Srinagar, May 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday criticized the Indian authorities for imposing restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from commemorating the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent martyred leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone, as well as the martyrs of Hawal massacre. »

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Srinagar, May 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyat leaders have paid rich tributes to prominent Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone as well as victims of Hawal massacre on their martyrdom anniversaries.

Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his residence in Srinagar on 21st of May in 1990. More than 70 mourners were killed in Hawal area of the city when Indian troops opened fire on his funeral procession. On the same day, in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was killed by unknown assailants when he was returning from Eidgah after addressing a public gathering. »

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UN urged to set up body to probe rights abuses

Srinagar, May 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society and the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons while releasing a comprehensive report on human rights violations by India have urged the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate the brutal torture inflicted by Indian forces in the territory.

The report released by the JKCCS and APDP in Srinagar, today, also called upon India to ratify the UN Convention against torture and also allow global right groups’ unhindered access to Kashmir. The 560-page report focuses on the torture perpetrated in Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian forces since 1990. »

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Geneva, May 20 (KMS): Three special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have written to India asking for details on steps taken to punish or provide justice to victims and their next of kin in 76 cases of torture and arbitrary killing in Jammu and Kashmir since 1990.

The letter to the Indian government, dated March 18, is written by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Puras and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Nils Melzer. »

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Srinagar, May 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the injured Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) worker, Mohammad Jamal, succumbed at a hospital in Srinagar, today.

65-year old Mohammad Jamal was shot at by unknown gunmen at his residence in Zungalpora area of the Kulgam district on Sunday. »

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Jammu, May 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, in order to harass and keep the local Muslims under constant threat, Indian Army has started providing armed training and weapons to the notorious anti-Muslim elements, mostly associated with Hindu extremist outfits, organized in the name of Village Defence Committees (VDCs) in Jammu region.

Lieutenant Colonel Abhinav Navneet, defence spokesman for Indian army’s Udhampur based Northern Command while confirming the training and weapon supply to the VDC members said, “Army regularly meets VDC members in most remote areas of Jammu ….” »

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Srinagar, May 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has appealed to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Committee of Red Cross to put pressurize on India to stop treating Kashmiri political prisoners inhumanly in jails in and outside the territory.

A DFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the pathetic conditions faced by Kashmiri political prisoners especially in Tihar Jail. He said despite being political prisoners, the detainees are denied every right guaranteed under the jail manual. “Revengeful attitude of the Indian rulers has crossed every limit of heartlessness and insensitivity,” he added. »

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Curfew continues in Bhadarwa on 5th day today

Srinagar, May 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, body of a missing teacher was recovered near Wullar Lake in Bandipora district, today.

The body of Mushtaq Ahmad Lone (29) was spotted by locals from Laharwapora near Wullar Lake in the district. He was missing from Sheikhpora Mantrigam in Bandipora district for the past one week. »

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Srinagar, May 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of martyred Irfan Ahmed in Sopore town.

Irfan Ahmed was martyred along with two other youth by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation at Panzgam area of Pulwama district, on Saturday.

Thousands of people including women from adjacent villages raising pro-Pakistan, pro-Azadi and anti-India slogans poured in to have a last glimpse of martyr at Wadoora area of the town. The mourners took the body to the martyrs’ graveyard and laid him to rest amid sobs and tears. »

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Srinagar, May 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) have urged the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate and probe the brutal torture being inflicted by Indian forces in the territory.

The JKCCS and APDP in their detailed report focused on Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir since 1990, and provide a contextual understanding of various phases of torture being perpetrated in Jammu and Kashmir since 1947. »

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