UN rights chief resents attacks on Kashmiris

Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai has said that the attacks on Kashmiri students and traders in different states of India are a collective shame for New Delhi.

Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai was reacting to reports about arrests and expulsion of Kashmiri students from educational institutions in India. The APHC leader in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, expressed gratitude to the international humanitarian organisation Khalsa Aid, local gurdwaras and members of Sikh and Muslim communities for providing protection, food and shelter to the stranded Kashmiris

The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement pointed out that the families of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in jails outside Kashmir were worried about their safety particularly after the killing of a Pakistani prisoner in an Indian jail. »

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Members of EU Parliament call for peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute

Brussels, February 21 (KMS): In a significant development, an overwhelming majority of members of the European Parliament (MEPs) attending a landmark event in Brussels on the rights situation in occupied Kashmir have called on India to immediately put a halt to its atrocities there and carry out investigations into the incidents of grave human rights violations in the territory. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, traders will shut their businesses at commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjacent areas in Srinagar, tomorrow, as a mark of protest against attacks on the Kashmiris.

A group of traders in a media interview said that the decision was taken in a joint meeting, today, to protests attacks on Kashmiri traders, students and employees outside the territory.

They said the traders have been asked to assemble at Lal Chowk after closing their businesses.

Soon after the Pulwama attack, people of Kashmiri were attacked and harassed in Jammu and states of India.

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the families of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in jails outside Kashmir are worried about their safety particularly after the killing of a Pakistani prisoner in a jail in Jaipur, India.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Twitter said, “After the condemnable killing of a Pakistani prisoner by his inmates in Jaipur jail, Kashmiri prisoners across India are unsafe, their families are worried and demand their immediate shifting to Kashmir jails. Authorities should pay heed & do the needful to ensure their safety.”

Fifty-year-old Shakir Ullah from Sialkot, who had spent eight years in the jail, was killed yesterday after three convicts bashed his head against a stone on the ground.

The forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement demanded the shifting of Kashmiri prisoners from Indian jails to the occupied territory. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Career Counseling Association (KCCA) has expressed concern over continued attacks and harassment being faced by Kashmiri students studying in colleges and universities of India.

KCCA spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar urged the India Government to ensure the safety and security of the Kashmiri students enrolled in different colleges and universities of India.

He deplored that soon after the February 14 Pulwama blast, Kashmiris have been attacked and beaten in different parts of India. At numerous places, the Kashmiris pursuing educational courses or doing business were threatened of dire consequences if they didn’t return to Kashmir, he added. »

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New Delhi, February 21 (KMS): India is at the receiving end of a ‘surgical strike’ that it itself has launched by hiking custom duty of 200 per cent on all Pakistani goods, Indian media reported.

A huge consignment of surgical instruments from Pakistan has been stuck at Wagah border as hundreds of Indian suppliers have failed to pay the high custom duty. Media reports quoting Indian suppliers said, the delay in custom clearance will lead to shortage of vital surgical items in Indian markets.

The consignment awaiting the go-ahead from custom officials in Amritsar was dispatched from Sialkot in Pakistan via Samjhauta Express train more than a week ago, when the maximum custom duty on imported items from Pakistan was not more than 18 per cent. »

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Islamabad, February 21 (KMS): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has hailed the statement of the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, on the developments in Kashmir and how India distorts them and maligns this country. »

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Srinagar, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and other Hurriyat leaders have paid tributes to the youth martyred by Indian troops in Pinglan area of Pulwama district.

Muhammad Ahsraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said the killing of the youth in the garb of cordon and search operations was not acceptable. He said, because of the repressive policies of the Indian government Kashmir’s fourth generations have been pushed to the wall. He said insensitivity of the Indian authorities is the sole reason for the unabated bloodshed. »

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Srinagar February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, fresh snowfall in the Banihal area and multiple landslides has blocked the Jammu-Srinagar highway, raising fear of acute shortage of commodities in the Kashmir Valley.

A traffic department official in Srinagar said, “Over a foot of fresh snow has accumulated on the highway in Banihal. There have been multiple landslides triggered by heavy rain at places in the Ramsoo-Ramban sector, as well.” »

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Jammu, February 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in Chenab valley of Jammu region as a mark of protest against the harassment of the Kashmiri and local Muslims.

Call for the strike was given by the Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhadarwah (AIB) and supported by Majlis-e-Shoura Kishtwar, Seerat Committee Doda and Anjuman-e-Islamia Thathri.

AIB President Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh in a statement said the violence against Muslims in Jammu was part of an RSS agenda against the Muslims especially of Chenab Valley, Pir Panchal and Kashmir valley. »

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