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8/23/08

Local news channels in Kashmir banned!

The Indian army today banned all private Kashmiri news channels from broadcasting in Kashmir. This simply underscores our argument that India has no notion of what true democracy and freedom of speech entails, and it simply cherry picks the freedoms Kashmiris can enjoy, while curtailing others which it feels could threaten their grip on the valley. It appears very soon the internet will be their next target.

18 comments:

  1. Give a thought --------We have been an emotional people –It is our history –if any body challenges us we get provoked and charged—and at the same time we are also most malleable people- we easily believe others. This lack of consistency is the real cause of our sufferings. I will not go in details of past but past mistakes teaches you about future.
    The present agitation and unity among people is to be sustained, it’s a long and tedious path .There is a famous saying of Ameer ul Momneen Hazrat Ali ibn Abutalib (RA) .
    Brave is he- who controls his anger! By shouting full throated slogans- we may give vent to our anger but we have to know-what we are saying?—The other people are also emotional –they will all unite against us irrespective of their political affiliations –because of their common religious and nationalistic beliefs –and this is their tender spot and it gives the pain. So common sense and reasoning says –we have to be cool and first ---ask for unification of the state of J&K as existed in 1947 because it is the whole area which is disputed.----the communication lines between different parts should be opened.
    Second--- though we are Muslims that is our identity but we are also Kashmiris - we have different ethnic groups –with a separate identities –we have to focus on that for all –and also that slogans of pan Islamism will be not swallowed by most of the world bodies – and will get no support even from Islamic block, already world media is flared with slogans of Ragda and Lashkar ayee.
    Third---When you are on a negotiating table --the principal of diplomacy says demand maximum –The leaders have already said -let Jummuites take two & half districts, then ladhakis- Kargilis –Gujjars and also others from other side like Gilgit etc will ask their share and than you are left with valley and then pundits will demand their share from it. Then you are left with nothing. So Hikmah says ask for everything.
    Fourth ----To keep movement alive –people have to carve for a living, you may sustain for few wks but not for a long time. So agitation should be chalked in such a away people should not feel the brunt –we are in such a time-- where demands of life have increased ,the education of students should not suffer—we have seen in the past –when people were left without jobs—for the sake of money they played against movement.
    Fifth –this is age of media –you can reach any body anywhere through it and will make your point of view. So use media in all its forms as much you can.
    It is a long and tedious but not impossible journey ----even a slight mistake will lead us to nowhere.
    This is my opinion.

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  2. This is indeed sad but the best way to counter this is to remain steadfast and let the people reach out to their respective areas by using mosques/market squares as means of communication.

    The other way is to let foreign channels know what India is doing in Kashmir. Trust me we are portrayed as the very bad guys to the Indian public by the biased Indian media and therefore we need to reach out to the International audiences and let them see for themselves what kind of a DEVIL INDIA is.

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  3. Give a thought --------We have been an emotional people –It is our history –if any body challenges us we get provoked and charged—and at the same time we are also most malleable people- we easily believe others. This lack of consistency is the real cause of our sufferings. I will not go in details of past but past mistakes teaches you about future.
    The present agitation and unity among people is to be sustained, it’s a long and tedious path .There is a famous saying of Ameer ul Momneen Hazrat Ali ibn Abutalib (RA) .
    Brave is he- who controls his anger! By shouting full throated slogans- we may give vent to our anger but we have to know-what we are saying?—The other people are also emotional –they will all unite against us irrespective of their political affiliations –because of their common religious and nationalistic beliefs –and this is their tender spot and it gives the pain. So common sense and reasoning says –we have to be cool and first ---ask for unification of the state of J&K as existed in 1947 because it is the whole area which is disputed.----the communication lines between different parts should be opened.
    Second--- though we are Muslims that is our identity but we are also Kashmiris - we have different ethnic groups –with a separate identities –we have to focus on that for all –and also that slogans of pan Islamism will be not swallowed by most of the world bodies – and will get no support even from Islamic block, already world media is flared with slogans of Ragda and Lashkar ayee.
    Third---When you are on a negotiating table --the principal of diplomacy says demand maximum –The leaders have already said -let Jummuites take two & half districts, then ladhakis- Kargilis –Gujjars and also others from other side like Gilgit etc will ask their share and than you are left with valley and then pundits will demand their share from it. Then you are left with nothing. So Hikmah says ask for everything.
    Fourth ----To keep movement alive –people have to carve for a living, you may sustain for few wks but not for a long time. So agitation should be chalked in such a away people should not feel the brunt –we are in such a time-- where demands of life have increased ,the education of students should not suffer—we have seen in the past –when people were left without jobs—for the sake of money they played against movement.
    Fifth –this is age of media –you can reach any body anywhere through it and will make your point of view. So use media in all its forms as much you can.
    It is a long and tedious but not impossible journey ----even a slight mistake will lead us to nowhere.
    This is my opinion.

