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Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Signs of a Taghut

By: Abu Adnan Mohamad

As we explore the journey of mankind from the time of Ādam to our current times, we find a constant struggle between Satan and his allies against the bearers of Haqq. Throughout this conflict, the Haqq may triumph over falsehood, whilst at other times, falsehood may overshadow the Haqq. Over the arduous course of this journey, Allāh (subhānahu wata’āla), through His Might and Mercy did not leave the seekers of Haqq in darkness. He sent to the believers clear guiding verses in order for them to distinguish between truth and falsehood, and to repel the forces of oppression - The Tāghūt. The Tāghūt exists in a myriad of forms, including the kings, rulers and oppressive governments of our current times.

Indeed, Allāh (subhānahu wata’āla) says in the Qur’ān:

“And indeed We have put forth every kind of example in this Qur'ān, for mankind...”(al-Kahf 18:54)

Amongst the most vital and relevant lessons we learn from the Qur’ān, and that is applicable to us today, is the concept of oppression and the characteristics of an oppressor. Allāh (subhānahu wata’āla) describes in a multiple number of ayāt, the characteristics of the oppressors, and the methods they use to oppress the masses. One of the main stories mentioned in the Qur’an in over 27 chapters, and in over 70 different places is the story of Mūsa and Fir’awn.

We need to understand that the wisdom behind this is not to simply learn about the personality of Fir’awn from a historical perspective. Rather, this story describes in detail the characteristics of the oppressors, so we may take heed and use this as a criterion for how we analyse the world we live in today.

The Qur’ān teaches us that oppression is not a trait that only confines itself to one person or to a certain era in the history of mankind. It is a mistake to single out Fir’awn as the ultimate oppressor, so after him there is no Fir’awn, and no one can reach his level of oppression and injustice. Indeed, the Ummah of Muhammad (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) also had its own Fir’awn. The Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said about Abu Jahl that he was the Fir’awn of this nation. Therefore, in every era throughout the history of mankind, there will be a Fir’awn, and there will be someone who will embody the characteristics of Fir’awn.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Democracy or Demon-Crazy

"Democracy, in the guise of people empowerment has brought countless miseries with itself and has inflicted upon a common man worst kind of terrorism and oppression ever. Yet the mind control process and Psychological entrepreneurship has been such that the whole world recognizes Democracy as a saviour."
By: Mehdi Siddique

The people of Athens didn’t know that the concept they were using those days to decide upon the warfare issues would one day sweep away the whole world in such a dramatic manner that its echoes would be heard from all corners of the globe.
Democracy, something which began in Athens some 2,500 years ago as an experiment has today engulfed the whole world in such a mesmerizing way that anyone seeing opposing it is branded as an extremist or a terrorist. For every problem, we are told lies a democratic solution, for every tribe, for every civilization the mantra of ‘democracy’ hold good! An idea, which is marketed more than apple iphones, a theory which is taught more than the relativity and a set-up which is today dominant over all setups.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The delusion of International Women's Day

The Feminist Revolution and The Last Age
By: Imran Hosein
The Qur’an likened the creation of the male and the female to that of the ‘night’ and the ‘day’, implying that they complement each other “… like twin-halves of a whole.” But they are also functionally different; hence a successful and harmonious male-female relationship requires that the ‘day’ (i.e. the male) must function as ‘day’ and not try to become ‘night’, and similarly the ‘night’ (i.e., woman) must function as ‘night’ (which covers and conceals) and not try to become ‘day’. Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) ordered, “. . when a girl reaches the age of puberty nothing must be seen of her body except this and this (he pointed to the face and hands).” And so Muslim women have always covered themselves in Hijab—concealing arms, legs, bellies, head, hair, etc., in loose-fitting clothing.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Today We Are All Seditious!

