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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Kargil, August 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Action Committee (JAC), Kargil, while expressing resentment against abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian constitution and imposition of continued curfew and communication blockade in the Kashmir valley by Narendra Modi-led government in New Delhi has called for two-day strike in Kargil from tomorrow. »

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Srinagar, August 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a doctor, Omar Salim, was arrested by Indian police officials after he informed media about the terrible health crisis because of continuing clampdown by India in the territory.

Dr Omar Salim, who is a urologist at the Government Medical College, Srinagar, had appeared at Press Enclave in Srinagar to speak to the media, wearing a doctor’s apron. He also held a placard that stated he was making a “request and not a protest”. »

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Curfew continued for 23rd day today

Srinagar August 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people defying curfew and other restrictions took to streets in south, north and central Kashmir, today, against India’s latest onslaught and imposition of Hindu culture on Kashmiri people.

Scores of people were injured when occupational forces fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on protesters in Soura area of Srinagar. A handicrafts store owner, Sameer Wani, told media men that it was a ‘do-or-die’ situation for Kashmiris amid deliberate destruction of their businesses and trampling of basic rights by the occupational forces. Many protesters said that they were worried about their teenaged sons, who were abducted by the troops during nocturnal raids.

Meanwhile, people are facing severe shortage of food, medicines and other commodities due to unabated curfew and communication blockade, which entered the 23rd consecutive day, today, in the Kashmir valley. Markets and schools are shut while all internet and communication services including landline phone, mobile and TV channels are closed in Kashmir valley and five districts of Jammu region. Local newspapers are offline while most of them failed to bring out their print editions. »

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New Delhi, August 27 (KMS): The Government of India must immediately release all political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir and put an end to the deliberate silencing of voices in the region, said Amnesty International.

Aakar Patel, head of Amnesty International India in a statement said, “For the 22nd day in a row, life has been derailed for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The communication blockade and security clampdown, the alleged detention of political leaders and restrictions on media to report has created an information black hole in Jammu and Kashmir, a region which has witnessed serious human rights violations in the past.” »

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Islamabad seminar pledges full support to Kashmir cause

Islamabad, August 27 (KMS): Speakers at a seminar held in Islamabad, today, expressed complete solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir who are suffering immensely due to continued curfew and other restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities.

Occupied Kashmir is under strict clampdown since August 05, 2019, when Narendra Modi-led Indian government announced repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to the territory. »

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