery era instead of 8/9 nationalities. It means Jammu Kashmir which is divided into 5 units should get complete autonomy. Each unit should be free to deal with India and Pakistan including in the matter of trade in its own interest. It would end the feelings of artificial insecurity and uncertainty among the people of all the units and they would feel satisfied with the right of local-self-govt when they could spend all their resources on themselves. They will also get rid of fear and gain confidence. Political splits will give way to confident national concepts. All the 5 units of Jammu Kashmir should agree on a confederation and form a national confederal council on equal basis with 4 subjects - foreign affairs, defense, currency and communication; which should form a united states of Jammu Kashmir to create harmony among the units in the political, economic and social fields.
This is how they would be prevented from exploiting each other. The currency of India and Pakistan has been being used in various parts of Jammu Kashmir for the last 64 years, which should be continued in a balanced way. There is every possibility that a `SAARC Union' like `European Union' comes into being in a few years time with one currency, and we shall like to be part of it. Even if it is not possible, our full independence may take time, which is necessary to decide the issue of our currency.
The defense of Jammu Kashmir should remain in the common custody of India, Pakistan and the people of Jammu Kashmir for about 15/20 years after which it should be handed over to the confederal council. The immediate exit of Indian and Pakistani forces won't be feasible for it may create many problems.
Otherwise, the bands of extremists created by ourselves may occupy the entire scene to rough it up like `Talibans' of yore. Who will stop them?
As for as the demands of the modern age, we can live together only if accept each other's political, economic and social rights. Otherwise our out-moded perceptions won't help us in any way. That is why a confederation and a confederal council above it with equal representation of all the units, not any force, is the need of the hour; which could maintain Jammu Kashmir's unity and solidarity. When all the units feel secured and would believe that none could exploit them and snatch away their rights, they would be satisfied with each other. When all the units are owner of their all the resources, they
shall certainly guard their unity and a `united state of Jammu Kashmir'can emerge as an historical entity. When all the units are
confident by having their material resources in their own possession,they shall work for the realization of a dream of `United Jammu Kashmir'.
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Replace lent officers with locals: JKNLC
By Our Correspondent
RAWALPINDI: The president of Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Conference (JKNLC), Mr. Arif Shahid said the existence of lent officers, ministry of Kashmir affairs and Kashmir Council, have no constitutional and legal justification on the soil of "Azad Kashmir". They should, therefore, be replaced with the local officers and institutions.
He said without construction of the colonies and houses for the affectees of `Mangla Dam Uprainsing', water shall not be allowed to be filled in the dam. He also said that interference of non-state-subjects and non-state political parties was the potent danger for the unification and the solidarity of the state which should be ended.
He said this while addressing a meeting of central committee of JKNLC here which was conducted by Mr. Azhar Kashar, its secretary general.
Those who spoke, besides the chair and the secretary, were Imtiaz Javed, Mir M. Siddique, Ramzan Datt, Advocate, Akram Kashmiri, Fazal Kashmiri, Qayyum Raja, Ch. Bilal Akhtar, Anwar Latif Dar, Ayaz Masood Kh., Waqas Ahmed, MA Khawaja and others.
They said that JKNLC would take out protest rallies against lent officers, ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Kashmir Council, in all the district headquarters on October 4. The same shall be done outside Pakistan embassy in England on the same day. In addition, JKNLC shall arrange a protest rally, a sit-in and present a memorandum for the same purpose in front of UNO's office in Islamabad on Oct 24. They said JKNLC demanded the withdrawal of lent officers from and end of Pakistan's institution in "Azad Kashmir", which are absolutely unconstitutional and illegal; and should be replaced by the local talent and the institutions. They also confirmed that unless houses and colonies are ready for the uprooted population of Mirpur due to the `Mangla Dam uprainsing', water shall not be allowed to be conserved in the dam; and if any attempt was made in this direction by force, whole the "Azad Kashmir" shall turn up in protest and the doors of International Court shall also be knocked.
The speakers feared that the interference of Pakistan and intrusion of its political parties in "Azad Kashmir" was a threat to the unification, solidarity and identity of the state and, therefore, it should end forthwith; for it also creates hurdles in way of state's indigenous political parties.
The meeting demanded cancellation of allotments made to the fundamentalist militant organizations in the name of `rescue', and they should also be banned. They further demanded that since population of Neelum Valley considers itself unsafe due to the illegal activities of these organizations, no unit of the state should be used as a launching pad to put the people in danger due to such activities, which is highly condemnable.
