One killed, many injured in forces’ firing

Srinagar, August 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities continue to impose strict curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir valley and at least five districts of Jammu region on the 14th consecutive day, today.

At least one person, identified as Mohammad Ayub, was martyred and scores injured during clashes between Indian troops and protesters who defied curfew orders and other restrictions. Two senior government officials confirmed that at least two dozen people were admitted to hospitals with pellet injuries. The heavy clashes broke out in around two dozen places in Srinagar including Soura, Rainawari, Nowhetta and Gojwara areas of the city. Many residents in Bemina area of Srinagar complained that the troops raided their houses, assaulted them and damaged properties with stones and iron rods. Four thousand people have been arrested by the Indian forces over the past two weeks. »

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Tehran, August 18 (KMS): Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi, the interim Friday prayer leader of Tehran, has said the issue of Kashmir is one of the tragedies of the Muslim world.

Addressing worshippers on Friday, Seddiqi said the Indian government was expected to abide by international law. “Their action is contrary to human conscience, fairness and even the domestic laws of that country,” the cleric remarked. »

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New Delhi, August 18 (KMS): The Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, Anuradha Bhasin has said that the present restrictions and clampdown on the media is comparable to that in the early 90s.

Anuradha Bhasin speaking during a press interaction at the Indian Women’s Press Corps said that Kashmir had seen human rights violations, partial or complete ban on Internet and mobile connectivity, but this was the first time since the early 1990s when the fixed line phones too had stopped working and the mobility of journalists had been completely affected. »

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New Delhi, August 18 (KMS): Six petitioners, including two former high-ranking military officers, have approached the Supreme Court of India to challenge the Indian government move to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcate it into two union territories.

The petitions, including those filed by former Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak and retired Major General Ashok Mehra, said taking such a legislative step without the affirmation or sanction of the people of Kashmir violated the constitutional imperative of Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Ankara, August 18 (KMS): Turkey has urged the United Nations to play a more active role in resolving the lingering Kashmir dispute within the framework of its resolutions.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry in a statement issued in Ankara, welcomed the consultations held by the UN Security Council on Friday on the recent developments in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir.

The ministry also reiterated its wish that the dispute be resolved through dialogue between the parties concerned. It also called for calm and avoiding unilateral steps that would escalate tension. »

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Many injured in forces’ firing on protestors

Srinagar, August 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities continue to impose strict curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir valley on the 14th consecutive day, today, to prevent people from holding demonstrations against India’s move of abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian authorities have been maintaining a strict curfew in the Kashmir valley since 5th August when Narendra Modi government announced scraping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. However, people defied curfew and came out of their houses in Srinagar, on Saturday, and protested against abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government. »

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Canada, August 18 (KMS): A Kashmiri woman who is studying in B.C. has said that she still cannot get in contact with family back home, nearly two weeks after a crackdown in the territory.

Zehra Munshi came to Canada last year to study for her master’s degree in law at the University of Victoria, leaving the rest of her family behind in occupied Kashmir. »

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