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  4. Power brokers of India should know that --There is saying when a stag sees a tiger ,he closes his eyes thinking I did not see him---similarly you are closing your eyes to reality—It is not older generation in Kashmir who will believe you-- It is now age of media and younger generation are aware of the reality about you. They cannot be trapped in false claims.
    By clamping curfew you have exposed yourself that there is bias and hatred in you for Muslims of Kashmir. Millions worth of govt and private property was destroyed in Jammu, hundreds of Muslims were attacked and hundreds more migrated- main road was blocked by them yet they got certificate of being nationalist . In Kashmir not a single stone was thrown on any Govt building, no member of minority was touched yet peaceful protesters were fired upon and scores were killed.
    In Jammu there was massive defying of curfew here even media people were thrashed with valid curfew passes. You have exposed your self. We ask those so called Kashmir leaders who are still saying ATUT ATUT ,---Is there anything more for you to say?
    The propagators of Autonomy, healing touch and Khushaal Kashmir should understand that time has passed for them and they cannot fool people further.
    This is time for people of Kashmir to stand against tyranny, falsehood and oppression.
    Don’t let yourself to drown in pointless, hopeless and fruitless discussions.
    The first motive should be to force oppressor agree for our rights .As per our religion and international law EVERYBODY IS BORN WITH A FREE WILL. We cannot be forced to share poverty ,ignorance, hatred, jealousy ,bias, superstitious ,false democracy and pseudo secularism with a people who have hatred against us.

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  5. Power brokers of India should know that --There is saying when a stag sees a tiger ,he closes his eyes thinking I did not see him---similarly you are closing your eyes to reality—It is not older generation in Kashmir who will believe you-- It is now age of media and younger generation are aware of the reality about you. They cannot be trapped in false claims.
    By clamping curfew you have exposed yourself that there is bias and hatred in you for Muslims of Kashmir. Millions worth of govt and private property was destroyed in Jammu, hundreds of Muslims were attacked and hundreds more migrated- main road was blocked by them yet they got certificate of being nationalist . In Kashmir not a single stone was thrown on any Govt building, no member of minority was touched yet peaceful protesters were fired upon and scores were killed.
    In Jammu there was massive defying of curfew here even media people were thrashed with valid curfew passes. You have exposed your self. We ask those so called Kashmir leaders who are still saying ATUT ATUT ,---Is there anything more for you to say?
    The propagators of Autonomy, healing touch and Khushaal Kashmir should understand that time has passed for them and they cannot fool people further.
    This is time for people of Kashmir to stand against tyranny, falsehood and oppression.
    Don’t let yourself to drown in pointless, hopeless and fruitless discussions.
    The first motive should be to force oppressor agree for our rights .As per our religion and international law EVERYBODY IS BORN WITH A FREE WILL. We cannot be forced to share poverty ,ignorance, hatred, jealousy ,bias, superstitious ,false democracy and pseudo secularism with a people who have hatred against us.

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  6. This is something the Indians would have favoured so that they could preserve their so called largest Democracy notion

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  7. lets stage a massive hunger strike...let thousands sit in Lal Chowk and not budge till Hurriyat leaders are released and ban on local channels is lifted.....this is the only way to counter the inhumane Indian forces and government.

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  8. By the way who are Kashmiri Muslims, Once upon a time Pandits who due to fear and force got converted to Islam. So thats the actual identity. If you know the history of Kashmir, the name itself is from Sage Kashyap. I hope you(converted Kashmiris) dont know the actual history. If you feel that only force and violence can be used as tools to impart Islam , please think about others too.
    How ever India has lost its great territory(Iran,Afghanistan,Pakistan) due to Islam , now no Indian likes to loose Kashmir on basis of religion.

    So my dear friends please know your roots and then act...

    Its a known fact, that a person who has forgotten his roots can never be trusted...

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  9. Mr Harshuk Those days are gone -when people used to believe in myths,demons and hearsay.Time has changed -Dont make youself a fool.A forced beief will not long last.Kashmirs had become muslims of their own free will.

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  10. aaye aaye azadi islam wali azadi

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  11. Banning Media is the worst thing that a person like me would expect. Shame, Shoud not have happened , This is 21st century and you got to respect all schools of thought , Imposing curfew or banning channels will not help in cooling tempers , This will agrivate the problems and i wouldnt be surprised to see more blood shed and killings.

