Srinagar, October 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a youth, Abdul Rasheed Mir, is missing from Laderwan area in Kupwara district since Thursday afternoon.

His brother told media that Abdul Rasheed Mir was running a shop in his native Awoora village in the district and left his home for Laderwan in the morning to meet his in-laws. »

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Srinagar, October 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities placed Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, under house arrest in Islamabad town, today.

A JKPL spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Mukhtar Ahmed Waza was scheduled to visit Pulwama to express solidarity with the family of a woman, Firdousa Akhtar, who was martyred by Indian troops, yesterday. »

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Srinagar, October 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred a pregnant woman in Pulwama district.

The woman identified as Firdousa Akhtar wife of Khursheed Ahmad Sheikh was critically injured when the troops resorted to indiscriminate firing after some unidentified persons lobbed a grenade on an army camp in Shadimarg area of the district. She was rushed to Rajpora hospital where from she was referred to Pulwama district hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. »

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Srinagar, October 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, in yet another incident of stopping the journalists from highlighting the grim situation of the territory, Indian troops and police personnel thrashed three journalists and arrested them while they were performing their professional duties in Srinagar.

A joint team of the personnel of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police arrested the journalists after thrashing them in Nawab Bazar area of the city. »

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Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

Washington, October 20 (KMS): Human rights work in tandem with Kashmir peace initiatives. The two do not war with one another. The idea that suppression of human rights promotes peace is discredited by all history, including that of Kashmir. The denial of freedom of speech, association, religion, due process, equal justice, and self-determination in Kashmir has sabotaged peace, not boosted its chances. Ditto in the past for East Timor, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Southern Sudan and etc. The people of Kashmir no less demand dignity and respect than do other peoples.

History should not imprison the future, but neither can it be ignored in assessing the justice and morality of aspirations. A brief chronicling of Kashmir’s history will enlighten understanding of its current plight and viable solutions. »

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