In solidarity with the Kashmiris in their freedom struggle, the people of the world who are engaged in similar movements, or have gone through the experience, stand shoulder to shoulder with them, Shahid R. Sidiqi has his take
When Mohandas Gandhi, the god-father of India who will be revered as the leading light of its freedom movement by the present and future generations of Indians, was arrested by the British colonialists for his role in exhorting the people to rise against the British rulers and charged with sedition in 1922 in Ahmadabad, he pleaded guilty. He told the judge: “I have no desire whatsoever to conceal from this court that to preach disaffection towards the existing system of government has become almost a passion with me…”. “Sedition”, said Gandhi, “in law is a deliberate crime” but it “appears to me to be the highest duty of the citizen”.
How ironic that in a country that is enjoying freedom won for it by such people as Gandhi, who called sedition ‘his duty’ in the struggle to throw out the foreign occupiers of his land, there are people who level charges of sedition against Kashmiris who refuse to be coerced into calling themselves Indians and demand ‘Azadi’ (freedom) from India which had forcibly occupied Kashmir in cahoots with the departing British Viceroy and later annexed it into the Indian Union against the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Monday, February 28, 2011

O Matyrs Of Kashmir......(Poem)

"Truely You are our best heroes,

Never will we sell your blood to the foes
Deep inside our hearts, we remember your sacrifice,
You gave up lives for us, and not for any price
Your memories innumberable, we feel with us,
We adore you, never will you be surplus
All your hopes for freedom, will soon come true,
Every dream of yours, we will pursue
Your commitment for nation, we will net let go,
We are indebted by your credits from head to toe
Every pleasure of life, you had forsaken,
Every joy of yours had been taken
Your blood was spilled for our cause,
You strived tirelessly without any pause
The flag of freedom you raised to heights,
Upon you are resting our nation's sights
The spirit of freedom you carried in your hearts,
Now we harbour in our bosoms
None can stop us now from freedom,
We will attain it, even if we have to kiss matyrdom"

Courtesy: Tehreek-e-Azadi

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A letter to CM; from a Kashmiri farmer

Irtif Lone, a farmer from Kashmir has lot of grievances with the state government. He writes to the CM and pens down his emotions. A letter which will make you laugh and cry at the same time.

Mr. Chief Minister
You see, I don’t like winter. And I know you too would have no admiration for it, except when it snows and you go skiing. Let me tell you, I also like skiing but I never get a chance. I was planning to go this year, but you see it did not snow. People have been praying all over the valley for snow now, you know even Mirwaiz Omar was praying for snow yesterday at Jamia Masjid. He seemed quite worried about it. But they never show him skiing. Did you ever see him there? By the way, he is more interested in cricket. He is worried about Pakistan players not playing in IPL. Did you hear that? Yes, you must have. Why don’t you tell your father to do something about it? Anyways, tell me did you pray for snow? Or are you still praying to stick to your Chair! (I was joking; you see I have a good sense of humour.)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Kunan Poshpora event continues to haunt Kashmiris

Remembering the Kunan Poshpora Mass Rape February 23, 1991 
El Shaheed takes us through the testimonies of Young and old women of Kunan Pushpora Kashmir Gang rape victims
It was one dreaded night when the village of Kunan Pushpora was attacked by a unit from the Indian army camped about ten miles from the village. All the men of the village were rounded up and locked away in a room of an empty house. The soldiers carried bootles of alcohol in their hands and were drinking, swearing and shouting.They had been in the village before, looking for militants.
Victims of Kunan Poshpora event 
They turned the lights off and used torches to enter all the homes. When the carnage was over, around 60 women were found lying in their homes either unconsious or weeping in anguish and pain. They had been raped. The victims were old women as well as very young femal children who will now be facing problems for the rest of their lives, if they live this foray by the Indian army. Here we present the testimonies of some of the women who dared to come forward.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Speech delivered by Syed Ali Shah Geelani in LTG Auditorium, New Delhi

This is the text of the speech delivered by APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani at LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi on 21st of October, 2010.

I thank the organizers for organizing this historic and impressive gathering. It is not important that all the people over here should agree with the idea of azadi. However, we should love all humans and respect their feelings. Quran mentions that “we have created Human Beings as dignified.” We should not lose sight of this human bond in response to any provocation. 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tonight we are all Tunisians, Tomorrow we could be Kashmiris

"Tonight we are all Tunisians but tomorrow we could just as easily become Kashmiris", Yvonne Ridley comments

