Srinagar, August 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, large number of people defying stringent restrictions took to the streets in Srinagar and other places of the territory to protest against the Indian government’s decision to abrogate the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Protests erupted today soon after Friday prayers against the revocation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. The protesters including young and old were chanting slogans against India and in favour of freedom. They marched along the lanes of Srinagar and other areas, carrying black flags — signifying grief — and placards with slogans including “Go India, go back”, “We want freedom”, “Stop Genocide in Kashmir, Wake Up World,”. Indian police and paramilitary forces resorted to teargas shelling and pellet firing to disperse the demonstrators resulting in injuries to many people. »

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London, August 16 (KMS): Ahead of a closed-door consultation on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the UN Security Council, today, Amnesty International has said the Kashmiri people should not be treated as pawns in a political crisis, and the international community must come together to call for their human rights to be respected.

Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International in a statement issued on its website, today, said, “The actions of the Indian government have thrown ordinary people’s lives into turmoil, subjecting them to unnecessary pain and distress on top of the years of human rights violations they have already endured.” »

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Islamabad, August 16 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter held a demonstration outside the UN Observer Office in Islamabad, today, urging the United Nations Security Council to take steps for granting the Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination.

During the demonstration a memorandum addressed to the UN Secretary General and presented to the office strongly denounced the unprovoked firing of Indian troops on civilian population along the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Qom (Iran), August 16 (KMS): A big rally was taken out in Qom city of Iran, today, against the increase if Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

The rally which started from Al-Quds Mosque was participated by Kashmiri students as well as a large number of Iranian people. They raised slogans against India and in favour of freedom of Jammu and Kashmir from Indian occupation.

The participants of the rally, expressing concern over the Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir, appealed to the world community to play its positive role in the settlement of the lingering Kashmir dispute. They said, the way the demography of Kashmir is being changed, the people of Kashmir would never accept it. »

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Srinagar, August 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, after massive crackdown against political leaders and activists by the Indian authorities following the abrogation of Article 370, there is no further space in jails and police stations to lodge the detainees.

Around a thousand detentions have compelled the authorities to hire private properties to accommodate the arrested persons. »

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Strict curfew, communication blockade continue

Srinagar, August 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Joint Hurriyat Forum 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 statement issued in Srinagar, the Forum urged the people to defy curfew and other restrictions and protest against the Indian nefarious design to change the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation. The statement pointed out that the call of protests was made in response to the wishes of the Kashmiri people. The Hurriyat Forum said the Kashmiri nation will never accept the Hindutva based machinations and will not allow Hindu fundamentalists to enter their motherland. It maintained that the sacrifices of the Kashmiri martyrs will not be betrayed and the Kashmiri people will show their strength in saving their mothers, sisters and daughters from the onslaught of the Hindu zealots. The Joint Hurriyat Forum appealed to the people to defy curfew and restrictions. It maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is the land of Kashmiris who will decide their future themselves. The statement said, come what may, the people of Kashmir will never accept Indian occupation. »

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New Delhi, August 16 (KMS): Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader and noted Kashmiri social activist, Shehla Rasheed Shora, has said that all of occupied Kashmir is a jail right now – an open-air prison.

Shehla Rasheed in a post on social networking site facebook wrote, “The authorities, some reports say, are even jailing children of class seven – this is not normal. Not anywhere, not by any standards.” »

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Islamabad, August 16 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter, today, held a demonstration outside the UN Observer Office in Islamabad urging the United Nations Security Council to take steps for granting the Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination.

During the demonstration a memorandum addressed to the UN Secretary General was presented to the office. The demonstration was organized as the UNSC is holding a special meeting to discuss the Kashmir dispute, today. The memorandum strongly denounced the unprovoked firing of Indian troops on civilian population along the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. »

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New Delhi, August 16 (KMS): Prominent activists of South Asia expressing solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir have condemned the inhuman clampdown they are being subjected to.

More than 250 journalists, academics, scholars, artists, activists of South Asian and those who work on South Asia, including Veena Das, Partha Chatterjee, A.S. Panneerselvan, Ayesha Jalal, Shahidul Alam, Kul Chandra Gautam, Gyanendra Pandey, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, M.V. Ramana, Pervez Hoodbhoy, Zia Mian, Sofia Karim, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Martha Nussbaum and Sheldon Pollock issued a statement also condemned New Delhi’s move to repeal Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, August 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, former puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter has said that Kashmiris have been caged like animals and deprived of basic human rights.

Mehbooba’s daughter, Iltija Javed said this in a letter written to the Indian Home Minister, Amit Shah.

She wrote in her letter that while India celebrated its Independence Day, Kashmiris were caged like animals and deprived of basic human rights. She said, she is not informed when visitors are turned away from the gate and that she is not allowed to step out of her home. »

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