Situation in occupied Kashmir extremely grim: Bilal Siddiqi

Srinagar, September 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the occupation authorities disallowed the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, from holding a press conference at his residence in Srinagar, today.

Due to suspension of communications means, Syed Ali Gilani, had invited the media persons through letters. However, when the media men reached his home, Indian policemen deployed there stopped them from getting in and asked them to leave. Syed Ali Gilani is under continued house arrest since 2010.

APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqi, in an exclusive interview with Kashmir Media Service, today, said that situation in occupied Kashmir was extremely grim and people were not safe even in their homes. He said that the people of occupied Kashmir had been engaged in prolonged mass uprisings in 2008, 2010 and 2016. However, he added, this time around they are not being allowed to hold big demonstrations to express their resentment and whenever they are able to assemble they are subjected to pellet firing. The APHC leader appreciated the role being played by Pakistan in highlighting the miseries of the people of occupied Kashmir at the international level. He said, the recent Indian actions are nothing short of military oppression. »

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Srinagar, September 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities didn’t allow the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Gilani, to address a press conference at his residence in Srinagar, today.

Due to suspension of communications means, Syed Ali Gilani had sent letters to the journalists, asking them to attend the press conference. However, when the media men, nearly 35 in number, reached the residence of APHC chairman, Indian policemen deployed there barred them to go inside. Pertinently, Syed Ali Gilani is under continued house arrest since 2010.

The reporters and photographers, who reached the venue around 10.30 am, were asked to disperse from the locality immediately as the police cited imposition of Section 144 in the area. »

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Islamabad, September 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqi, has said that situation in the occupied territory is extremely grim and people are not safe even in their houses.

In an exclusive interview with Kashmir Media Service, today, Bilal Siddiqi said that the people were facing immense hardships due to strict restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities since August 5. He said that the people are scared to venture out of their houses and move about as there is no surety that they would be able to return home.

Bilal Siddiqi said that the people of occupied Kashmir had been engaged in prolonged mass uprisings in 2008, 2010 and 2016. However, he added, this time around they are not being allowed to hold big demonstrations to express their resentment and whenever they are able to assemble they are subjected to pellet firing. He said that mass arrests, suspension of communications links and detention of Hurriyat leadership are also making it difficult for the people to stage forceful demonstrations. »

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Islamabad, September 18 (KMS): President Dr Arif Alvi has said that India took an illegal, immoral, and inhuman step by revoking the Special Status of Kashmir on 5th of the last month.

Addressing the National Parliamentarians Conference on Kashmir in Islamabad this evening, he said the people of Kashmir are striving for getting their homeland freed from Indian occupation. »

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AJK PM says ready to shed last drop of blood for Kashmir’s freedom

Islamabad, September 18 (KMS): The Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Sadiq Sanjrani has emphatically stated that Pakistan will always stand by their Kashmiri brethren for protection of their rights.

Sadiq Sanjrani said this while addressing the National Parliamentarians Conference on Kashmir in Islamabad, today.

The Chairman Senate said there is humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir and the aim of this conference is to impress upon the international community to ensure that the humanitarian aid reach the Kashmiri people in the occupied valley. He said that Pakistan will continue to expose Indian tyranny and genocide in occupied Kashmir. »

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Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), September 18 (KMS): An all-party conference of Pakistani political, social and literary organizations in Riyadh has urged the international community to pay attention to the atrocities and grave human rights violations committed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.

The meeting, organized by Majlis-e-Pakistan, was convened to discuss the Kashmir dispute and show solidarity with the oppressed people of the occupied territory.

President of Majlis-e-Pakistan, Rana Abdul Rauf, said the purpose of the conference was to send a message to the government of Pakistan that all Pakistanis are one on the Kashmir cause. “It is now more than forty days of curfew and lockdown situation in Kashmir imposed by the Indian forces. We demand the world to pay attention to the human rights violations by the Indian forces and resolve the issue before it is too late,” he said. »

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Islamabad, September 18 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the political parties to rise above their political differences and speak with one voice in support of oppressed Kashmiri people at this critical juncture.

Addressing the National Parliamentarians Conference on Kashmir in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said Modi government has “Akhand Bharat” mindset and the gravity of the situation demands sanity on our part.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi appreciated the Chairman Senate for holding this conference saying this gives the message that the elected representatives regardless of their differences are united for the Kashmiri people, Radio Pakistan reported.

He said today’s leadership in Pakistan will not show any flexibility on Kashmir dispute. He said today we have the prime minister who will not make any compromise on the interests of Pakistan. »

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Normal life remains paralysed in valley on 45th consecutive day

Srinagar, September 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Narendra Modi-led communal government in New Delhi is not even allowing Indian people to visit the territory and have the first-hand information about the prevailing grim situation.

The Modi government on Tuesday stopped former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, Air Marshal (retd) Kapil Kak, and social activist, Sushoba Bhave, disallowed them to enter Srinagar city and sent them back to New Delhi.

Earlier, the Modi government had sent back a delegation of opposition parties from Srinagar airport on August 24. The delegation was led by Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi and included Ghulam Nabi Azad, D Raja, Sharad Yadav, Manoj Jha and Majeed Memon.

Meanwhile, normal life remains crippled in Kashmir valley on 45th consecutive day, today, due to restrictions and heavy presence of Indian troops. Markets, business establishments, shops and educational institutions are closed while transport is off the roads. Communications links like internet and mobile phone services are still snapped and TV channels closed in the Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region. The residents of the valley are facing severe hardships due to blockade. »

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Islamabad, Sept 18 (KMS): Pakistan strongly condemned and rejected the inflammatory and irresponsible remarks by Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar regarding Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The Foreign Office, in a statement from Islamabad, said coming from an occupying state, such irresponsible and belligerent statements had the potential to further escalate tensions in the region.
Earlier this week, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said that India hoped to gain physical control of Azad Jammu and Kashmir one day, and considered the territory part of India.
The Foreign Office said the remarks were an obvious manifestation of India’s utter frustration over the continued international censure of its egregious human rights violations in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan also called on the international community to take serious cognizance of India’s aggressive posturing about taking ‘physical jurisdiction’ of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Strasbourg (France), September 18 (KMS): Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have strongly condemned the Indian government for continuously obduracy denying the Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination as guaranteed by the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Speaking in a special debate of the plenary of the European Parliament held at Strasbourg, France, on the Kashmir dispute after 12 years on Tuesday, the MEPs demanded immediate lifting of lockdown, restoration of normalcy, fundamental rights, communication blackout, freedom of movement and release of political prisoners in occupied Kashmir, Geo news reported.

Council of the European Union’s, Tytti Tuppurainen who read out a statement on behalf of the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on the situation in Kashmir, said India’s steps since August 5 continued to violate the fundamental human rights in the occupied territory. She said since then the situation had not returned to normalcy as reports were pouring out about the arrests of political leaders and students. »

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