Over the last few days we have seen some of the bravest people facing down some of the worst.
Armed with nothing more than a revolutionary heart and hopes of a better future they gathered and protested as government forces aimed their weapons and fired live rounds in to the crowds. But the ammunition and the underlying threats of arrest and torture meant absolutely nothing to the masses – for they had simply lost their fear.
It was the final testament to the brutality of a dictator who has had the support of European leaders and various presidents of the United States.
And that the Tunisian President Zine El-Abedine Ben Ali fled from his country like a rat up a drainpipe after 23 brutal years spoke volumes about the character of the man himself.
If he had one ounce of the courage his own people displayed, he too would have stayed but most of these tyrants are gutless with the moral fibre of a dung beetle.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

In Afghanistan we have a lesson to learn

"The responsibility of change and revolution lies on the shoulders of the youth of Kashmir. It is time that they decide whether they want the status quo in the society or a complete transformation, that whether they want luxuries for themselves only or peace and harmony in the whole society, that whether they want the high profile living or a life worth living!" Mehdi Siddique comments

If there is any nation in the whole world which can be regarded as a glorious example of courage, bravery, self respect and dignity, it is Afghanistan. For it is the very nation over which Mughals tried to rule but they failed miserably, the significant efforts of Britishers were made to appear insignificant, millions of Ruble which the Soviet Union did invest accrued nothing, and now the American exercise is also not materializing. This is Afghanistan, where people share no bonds whatsoever with foreign oppressive regimes, their voice is by and large one, their hearts sing the common note and their feet move in the same direction.
Nonetheless whenever we hear the word ‘Afghanistan’ a strange fear grips us, we start imagining things like an atomic bomb exploding, rattles of machine gun and blood everywhere, but the reality is that in Afghanistan many nations have an example to follow, for they are the people who have held high the flag of self esteem, self worth and self possession throughout their history. A nation which sits on the negotiation table with honour and dignity and a nation which meets in the battlefield with strength and valour. A nation far more true and tall than we can comprehend.
Kashmiris must look upon Afghans as the source of inspiration. For this is the place very much similar to Afghanistan where every barbaric ruler and every tyrannical oppressor finds its stakes. From Umnatavati to Mongols to Azad Khan to Dogras, everyone has shown a keen interest in Kashmir. But the problem with Kashmiris is their conscious which is down deep in dreams. Even though the nefarious designs and notorious acts of the criminal rulers were well known, there was no major resistance to these rulers. And thus they successfully completed their terms. These rules came to end not because of the internal rebellion but because of the external strife. Thus one succeeded the other and the ‘poor’ Kashmiris with their mattress and pillows intact slept tight.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

O people of Egypt! Verily Allah (swt) is all aware of what you do

Allah (azza wa jal) has bestowed upon you a golden chance, a chance to establish the rule of Allah(swt) on the land of Allah (swt)

In Bukhari on the authority of Abu Musa the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم said: "Verily, Allah Most High gives rope to the oppressor so that when He seizes him, he does not get away." The he صلى الله عليه وسلم recited:
وَكَذَٰلِكَ أَخْذُ رَبِّكَ إِذَا أَخَذَ الْقُرَىٰ وَهِيَ ظَالِمَةٌ ۚ إِنَّ أَخْذَهُ أَلِيمٌ شَدِيدٌ
"Such is the iron grip of your Lord when He seizes the cities which do wrong. His grip is painful, violent."[Hud, 11:102]
Let the removal of Mubarak be a warning to all the tyrants and oppressors ruling the Muslim world today. Allah سبحانه وتعالى gave Mubarak a long life and allowed him to stay in power for 30 years accumulating masses of wealth. Yet Allah سبحانه وتعالى has power over all things and Mubarak will go down in history as a fallen dictator, whose people hated him and his name will become a synonym for oppression just as his predecessor Pharaoh (firawn) was.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kashmir: The Essence of the UNCIP Resolutions

When it comes to Kashmir or any other Muslim territory like Gaza etc. human rights, right to self determination and democratic principles become irrelevant. How hypocrite the west is. 
By: Dr Raja Muhammad Khan
There exist a misperception that Pakistan has not implemented the UNCIP resolutions of August 13, 1948 and January 5, 1949. Indeed, this is an allegation, taken as an excuse by Indian authorities for the non-implementation of these two famous resolutions as well as many others.  India indeed, knew that, implementations of these resolutions would expose her act of aggression on Kashmir on October 27, 1947, against whom; Kashmiri were fighting a war of their national liberation from India. The fact of the matter is that, as a result of UNSC Resolution number S.726 of April 21, 1948, United Nations constituted a   five-member commission in June 1948 and named it as the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP). Its first meeting was held in Geneva on June 15, 1948.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Americans and the west cannot deceive us again: Egyptian Intifada

