Demo in solidarity with Kashmiris held in New Delhi

Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqi, has said that India has created an atmosphere of fear in the territory to prevent people from expressing their aspirations and sentiments.

Bilal Siddiqi in a statement issued in Srinagar said, Indian troops barge into the residential houses, harass the inmates and ransack household goods. He said that since August 5, last year, there was complete ban on political activities in the territory. He said if any remark is made or published in favour of freedom movement, the person who makes the remarks is arrested while action is taken against the said newspaper. Bilal Siddiqi maintained that India intends to create a silence of graveyard in the occupied territory. He appealed to the world community to take cognizance of the grim human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and impress upon India to resolve the Kashmir dispute by giving the Kashmiris their right to self-determination. »

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New Delhi, February 21 (KMS): Just days ahead of the US President, Donald Trump’s visit to India, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its India fact-sheet focusing essentially on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

As the Modi government gears to put the country’s “best” face on display – even constructing walls to hide slums – the USCIRF in its release points at the problems that the CAA and the impending National Register of Citizens bring.

The report highlights BJP’s anti-Muslim sentiment influencing the laws of the land. It also expresses concerns that the CAA serves as a protective measure for non-Muslims in case of exclusion from the NRC. It links the politicisation of the laws by the BJP to the fact that the party’s support for the NRC process quickly faltered in Assam when both Muslims and Hindus were excluded. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India has launched a massive crackdown against Virtual Private Network (VPN) users in the territory for accessing Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and other social networking sites.

Although India claims that it has restored Internet service in limited areas in the occupied territory, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and other social networking sites are still banned. However, Kashmiris are raising their voice against illegal Indian occupation and brutalities of the Indian forces by accessing the said sites through VNP and proxy servers. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Students and Youth Forum has launched “India Must Quit Kashmir” movement with banners bearing pro-freedom and quit Kashmir slogans.

The forum has appealed to the beleaguered Kashmiris to stand united in their sacred cause and uphold their honour by defying the ongoing blockade.

Convener of the forum, Manzoor Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced in strong terms the continued lockdown in the Kashmir Valley since August 5, last year. »

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IOK HC grants authorities 4 weeks to file status report

Jammu, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, High Court has directed the authorities to furnish latest status report within four weeks regarding security being provided to the Hurriyat leaders.

The directive was given by a division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice, Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal, in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Deewakar Sharma seeking withdrawal of the security cover provided to the Hurriyat leaders and other persons. »

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‘Muslims should have been sent to Pakistan in 1947’

Patna (India), February 21 (KMS): Indian minister and BJP leader, Giriraj Singh, who regularly delivers anti-Muslim speeches with striking impunity, has said in his latest statement that all Muslims should have been sent to Pakistan in 1947.

Giriraj Singh speaking in Bihar’s Purnia said, “It is the time to commit ourselves to the nation. Before 1947, (Muhammad Ali) Jinnah pushed for an Islamic nation. It was a big lapse by our ancestors that we’re paying the price for. If at that time Muslims had been sent there and Hindus brought here, we wouldn’t be in this situation. If Bharatvanshiyas don’t get shelter here where will they go?”

The minister’s comments come amid nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which promises citizenship to only non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who came to India before 2015. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Ahmed Siddiqi, has said that India has created an atmosphere of fear in the territory to prevent people from expressing their aspirations and sentiments.

Bilal Siddiqi in a statement issued in Srinagar said, Indian troops barge into the residential houses, harass the inmates and ransack household goods. He said that since August 5, last year, there was complete ban on political activities in the territory.

Bilal Siddiqi said if any remark is made or published in favour of freedom movement, the person who makes the remarks is arrested while action is taken against the said newspaper. He maintained that India intends to create a silence of graveyard in the occupied territory. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Social Youth Forum has strongly condemned the witch-hunt and arrest of students and termed it a vindictive policy adopted by the Indian government to ruin the career of the Kashmiri students and teenage boys.

The forum Chairman, Umar Aadil Dar, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Indian government must shun the oppressive tactics and should take concrete measures to resolve the Kashmir dispute in its historical perspective. »

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Jammu, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, nothing has changed on the ground even one month has passed after a team of Indian ministers visited the territory.

Common people are still facing the same problems which they had raised before the visiting ministers.

As per media reports, no step has been taken to ameliorate woes of the people. “Officers at the ground level are not ready to change their mindset so situation is same on the ground,” reports said. »

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Demand restoration of special status of IOK

New Delhi, February 21 (KMS): A large number of people from different civil rights organisations held a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi demanding restoration of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to occupied Kashmir.

The occupied territory is under continued lockdown since August 05, last year, when Narendra Modi-led communal government in New Delhi revoked the special status of the territory by repealing the Article 370.

Scores of people from various organisations gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and expressed solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir who have been facing severe hardships due to continued military siege for the last over 200 days. They demanded of the Modi government to restore the constitutional provision. »

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