JRL calls for complete shutdown in IOK tomorrow

Srinagar, February 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police and troops have launched a massive crackdown arresting over 200 pro-freedom people including the JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and the Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami of the territory, Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz.

Indian police took Muhammad Yasin Malik into custody after raiding his Maisuma residence in Srinagar and lodged him at Kothibagh police station. Indian troops and police arrested scores of leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami from their residences during nocturnal raids across the occupied territory. Complete shutdown was observed in parts of Srinagar and in Bandipora town, today, against the arrest and killing spree in the territory. »

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Islamabad, February 23 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter, today, held a seminar in Islamabad with its Convener, Syed Abdullah Gilani in chair.

The seminar was held in connection with the completion of 28 years to Kunanposhpora mass rape incident. Indian troops had gang-raped around a hundred women on the night of 23rd February in 1991 during a siege and search operation in Kunanposhpora area of Kupwara district. »

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Brussels, February 23 (KMS): The European Union and South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights (SACFPHR) organised a roundtable on the victims’ evidence on gross human rights violations as articulated in the UN report and the formation of Europe-wide network of Kashmiri youth in the European Parliament.

The roundtable was organized under the sponsorship of MEP Julie Ward (Chair APKG) with the support of MEP Buchner, MEP Goerens and International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM) and in association with International Council on Human Rights (ICHR) – Kashmir Union. MEP Julie Ward was joined among others by MEP Theresa Griffins.

The roundtable was a follow-up on the European Parliament’s Sub-Committee for Human Rights debate and discussion on the UN Report which was conducted under the chairmanship of MEP Panzari, Chair of the Committee. »

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Jammu, February 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) led by its Chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem, visited different parts of Jammu city and reviewed the difficulties of the stranded Kashmiri passengers.

The stranded passengers told the delegation that they had been facing shortage of food and other essential items for last several days.

Mir Shahid Saleem thanked the Muslim community of Jammu for providing free food and other edible to the stranded passengers hailing from the Kashmir Valley.

He also condemned the authorities, adding that they even could not save the Secretariat employees from the attacks of Hindu fanatics.

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Srinagar, February 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the family members of a youth arrested in Deoband town of Saharanpur, yesterday, staged a protest in Srinagar, today, to demand his release.

Uttar Pradesh police had on Friday claimed that Shahnawaz Ahmed Teli and another youth, identified as Aaqib Ahmed Malik of Pulwama, were arrested in Deoband and they had affiliation with a mujahid organisation.

However, the family of Shahnawaz Ahmed Teli trashed the police claims, saying that he was being framed under a false name. »

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Srinagar, February 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for complete shutdown in the territory, tomorrow, against India’s arbitrary measures like mass arrest, killings, repeal attempts to repeal Article 35-A, that grants special rights to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

The JRL in a statement issued in Srinagar said the arbitrary arrest of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and the mass crackdown and illegal detention of more than 200 Jamaat-e-Islami activists and leadership including its Ameer, Abdul Hameed Fayaz seemed to be not only part of the continued policy of suppression of resistance leadership and narrative, but in the case of hearing of Article 35-A in Indian Supreme Court most likely on Monday. »

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New Delhi, February 23 (KMS): A Delhi court, today, deferred the hearing on the bail plea of illegally detained senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, till April 2.

The court of Additional Sessions Judge, Satish Kumar Arora, had on February 18 sought response from India’s Enforcement Directorate on bail plea of Shabbir Ahmed Shah.

The application was moved before the court on the ground of parity after the Delhi High Court recently granted bail to co-accused Muhammad Aslam Wani in the case. »

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Srinagar, February 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, shutdown was observed in parts of Srinagar, today, following the arrest of dozens of Hurriyat leaders and activists by Indian troops during an ongoing massive crackdown across the territory.

Business establishments were closed in Lal Chowk and other parts of Srinagar after news about the arrests of dozens of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and deployment of additional companies of Indian paramilitary forces in occupied Kashmir.

Eyewitnesses said that the youth took to streets in Nowhatta area of the old city and raised anti-India slogans. »

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Srinagar, February 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have stopped advertisements to two English dailies, Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader.

The Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG), condemning the stopping of advertisements to the dailies by the authorities, has decided to fight the deliberate strangulation and subversion of the institution of media.

The KEG in a detailed meeting discussed the issue, adding the decision has neither been conveyed formally nor was any reason detailed to the respective organisations, so far.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a statement in Srinagar condemned the stopping of advertisements to two English dailies, calling the move as a futile attempt to manipulate the news narrative. »

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Hyderabad, February 23 (KMS): A soldier of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) went missing while travelling from occupied Kashmir to Hyderabad, India.

Indian Railway Police said, a team of 14 CRPF men boarded the Telangana Express in Delhi to report to headquarters in Secunderabad. They were to join the newly raised 246 Battalion in Ranga Reddy district.

They travelled in different compartments. Saldeep Kumar was found to be missing when the train reached Secunderabad. A missing person case has been registered. Saldeep, 40, is a resident of Swankha village in Ramgarh in Samba district of occupied Kashmir.

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