A letter from Bangladesh
Let me begin by praising Allah سبحانه وتعالى, who has control over all the affairs.
The story of Tunis and subsequently Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan and the increasing domino effect in the ummah in the greater Arab world is unprecedented for decades. There are many who say that the people in Tunisia have shown and reinstalled a new hope and dignity in the masses across the Middle East to go on the street and protest, put pressure and then topple their regime. There are many who are saying that the fear factor amongst the general people has wiped out and now they are ready to take the matter in their own hands. However, most of us agree that the Middle East we have seen for the last 60 or 70 years has changed once and for all. Just months ago who could have imagined such a reality in the street of Tunis, Egypt, Yemen, and other parts of the middle east. Indeed it is the beginning of the end of tyrants and the servants of America and the western world insha'Allah.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Kashmir as envisioned by Jinnah

"Therefore, Kashmir was not an exception, once the demand of a separate homeland for the Muslims in sub-continent was being made. Kashmir was to become part of Pakistan, and the word ‘K’ in Pakistan is indeed for the state of ‘Kashmir’. As revealed through the available archives, Quaid-i-Azam, visited Kashmir at least four times..." Dr. Raja Muhammad Khan has his say
(courtesy: Opinion Maker)
The eminent British historian, H.V Hodson, while describing the personality of Quaid-i-Azam in his book, ‘The Great Divide’ said,
“Of all the personalities in the great drama of India’s rebirth to independence, Mohammad Ali Jinnah was at once was the most enigmatic and the most important —-it is barely conceivable —-that a new nation State of Pakistan would have been created, but for the personality and leadership of one man, Mr. Jinnah.” Indeed, Mr Jinnah, “was as great as a lawyer, once great as a Congressman, great as a leader of Muslims, great as a world politician and diplomat, and greatest of all as a man of action.” His sudden death, soon after Pakistan came into being, indeed, was a great loss to Pakistan, while the world lost a greatest statesman.

Pakistan-phobia and Indian Morality

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Brother Koshur Mazloom has shattered the peace of mind of millions of Indians with this write up. Go through it and sing in unison WAKE UP INDIANS.

Pakistanophobia is a habit, or I must say a disease which is taking a heavy toll on Indian mindset. Every day there are discussions on Indian TV channels and lenghty articles are written by Indian ‘intellectuals’ in newspapers about Pakistan. This every day dose of anti – Pakistan vitriol on national media has hyponotised Indian minds. Intellectuals like Parthasarthy, GC Singh and Swappan Dasgupta are always seen repeating their gospels of Pakistan bashing on the live Indian television shows. This everyday ‘Pakistan is evil’ brain wash on Indian media has made common Indians so arrogant that they are not ready to listen to any other argument other than the one which has been implanted into their brains.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Understanding Egyptian intifada

Whilst a number of things still remain unclear about the future of Egypt, there is some incorrect reporting that needs to be addressed.
Western Media, particularly the BBC, naturally represent the viewpoint of the journalists, which is the capitalist viewpoint. Far from merely reporting the facts of the events, they appear to have a predefined goal, then hunt for events and people to interview who will help them to achieve that goal. Either it is deliberate or just a plain inability to honestly evaluate their own thinking, hence they assume all others to view the world as they do.
The reporting of the events in Egypt has been no different. The demonstrating Egyptians have had so many words put into their mouths, all aiming to achieve personal objectives of those commenting, but none of them accurate. Little attempt has been made to understand Egyptians as they are, rather than as we would like them to be.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

