IHK jour­nal­ists work­ing in hos­tile sit­u­a­tion, 10 killed

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

will have to come to the ta­ble of ne­go­ti­a­tions for set­tle­ment of the Kash­mir dis­pute.

En­gi­neer Rasheed while talk­ing to peo­ple dur­ing his visit to the fam­i­lies of mar­tyrs, Bi­lal Ah­mad Butt, and Naseer Ah­mad at Karimabad in Pul­wama asked In­dia to learn a les­son from the love the Kash­mir peo­ple have in their hearts for mil­i­tants ( Mu­jahideen).— RK SRI­NA­GAR— In­dian Oc­cu­pied Kash­mir is one of the most dan­ger­ous places in the world where peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with the press and me­dia are car­ry­ing out their pro­fes­sional du­ties in the most dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the data re­leased by Kash­mir Me­dia Ser­vice, on the oc­ca­sion of the World Press Free­dom Day, to­day, ten jour­nal­ists have been con­firmed as be­ing killed while per­form­ing their du­ties dur­ing Kash­miris’ on­go­ing lib­er­a­tion strug­gle since 1989.

They in­cluded Shab­bir Ah­mad Dar, Mush­taq Ali, Ghu­lam Muham­mad Lone, Ghu­lam Ra­sool Azad, Muham­mad Sha­ban Wa­keel, Pervez Muham­mad Sul­tan, Mush­taq Ah­mad and scribe, Aa­sia Jee­lani.

The re­port said that in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory, al­most rou­tinely, the jour­nal­ists face man­han­dling, ab­duc­tions, mur­der at­tempts and death threats by In­dian troops and all this has made their ev­ery­day work ex­tremely dif­fi­cult. It re­vealed that Kash­miri jour­nal­ists and many other scribes while per­form­ing their pro­fes­sional du­ties were roughed up, in­jured and de­tained by the troops on fake charges in the ter­ri­tory.

Mean­while, Hur­riyet leader and the Chair­man of Jammu and Kash­mir Peo­ples League, Mukhtar Ah­mad Waza, in a state­ment on the a woman oc­ca­sion of World Press Free­dom Day said that In­dia un­der a sin­is­ter de­sign never al­lowed jour­nal­ism to flour­ish in oc­cu­pied Kash­mir. He paid glow­ing trib­utes to all those jour­nal­ists who lost their lives while per­form­ing their du­ties in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory.

Mukhtar Waza said that it was be­cause of Kash­mir that In­dia had lost its cred­i­bil­ity at the in­ter­na­tional level and was ranked 136 out of 180 na­tions world­wide in terms of press free­dom in 2015.

He said that the World Press Free­dom In­dex was ev­i­dence of the fact that how world’s largest democ­racy was treat­ing Press – the 4th pil­lar of democ­racy.— KMS

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