Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been detained outside his residence by Indian police

Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been detained outside his residence by Indian police

ONCE again, Kashmir is on the boil. In spite of leadership being gagged, caged and confined, the so-called “peace” in the valley has been shattered. So far 30 youngsters, most of them teenagers, have been killed in cold blood, hundreds are wounded, many of them critically by the Indian armed forces in Kashmir. Men, women and children have been beaten up mercilessly on the streets and in their homes across Kashmir. All this has been done to “contain” the angry population of the valley, mourning and enraged at the killing of Burhan Muzaffar Wani and his two associates.

Burhan, a 22-year-old Kashmiri militant commander, represents the fifth generation of Kashmiris since 1931 who are fighting for their basic human right — the right to determine their political will.

Eighty-five years ago on this day Kashmiris rose in rebellion against an oppressive occupation and 24 Kashmiris were killed in firing by the forces of the Dogra autocratic ruler.

Since then, it has been a painful saga of subjugation, oppression, misery by the people of Jammu and Kashmir. But it has also been a glorious reflection of their courage, fortitude, resistance, resilience and repeated resurgence in the face of oppression. It has been the triumph of the indomitable human spirit of people here to seek freedom and the right to determine their political and everyday fate.

How ironical is it that on a day when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in South Africa boarded the same train in which Gandhiji had once journeyed and was moved and inspired to fight for India’s freedom his regime mowed down scores of young civilian protesters with their guns in Kashmir. These civilians were demanding the same right to freedom that Gandhiji had felt in the racism and oppression of that train.

Aren’t these double standards practised, we ask, by the world’s largest democracy that it sought freedom from the British when it was a subjugated land and people itself and now it not only denies us that very freedom in Kashmir but even refuses to acknowledge our yearning for independence because it is the subjugator this time.

I here want to directly address the people of India. For the sake of humanity, justice, peace and progress in the region, people of India need to know and understand the truth of Kashmir and play their role to end our subjugation.

The aggressive posturing and approach of the Indian government with regard to Kashmiri people and its disputed nature has greatly led to the deteriorating situation here and can lead to catastrophic consequences for the whole region. The propaganda that they are constantly promoting through certain print and electronic media is that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, that it is like any other state of India and that the people of Kashmir consider themselves Indian, and there are a few fringe elements creating “trouble” at the behest of a neighbouring country. It is a lie. They substantiate this argument by saying that a certain percentage of people participate in electoral process by voting and exercising their choice.

While it is a fact that certain percentage does vote to elect a governing body, it is only for the administrative purposes and for basic infrastructural facilities and amenities. It has no bearing on the disputed nature of the place and this is where the distinction needs to be made and understood. Even the pro-India parties here don’t dispute this truth.

I want to remind the people of India that we have tried our level best to resolve this dispute with the Indian state through dialogue. And recent history is testament that New Delhi and not we thwarted such efforts.

We were always and shall always remain ready to come to the table if your government is seriously willing to talk resolution based on the principles of justice and not surrender. There isn’t anybody more interested and willing than Kashmiris to permanently end this conflict and live in peace.

The Indian state’s definition of peace in Kashmir isn’t acceptable to us. It is surrender. The current regime’s agenda has transcended the programmes to maintain and ensure status quo as a solution. Instead of listening to our genuine political demands, their only response is to use military force to kill us. They want to change our demography and are turning this political issue into a question of our very existence as people.

The state of J&K as it existed on 14th of August 1947 is a disputed territory, recognised by the UN, India and Pakistan, which are the other two parties to the dispute. The main stakeholders, however, are the people of this land, who have as yet not been granted their right to determine their political will. It is for the achievement of this basic right that the struggle and suffering continues since 1931. It is for this right that over 100,000 Kashmiris have laid down their lives. The baton of freedom has passed on to our fifth generation. For us, it is a moment of great pride and great pain as we witness our next generation joining the journey of freedom and sacrificing their lives. Which nation wouldn’t?

I want to ask those, who call these young idealists “terrorists” that in which terrorist’s funeral will you witness hundreds and thousands of men, women and children participating that too defying restrictions, risking their lives and ready to face bullets.

I want to ask what you say to the sentiment that makes our youth so daring that they pelt stones when they know that they will be retaliated with bullets and be killed and yet they fight on again and again.

