Islamabad, August 20 (KMS): Pakistan government on Tuesday decided to take the issue of human rights violation in occupied Kashmir to International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The decision of involving the ICJ in the matter was confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi who said, “An in-principle decision has been taken to take the issue of disputed Kashmir to the International Court of Justice.” »

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Srinagar, August 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police and troops arrested 30 more youth last night in Srinagar to prevent demonstrations against Indian government’s decision to strip the territory of its special status.

Crowds have demonstrated frequently in the city despite a severe clampdown on phone and internet services, a ban on public gatherings and detention of hundreds of Hurriyat leaders and political activists. »

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India failed to show normalcy

Srinagar, August 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people defying curfew and other restrictions took to the streets in Srinagar and other parts of the territory to protest against the Indian occupation and revoking of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government.

Groups of youth came out of their houses in Srinagar and elsewhere and staged anti-India protests. Indian troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells injuring scores of protesters. At least, eight people with pellet injuries were admitted to hospitals in Srinagar. An official confirmed that at least two dozen stone pelting incidents took place in different areas of the Kashmir valley.

Meanwhile, curfew and other restrictions continued for the 16th consecutive day, today, in the Kashmir valley and five districts of Jammu region aggravating the plight of the besieged population. All TV channels, landline and cellular phones and internet services are snapped cutting the links of Kashmir with the rest of the world since Narendra Modi government scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on 5th August. Markets and shops are closed while transport is off the roads since then. Local journalists complain that Indian forces do not allow them to perform their professional duties. »

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Delhi, August 20 (KMS): Former student leader of Jawaharlal Nehru University and noted Kashmiri social activist, Shehla Rasheed, has called for a fair investigation into the human rights abuses being committed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir after New Delhi abrogated Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

In a series of tweets, Shehla Rasheed said, “All of my tweets are based on conversations with people. My thread highlights the positive work of the administration too. Let the Army conduct a fair and impartial probe and I’m willing to share the details of the incidents mentioned with them.” »

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Srinagar, August 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, doctors have warned that the grim situation has led to a blatant denial of the right to healthcare amid unabated curfew and communication blackout imposed in the territory since August 5.

A group of 18 doctors from across India through a letter called for the lifting of the restrictions immediately. The lockdown came after India revoked the Article 370 of its constitution, which gave Jammu and Kashmir special status. India then sent tens of thousands of troops to the Kashmir valley to counter protests. »

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Islamabad, August 20 (KMS): The Vice President of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, has urged the world leaders to play their pro-active role in ending the horrific siege on Kashmiris who have been caged in their homes and held incommunicado since the BJP government striped occupied Kashmir of its special status.

In a letter addressed to the leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar maintained that India’s illegal move to strip the occupied territory of its special status by revoking Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution through a Presidential Order was a flagrant violations of the UN resolutions. Terming it as an act of aggression, he said that the illegal annexation of the territory was not only open violation of the international covenants but a ruthless assault on the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have been time and again pushed into throes of instability and perpetual violence by the Indian State. »

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Terms what BJP did in Kashmir as classic colonial excuse

New Delhi, August 20 (KMS): Nobel laureate Dr Amartya Sen has vehemently criticised the Indian government’s move on Kashmir saying as an Indian he is not proud of the fact that India has lost that reputation of being a democratic country on the grounds of action that it has taken in Kashmir.

Dr Amartya Sen, who is an economist and philosopher, in a media interview in New Delhi said, “I don’t think ultimately you will have any resolution in Kashmir without democracy.” »

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India failed to show manufactured normalcy: TV channel

Srinagar, August 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, curfew and other restrictions continue since August 5 when Narendra Modi government announced scraping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The entire occupied territory particularly the Kashmir valley has been turned into a military garrison as Indian troops and police personnel are deployed in every nook and corner. In Srinagar, thousands of troops and policemen are patrolling the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes to thwart any attempt of people to stage anti-India demonstrations. The authorities also continue to impose information blockade as TV channels and internet links remain snapped and restrictions on media continue since 5th August. »

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