'KHILAFAH' : The Ummah cries

"The issue is not to remove the individual tyrants like Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak, King Abdullah, Asif Ali Zardari or any of the other Muslim rulers while the very system that they govern remains alive and well. It is rather the man made systems that they govern; the very system that produces such tyrants. For the past 90 years, the Ummah has tasted the bitter fruits of nationalism, communism, democracy and dictatorship. Now it yearns for the sweetness of Islam."Hizb ut-Tahrir (America) comments on the  Egyptian intifada 
The world has witnessed an eruption of unparalled magnitude in the Muslim world over the past two weeks. Muslims the world over from Pakistan, to Tunisia, to Egypt, Yemen, Palestine, Jordan and even Albania have showed their utter mistrust and disapproval of the tyrant rulers imposed upon them. The demonstrators have shown great courage inspired by the Muslims of Tunisia. These demonstrations have erupted from the frustrated hearts of the Ummah and are a sincere display of the Islamic sentiment. Indeed, the videos from Cairo are riveting, with masses of Muslims flowing from the masajid after Friday prayer and overwhelming security forces. As a clear sign of the goodness of the Ummah, the world is witnessing the riot police allowing the Muslims to perform the Isha prayers in the streets; an indication that the very security forces that repress the Ummah are the same ones who will protect and defend it when its Islamic sentiment is evoked.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Do UN resolutions have no takers in Kashmir?

By: Er. Maqsood Ahmad Shahdad

This refers to a news item “UN resolutions have few takers in JK: interlocutors.” This is an eye opener for Kashmiris in general and the leaders of the present movement in particular. This statement is indicative of the mindset and the motive of the interlocutors and their sponsors: Government of India. They appear to be working strictly in accordance with the instructions of New Delhi by issuing a few favourable statements to cool down the tempers and subsequently pursue their agenda of diverting the people from supporting the movement. The only thing GoI has been serious and fast about was appointing two high powered committees for Jammu and Ladakh province to look into their grievances regarding development. They give an impression that as if more than 100 innocent and unarmed young Kashmiris had laid down their lives for the development of Ladakh and Jammu. The interlocutors are talking about improvement in Governance and Development and ensuring some basic rights to the people as if these are the issues for which Kashmiris have been fighting for the last 63 years. The irony is that every agency in India or Kashmir and the interlocutors and political parties are talking about measures to be taken to bring peace back to Kashmir and no one is talking about the political resolution of Kashmir issue. Some leaders or parties talk about the resolution within the parameters of the Indian constitution which is not what people want. They should know that even if peace returns to Kashmir for some time, it would be temporary and should not be construed anything else.  It is not known how the interlocutor’s arrived at the conclusion that people of Kashmir are not in favour of settlement of Kashmir problem in accordance with the UN Resolutions. If they want to ascertain truth, let them hold a referendum.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


By: Irfan Kashmiri

A pal of gloom and desolation is evident on the faces of people of IHK every year on the eve of India’s Republic or Independence Day. There is an unusual and manifold increase in the number of troops on such days. Police personnel gear-up for surprise frisking and checking of people and households across the Kashmir Valley in the name of so-called security ahead of India’s Republic Day, celebrated every year on26 Jan. Dozens of checkpoints are also erected in many areas of valley mostly in Srinagar wherein the pedestrians and the vehicles are being subjected to unnecessary thorough checks resulting in wastage of time of common man. This is what is expected of a brutal imperialist regime: terrorize and create a sense of fear among the innocent people so as to suppress every such voice which demands right to live as a free nation. How long will this bloodshed continue? Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and world over observe India's Republic Day as Black Day, to attract world attention to the urgent need of addressing the Kashmir dispute in accordance with Kashmiris' aspirations and UN plebiscite. Can we do it this year???
By: Kasheer Koshur
"I wish that people of india ask BJP (who are all time ranters of Atoot Ang) why they need to hoist indian flag in Territory of Kashmir..??
It clearly seems that they are themselves not sure of integral part theory..!! Thats why they need 50,000 indians in addition to 900,000 indian troops to hoist a flag..!!"

By: Mehdi Siddique
"Can a kashmiri forget the brutal death of nearly One lakh Kashmiris, the molestation of over nine thousand kashmiri women, the orphanage of over 100 thousand Kashmiri children and the tears of countless Kashmiri widows? If No, then the spirit of Azadi can never die. It is this spirit which encourages a common kashmiri to face bullets without any weapon, and it is this spirit which challenges the might of ‘mighty’ India and it is this spirit that will lead Kashmir to its Azadi. The ideology which bravely declares ‘Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris’ can’t be suppressed ‘by any means’. India has failed to integrate Kashmir from past 63 years with itself, and today when it is deemed to be the future ‘Superpower’, it is failing itself again."