    God Bless Kashmir .

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  12. Yet again Indian democracy and its farce of secularism is fully exposed when it gagged the voice of Kashmiri based media and in one day turned the already saturated valley of Kashmir with additional occupational troops changing the city of Srinagar into a garrison.Metal teen fencing of the roads leading towards Lal chowk only to prevent people to move towards Lal chowk for an unarmed march.The same Lal chowk where the first Prime Minister of India Nehru promised Kashmir a plebiscite under the United nations.Kashmiris wanted to remind the world the same promise which India has forgotten and world community has kept it un implemented.In a democracy if people stage protest non violent un armed is never attacked by troops with combat teargas shells, direct target killings of protestors.India as we all have seen again and again and again never considered Kashmiris its own citizens.In any true democracy if its people protest they are stopped with water cannons but India prefers Bullets to kill and silent the voice of oppressed Kashmiris who have been always shot by these occupational forces.
    In Jammu were majority of people are Hindus now after massacring 300.000 Muslim women children men old and young in 1947 by Occupational army.whoose demography has been changed for ever. India has now started to do the same with the Kashmir.Kashmiris are proud Muslims and will never let the Indian nefarious ambitions to succeeed.India is using a policy of good cop and bad cop. It allows fanatic Hindus to implement blockade of Kashmir by attacking any goods carrying vehicle going to Kashmir.They throw petrol bombs on such trucks.Beat to pulp the Muslim drivers, Hit them with Iron rods to kill them. Driver Lateef ahmed is an example of it.When Kashmiris stage un armed protest its occupation forces spray bullets on un armed people. Every one here can conclude what kind of Democracy is it.In Jammu Fanatic Hindus armed with swords iron roda three edged spears(Trishul)attack Muslim Gujjar Houses,Burn them.Police and army is a mute spectator. But in Kashmir even un armed protestors are fired upon why? Because Kashmiris want economic blockade to be lifted,Our babies are without milk, diabetic and hypertensive patients are without medicine. Insulin stock is ending. Dopamine a life saving drug for hospital use is not available .All this is of a well planned plan of India to slowly clean the ethnic Kashmiri Muslims so that it can settle its Hindu's in Kashmir as it did it in Jammu by giving houses of Muslims who were massacred in 1947.

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  13. JUMMU AND KASHMIR --SEE THE DIFERENCE
    This is Jammu
    The state administration re-imposed curfew in entire Kathua town following fresh incidents of violence and stone pelting in which at least 15 people including half a dozen policemen were injured. However, curfew continued in border Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir for the third consecutive day.
    Informed sources told that over 40 persons including a senior police official and several cops were injured in fresh violence in Jammu region. The protestors also set on fire a police vehicle at Jammu-Akhnoor road while the ding-dong battle was reported in Purani Mandi, Canal road and Digiana areas. Two media persons were also injured in the separate clashes between police and protestors.
    Sources maintained that authorities re-imposed curfew in the Kathua town after violent protests and clashes between police and protestors, adding that thousands of people came on roads and marched towards police control room.
    Reports from Kathua said that the protestors including women also attempted to block Jammu-Pathankot National Highway. “On being stopped by the police, they pelted stones and empty bottles on police personnel. Police resorted to cane charge and teargas shells to disperse the mob resulting in injuries to over dozen persons including some police cops,” maintained sources.

    “The protesters also burnt tyres and held demonstrations at all small and big towns of the district this morning”, sources told NAK, adding a procession of thousands of people including women tried to march towards National Highway but police and CRPF stopped them by resorting to teargas shells and cane charge.
    People clashed with the police for about one hour and ding dong battles continued for about one hour. At least dozen people including three women were injured forcing administration to impose indefinite curfew.