I ask the people of India to wake up to the reality of Kashmir and understand that the issue needs to be resolved. The longing for freedom in Kashmir will not die its own death, as some would want Indian people to believe. History of freedom struggles the world over bears witness to it.

source/credit: Dawn

Shia group announces Rs 15 lakh bounty on preacher Zakir Naik’s head

India: Shia group announces Rs 15 lakh bounty on preacher Zakir Naik’s head

A Shia group that calls itself the Hussaini Tigers has placed a Rs 15-lakh bounty on the head of controversial TV evangelist Zakir Naik.

“He (Naik) is a ‘khalnayak’ (villain). He has insulted the Prophet of Islam and whosoever kills him would be rewarded not only in life [and beyond]…but would also get cash reward from us,” Syed Kalbe Hussain Naqvi, the president of the outfit, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Naqvi is son of senior vice-president of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board and prominent cleric Syed Kalbe Sadiq.

“Naik is a ‘kafir’ (heathen). He has insulted the Prophet and radical clerics are defending him saying he has no connection with the terrorists,” Naqvi said.

The bounty announced by the Shia leader amounts to criminal intimidation, an offence under Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code that carries a maximum seven-year jail term. Though several political and religious leaders have made similar statements in the past, few were penalised under the law.

“We have not come across such a statement or death threat as yet. But a person issuing such a threat would be booked for spreading hatred and disturbing communal harmony,” deputy inspector general of police (Lucknow range) RKS Rathore told HT.

Naik, a doctor-turned-preacher, has long been on the radar of security agencies for his controversial statements, including his support for Osama bin Laden for terrorising the US. But he has come under renewed focus after Bangladesh authorities linked him to the July 1 terror strike on a Dhaka cafe that left 20 people dead, including a 19-year-old Indian girl.

The Mumbai-based cleric has denied the allegation, saying in a video message that while one of the attackers may have been his fan, he has thousands of such followers in Bangladesh.

Naik has come under attack from various quarters for his contentious comments.

Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s minority cell burnt his effigies on Tuesday. “Naik is misguiding youths and misinterpreting Islam and its tenets. The centre should immediately put him behind bars and order a probe as to where his organisation is getting the funds from,” said Shafat Hussain, a member of the BJP’s minority cell.

“Naik has repeatedly insulted Hindu deities and should be taken to task,” said Shamil Shamsi, president, Muslim Vyapar Sangh.

But Naik also has a legion of fans. Last year, the Saudi king conferred on him the King Faisal International Prize — a $200,000 prize, gold medal and citation — for being a promoter of Islam. Naik’s son, Fariq, is studying in Saudi Arabia and also gives speeches about Islam.

source/credit:  The Hindustan Times

Pakistan vs England

Pakistan vs England Test series will Starts today at 3:00 PM. First Test will be played at the “Home Of Cricket” Lords Cricket Ground. A huge crowd is expected for today’s test and focus of spectators will be on left Arm Pacer “Muhammad Amir“.
Live Streaming of All matches will be available iRabwah.com

The Schedule for the ongoing tour is as below
Test 1 of 4
Today, 3:00 PM :- Lord’s
Test 2 of 4
Friday, 22 July, 3:00 PM :- Old Trafford
Test 3 of 4
Wednesday, 3 August, 3:00 PM :- Edgbaston
Test 4 of 4
Thursday, 11 August, 3:00 PM :- The Oval
ODI 1 of 5
Wednesday, 24 August, 6:00 PM :- Rose Bowl Cricket Ground
ODI 2 of 5
Saturday, 27 August, 2:30 PM :- Lord’s
ODI 3 of 5
Tuesday, 30 August, 6:00 PM :- Trent Bridge
ODI 4 of 5
Thursday, 1 September, 6:00 PM :- Headingley Carnegie
ODI 5 of 5
Sunday, 4 September, 2:30 PM :- Sophia Gardens
T20 1 of 1
Wednesday, 7 September, 10:30 PM :- Old Trafford

load shedding in ‘Darul Rehmat’ for more than 30 hours

load shedding  in ‘Darul Rehmat’ for more than 30 hours

Due to the Damage of the transformer in Muhallah Darul Rehmat wasti “Rabwah”. There has been no light for more than 30 hours.According to resources, the transformer is not in working condition from yesterday 3pm and due to this even Drinking water is not available now for the residents of Muhallah Darul Rehmat wasti.

children’s, young ones and even old men have been spending most of their time outside their homes.After a lot of effort and complaints from the local residents, wapda employees came in at night time at 10 pm but all the effort went in vain and they were not able to repair the transformer.
The Local residents requested the related officials to Sort this issue