Sit-ins held, Modi’s effigy burnt in Punjab

Srinagar, September 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, curfew and communications blackout continued for the 44th consecutive day, today, with all shops and business establishments closed and schools without attendance.

The authorities relaxed restrictions to a limited extent in some areas and opened schools but the students failed to turn up as parents were unwilling to send their children to schools in view of their safety. The attendance in government offices in these areas also remained thin. The mobile telephone and internet services continued to remain totally suspended.

Due to the ongoing military clampdown, the people of the Kashmir valley are facing acute shortage of basic essentials including food, milk and life-saving drugs. Under the prevailing circumstances, the local newspapers find it difficult to hit the stands, while they couldn’t update their online editions. »

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Toronto (Canada), September 17 (KMS): A protest rally was organized in Toronto, Canada, against imposition of continued curfew, restrictions and communication blockade by India in occupied Kashmir.

Braving rain, a large number of Kashmiris and their sympathizers took part in the rally. The protesters were raising slogans like ‘Go India – Go Back”, “We want freedom”, “Freedom is our right”, “Stop killings in Kashmir’, “Modi is a terrorist” and “Modi is Hitler”.

The protesters holding flags of Azad Jammu and Kashmir were also carrying banners with slogans like “Kashmiris want freedom”, “12 million Kashmiris under lockdown”, “India stop killing Kashmiris”, “Indian Army out of Kashmir”, Stop genocide in Kashmir”, “Stop human rights violations in Kashmir” and “Implement UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir”. »

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Petition opposes award to Modi

Washington, September 17 (KMS): London-based global rights watchdog, the Amnesty International has vowed that it would not be silenced on raising concerns about the situation in occupied Kashmir despite facing intimidation by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s government.

Amnesty International Secretary-General, Kumi Naidoo, in a media interview in Washington said that the Modi government has made a very big attempt to crush Amnesty in India, stressing on the Kashmir question and on various human rights questions in India itself. »

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Lahore, September 17 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that the whole nation is united on the Kashmir issue.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated this while addressing All Parties Kashmir Conference organized by PTI Punjab in Lahore on Tuesday, Radio Pakistan reported.

The foreign minister said that the Indian government had taken illegal measures on August 05. He said that the unilateral measures of the Indian government had given a new turn to the Kashmir dispute. »

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Actors Riz Ahmed and Jameela Jamil boycott Gates event

Washington, September 17 (KMS): Activists delivered a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the Gates Foundation’s Seattle headquarters asking the high-profile organization not to give an award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in view of his actions in occupied Kashmir.

The petition from Justice for All says the award, which the foundation is giving to Modi for a sanitation initiative in India at an event next week, “could not have come at a more awkward time.” »

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Srinagar, September 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops are torching markets during night time to intimidate the Kashmiris into submission and divert their attention from the ongoing freedom movement.

The troops in such mysterious incidents have set ablaze at least 15 shops in Beerwah area of Budgam district during last fifteen days. Locals said that the troops set on fire twelve shops near bus stand in Beerwah on the intervening night of 14th and 15th September. They said that before that the shops of Ghulam Muhammad Rangroot, Pervez Ahmed Waza and Mushtaq Ahmed Butt were burnt in the same market. »

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‘I’ve seen list of 1,800 people detained from Shopian alone’

Srinagar, September 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, screams of people are often heard from Indian army camps at night, as troops pick up youth from Shopian villages and torture them at their camps ‘to make them an example for other villagers’.

Around two dozen young men in the villages of Shopian shared such terrible stories with the media. “The army is making examples of two or three young men from each village,” said one resident of Shopian who has compiled a list.

The soldiers came after midnight, Abid Khan says, his hands trembling, one of around two dozen young men in just one part of occupied Kashmir who say they have been tortured by the Indian army. »

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London, Sept 17 (KMS):  British Labour MP John Spellar has called on the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to obtain justice for the oppressed people of Indian occupied Kashmir.
Occupied Kashmir had its autonomy wiped out last month after restrictions were imposed on it by the Indian government.
The petition, which was organised by the Smethwick Pakistani Muslims Association and its chairman Amir Afzal, expressed deep concerns about the worsening human rights situation; with mass arrests, alleged torture and abuse, and numerous deaths. »

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Srinagar, September 17(KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and Muslim Khawateen Chairperson, Yasmeen Raja has expressed serious concern over the atrocities and illegal detentions of Hurriyat leaders and youth of the territory.

Yasmeen Raja in a statement while condemning curfew, restrictions and blockade of Internet and mobile phone access since past more than six weeks urged international community to take serious notice of worst situation of Kashmir and continued human rights violations perpetrated by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. »

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Geneva, September 17 (KMS): The APHC-AJK leader, Shameem Shawl has said that unresolved Kashmir dispute has been causing unprecedented sufferings to the Kashmiris not only due to wars but due to massive human rights violations by Indian occupational forces with impunity under the cover of black laws.

Speaking in Geneva she said the inhuman and disgraceful situation in the UN-mandated disputed territory makes everyone believe that present regime in India is fascist and racist; further more it shows that it does not have any faith in fundamental human rights and dignity of humans. This regime is targeting women and kids more to create fear to make Kashmir’s submit before the Indian extra judicial might; the continuous imposition of curfew since 5th August 2019, 40th day in total so far has deprived the entire population from basic needs of food, medicine and excess to the life saving facilities which is proving to be more catastrophic. »

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