    Reports from Digiana said that people in hundreds blocked the Jammu-Pathankot road and shouted slogans like ‘Bham Bham Bhole’, ‘N N Vohra Hai Hai’ etc. “The trouble started when police allegedly ‘misbehaved’ with the women who were protesting on highway. The protestors pelted stones on police vehicles triggering clashes between security forces and public,” maintained sources.
    Meanwhile, over ten persons including a senior police officer also injured in fresh clashes between the protesters and the security forces in Digiana area. The Commandant of 8th Battalion of Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police and two protesters were seriously wounded in the clash at Digiana.
    The protestors also ransacked the police post Digiana while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and police personnel burst teargas shells and resorted to cane charge to disperse the protestors. About ten persons sustained injuries in the clash and the ding-dong battle was going on till last reports came in.
    “All roads heading towards city were blocked and no traffic movement was seen on the roads” sources told NAK, adding several vehicles including five scoters and bikes were also damaged by the protesters.
    In Satwari protesters assembled on roads forcing restrictions on police vehicles and pelted stones on them. Police resorted to lathi-charge and burst teargas shells to disperse the mob. “In Nai Basti area, RAF and police personnel threw teargas shells inside the houses of people causing several problems for residents particularly children. They burst teargas shells without any provocation and it seems that security personnel got frustrated when their vehicles were stopped by protestors at several places,” informed sources.
    Sources further informed that the protestors also set on fire a police vehicle bearing registration number JKOJ-6870 at Jammu-Akhnoor and pelted stones on police personnel. A fierce clash took place between protestors and police at Canal in which half a dozen people got injuries.
    Police-public clashes were also reported from other areas of the city where protesters pelted stones on police. About ten people including 5 five police personnel have reportedly received stone injuries.
    To brought situation under control at Digiana Jammu more than 25 security personnel were injured. These included seventeen personnel of Rapid Action Force who received serious injuries while preventing the mob from blocking the National Highway (NH). However, security personnel after tiff resistance from protesters succeeded to disperse them and made through the NH. About a dozen protesters were also injured.


    This is Kashmir


    Srinagar, Aug 25): Six persons including two women died and about hundreds others wounded, forty of them seriously in fresh violence across Kashmir valley, while separatist leaders including Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Sayed Ali Shah Gillani have been arrested.
    Reports from north Kashmir said that people in hundreds defied curfew and tried to march towards Srinagar following the Lal chowk chalo call given by separatist leaders this morning.
    At Hajan people defied curfew and held peaceful protest demonstrations when CRPF resort to cane charging and also fire some tear gas shells to disperse the mob. They (CRPF Jawans) open fire which resulted in injuries to about forty persons.
    One Mohd Shafi Dar son of Showkat Ahmad Khandy died on way to Hospital and another injured Naseema wife of Mohd Ashraf of Hajan who was shifted to Srinagar was declared as brought dead as he succumbed to his bullet injuries.
    In the evening people protested and refused to burry the bodies demanding action against the CRPF Jawans responsible for killings. CRPF Jawans forced them to vacate the road which they blocked following the killing of two persons including a woman. Jawans of CRPF opened unprovoked firing and leave another wounding about three persons.
    A B.Sc second year student Shahid Ahmad Phaloo son of Ali Mohd succumbed to bullet injuries on way to hospital.
    One CRPF jawan who was injured has also reportedly got killed during the clashes, however there was not official confirmation of his death.
    People held protest demonstration at various places including Sopore, Baramulla Kupwara, Handwara, Bandipora, areas of north Kashmir where 60 persons were reported to have been injured.
    Sources told News Agency of Kashmir that tension erupted in Chuti Pora area of Handwara after CRPF and police thrashed an old man who was reportedly going for offering prayers. The villagers in anger throng on roads and held protest demonstration demanding action against the erring STF personnel responsible for thrashing the old man.
    People clashed with security forces for about one hour and police lobbed shells on them and also open fire which resulted in death of a woman and injury to another. She has been identified as Famida wife of Fayaz Ahmad Sheikh resident of Chotipora Handwara. People refuses to burry the lady demanding action against security personnel responsible for killing. His brother-in-law who is a bank manager is battling between life and death.
    At least forty two persons were reported to have been injured in other villages. In Kralgund about eighteen persons were injured after they defied curfew while in Handwara ten persons were injured in police action.
    Reports said that in Kulangam four persons were injured and in Rajwara area 12 persons including five from one family when security forces allegedly storm the village without any provocation and beat the inhabitants. The injured include two women also who have been identified as Halima and Zeenat wife and daughter of Abdul Quyoom Khan.
    At Narbal Crossing people defied the curfew restrictions staged protest demonstrations and resort to stone pelting. Police open fire injuring two persons critically who were shifted to SKIMS. One person died on way to Hospital while another was battling for life in SKIMS.
    In Pulwama district of South Kashmir CRPF opened fire on protesters who defied curfew leaving 11 persons critically injured, one Basit Ahmad later died on way to hospital. The condition of others was stated to be critical and have been shifted to SKIMS.
    In other parts of south kashmir including Shopian, Tral, Awantipora, Barsoo, Bijbehara, Batangoo, Khanabal, Qazigund, Kulgam and other towns people tried to defy curfew and held protest demonstrations.
    Reports from other areas of district Anantnag including Doru Shahabad,Verinag,Kapran,Kokernag,Phalgam and other areas of Kulgam protest demonstrations were reported. However no untoward incident was reported from these areas baring some few clashes.
    However in Srinagar city which is under complete seize, no protests were reported so far.
    Meanwhile security forces arrested JKLF Chief Yasin Malik who tried to defy curfew in Lal Chowk area of the city, while Shakeel Bakshi was arrested from Batmaloo area.
    Senior Hurriyat leaders including Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, Sayeed Ali Shah Gillani were arrested and have reportedly been taken to un-disclosed destination.
    Freedom to media ……………?
    For the first time in the history of last nineteen years of turmoil media in Srinagar was restricted from performing their professional duties.
    “It is strange that media persons who covered all the encounters and other official functions during the last nineteen years at cost of their lives are being stopped today”, a senior journalist associated with a leading News Paper told that even curfew passes issued by the administration are not being honored.
    Another journalist said that despite repeated assurances from the government no respite was felt by the media persons and were beaten as they were pick picketers. “If India’s Democracy is this then it is very unfortunate” he said adding no news paper was published in the valley on first day thousands of N. Papers could not be distributed. Not only this people were not allowed to perform their religious duties and most of the Masjids were found locked and even ‘AZAN’ (call for offering Nemaz) was allowed from these Masjids. Most of the Cameramen were not allowed to cover the incidents; however few national channels could cover some shots which were continuously coming on the TV screens.
    India’s Censorship and violence against press in Kashmir
    Reporters without Borders call on the Indian authorities to put an immediate stop to the censorship and violence against the media in Kashmir that has been prompted by a wave of protests against ‘Indian rule’. At least 13 journalists were beaten by police yesterday in Srinagar, local TV stations are being censored and a curfew is making it hard for newspapers to bring out their issues.
    "This latest crisis in Indian Kashmir must not be used as a pretext for subjecting the press to more violence and obstruction," Reporters without Borders said. "Journalists must have all the guarantees they need, including permanent passes, to be able to work freely despite the curfew. We also call on the police authorities to investigate the violence by certain elements that have led to injuries in the ranks of the press. If no sanctions are adopted, the door will be left open for more abuses. Finally, we call for an end to the censorship of local TV stations, which is a clear violation of the right of Kashmiris to be informed."

