Kargil, August 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, in the entire Kargil district to protest against the BJP-led Indian government’s decision to scrap special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two union territories.

The shutdown is also aimed to demand the release of political prisoners and to restore communication services in occupied Kashmir.

All business establishments, schools, government and private offices remained closed in Kargil, Sankoo, Suru and Drass areas of the district. »

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Srinagar, August 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, High schools in the Kashmir valley reopened in some areas, today, but students kept away.

Higher Secondary schools in the valley were shut for over three weeks due to restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities.

Officials said that high schools reopened this morning. However, limited staff presence was seen in schools.

Occupied Kashmir is facing unprecedented clampdown since August 05 when Narendra Modi-led communal government revoked the special status of the territory by abrogating Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

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Lockdown badly affects hospitality industry

Srinagar, August 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, due to the complete lockdown imposed by the Indian government, more than 5,000 hotels stand locked and at least 10,000 staff members of chain of hotels have been fired in the territory.

The owners of the hotels says that due to the huge losses they have suffered in the past over three weeks, they were not able to pay their loan installments let alone the salary of their employees. »

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Kashmiris hailed for resisting India’s nefarious move

Srinagar, August 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, as the valleys of Kashmir, Chenab and Peer Panchal remained cut off from the rest of the world for the 24th consecutive day, today, people continued to face acute shortage of essential commodities including baby food and life-saving drugs with the region representing a humanitarian crisis.

Narendra Modi-led communal government in New Delhi has been keeping the occupied territory under strict lockdown since 5th August when it announced repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to occupied Kashmir. Millions of Kashmiris continue to remain under strict siege enforced by hundreds of thousands of Indian troops deployed in every nook and corner of the valley, turning it into big jail for its inhabitants.

The entire Kashmir valley as well as Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Ramban and Rajouri areas of Jammu region are without internet and communication services and TV channels and the residents have no information about the happenings taking place around them. Local newspapers could not update their online editions while majority of them could also not be printed due to restrictions. Schools in the Kashmir valley continued to remain shut. »

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Curfew, communication blackout continue on 24th day

Srinagar, August 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir valley remains cut off from the rest of the world for the 24th consecutive day, today, as the occupation authorities continue to impose curfew and other restrictions.

The occupied Kashmir is under strict lockdown since 5th August when Narendra Modi-led Indian government announced repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian authorities have converted the Kashmir valley particularly Srinagar into a military garrison by deploying Indian troops and paramilitary personnel in every nook and corner to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the move. However, people repeatedly flouting the curfew and other restrictions have been staging protests to show their resentment against the Indian occupation and nefarious move. »

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Srinagar, August 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat activists while hailing the courageous Kashmiri youth and sons of the soil for resisting India’s nefarious move of repealing the special status of the territory have appealed them to remain steadfast.

The appeal has been made through posters and handbills issued in occupied Kashmir. “We will remain united and will compel India to leave our motherland. Our resolve will compel international community to join us and raise voice for our right to self-determination which is our birth right,” the handbills and protesters read. »

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United Nations, August 28 (KMS): UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, during his meeting with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on the sidelines of the G7 Summit at Biarritz in France has urged India and Pakistan to avoid any escalation in Kashmir.

Addressing a press briefing in New York, Secretary-General’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric said that the issue of Kashmir came under discussion during the meeting of Guterres and Modi. “For the Secretary General’s part, he reiterated the message that he has been saying publicly, and that’s basically a need for all parties to avoid any escalation,” Dujarric said.

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Brussels, August 28 (KMS): A bi-cycle rally was held in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, in order to express solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir.

The rally organized by Kashmir Council Europe (KCEU) started from Place Schuman in front of European External Action Service, European Council and European Commission offices and ended in front of the European Parliament.

The participants of the rally led by KCEU Chairman, Ali Raza Syed, carrying flags of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and placards with slogans expressing solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir marched on the roads of the city. Beside, the elders, children and youth were also participants of the rally which attracted the people while driving on the roads. Drivers stopped their vehicles at many places in order to view the rally. »

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Brussels, August 28 (KMS): European Union (EU) has said a political resolution of the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan is the only way to solve the dispute.

The EU spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy, Maja Kocijancic, in a press briefing in Brussels said the EU support a bilateral political solution between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, which in our view remains the only way to solve a long-lasting dispute that causes instability and insecurity in the region.

Kocijancic said the EU has been quite active on the diplomatic front over the Kashmir dispute. »

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