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Second OHCHR Report on Jammu & Kashmir perseverates with the same flaws as the first

In its recently published commentary, 'Second OHCHR Report on Jammu & Kashmir' perseverates with the same flaws as the first, the European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) comments on a report titled ?Update of the Situation of Human Rights in Indian-Administered Kashmir and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir from May 2018 to April 2019?, released on 8 July by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). EFSAS describes how this report, the OHCHR's second on Jammu & Kashmir after its specious and tendentious maiden effort last year, makes no attempt to address or rectify the various and momentous shortcomings that were obtrusive in the first report. This second report, rather, uses the same faulty methodology and analysis to arrive at similar conclusions that are grossly incorrect, at best, and heavily motivated and biased, at worst. That means that the update comes across as even more trite and shorn of merit than the first report, whose credentials were highly dubious and suspect to begin with. Furthermore, the terminology used in the update is as inappropriate and mischievous as that used in the first report. Legally and historically, the issue that the two OHCHR reports in question seek to deal with pertains to the undivided State of Jammu & Kashmir, and not Kashmir, as repeatedly mentioned in the reports. Perhaps the most disquieting aspect of the update is its seeming willingness, even eagerness, to not just downplay the widely acknowledged primacy of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in the Jammu & Kashmir narrative, but to actually condone and even justify the phenomenon. The update attributes disproportionately little blame to the terrorist outfits and refuses to recognize that any human right violation by security forces in Indian Administered Jammu & Kashmir is a direct consequence of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism that has been unleashed there. In addition, EFSAS deliberates how there is no mention in the recommendations for Pakistan in the update of the need for it to stop sponsoring cross-border terrorism, which is the root cause of all human rights issues in Jammu & Kashmir. Quite obviously, the OHCHR either does not consider sponsorship of terrorism and the consequent bloodshed to be related to human rights, or views it as being inconsequential. EFSAS concludes its commentary that the lacunae in the OHCHR update is not meant to detract in any way from the imperative of ensuring the human rights of the entire population of Jammu & Kashmir across both sides of the Line of Control. However, any move by the OHCHR in this direction must necessarily be unbiased, serious and well thought out, which the two reports released so far have certainly not been. The lack of seriousness and thought is evident from the fact that while the first report came across as being aimed at glorifying a slain terrorist, Burhan Wani, with his death constituting the starting point of that report, the update was issued to coincide, whether by design or by oversight, with the third death anniversary of Burhan Wani on 8 July. It is not without reason that the anti-terror intent and conviction of the OHCHR has been questioned in the preceding paragraphs. An august institution such as the OHCHR ought to be able to anticipate the impact that its actions would have going forward. In the case of its two reports on Jammu & Kashmir, coming generations of gullible youth would be lured into terrorism by seasoned, blood-thirsty radicals by quoting the example of Burhan Wani. The youth would be told that the path of terror chosen by Wani had made him so powerful, so important, that the highest body on Earth, the UN, had been compelled to come out with two reports acknowledging his contribution. Will the OHCHR be happy to live with terrorists being recruited on account of its carelessness and lack of foresight? European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), Rijnsburgstraat 54 BG, 1059 AX Amsterdam, The Netherlands, T: +31 (0) 20 7373401 Email:

Pakistan Silent on Denial of Religious Rights of Muslims in China

Now Islamic republic of Pakistan is very much silent over Chinese ban for muslims on Ramadan fasting. Those Pakistan and China fanboys in Kashmir who always claiming that muslims are denied their religious rights in India are also completely silent. Why, because we know Pakistan is taking alms from China so it wont say anything over religious oppression in China and If Pakistan is silent thn how can its fans will speak here. I think those who favour China in Kashmir should open their eyes. What kind of future you hope with Pakistan where they dont have lot of people of other religion so they keep bombing other sects within muslims and dont have guts to say anything to china over religious oppression. Yesterday a bomb blast in Sufi shrine at Lahore left dozen of people dead and injured and its not only incident of this kind. I am with my country (India) And you, Regards, Tariq Bhat (shared on whatsapp)
Article in world media:
China Bans Muslims From Fasting During Ramadan 11th May 2019 Asia News Network
Beijing: Several Muslim organizations and human rights groups have requested American Muslims not to buy China-manufactured goods. Hena Zuberi, the director of Justice for All, a nonprofit that assisted to kickstart the Fast From China campaign, said that contrary to popular perception, it is possible to boycott Chinese made goods and compared the stop buying campaign to abstinence from food during the Ramadan period. Devout Muslims do not touch food and drink the whole day for about a month. She equated the boycott of Chinese goods with fasting and described the time where Muslims should control themselves. China has banned its Muslim citizens from fasting.
For the last three years, Beijing has compelled Uighur Muslim minority members living in Xinjiang province to not do any fast along with other religious rituals marking one of the holiest months in Islam. As per reports from Xinjiang province, authorities have forbidden restaurants from shutting shop in May and has banned workers, women, and students from fasting and praying. Government officials frequently invite people to ply them with drinks and food. The people not attending the event are seen as suspicious ones, and their movements tracked. As per Zuberi, Xinjiang Muslims think Muslims in other parts of the world has forgotten them.
The 'Fast From China' initiative was launched on April 19 by Sound Vision Foundation. It is a part of the organization's Save Uighur project. The initiative wants to Muslims to reconsider their daily purchasing decisions. It wants to substitute products having the 'Made in China' label with products manufactured in other countries. According to Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, it is vital for Americans to understand that although the open market benefits them, some products do not corroborate to the opening of the mind towards human rights and freedom of religion. The process of law is also hampered. He went on to claim that Ramadan is a time when individuals enjoy a higher consciousness level and connect to the Almighty. Being hungry, he pointed out, reminds the keeper of the fast to link with humanity.
Al-Furqaan Foundation, a non-profit with its headquarters in Chicago, and one of the biggest publishers in the Western world when it came to the Quran, made a public announcement to stop using any Chinese company to print its products.

