Srinagar, August 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat forums in coordination with civil society and the associations of lawyers, journalists, traders, transporters and employees have appealed the Kashmiri nation, the people of the Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kargil to come out on streets and raise their voice for their inalienable Right to Self-Determination.

In a joint statement issued in Srinagar, they urged the people to protest against the Indian nefarious design to change the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation.

Hurriyat forums said the Kashmiri nation will never accept the Hindutva based machinations and will not allow Hindu fundamentalists to enter their motherland. »

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IOK a prison under military control: Indian activists

Srinagar, August 15 (KMS): Kashmiris, all across the world, observed the Indian Independence Day, today, as Black Day to convey the message to the international community that they reject India’s illegal occupation of their motherland.

The Black Day is also being observed to register strong protest against the Indian unilateral action to change the disputed status of occupied Kashmir.

On the other hand, the authorities continued to impose strict curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir valley on the 11th straight day, today, to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. Millions of Kashmiris have been deprived of their liberties and fundamental rights during all these days. They have been stripped off of all their rights. Internet broadband, telephones and TV channels continuously remain snapped. The occupied territory remains cut off from the rest of the world. People are deprived of essential commodities like baby food and life-saving medicines. No access is given to patients to hospital and the territory is giving the picture of a humanitarian crisis. »

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Brussels, August 15 (KMS): The Kashmir Council Europe (KCEU) organized a protest demonstration in front of the Indian Embassy in Brussels to mark the Indian Independence Day, today, as Black Day.

It is important to mention that Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observe the Indian Independence Day as Black Day on August 15 every year. This year this day is being observed as India has revoked special status of Jammu and Kashmir and Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) is witnessing a severe situation as curfew has been imposed there for last 11 days. »

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Islamabad, August 15 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter organized a protest demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to mark India’s Independence Day as Black Day, today.

The participants of the demonstration expressed concern over the increasing Indian atrocities, illegal detentions and imposition of continued curfew by India in occupied Kashmir. They warned the Indian government to desist from suppressing the people of the territory through military might and other oppressive tactics. They said that New Delhi must realize the fact that it would not be able to subdue the Kashmiris’ freedom sentiment through use of brute force. »

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‘Not a single day since August 5 when no youth were picked up’

Srinagar, August 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police and troops have arrested dozens of youth from South Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian districts to prevent demonstrations against New Delhi’s decision of abrogating Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to the territory.

A Pulwama resident, Tanveer Ahmed, told The Wire that the Indian forces have arrested dozens of local youth from the district since August 06. “Forces have been raiding residential areas, bundling youth into their vehicles and detaining them at undisclosed locations,” he said.

Tanveer Ahmad maintained that not a single day had passed since August 05 when the forces did not raid a village in the district and arrest youth. »

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London, August 15 (KMS): The President of London-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR), Dr Nazir Gilani, in view of the scrapping of Articles 370 and 35-A of Indian Constitutions, has urged the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to reiterate Pakistan’s suggestion to the United Nations Security Council for taking steps to ensure deployment of UN forces in occupied Kashmir. »

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New Delhi, August 15 (KMS): Four prominent Indian political and civil society activists, who visited the Kashmir Valley after the abrogation of Article 370, on their return to New Delhi after spending five days travelling across occupied Kashmir, have said that the Indian authorities have turned the Kashmir valley into a prison under military control.

The activists in a report released in New Delhi said that the Indian media’s claims of occupied Kashmir being peaceful were grossly misleading. They said common people were seething, distrust against New Delhi had increased, which has marginalized pro-India parties and strengthened the hands of pro-freedom leaders. »

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Bradford, August 15 (KMS): The Jammu Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International (JKSDMI) team led by Founder Chairman Raja Najabat Hussain started a signature campaign on Kashmir petition on August 14 in Bradford, urging the international community, in particular the British and the European parliamentarians, to support  call for a safe, peaceful, secure and a prosperous future for the peoples of Jammu & Kashmir, and the whole region. »

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Srinagar, August 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, days after India imposed curfew and other restrictions in the territory, FRANCE 24’s correspondent, Surabhi Tandon, visited Srinagar to gauge public reaction as Muslims celebrated the Eid-al-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice.

Tandon reported that movement was severely restricted in the occupied territory, with locals under a curfew and no-go zones for journalists, whose movements were also tracked. »

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UN Security Council to discuss Kashmir on Friday

United Nations, August 15 (KMS): Pakistan got major diplomatic breakthrough at international level against India as the UN Security Council (UNSC) has granted the country’s request to discuss on Friday the India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The UNSC will discuss the Jammu and Kashmir situation behind closed doors most likely on 16 August, UNSC President Joanna Wronecka told reporters on Wednesday.

“Most probably on Friday,” Wronecka said when asked about the timing of the meeting. The Security Council would not operate on Thursday, she added.

India has got off the ground full-throttled efforts to get the meeting postponed or cancelled as the UNSC decision is being considered as a snub to the country. The council has taken up the issue of critical situation, involving also humanitarian crisis, in occupied Kashmir after almost 50 years. »

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