Issuing 1-stop I-card intrusion into Kashmiris’ private lives: DeM

Pays tributes to Kabeer Sheikh

SRINAGAR: Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) on Saturday said the Government of India’s (GoI) plan to issue 1-stop I-card to Kashmiris is “yet another conspiracy” to breach the privacy and intrude into the personal lives of the people of Kashmir.
The GoI is reportedly planning to issue 1-stop I-card to the people of Kashmir to “increase surveillance and keep a check on militancy-related” activities in Kashmir.
“This is yet another ugly Indian tactic against the people of Kashmir. India has issued Aadhar cards which contains all the details of an individual then why is this new 1-stop I-card being issued. It just smells of a conspiracy against the people of Kashmir,” DeM general secretary Nahida Nasreen said in a statement.
She said the plan to issue it only for the people of Kashmir is what makes it a matter of grave concern. “It was issued to residents of border areas but now they are planning to issue it to the people of Kashmir. It only means that they want to increase the surveillance in Kashmir and want to bring every Kashmiri under its surveillance net,” she said.
“Our phones are being tapped and also Indian occupational forces breach into our houses during nights and days. The privacy of Kashmiris has already been breached to extreme level and now this new conspiracy of issuing these cards means that India actually wants to go beneath the skin of people here,” she said. “It seems India wants to see how Kashmiris breathe.”
Nasreen said Kashmiris are an “oppressed nation whose rights have been snatched by India”. “Such measures by India only expose the level of frustration it is going through. India actually knows that every Kashmiri wants freedom; that is why there is a plan to issue such a card to Kashmiris,” she said, adding, “It is actually a grave violation of human rights of Kashmiris. We will never tolerate this as it is a surveillance of extreme level.”
“Some people may, under pressure or for material gains, side with India but India is aware that every Kashmiri is against its illegal rule and thus such conspiracies are being hatched every now and then,” Nasreen said.
Meanwhile, DeM general secretary paid glowing tributes to Abdul Kabeer Shiekh, father of Abdul Hameed Shiekh, who passed away at his Batamaloo residence on Thursday.
“Late Sheikh Sahib was known not only for being the father of Shaheed Hameed Shiekh sahib but he himself has played a role in this movement against the Indian illegal occupation,” she said. “Kabeer Sheikh played a great role as a freedom fighter and as a philanthropist. Whenever Kashmiris needed him, he was there to help them.”
Nasreen said the first office of DeM was at Danderkhah in 1986. “As the residence of Sheikh Sahib was nearby, when the office was raided by occupational forces in 1987, this family was also targeted for having close ties with our organisation,” she said.
“We share grief of the family and pray Allah (SWT) bestows Sheikh Sahib and Sheikh Abdul Hameed Sahib with best of His blessings and highest rewards in Janatul Firdous,” Nasreen said.