Geneva, March 06 (KMS): Pakistan has called for keeping a close watch on India’s state-directed “tools of terror” in Jammu and Kashmir where women and girls are among the primary victims of it’s deadly counter-terrorism measures, saying their plight must be addressed.

“We wish to draw attention towards the Occupied Jammu & Kashmir where India has long employed rape, torture, and killings of Kashmiri women as instruments of its state terrorism under the cover of draconian security laws,” Ambassador Khalil Hashmi said in an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism, Ms. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, as part of the ongoing session of the Human Rights Council. »

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New Delhi, March 06 (KMS): India topped the list for the most internet shutdowns in 2020 globally for the third consecutive year, a new report by digital rights and privacy organisation Access Now said.

India leveraged blackouts to crush the nationwide Farmer’s Protest and the Kashmiris, the report said. It pointed that India shut down the internet more than any other nation at 109 times out of a total of 155, recorded worldwide. India was followed by Yemen with six instances.

According to a new report by Access Now, a global non-profit that works on digital rights and online freedom, around 70% of cases of internet shutdowns globally happened in India in 2020, with shut down of the internet in Kashmir roughly once every two weeks. »

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Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian probe agency, Enforcement Directorate has summoned the President of Democratic Freedom Party, Mehbooba Mufti, in a money laundering case.

The ED has summoned the PDP President on 15 March. As per a notice served to Mufti, the ED has asked her to be present in its New Delhi office at about 11:30 am for questioning in connection with money laundering case. »

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Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Harriet Conference has strongly condemned the use of brute force by Indian police and troops against peaceful protesters in Srinagar, today.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people, especially the youth, in reaction to the lathi-charge by the police raised slogans in favour of freedom and against the use of brute force by Indian police and troops. »

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‘Why did you beat him as if to kill?’

Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the journalists covering protests outside Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, today, said that they were chased and two of them were beaten up by Indian police personnel.

Shafat Farooq, a videojournalist with the BBC’s Urdu service, told media men over phone that a constable hit him on backbone with a gun butt as other personnel chased him when he was covering the protests in Nowhatta area. He said that after being hit with the butt of the personnel’s rifle, the police continued to chase him. “Then I confronted him why he hit me,” Farooq told media men. »

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Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) has expressed serious resentment over the continued house arrest of its Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, for the last 20 months.

The MMU members including leading religious scholars, ulema, mashaaikh and aima on Friday in their Friday sermons said, the undue restrictions on the peaceful activities of the Valley’s topmost religious leader and preventing him from performing his religious duties were unacceptable. »

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Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, senior Hurriyat leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, has said that world is changing for good and the international community is now showing interest to resolve the disputes particularly the Kashmir dispute.

Professor Abdul Ghani Butt addressing a meeting in Badgam, today, said the disputes need to be resolved for peace and mutual interests of all the nations throughout the world.

He said, Kashmir dispute is pivotal in this situation which needs to be settled to the flatter of all hearts particularly the people of Kashmir who had rendered enormous sacrifices. »

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Placing of Mirwaiz under house arrest again denounced

Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, several people were injured due to the use of brute force by Indian police against peaceful protesters in Srinagar, today.

The youth staged forceful pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations, today, outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar after Friday prayers. The protesters raised high-pitched slogans “We want freedom”, “Jeevey Jeevey Pakistan” and “Pakistan Zindabad”. They were also holding the pictures of Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was placed under house arrest once again. The occupation authorities had eased restrictions on his movement, yesterday, after 20 months and he was expected to deliver weekly Friday sermon at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, after 82 weeks. The Mirwaiz is continuously under house detention since 04 August 2019, a day before the Modi-led fascist Indian government repealed Kashmir’s special status and imposed military siege in the territory. Indian police fired teargas shells and pellets to disperse the protesters causing injuries to several people including a journalist. The clashes between protesters and Indian police continued for hours. Journalists covering protests said that they were chased and two of them were beaten up by the police personnel.

The Hurriyat forum in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the Indian government’s authoritarian action of placing of Mirwaiz under house arrest again, saying that this imperious decision of the authorities has hurt the sentiments of people and further aggrieved them. Members of Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema including leading religious scholars, ulema, mashaaikh and aima in their Friday sermons also denounced the continued house detention of the Mirwaiz.

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Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) has demanded the immediate release of all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists.

Addressing a protest demonstration in Srinagar, organised by the party’s women wing, the Secretary women’s wing deplored that hundreds of innocent youth detained under frivolous cases, were languishing in different jails and police stations across the valley and most of them were detained under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA). »

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