Sham polls aimed at diluting disputed status of Kashmir

Srinagar, November 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, to protest against the holding of so-called panchayat elections in the territory.

Call for the shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road. The nine-phased panchayat elections commenced in the occupied territory, today, amid tight security and heavy deployment of Indian troops and police personnel in the poll-bound areas. The occupation authorities suspended train service in the territory and snapped mobile internet services in Badgam, Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara districts, today. »

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Strasbourg, November 17 (KMS): An exhibition of photographs from occupied Kashmir concluded at European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The week-long exhibition, arranged by Kashmir Council Europe, was hosted by member of European Parliament, Wajid Khan.

This was for the first time that an exhibition on Kashmir was held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. »

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Srinagar, November 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) has said that the occupation authorities have placed its Chairman Zafar Akbar Butt under house arrest.

A JKSM spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said a party of Indian police reached the residence of Zafar Akbar Butt this morning and told him that he is under house arrest. »

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Srinagar, November 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi, Abdul Samad Inqilabi has said that India wants to hoodwink the international community by holding sham polls in the territory.

Abdul Samad Inqilabi addressing a party meeting in Srinagar said the people of Kashmir like the urban local bodes polls will also reject the panchayat elections in the territory.

He said holding of farcical elections in the territory is not a solution to the Kashmir dispute. He said the United Nations and the world community have promised plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir and they should fulfill their commitment with the people of Kashmir. »

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Jammu, November 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the demise of the mother-in-law of Abdul Majeed Malik, the vice chairman of the JKPM, who passed away at Gujranwala in Pakistan.

APHC) leader and the JKPM chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem, chaired a meeting in Jammu to condole the death of the deceased. »

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Manchester, November 17 (KMS): A delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International (JKSDMI) led by its Chairman, Raja Najabat Hussain met the shadow foreign minister of Britain, Emily Anne Thornberry, in Warrington, UK, and presented her reports on Kashmir by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group in UK Parliament. »

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Strasbourg, November 17 (KMS): An exhibition of photographs from occupied Kashmir concluded at European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The week-long exhibition, arranged by Kashmir Council Europe, was hosted by member of European Parliament, Wajid Khan.

This was for the first time that an exhibition on Kashmir was held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. »

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New Delhi, November 17 (KMS): The Supreme Court of India has said that it will hear in April a plea challenging the validity of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said that it would hear the matter in the first week of April 2019 after Attorney General, K K Venugopal, appearing for the Indian government, sought adjournment on the ground that the current situation of Kashmir was very sensitive. »

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Srinagar, November 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has condemned the fresh detention order under draconian law Public Safety Act (PSA) against senior APHC leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt and described it as a gross violation of human rights.

An HCBA spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that yet another order of detention was issued against Masarrat Aalam Butt without any fresh material available with the detaining authority which was sheer abuse of authority and power and deserved to be denounced. »

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Srinagar, November 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed, today, to register protest against the holding of so-called panchayat elections in the territory.

Call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road. The nine-phased panchayat elections commenced in the occupied territory, today, amid tight security and heavy deployment of Indian troops and police personnel. »

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