2019 August 22 » Kashmir Media Service

Geneva, 22 August (KMS): UN human rights experts today called on the Government of India to end the crackdown on freedom of expression, access to information and peaceful protests imposed in Indian occupied Kashmir this month.

The experts expressed concern that the measures, imposed after the Indian Parliament revoked the Constitutionally-mandated status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, would exacerbate tensions in the region. »

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Genocide Watch urges UN to stop impending genocide in IOK

Tehran, August 22 (KMS): A resolution supporting Kashmiris’ struggle in occupied Kashmir has been presented in Iranian parliament.

A member of the Iranian parliament, Ali Mathari, presenting the resolution said that all the Muslim countries including Iran had an important responsibility regarding the oppressed Kashmiri Muslims and the Kashmir dispute. He said Iran could not remain dissociated from the fate and destination of Muslim Ummah. He said that ending special status of Kashmir was an important matter and the Muslim countries should support the people of Kashmir in this hour of trouble. The people of Kashmir, he added, are innocent and India is cruel because it is violating the legal rights of the Kashmiris. »

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Curfew enters 18th consecutive day

Srinagar, August 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people while defying curfew and lockdown imposed by the occupation authorities will conduct a march towards the UN office at Sonawar in Srinagar after Friday prayers, tomorrow, against India’s anti-Kashmir moves and its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

Call for the march has been given by the Resistance leaders through posters appearing in Srinagar and other parts of the valley. The leaders have urged every young, old, men and women to join the march to convey to India and the world that the Kashmiris would not accept Indian occupation over their territory and Hindu culture. The march is also aimed at resisting the Indian attempt to change the demography of Kashmir through settlement of the outsiders in the territory. The clerics will raise the issue during their Friday sermons. »

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Srinagar, August 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, curfew and other restrictions entered 18th day today aggravating the plight of the entire besieged population in Kashmir and Pirpanchal valley and several places of Jammu.

Indian forces have blocked roads by erecting steep barricades and using concertina wires and restricted people to come out on road to protest against Indian aggression. However, people are attempting repeatedly flout curfew and other restrictions to stage protests against abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Several people were arrested by Indian forces during house raids in Srinagar and other areas of the valley. »

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Tehran, August 22 (KMS): A resolution has been presented in the parliament of Iran in support of occupied Kashmir.

The resolution was presented by the Majilis-e-Shura Islami member of Iran, Ali Mathari during the ongoing meeting of the Shura.

The Majilis-e-Shura Islami member of Iran, Ali Mathari said that all the Muslim countries including Iran had an important responsibility regarding the oppressed Kashmiri Muslims and the Kashmir dispute. »

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New Delhi, August 22 (KMS): A Delhi court has sent former member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Rashid to judicial custody in a fake funding case.

Engineer Rashid is the first pro-India politician to have been arrested by the Indian infamous National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the case.

District Judge Yashwant Kumar sent Rashid to the judicial custody for two weeks after the NIA produced him before the court on expiry of his custodial interrogation. »

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Jammu, August 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) has warned that a massive humanitarian crisis is fast approaching if the world community continues to maintain criminal silence on the continued lockdown in the territory.

Leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and the JKPM Chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem in a statement issued in Jammu said that apart from entire population of the Kashmir valley more than two million people of the Chenab Valley and Pirpanchal region of the Jammu division had been put under the strict curfew without any communication with rest of the world. »

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Srinagar, August 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, on the first day of the opening of middle schools, the attendance continued to be thin in most schools despite the authorities’ claims that the attendance of students was increasing since Monday when the schools were opened for the first time after two weeks of lockdown.

Many schools continued to be locked on Wednesday. Earlier, the primary schools were opened on Monday but in past three days, students had stayed away from classes and most of the schools witnessed zero attendance.

Reports said, the parents are apprehensive about sending their children to the schools fearing their safety in the current Kashmir scenario. »

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Washington DC, August 22 (KMS): Genocide Watch, a US-based organization, has issued a genocide alert for occupied Kashmir in the wake of India’s ongoing clampdown following revocation of its special status.

It issued the alert just as Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, urged the international community to prevent the impending genocide in Occupied Kashmir.

The Genocide Watch, which keeps an eye on disputes across the world, gave a brief history of Kashmir in its alert while detailing the reasons which led it to issue the warning. »

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Jammu, August 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, four persons including two teenagers died and six others were injured in a road accident in Reasi district.

The accident occurred when a minibus, which was on way from Mahore to Bathoi, rolled down in a deep gorge resulting into death of four persons, including driver-cum owner of the vehicle, at mountainous Mahore area of the district, said Sujit Kumar, DIG Udhampur-Reasi Range.

The deceased passengers, identified as Mohammad Sajjad (15), driver-cum owner of the minibus, Abdul Hamid (40), Mohammad Rizwan (13) and Nadeem Ahmad (20) were residents of Bathoi village in Mahore. »

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