From Jan.1989 to December.31 2010
Total Killings
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Women Widowed
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Paying Tributes

January 25, 1990: 26 civilians were shot dead in Handwara town of Kupwara district. The township was set on fire by BSF after the latter was panicked by a bang. Some of the slain persons including women were roasted alive. Freedom Writers pays tributes to all those innocent tender souls who have laid their lives for the cause of free Kashmir. GO INDIA GO BACK

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The rule of Deception: Avenging Kashmiris!

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"Kashmir's freedom struggle is essentially a war between a section of society who thinks it has the right to rule in what ever fashion it chooses over all other people and those who think that all are equal and righteousness is what differentiates between people." Mehdi Siddique has his say

No nation in the entire world, in the entire history has been enslaved by foreign forces for such a long period of time as Kashmir. It has been over one thousand years that this land of Kashmir is witnessing tyrant oppression, a rule of brutal regimes and barbaric rulers. Those having a good insight in Kashmir’s history would agree with me that this is the land where the ‘cruel as death’ Huns ruled in the early sixth century; brutal “Unmattavati ruled in eight century and administered torture by the use of arm splitting, by the throwing of daggers which plunged into the hollows between the breasts of naked women, he then ripped the abdomens of the pregnant women apart to see their foetuses” (Majid Siraj: Kashmir Desolation or Peace). Despotic Harisha ruled in the tenth century who would plunder the wealth of commoners and subject them to huge taxes. And then the ‘Paradise on earth’ also witnessed the loot and arson of the Ferocious Tartars in the twelfth century who took with them fifty thousand slaves, nevertheless they perished in a blizzard crossing the Devasar pass to Mongolia alongwith all wealth and slave people. And we also remember the Afghans who invaded in the eighteenth century and raped and killed like lunatics. Then the Sikh governors in the nineteenth century who treated the people in Kashmir as little better than cattle for we know that the population was reduced from 800,000 to less than 200,000 in their barbaric regime.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Gaw Kadal Massacre "I saw a dog eating a human arm"

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Courtesy:Bloodied Rivers of Kashmir

Jagmohan was appointed on January 19, 1990. That night, in response to the kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed and other militant attacks, Indian security forces conducted warrantless and thus illegal house-to-house searches in Srinagar, hunting for illegal weapons or other evidence of support to the militants. They dragged many people out of their beds into the bitter cold. Many Kashmiris complained that they were beaten and abused.Jagmohan maintains that he had nothing to do with the decision.
The next morning, as word of the searches and beatings began to spread, people began to pour out into the streets of Srinagar. From the mosques, loudspeakers urged Kashmiris to come out and fight for azaadi, or freedom. Thousands of Kashmiris gathered to protest the actions of the security forces.
The state government declared a curfew, but few if any Kashmiris observed it.It was early evening when one group of marchers reached the Gaw Kadal Bridge on Srinagar's JhelumRiver. They were shouting slogans and some were pelting the soldiers with stones. Troops from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) opened fire into the crowd. Eyewitnesses say the shooting was a brutal and excessive use of lethal force against demonstrators. Many demonstrators were shot from behind as they turned to run away.Kashmiri news photographer Meraj-ud-din described the scene:
"When I reached Gaw Kadal, all I could see were the dead. I saw bodies of children, bodies of women, bodies of men.... Later they brought the bodies to the police compound. I saw them again. There I cried. I shouted, screamed. 'Don't do this to the people.' That day I saw everything."
Human Rights Watch, in its 1991 report on the shootings, criticized the killings and concluded that the use of lethal force was not proportional to the threat.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sopore Bloodbath '93

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The Telegraph,8 January 1993

SENIOR Indian officials yesterday admitted that members of the paramilitary Border Security Force went on a 'shameful' rampage of killing in the mountainous north-west state of Kashmir on Wednesday.

The state governor, Girish Saxena, has ordered an inquiry into the security forces, who set fire to hundreds of shops and houses and allegedly massacred more than 55 Kashmiri civilians in revenge after separatists ambushed a military patrol. The incident is one of the worst atrocities by Indian paramilitary forces in their attempt over the past three years to crush an uprising by Muslim militants in Kashmir.
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