Life remains paralyzed in valley on 47th day

Srinagar, September 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in central, north and south Kashmir, today, against the Indian occupation and repeal of special status of the territory by Narendra Modi-led communal Indian government.

Soon after Juma congregational prayers, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and other areas of the occupied territory. They raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian troops and police personnel fired teargas shells and pellets on protesters at several places, injuring many of them. The occupation authorities had imposed restrictions in Srinagar, Kupwara, Handwara, Ganderbal, Islamabad and Bijbehara areas to prevent demonstrations. The authorities did not allow people to offer Juma prayers in many major mosques including Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, Dargah Hazratbal, Dastgir Sahib, Charar-e-Sharif and Jamia Masjid Kishtwar. »

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Jammu, September 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) has paid glowing tributes to the noted Islamic scholar and leader of Jamaat-e-Islami from Kishtwar, Ghulam Nabi Gundna, who passed away after a prolonged illness on Sunday.

The JKPM Chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem in a statement issued in Jammu said that the JI leader devoted his whole life for the service of Islam and humanity. He said in early nineties Ghulam Nabi Gundna was subjected to the worst kind of physical and mental torture by the Indian agencies.

He also condemned imposition of curfew in Kishtwar on the day of Gundna’s funeral, preventing thousands of people from participating in his last rites.

He said that occupied Kashmir had been under a lockdown for the last 47 days and called upon the Indian civil society and the world community to come to the rescue of besieged Kashmiris.

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Srinagar, September 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL) has said that the August 05 illegal move of the Indian government to repeal the special status of Kashmir is actually confession of its defeat in the territory.

A JKPL spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India had broken all records of brutalities in occupied Kashmir in the last 72 years but failed to intimidate the Kashmiris into submission. He said that the Kashmiri people were determined to take the liberation movement to its logical conclusion at all costs. »

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Washington, September 20 (KMS): A US court has asked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other members of his government to respond within 21 days to the charge that they have illegally occupied the internationally–recognised disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir and are committing gross human rights violations there.

A US district court in Houston, Texas, has taken the action on a complaint filed by the Kashmir Khalitsan Referendum Front. Modi is scheduled to address a joint rally with President Donald Trump in Houston on Sunday (September 22). »

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Houston, September 20 (KMS): Kashmiris, Khalistanis and their sympathizers will hold anti-India protest demonstrations and rallies in Houston, Texas, on Sunday (September 22) on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit.

Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a joint rally with the US President, Donald Trump, in Houston on Sunday.

Kashmiri and Khalistani activists have already made their presence felt with a dress-rehearsal of tractor-trailer trucks decorated with flags and protest signs that started from Sikh National Centre in Houston to the NRG Centre, the venue of the rally to be addressed by Modi. »

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Islamabad, Sept 20 (KMS): Foreign Office says Pakistan has initiated several measures to keep a sustained focus on the situation in Occupied Kashmir.
Responding to a media query, the foreign office spokesperson said that Human Rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir has become the central issue of focus at the Human Rights Council.
He said Pakistan will exercise all options available to ensure that Human Rights Council’s actions meaningfully impact on the ground situation in Occupied Kashmir to end the suffering of 13 million Kashmiris.

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Islamabad, Sept 20 (KMS): The president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan said that Turkey understands the Kashmir dispute and praised the people and government of Turkey for raising their voice against the continued human rights abuse of Kashmiris on the Indian side.
Talking to a group of Turkish journalists in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, Sardar Masood Khan appealed to Turkey to “raise this [Kashmir] issue and highlight its humanitarian dimension”.
“I learned about humanitarian diplomacy during my last visit to Turkey and how this was succeeding be it in the Philippines or Horn of Africa,” Khan told the visiting delegation.
He went on to say that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had raised the issue of Kashmir with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a 2017 visit to New Delhi. »

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Islamabad, Sept 20 (KMS): Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that Pakistani diaspora in Germany would organise an enormous rally on 28th September to expose the real face of Indian democracy and express solidarity with besieged Kashmiris of Occupied Kashmir.
Talking to APP, she said that Indian occupation forces have usurped fundamental human rights and religious freedoms of Kashmiri people by imprisoning them in their own homes since 5th August.

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Colombo, Sept 20 (KMS): Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament Karu Jayasuriya has expressed serious concern over the human rights violations by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.
He was talking to Deputy Chairman Senate, Saleem Mandviwalla during a meeting in Colombo.
Karu Jayasuriya emphasized the need to resolve the issue through dialogues and parliamentary diplomacy.
They also discussed human rights issues in the Indian occupied Kashmir and Sri Lankan cricket team’s tour to Pakistan.
Saleem Mandviwalla appreciated the strong relations between the parliaments of Pakistan and Sri-Lanka.

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Islamabad, Sept 20 (KMS): Writers and scholars on Thursday drew the attention of the international literary community, particularly scholars and writers, towards the human rights violation and humanitarian crisis in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
The event had been organised by the Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) titled ‘Izhar-e-Yakjehti Rooh-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir’, aiming to express solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren. Eminent poets recited their poems in various Pakistani languages.
National Language Promotion Department (NLPD) Director-General Iftikhar Arif said that all scholars of Pakistan support Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. He strongly condemned the violence and human rights atrocities by the Indian military in Occupied Kashmir. He appealed to the United Nations (UN) and other human rights organisations to take notice and to stop India, Express Tribune reported.
He urged the world community to join their call demanding the restoration of Kashmiris’ fundamental rights. The Indian government’s announcement to revoke Kashmir’s special status is a serious violation of human rights as the special status previously granted a level of autonomy to the region, he said. »

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