Thousands attend principal’s funeral
Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life was crippled due to a protest shutdown against the killing of a school principal, Rizwan Asad, in police custody at an infamous torture center, Cargo Camp, in Srinagar, yesterday.

Call for the strike was given by Joint Resistance Leadership and supported by trade bodies and Kashmir Bar Association. All shops and other business establishments were closed while public transport was off the roads in Srinagar and other district headquarters of the valley. Forces’ personnel were deployed in strength in all sensitive areas. Mobile Internet and train services remained suspended in the occupied territory. The 28-year-old martyr, Rizwan Asad, was associated with Jamaat-e-Islami. »

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Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of the 28-year-old martyred scholar in Pulwama district.

The victim Rizwan Asad was killed in Indian police custody in Srinagar on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

The funeral prayers held near Jamia Masjid in Awantipora area of Pulwama district were attended by thousands of people. The mourners raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Martyr Rizwan was laid to rest at a local graveyard.

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Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, has announced to start hunger strike from March 24 against inhuman treatment meted out by the jail authorities to him and other political prisoners lodged at Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu. »

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Academics say Kashmir main cause of conflict in South Asia

Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): Kashmir Scholars Consultative and Action Network (KSCAN), an interdisciplinary group of scholars from various countries and regions engaged in research on the region of Kashmir, has urged the United Nations to fulfill its responsibility to mediate a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

As quoted by a Srinagar-based English daily Kashmir Observer, the KSCAN in an open letter addressed to the UN Secretary General António Guterres has sought his urgent intervention in order to prevent further conflict and the endangerment and loss of life in the region. »

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Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have denounced the killing of school principal and Jamaat-e-Islami activist, Rizwan Asad, in the custody of India’s National Investigation Agency at an infamous torture center, Cargo camp, in Srinagar.

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir (TeH) Chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed his deep anguish over the cold-blooded murder of Rizwan Asad, a resident of Awantipora. “Such brutality is unjustified and has no place in the civilized world,” he said and added that harassment of innocent Kashmiris by forces had become a routine.

Tehreek-e-Muzahamat (TeM) Chairman, Bilal Ahmad Siddiqi, said that in its pursuit of keeping its illegal occupation through military might intact New Delhi had turned occupied Kashmir into an open killing field. »

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Islamabad, March 20 (KMS): The Vice President of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement, Abdul Majeed Malik, has strongly denounced pro-India politician and former Indian bureaucrat from occupied Kashmir, Shah Faisal, for launching a party with the same name of JKPM.

Abdul Majeed Malik in a statement issued in Islamabad, today, said that the JKPM, a constituent of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), has been fighting for the Kashmiris’ cause of securing their inalienable right to self-determination for the past 20 years. He said that it was unfortunate that Shah Faisal had resorted to plagiarism not only to harm the JKPM but also the just struggle of the Kashmiri people. »

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Authorities suspend train, mobile internet services

Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed, today, against the custodial killing of a 28-year-old scholar and Jamaat-e-Islami activist, Rizwan Asad.

Call for shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership and supported by the trader bodies and High Court Bar Association of the territory. All shops and other business establishments are shut in Srinagar and other areas of the valley while public transport is off the road.

Heavy deployment of Indian paramilitary and police personnel has been made in Srinagar and other parts of the territory and restrictions have been enforced on the movement of people to prevent anti-India protests. »

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APSCC dismayed over delay in justice to families of victims

Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All-Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has deplored that no headway has been made so far in the Chittisinghpora mass killing case of Sikhs despite the passing of 19 years.

Thirty-five members of Sikh community were killed in disguise by Indian troops in Chittisinghpora area of Islamabad district on March 20 in 2000 on the eve of the then US President, Bill Clinton’s visit to India. A few days later, Indian Army had claimed of killing five foreign militants involved in the Chittisinghpora massacre during an encounter in Pathribal area of the district. Their bodies were charred beyond recognition. However, the investigations proved that the slain persons were local youth, picked up from their homes by the Indian Army and were killed in a fake encounter. Several more people were martyred in Brakpora in the firing of Indian troops on the demonstrators who were protesting against the Pathribal fake encounter. »

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Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India’s Enforcement Directorate has attached 13 assets in a false case registered against prominent freedom leader and the chief of mujahid organization Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin.

The ED in a provisional order issued in New Delhi attached the properties worth Rs 1.22 crore which it said belonged to one Muhammad Shafi Shah, a resident of Bandipora, and six other persons of the occupied territory who allegedly worked for Hizbul Mujahideen. »

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