Jammu, August 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Sikh Progressive Front (SPF) and other Sikh organisations have demanded handing over the affairs of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Leh, to the Sikh community.

According to Balvinder Singh, President of SPF and President of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib Leh Development Trust, addressing a press conference in Jammu urged the Indian Defence Minister to redress demand for handing over the control of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib in Leh to the Sikh community for development, upkeep and raising of Gurudwara as a heritage site. »

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Srinagar, August 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, after banning the congregation prayers, the Indian government has started preventing the people of the territory from attending funerals of their dear ones who pass away.

The Indian authorities fear that these funerals could turn into anti-India protest demonstrations. Since the imposition of curfew and other restrictions in the territory on 5th August when New Delhi repealed the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities have not been allowing people to offer congregational prayers particularly Juma prayers in big mosques across the Kashmir valley. Now they are not allowing people to participate in the funeral of the deceased persons. »

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Kargil, August 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in the entire Kargil district on the 2nd day, today, to protest against the Narendra Modi-led government’s decision to abrogate special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two union territories.

Call for the two-day shutdown was given by Joint Action Committee (JAC), Kargil, and Coordination Committee, Drass. The shutdown was 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 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, situation in the territory is worsening with every passing day and people from India are also confirming human rights violations in the territory at the hands of Indian forces.

A report by Indian journalist, Barkha Dutt, maintained that the Kashmiris are suffering immensely due to communication blackout as they are unable to talk to their dear ones and number of arrested persons by the Indian forces is not known.

Barkha Dutt said that during her Srinagar visit she tried to inquire about arrested Kashmiris. She painted a picture of the occupied territory and termed the situation like a pressure cooker.

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Srinagar, August 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, despite strict curfew and other restrictions, people have staged at least 500 protest marches in the territory since 5th August when Narendra Modi-led government in New Delhi scrapped Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Hundreds of protesters have been injured due to the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells by Indian troops and paramilitary personnel on the protesters. A senior government official told media that as many as 36 persons have received pellet injuries in the Kashmir valley since August 05 which have been reported only in Srinagar hospitals. The data from other hospitals of the valley was not available. »

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Lockdown continues on 25th consecutive day today

Srinagar, August 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir valley remains under severe military siege for 25th consecutive day, today, as hundreds of thousands of Indian troops continue to enforce strict curfew and other restrictions to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations.

The Kashmir valley is under strict lockdown since 5th August when Narendra Modi-led communal government in New Delhi stripped occupied Kashmir of special status by repealing Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

The occupation authorities have converted the Kashmir valley into a military garrison by deploying hundreds of thousands of Indian troops and paramilitary personnel in every street, line and by-lane to stop people from staging demonstrations against the abrogation of special status of the territory. However, people defying the curfew and other restrictions have been staging protests to express their resentment against the Indian occupation and nefarious move of Modi government. »

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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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