Washington, September 12 (KMS): A bipartisan group of US senators is pressing President Trump to take immediate action to help facilitate an end to the deepening humanitarian crisis in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), wrote to Trump Thursday urging him to “to immediately facilitate an end to the current humanitarian crisis.” »

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Islamabad, September 12 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) Chapter held, today, a protest demonstration outside the National Press Club in Islamabad.

The protest demonstration was held against the continued lockdown and communications blackout in occupied Kashmir. »

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New Delhi, September 12 (KMS): Protests were held at Jantar Manta in New Delhi against the communication blackout and crackdown on Ashura processions in occupied Kashmir.

Annie Raja, General Secretary of National Federation of Indian Women (NIFW), at the protest site said that women in Kashmir used to organise protests on the tenth day of each month, demanding the whereabouts of their loved ones who were made to disappear by the Indian Army. “We are here to extend solidarity to those women and to the people of Kashmir,” she added. »

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India urged to end curfew, blockade

Srinagar, September 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life continued to remain paralysed as the unprecedented lockdown entered its 39th day, today, with schools, markets and other business establishments closed and public transport off the roads.

Communication links including mobile and internet services and TV channels are snapped in the entire Kashmir valley and areas of Jammu region since 5th of August, the day India scrapped Kashmir’s special status. Curfew and communication blockade continue to take a heavy toll on the lives of all residents irrespective of caste, age, gender and creed. They are facing shortage of food stuff, milk, life-saving drugs and other commodities. According to doctors at Soura hospital, Srinagar, more than six patients die in the hospital on daily basis specifically due to the lockdown-generated issues. »

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Islamabad, September 12 (KMS): Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday urged people to go to Muzaffarabad tomorrow (Friday) to become voice of the besieged Kashmiris facing Indian state terrorism. »

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Lockdown in valley continues on 39th day

New Delhi, September 12 (KMS): Several doctors belonging to Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare (ADEH) in India have urged the Indian Home Minister to facilitate their visit to assess the healthcare situation in the occupied Kashmir valley, which remains under lockdown on 39th day, today.

In a letter sent through email and post, these doctors have said that there are conflicting reports about the healthcare situation in the valley. Whereas the authorities’ statements are that healthcare is normal, but several media and independent reports are to the contrary, they added. »

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Washington, September 12 (KMS): Expressing concerns over human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir, two US lawmakers have urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to convince India to end the communication blockade in the Muslim majority region.
Pramila Jayapal, an Indian-American Congresswoman and James P McGovern conveyed their concerns to Pompeo through a letter calling for the human rights observers and international media to be allowed into Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Islamabad, September 12 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Thursday said Pakistan has successfully sensitised the world regarding the alarming human rights situation in Indian occupied Kashmir and exposed Indian designs.

In an Interview after his return from Geneva, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he highlighted Kashmir issue and appreciated the response of human rights organisation as positive. »

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Maryum Maqsood

Pakistan recently adopted a strategy of resettlement in foreign policy that is the need of the hour in new world order. With the new elected government of PTI with election campaign of “Naya Pakistan” new policy was to gain “diplomatic support” while disapproving the “propaganda” against state created by hostile countries. The pivot of entire new policy of new government was to strengthen the economic aspect, to create investment opportunities, facilitate the peace process, to negotiate the longstanding issues and promote the soft image of the country across the world. The consequent emerging powerful Pakistan was a threat to countries historically antagonistic. Sensing this fear, the antagonistic group ganged up and started working together to weaken Pakistan. A corroborative plan was thus engineered to cow down the resilient Pakistani nation using Kashmir issue. »

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United Nations, September 12 (KMS): The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has appealed to India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue.

UN Secretary General’s Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, at a press briefing in New York said, Antonio Guterres had spoken to the leaders of both countries. “Guterres met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G7 Summit last month in Biarritz, France, and has also spoken to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi,” Dujarric said. »

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