Instead of banning civil traffic on highway, govt should ban pellet guns, PSA, AFSPA in Kashmir; Dy Mayor

Srinagar, 10 April: Deputy Mayor Srinagar Sheikh Mohammad Imran on Wednesday said instead of banning the civil traffic on the highway, government should ban pellet guns, PSA, AFSPA and other black laws in the Kashmir. Imran said instead of banning of these things they should ban the use of pellet guns, AFSPA, PSA and other such black laws in the state. 'Highways have never been banned for civil traffic, it is Hitler's policy and these things should be reviewed again,' he said. He said that Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) should be renamed as Ban Janta Party because they are banning everything in the country. They have banned beef, Triple talaq, Jamaat-I-Islami, Peace Tv, Zakir Naik and other things in the state which is the clear human rights violation. 'Kashmiris will never bow down by such tactics and government of India has to accept the ground reality,' he said. Apart from these black laws also, the government should ban Tik tok, PUB-G, and other such mobile applications that are raising concerns about mental health, Imran said.

Inam pained by plight of Shehar e Khass people

Srinagar, April 2 : Socio political activist Inam Un Nabi during his visit to Eidgah areas met scores of Heads of Mohalla Committees and discussed in detail bases their burning issues. Eidgah being hub of artisans, Inam called on artisan heads and discussed issues of artisans. Inam lamented the fact way in which government has neglected the golden art of our artisans and not had a policy to revive it. Inam stated that Eidgah is heart of Downtown area and facing scores of problems especially with reference to non availability of basic facilities. Inam urged government to concentrate on the people of Shahr-e-Khass. On the occasion he also urged people to provide all sorts of assistance to Artisan people to revive it. Inam vowed to take issues faced by Sher e Khaas on every platform. Others who spoke on occasion includes renowned social activist Umar Wani, who also highlighted the problems facing the people of Eidgah constituency. Inam Un Nabi (Social Activist)

Deputy Mayor Srinagar, Shiekh Mohammad Imran

Dy Mayor tours city areas, directs officials for replacement of defunct street lights

Srinagar, March 29: Srinagar, March 18: Deputy Mayor Srinagar, Sheikh Mohammad Imran Friday conducted an extensive tour of city areas and directed officials for replacement of defunct street lights in the city. He was accompanied by concerned cooperators and concerned Tehsildar, PDP Youth President Arif Laigroo and officials of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC). The delegation visited Parraypora, Hyderpora, Wazapora, Sanatnagar and Jawahar Nagar areas of the city. Imran directed ward officers to remove all encroachments on both sides of the road for smooth movement and convenience of pedestrians. He urged R&B officials to undertake the macadamization of the roads immediately in those areas. Acting on the complaints of the locals, Imran directed authorities not to allow any movement of tippers and other heavy vehicles during the daytime as it hampers the traffic movement in the city. While inspecting the work on various drainage projects in the area, he said SMC is trying to create vibrant drainage network in the city. At Hyderpora, Deputy Mayor assured people that their grievances would be solved on a fast track basis. He directed the concerned SMC employees for installation of street lights, wherever necessary for the convenience of the commuters. Deputy Mayor directed concerned Ward officers to continue to check their respective areas. He stressed that there should zero tolerance against violating ?Srinagar Master Plan?. He also warned if any ward officer will found guilty in easing the illegal construction, SMC will take strong action against that person. While interacting with the delegations, Imran assured them to resolve their problems at an earliest. So that people will not face any problems in the future, he said. Earlier, the Deputy Mayor also convened a meeting with concerned officials and discussed measures for regulating unauthorized street vendors and removing encroachment for smooth traffic movement in city areas. With warm regards, Deputy Mayor Srinagar, Shiekh Mohammad Imran Email