They also condemned all types of proxy wars and said that it was not possible now to conduct such wars easily. It was due to this reason that Jammu Kashmir had become a question mark in the world, they opined.
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LPP to take part in AJK polls
By Our Correspondent
RAWALPINDI: Labour Party Pakistan, the sister political party of Kashmir Labour Party (KLP) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, will contest the general election in Azad Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly scheduled to be held on June 26.
Azad Jammu Kashmir Assembly is a semi-autonomous body working under control of the government of Pakistan. The 48-member assembly has power to elect its own Prime Minister and President; however, the Pakistan Federal Ministry of Kashmir Affairs has the real power to run the government, says a press release.
The AJK Assembly members are not elected directly from the local area of Kashmir. 12 members of the assembly are elected from different parts of Pakistan and these seats are called the immigrant Kashmiri seats. These immigrant Kashmiri seats are mainly under the control of intelligence agencies and these 12 seats play a decisive role in electing the Prime Minster and President of AJK.
In these circumstances when politics has just become a slave of specific class/people in the society, Labour Party Pakistan decided not to be silent spectator of the situation and not to let the rulers to bulldoze the fundamental economic, political and social rights of Kashmiri people.
LPP decided to support and strengthen its sister organization, Kashmir Labour Party (KLP), with the spirit of internationalism. Labour Party Pakistan always supported the right of self-determination Kashmir's as an independent nation and national state.
The foundation of Kashmir Labour Party is reflection of LPP ideological stand on the issue of national question. We stand for the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people and for an independent Kashmir, free both from Pakistan and Indian rulings class. That is why KLP is an independent body and not a wing of LPP in Kashmir.
Kashmir Labour Party is a registered political party in Azad Kashmir and it contested the last general elections in 2006 from one constituency of AJK Assembly and got around 2.5 % votes. Now after five years of painstakingly and slowly building the party, we are putting up four candidates. They are Raja Mohammad Sarfraz Khan Advocate from LA 20 Poonch 4; Raja Mohammad Bashrat Khan Advocate from LA-14 Bagh 2; Choudhry Mohd Mumtaz Ahmed Advocate from LA-15 Bagh 3, and Nisar Shah Advocate from LA -35 Jammu 6. All candidates of Kashmir Labour Party are young and energetic under 40 and in the start of their political career and have vowed to promote the progressive, democratic political thinking and culture in the region.
In a region which is a stronghold of religious fundamentalism and involvement of intelligence agencies, the KLP will campaign on a socialist programme. Our main strategy during the election campaign will be to expose the menace of religious fundamentalism.
We would like all our supporters to contact us to help build our candidates campaign in Kashmir elections. A decent vote for KLP will lay down the basis for a stronger Socialist movement in Kashmir that can fight for national liberation and against the religious fanatics.
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Trans-Kashmir identity rising
By Our Correspondent
MUZAFFARABAD: An international conference on Kashmir here saw a resurgence of trans-Jammu and Kashmir identity as well as the quest of Kashmiri people for acknowledgement as the principal party in a triangle of dispute, one of the organisers said on Thursday.
The two-day moot, 'Kashmir in emerging global perspectives,' organised by the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, was opened by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday. It consisted of two plenary lectures delivered by Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai from Kashmiri American Council (USA) and Prof Kamal Chenoy from Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) on the first and second day, respectively.
In addition, five academic sessions were held in which 28 papers were presented on various aspects of the issue. Apart from these, one-hour open panel discussion was also held in which all the participants expressed their views.
The participants of the conference were unanimous that it was not possible to find a sustainable solution to the lingering dispute without the participation of the Kashmiri people in the process, said Prof Dr Nasim Akhtar, chairman of the organising committee.
They (participants) also acknowledged the sacrifices of the heroic people of Jammu and Kashmir in keeping up the momentum of freedom struggle and assured them full support and solidarity, he added.
There was a broad consensus that India and Pakistan should talk to the Kashmiris and facilitate intra-Kashmir contacts.
But on top of that, the participants stressed that the peace process must address the core of the problem and use the untapped potential of Kashmiris themselves to build peace in the larger South Asian frame, he said.
According to Dr Akhtar, the participants were also unanimous that Kashmir was a 'unity in diversity' and it was important that intra-Kashmir dialogue must encompass all regions, religions and political orientations.
