RSF demands release of IOK photojournalist

Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has said that the Kashmir liberation movement is a people’s movement and the oppressive measures by the authorities cannot deter Kashmiris from pursuing the path to freedom and resistance.

The resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Miwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar, today, reiterated its pledge to take forward the mission of Kashmiri martyrs to its logical conclusion. The leaders said that after a series of false and concocted reports by some biased Indian news channels, dozens of innocent political detainees had been shifted from Srinagar to the jails outside of the Kashmir Valley. The JRL pointed out that police stations had been turned into worst torture centers where youth were subjected to ruthless torture. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference headed by President, Muhammad Sultan Magray, today visited the residence of slain Syed Habibullah of Soibug Budgam and expressed solidarity with his family.

Syed Habibullah, who was mentally unsound, was martyred by Indian forces on Sunday. »

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Jammu, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, in the backdrop of rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua by communal elements, Bakerwal Muslims have expressed fear that their families may be harmed when the men will move to higher pastures in summer.

Eight-year-old Aasifa of Hiranagar area of Kathua district was raped and murdered by Special Police Officer Deepak Khujuria, last month. The Crime Branch of police arrested Deepak Khajuria and his colleague for their involvement in the rape and murder of the innocent girl. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, violent crackdown operations and nocturnal raids by Indian forces in Shopian, Pulwama, Pampore, Tral and other areas of south Kashmir have created fear psychosis among locals, forcing the youth to go into hiding.

During past four weeks at least two dozen youth were arrested by the personnel of Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group of police during house raids in Shopian, Pulwama, Pampore, Aripal, Tral, Kareemabad, Lelahaar, Begambagh, Kisrigam, Narbal and Meminder areas. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested the member of so-called Kashmir Assembly and the President of Awami Ittehad, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, ahead of his indefinite hunger strike against slapping of draconian Public Safety Act on the youth belonging to his constituency, Langate.

Awami Ittehad Party in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Engineer Rasheed was scheduled to start his indefinite protest hunger strike outside the DC Office in Kupwara; however, he was arrested on the way and lodged in Handwara police station. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a delegation of Islamic Political Party (IPP) led by its Chairman, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash visited Soibugh area of Badgam to express condolence with the family of 65-year-old Syed Habibullah, who was killed by Indian forces in the district, recently.

Muhammad Yousuf Naqash while talking to the mourners said that under the cover of impunity Indian forces’ personnel were slaughtering unarmed people in occupied Kashmir, every now and then. The other members of delegation included Showkat Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Ayub Dar, Nazir Ahmed Butt and Sajjad Ahmed Lone. »

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KEG, KWJA aghast at NIA’s new definition of journalist

Paris, February 21 (KMS): The Paris-based international media advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders (RSF – Reporters Sans Frontiers) has demanded immediate release of illegally detained Kashmiri photojournalist, Kamran Yousuf, who has been arrested by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) and is due to appear before a New Delhi court today (Wednesday) for a decision on his bail application.

Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk in a statement posted on the website of the organization said, “It is not up to the Indian interior ministry to decide what a journalist is supposed to cover.” He said, “The contradictory nature of the charges clearly shows that Kamran Yousuf is being used as a scapegoat in order to intimidate journalists who try to document the situation in Kashmir.” »

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Jammu, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, extremist Hindu organizations are baying for the blood of Rohingya Muslim refugees more intensely after an attack on an Indian Army camp in Sunjwan area of Jammu on February 10 in which six Indian soldiers and four other persons were killed.

The rightwing organisations including the BJP had pointed fingers towards the Rohingya settlement near the vicinity of the camp for security breach. The issue also echoed in the so-called Kashmir Assembly and Speaker Kavinder Gupta, who is a legislator from the local constituency, blamed Rohingyas for the attack. Following this, a campaign to expel Rohingyas from Jammu has intensified again. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian police have registered an FIR against some lawyers for participating in a protest on the anniversary of Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Afzal Guru, on February 9.

The open FIR has been registered at Srinagar’s Batamaloo police station on the grounds that “some lawyers and their agents” pasted posters with pictures of Muhammad Afzal Guru, Muhammad Maqbool Butt, Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Rajguru in the premises of district court in Srinagar. »

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Islamabad, February 21 (KMS): The Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, has said that once again, Kashmir is living proof that it is not going to compromise, far less abandon, its demand for Aazadi (freedom) which is its birthright and for which it has paid a price in blood and suffering.

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai in a statement issued in Washington said, compared to the sacrifice Kashmir has had to endure, India and Pakistan themselves gained their freedom through a highly civilized process. »

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