AI urges India to lift blackout, let Kashmir speak

Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the humanitarian crisis is aggravating further as the Indian authorities continue to impose curfew and other restrictions in the Kashmir valley on the 41st consecutive day, today.

The Kashmir valley remains under strict military siege as hundreds of thousands of Indian troops deployed in every nook and corner continue to keep millions of people confined to their homes. Normal life is crippled with educational institutions, shops, markets and business establishments remaining closed and public transport off the roads. Communication services like mobile, internet and TV channels are snapped in the entire Kashmir valley and in some parts of Jammu region.

The telecom sector of the territory has suffered a loss of more than 900 million rupees in last one month. An official of a telecom company told media that it would become difficult for the operators to continue their services if the Indian government did not lift the restrictions on mobile services and data in occupied Kashmir. »

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Hyderabad (India), September 14 (KMS): Left-wing political parties of India held a seminar in Hyderabad, capital of Talangana State, over the scrapping of Article 370 by the Narendra Modi government that granted special status to occupied Kashmir.

Talangana State Secretary of Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M), Tammineni Veerabhadram, CPI State Secretary Chada Venkat, former member of Rajya Sabha, Aziz Pasha, the editor of daily Andhra Jyothy, Sriniwas and others addressed the seminar. »

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Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the continued communication blockade and other restrictions by the Indian government have also affected patients.

The territory is witnessing an increasing number of fatal heart attacks as patients are denied medical attention, for want of phone lines, a doctor posted at a main hospital in Srinagar, told Delhi-based ‘Outlook’ magazine.

He said, “In August and September, we have seen a rise in heart attack cases. We are getting eight to 10 patients every day, which is unprecedented.” »

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New Delhi, September 14 (KMS): A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Indian Supreme Court against the illegal detention of children following the abrogation of Article 370 and an unprecedented lockdown in occupied Kashmir.

Eminent child rights expert, Enakshi Ganguly and first Chairperson of the National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR), Professor Shanta Sinha filed the petition. »

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Brussels, Sept 14 (KMS): Members of the European Union Parliament called for trade and travel sanctions on India over the alarming human rights situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
The Co-Chair of the Friends of Kashmir Group in the EU parliament, Richard Corbett, called for utilising all possible means to mount pressure on India to ease the military curfew in occupied Kashmir.
He proposed the imposition of trade sanctions on New Delhi and restrictions on the travel of those involved in committing human rights violations and acts of terrorism in Indian occupied Kashmir. »

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Washington, Sept 14 (KMS): The Subcommittee of US House Committee on Foreign Affairs will meet soon and hold discussion on human rights situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) which has been under a clampdown since August 5.
This was stated by Brad Sherman, a member of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, in his tweet.
He said that yesterday several members of the United States House of Representatives held a meeting with Acting Assistant Secretary of State for south and central Asian affairs Alice Wells. »

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Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): Global human rights watchdog, Amnesty International demanding an end to continued lockdown in occupied Kashmir, has urged India to let the people of the territory speak.

In a video posted on Twitter, Amnesty International has exposed gruesome crimes being committed by Indian forces’ personnel against the people of occupied Kashmir.

The video was posted with a caption that said “The Kashmir blackout is over 40 days old. 8 million people are under lockdown. In the world’s most militarised zone”. »

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Mumbai, September 14 (KMS): Dr S. Natarajan, eye surgeon and chief of All India Opthalmological Society, who operated on 200 Kashmiri pellet victims in 2016, is ready to help again the people of occupied Kashmir.

Dr S. Natarajan in an interview in Mumbai said that on his first visit he operated on 47 patients injured by pellet guns in three days at the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital in Srinagar. Four visits in the next five months took the number of surgeries close to 200, he added. »

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Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference (JKPC) has filed a writ petition before the Indian Supreme Court challenging the scrapping of the Article 370 through Presidential order.

In the petition filed through advocate Ejaz Maqbool, the JKPC said that Kashmir had a separate constitution and Indian Parliament had a limited scope to enact legislation for the territory.

The petition said the Indian President does not have the power to arbitrarily change the political form and essence of the territory without seeking approval of the legislature concerned. »

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Burton (UK), September 14 (KMS): A protest demonstration will be held on September 21 in Burton town centre in support of the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir facing India’s new onslaught since August 05.

The Kashmir Forum in Burton is organizing the demonstration at the Memorial Gardens in Lichfield Street to express solidarity with the people of the occupied territory.

The Indian government repealed special status of occupied Kashmir on August 05 and since then the people of the territory have been facing continued curfew, restrictions and communication blockade.

The Kashmir Forum is a non-political group and has a widespread connection with towns and cities all over the United Kingdom and even internationally, with forums in Norway, France and Canada. »

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