Srinagar, August 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Pakistani flags were hoisted at many places in the Kashmir Valley to mark 14th August, the Independence Day of Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Independence Day was celebrated in various areas including Shopian, Bijbehara and Kulgam. Pakistani flag was hoisted at these places by the people singing the national anthem of the Pakistan. Mini-parades were also held on this occasion.

Pakistani flag was hoisted in Barzulla area of Srinagar while in the evening people burst fire-crackers at Nowhatta in downtown Srinagar to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day. »

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Srinagar, August 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, today, condemned the harassment of Hurriyat leader Shahid-ul-Islam’s family by the Indian agencies.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Indian agencies tormented the wife and children of Shahid-ul-Islam. He said that these agencies were repeatedly visiting Shahid-ul-Islam’s home to harass his family members. Shahid-ul-Islam, he added, has been arbitrarily detained with no charges proved against him, and is languishing in subhuman condition at Delhi’s Tihar Jail for his political beliefs. »

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Islamabad, August 15 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter staged a protest demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to mark India’s Independence Day as Black Day, today.

The protesters expressed concern over the unabated wave of killings by the Indian troops in occupied Kashmir and warned New Delhi against the use of brutal tactics to crush the Kashmiris’ freedom movement. The participants of the demonstration said that the Indian government was hatching conspiracies against demography of Jammu and Kashmir by abrogating Article 35-A. The move, they said, is aimed to convert Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir into a minority by settling Indian citizens in the territory. »

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Srinagar, August 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has condemned the attack on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader, Umar Khalid, in broad daylight during a function in New Delhi saying that such lawlessness and hooliganism if not checked and stopped will have catastrophic effects for India.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar while terming the incident as yet another example of communal vandalism said that communal and fascist forces in India had never tolerated the existence of those standing for peace, justice and equal rights. He pointed out that the people who individually or collectively raised their voice and showed some concern about the basic and fundamental rights were being targeted, assaulted, tortured and even killed in present-day India. »

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Srinagar, August 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations have said that India has no right to celebrate its Independence Day in Kashmir as it is illegally occupying the territory against the will of the Kashmiri people.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “The Indian Independence Day has always brought countless miseries in terms of unending night raids, harassment, arrest of our youth and a suffocating environment for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” The APHC Chairman said that Indian people had every right to celebrate their Independence Day but forcing a suppressed and oppressed population to participate in “their movement of joy and happiness” was neither justified nor did it stand any ethical or democratic ground. »

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Washington, August 15 (KMS): The Secretary General of Washington-based World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, has said that India persists in allying itself with a position that has no legal, moral or constitutional authority to celebrate its Independence Day in occupied Kashmir which is not a part of the Indian territory.

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai in an article wrote, “Under the international law, today, Kashmir does not belong to any member country of the United Nations. It is recognized by the United Nations as a disputed territory whose future is yet to be decided by its people.” He wrote, the issue of Kashmir is by no definition a border dispute between India and Pakistan, nor a struggle between theocracy and secularism, or a fight between Hindus and Muslims. “It is about honoring the political and human rights of the 22 million Kashmiri people in accord with international law, justice and morality.” »

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Srinagar, August 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have suspended mobile phone services in the Kashmir Valley on India’s Independence Day, today.

Both mobile phone Internet and talk facilities were shut off by all service providers in the Valley in the morning, today. »

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Srinagar, August 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, amid growing uproar over inhuman treatment meted out to Kashmiri detainees in different Indian jails, the High Court of the territory has directed all Principal District Judges (PDJs) to submit reports online on the condition of jails within their jurisdiction to the Registry of the Court.

A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe stressing that the district judges were required to submit the reports regularly after inspecting the jails, held that in the interest of justice such reports needed to be submitted online. »

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Islamabad, August 15 (KMS): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has said that the Kashmiri people have been forced by India’s military and police horror, terror and torture of unimaginable magnitude to observe black day on 15th August – Indian Independence Day and protest as always across the territory against its forcible occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad said that India, instead of fulfilling its pledged plebiscite as per the UN resolutions, continued to hoodwink the world opinion by telling white lies, increasing enormously its military machinery and imposing draconian laws to crush public anger and destabilize the regional peace. »

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Gilani, Sehrai, Malik, other Hurriyat leaders detained

Srinagar, August 15 (KMS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing the Indian Independence Day, today, as Black Day to convey the message to the international community that India continues to illegally occupy their homeland.

The Black Day is being marked by a complete strike in the occupied territory, call for which has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. All shops, business establishments, offices and petrol pumps are closed while traffic is off the road. »

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