    At least 13 journalists were beaten by members of the Central Reserve Police Force in Srinagar as they tried to get to their offices yesterday despite the curfew introduced earlier in the day. The journalists had passes issued on 11 August but the police members said they were no long valid.
    The injured journalists included Bilal Bhat, the Sahara Samay TV station's bureau chief in Srinagar, who had several ribs broken, and his cameraman, Muzaffar. Ajaz Ahmad of News X, Jehangir Aziz of ETV's Urdu service and Amin War of The Tribune newspaper were also injured.
    The curfew prevented the publication of regional newspapers today, including the daily Greater Kashmir, which posted this message on its website: "Due to unavoidable circumstances, the print edition of Greater Kashmir will not be on the stands on 25 August. We regret the inconvenience to our readers. This was the first time in the past decade that GK staffers could not reach the office due to restrictions."

    An Indian newspaper's correspondent in Srinagar told Reporters without Borders: "I had to go through 20 checkpoints to get to my office and each time I was subjected to the same humiliation and the same questions about my work as a journalist."

    The authorities yesterday asked local TV stations not to broadcast reports liable to "excite" the population until further order. TV executives and editors were summoned and told it would be preferable if they suspended news programmes and just broadcast entertainment. The government claimed that reports broadcast by certain stations violated the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act 1995.

    It was on the basis of this law that a Srinagar judge yesterday finally ordered the TV stations to suppress their news programmes and just carry entertainment.

    Groups of journalists responded by staging street demonstrations against the violence and censorship. "Let the press work" said the placard brandished by one Srinagar reporter.
    Indian troops patrolling the streets of Srinagar and other cities in the region today used megaphones to call on the population to stay at home. Demonstrations planned by Kashmiri political parties have been banned. Several demonstrators were shot dead for violating the curfew.

    NOW MAKE THE JUDGEMENT

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  14. mr. hrashuk ,it pains me when i have to say anything thats gonna hurt you. but let me tell you even now, when the your community talks about abolition of castes and equal rights in society ,your views certainly suggest that you don't judge the person by his deeds but by his roots and all.if you have any sense for humanity for gods sake stop thinking in terms of india and pakistan. try to analyze the situation as a human . and then think about the people in kashmir not as kashmiris but as humans . this is the only way that you can see the truth.

    And regarding your claim that the kashmiris were forced to accept islam , even if it would have been true , i swear by god that i would have thanked god for that.

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  15. Dear kashur
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    Waleed


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  16. W/A brother Waleed.
    I added it long time back under title "propaganda against kashmir countered"

    eltemase dua

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