This is the first and the surest step towards facilitation of a settlement that would last. For this purpose, it is essential that the Kashmiri leadership, social activists and civil society representatives should get together from both sides and identify the common goals that may be followed with unity and strength, he added, quoting the deliberations.
Dr Akhtar said a consensus had also emerged that human rights of Kashmiris must be respected and population centres be de-militarised. Besides, all punitively misused laws, particularly AFSPA and PSA, should be repealed.
The participants underlined an urgent need to faithfully implement and expand Kashmir-specific 'confidence building measures' particularly those relevant to the free travel of Kashmiris within their state using own vehicles and intra-Kashmir trade and educational contacts, he said.
In this regard, there were suggestions that a smart card or state subject certificate be made the basis for trans-LoC travel besides introduction of banking facilities.
The expansion should include opening of new routes, such as Mirpur-Akhnoor and Kargil-Laddakh.
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Saturday, 07 May 2011 05:32 Written by Bang e Sahar
ریاستی تشخص پر سودے بازی نہیں ہونے دی ،سردار عبدالقیوم
راولپنڈی (اے پی پی) آزاد کشمیر کے سابق صدر و وزیراعظم سردار محمد عبدالقیوم خان نے کہا ہے کہ ہم نے ریاستی تشخص اور قومی معاملات پر سودے بازی نہیں ہونے دی۔ مسلم کانفرنس ریاستی عوام کی حقیقی ترجمانی سے کبھی غافل نہیں ہوئی۔ وہ جمعہ کو مجاہد منزل میں مسلم کانفرنس کے سینئر رہنما اور سابق مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات سردار محمد طاہر تبسم اور چوہدری اسلام محمد سے بات چیت کر رہے تھے۔ سردار عبدالقیوم خان نے کہا کہ پاکستان کی فکر کرنے والی نسل کم ہو رہی ہے اب تو اوچھل کود کی سیاست کی بہتات ہے جو ملک اور قوم کیلئے نقصان دہ ہے۔ سیاستدانوں کو اپنی تمام ترجیحات ملک کے تابع رکھنی ہونگی ورنہ مزید نقصان کے خدشات پیدا ہونگے۔ سردار عبدالقیوم خان نے کہا کہ سیاسی انتشار کا مقابلہ جذبہ ایمان اور اتحاد کے ذریعے ہی ممکن ہے۔ جماعتی کارکن سیاسی ابال کو خاطر میں نہ لائیں بلکہ متحد اور منظم ہوکر مسلم کانفرنس کے پرچم تلے جمع ہوجائیں۔سردار عبدالقیوم خان نے کہا کہ مسلم کانفرنس کشمیریوں کے محفوظ مستقبل، تحریک آزادی کشمیر اور تکمیل پاکستان کی نمائندہ ترجمان جماعت ہے۔
آزاد کشمیر کے وزیر بحالیات چوہدری محمد اسماعیل عہدے سے مستعفی
راولپنڈی(اے پی پی) آزاد کشمیر کے وزیر بحالیات چوہدری محمد اسماعیل نے اپنے عہدے سے استعفیٰ دے دیا۔ چوہدری محمد اسماعیل نے جمعہ کو اپنا استعفیٰ پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) آزاد جموں و کشمیر کے چیف آرگنائزر راجہ محمد فاروق حیدر خان کو پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) آزاد کشمیر کے مرکزی میڈیا سنٹر میں پیش کیا۔ بعد ازاں چوہدری محمد اسماعیل کا استعفیٰ وزیر اعظم آزاد کشمیر کے سیکرٹریٹ کو بذریعہ فیکس ارسال کر دیا گیا۔ وزیر اعظم سیکرٹریٹ نے چوہدری محمد اسماعیل کا استعفیٰ موصو ل ہونے کی تصدیق کر دی ہے۔
احتساب بیورو آزاد کشمیر نے فراڈ کے الزام میں کئی افسران کو گرفتار کرلیا
میرپور (اے پی پی) آزاد جموں و کشمیر احتساب بیورو نے ایشیائی ترقیاتی بینک کے تعاون سے شروع ہونے والے ترقیاتی منصوبے ایم ایس آر اینڈ آئی پی میں دھوکہ دہی اور سرکاری خزانے کو شدید نقصان پہنچانے کی پاداش میں ضیاءاسلام سپرنٹینڈنٹ انجنیئر محکمہ تعمیرات عامہ حال پراجیکٹ‘ ڈائریکٹر راولا کوٹ عرفان حمید‘ ایکسیئین سیکٹر کوآرڈینیٹر حال‘ پراجیکیٹ ڈائریکٹر میرپور یونیورسٹی اور مشتاق حسین ایس ڈی او کوآرڈینیٹر تعلیم میرپور کو گرفتار کرلیا ہے۔ ایم ایس آر اینڈ آئی پی تعمیراتی منصوبہ تھا جس کو ایشیائی ترقیاتی بینک کے مالی تعاون سے پایہ
