UN chief stresses on respect for human rights in IOK

Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people continue to suffer immensely as the Kashmir valley remained under strict military lockdown for the 46th consecutive day, today.

The heavy deployment of Indian troops has created an atmosphere of fear, forcing the people to remain indoors. The continued blockade of the valley has aggravated the situation to an alarming proportion. The residents confined to their homes are facing difficulties in meeting their daily needs. The shortage of essential commodities like milk, baby food and life-saving medicines is adding to the miseries of the people and the valley represents a humanitarian crisis. Normal life remains crippled as all markets, business establishments, shops and educational institutions are shut while transport is off the road in the valley. The occupation authorities continue to snap the means of communications including internet and mobile phone services and keep TV channels closed in Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu. »

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Muzaffarabad, Sept 19 (KMS): A 20-member delegation of Turkish media persons visited Chako­thi sector to obtain first-hand information about losses caused by unrelenting ceasefire violations by Indian troops from across the Line of Control (LoC), civilian and military officials said.
The delegation interacted with the victims of ceasefire violations and was told that the shelling had been causing the villagers both physical and material losses without any respite, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) and the AJK government Press Information Department.
“Our children are unable to go to their schools and we are unable to shift injured family members to health facilities because Indian tro­ops are not sparing even schools and health facilities,” the villagers told the visiting journalists urging them and international media to highlight their plight.
On their way back, the delegation visited Central Press Club Muzaffarabad where they further gathered information from local journalists on the situation, in addition to sharing their own observations, Dawn reported. »

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Islamabad, September 19 (KMS): The Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman visited the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter’s office in Islamabad, today.

Hafiz Hafeezur Rahman, during his meeting with the APHC-AJK leaders, assured them that the Government as well as people of Gilgit- Baltistan stood by their Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for right to self determination. He maintained that the hearts of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmiris throb in unison. »

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Agra (India), September 19 (KMS): Indian authorities have shifted thousands of detainees from occupied Kashmir to jails in India and that more than 80 of them are being held in Agra, officials told the BBC.

Before the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government announced its decision to scrap the special status of Kashmir, it put the region under lockdown – mobile phone networks, landlines and the internet were cut off; and local political leaders were placed under house arrest.

BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare visited one such prison in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

It was a hot Friday morning in Agra, a crowded and dusty city in Uttar Pradesh. The occasional breeze made the weather bearable – but not for the dozen men and women from the Kashmir valley, where the temperature is around 18C in September and in Agra, it touches 35C »

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Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India is even suppressing prayer leaders (pesh imams) as it has arrested several clerics and is monitoring mosques, sparking concerns of a religious crackdown.

Mohammed Ameen, a prayer leader at Jamia Masjid in Awantipora, Pulwama, was taken away by Indian police in August before Eid-ul-Azha. It was a dark Eid for her 11-year-old daughter, Saeed Mutaiba, as she returned home from a brief vacation at her grandfather’s house and knew about arrest of her father.

She, her mother and her 6-year-old brother have repeatedly visited the police station to appeal for his release but to no avail.

In June, the police arrested a cleric in Kupwara district. In March, two imams in Pulwama were arrested. The head of a religious body was denied a passport. Since August 5, policemen in plainclothes are also recording the Juma sermons, law enforcement officials concede. On Eid, Jamia Masjid and the Hazratbal Shrine – two of Kashmir’s most iconic Muslim religious places – were shut. »

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Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, as the military clampdown continues, the multi-crore apple trade has reached an all time low, hitting at the economic spine of the territory.

Ripe apples are rotting in the orchards due to continued lockdown which was imposed by Narendra Modi-led Indian government on August 5 when it repealed special status of occupied Kashmir.

The market in the North Kashmir’s Sopore town – usually packed with people, trucks and produce at this time of year – is empty.

In one of the world’s largest apple growing regions, weeks-long lockdown has cut transport links with buyers in rest of the world, fruit growers and traders, plunging the industry into havoc.

At dawn late last week the market in Sopore, a town known locally as “Little London” for its lush orchards, big houses and relative affluence, was deserted, its gates locked. »

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Islamabad, Sept 19 (KMS): Federal Minister for Human Right Dr Shireen Mazari has written a letter to UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs/Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock asking for establishment of an immediate ‘Humanitarian Corridor’ to supply humanitarian aid to Kashmiris under siege in the Indian occupied Kashmir now in second month by the Indian forces.
In the letter, the federal minister said that deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir requires urgent attention as siege imposed by the India continues into second month resulting in a grave crisis. The crippling curfew and communication blackout have left the Kashmiri population cut off from food, medicine and other basic necessities. The situation presents a serious threat to the lives of the Kashmiri people, particularly vulnerable groups such as elderly, women and children, she added.

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New Delhi, September 19 (KMS): Former BJP leader, Yashwant Sinha, has said that he was forcibly sent back to New Delhi from Srinagar airport.

The Modi government on Tuesday stopped former BJP leader, Yashwant Sinha, disallowed him to enter Srinagar city and sent him back to New Delhi.

Yashwant Sinha in a media interview in New Delhi said, “As we alighted from the aircraft, I was met by the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police of Budgam and other officials. The DM [District Magistrate] told me I would have to go back to Delhi.”

An order by the District Magistrate said that Sinha was a threat to maintenance of public order and he would be restricted to the lounge of the airport. After Sinha agreed to stay there, the magistrate issued him a follow up of the earlier order. “This order said I had to board a flight to Delhi,” the former BJP leader said. »

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Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement, Muhammad Shafi Lone, has said that India is hell bent upon suppressing the Kashmiris’ freedom movement through military might but is destined to fail in its nefarious designs.

Muhammad Shafi Lone in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the continued illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists. He said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri people would not be allowed to go waste and the ongoing freedom movement would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs.

He said that killing innocent men and women, vandalizing properties, looting houses and shops, torturing people, putting residential houses to flames and clamping lockdown could not stop the Kashmiris from protesting the Indian onslaught. He said, these atrocities are being committed to suppress the Kashmiris’ voices but the oppressors are forgetting the historical fact that freedom movements of nations never get suppressed by these kinds of tyrannies. He said that the people of Kashmir would continue their protest against the undemocratic and inhuman acts »

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London, Sept 19 (KMS): British Members of the Parliament from Dundee have demanded of the UK Government do more to help protect vulnerable people in the Kashmir region.
Tensions between nuclear powers Pakistan and India continue to escalate in dispute over the divided region.
Members of the Dundee Islamic community with family and friends in Kashmir wrote to their MPs calling for the UK Government to help end the rising tide of violence.
Chris Law, who is the SNP’s international development spokesman, said: “Some of the stories I have heard from constituents with close friends and family in the region are simply horrific.
“Many are unable to make any contact at all with their loved ones, and very little news has made it out of the
region.
“As someone who has visited Kashmir on a number of occasions over the last thirty years, I know the area very well, and this is personally heartbreaking. »

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New York, Sept 19 (KMS): A coalition of Muslim and human rights organisations called on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to cancel its plans to award Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi its Global Goalkeeper Award, citing Modi’s revocation of the disputed Kashmir region’s special status.
On August 5, Modi announced plans to scrap the constitutional article giving Kashmir autonomy, putting down a repressive lockdown and cutting internet and communications services.
The letter also cites Modi’s associations with Hindu nationalists and the revocation of 1.9 million Bengali-speaking Muslims’ citizenship in the state of Assam, as well as his government’s backing of a citizenship bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for Hindu, Buddhist and Christian migrants from neighboring countries but not Muslims. »

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