تکمیل تک پہنچایا جانا تھا مگر مذکورہ ملازمین نے گھپلا کیا اور بینک کی ہدایات کے برعکس کام کیا جس کی وجہ سے ایشیائی ترقیاتی بینک نے منصوبہ تکمیل مزید رقم فراہم کرنے سے انکار کردیا‘ یوں آزاد کسمیر ایک بہت بڑے ترقیاتی منصوبہ سے محروم ہوگیا‘ آزاد حکومت کی طرف سے احتساب بیورو کو موصول ہونے والے ریفرنس کی روشنی میں جسٹس (ر) راجہ سعید اکرم خان چیئرمین احتساب بیورو نے ایس پی سید عارف حسین شاہ کاظمی‘ انسپکٹر عطا الرحمن‘ انسپکٹر سردار غالب اور انسپکٹر محمد رشید پر مشتمل کمیٹی تشکیل دی جنہوں نے اس کیس کی تحقیقات کرکے اس کو پایہ تکمیل تک پہنچایا‘ مذکورہ ملزمان کو احتساب بیورو نے تحویل میں لے لیا اور مزید اہم انکشافات کی توقع کی جا رہی ہے۔ چیف انجنیئر
بلڈنگ ڈویژن محکمہ تعمیرات عامہ مظفر آباد الیاس عباسی جوکہ اس کیس میں بڑا ملزم ہے فرار ہوگیا ہے جس کی گرفتاری کیلئے چھاپے مارے جا رہے ہیں یہ بات آزاد جموں کشمیر احتساب بیورو کے جمع کو میرپور میں جاری ہونے والے پریس ریلیز میں بتائی گئی۔
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A vision that drives Kashmir's struggle
Twenty-seven years after his execution, the revolutionary's legacy still lives on Butt's struggle and subsequent hanging was an inspiration for young Kashmiris who began to take up arms for freedom
Twenty seven years after disputed Kashmir's first visionary for a sovereign state, Maqbool Butt, was sent to the gallows, his vision and his legacy still live on.
February 11, 1984, changed the fate of Kashmir when its very own revolutionary, Butt, was hanged in New Delhi's Tehar Jail, in a murder case pertaining to a shoot out in a bunker in Srinagar in 1966.
Today, he is known as Shaheed-e-Azam, 'father of the nation'.
Looking back at the armed revolution brought about by the martyr, the month of February carries special significance in the current uprising in occupied Kashmir. February 11, each year, is marked by Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) as they observe Butt's death anniversary. Each year on this day they pledge to renew their resolve to carry on his mission for the liberation of Kashmir from Indian suppression.
Even militant organisations such as Hizbul Mujahideen pay homage to the revolutionary martyr for initiating the armed struggle against the military occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. As history reveals, Butt fled to Pakistan in 1968 after breaking out of prison, and returned to launch a struggle in 1976 when the hijacking case of an Indian airline was under trial in the country. His death for the cause laid the foundation for the recent uprising in Kashmir.
Butt's struggle and subsequent hanging by India provoked an inspiration for freedom among the young Kashmiris who began training to take up arms and crossing the Line of Control (LoC) where the atmosphere was charged with the spirit of freedom struggle.
His hanging infused a passion for rebellion among nationalist groups supporting his struggle for an independent Kashmir.
Some of those groups included the Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF), Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and the National Liberation Front (NLF).
Founded in 1962 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, JKNSF was also among the nationalist organisations in the nineties that promoted Butt's mission politically and raised the slogan "Azadi ya Kaffan" (freedom or coffin).
On February 11, Kashmiris commit to the memory of their visionary with the utmost pride.
Kashmiris, young and old, will not soon forget the dream that Maqbool Butt had for an independent Kashmir. His name is bound to live on for all the times to come.--ET
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