Brighton, September 26 (KMS): Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) and UK-Pakistani and Kashmiri Councillors Forum organised an interactive dialogue at the Annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton, UK.

The event was chaired by Councillor Liaqat Ali, MBE while Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Executive Member OKC and Chair of South Asia Centre For Peace and Human Rights (SACFPHR) introduced the event on the grave situation in occupied Kashmir (IOK) titled “Kashmir: The Lynchpin of Peace – Role of Labour in Addressing the Crisis”. The key note address was given by the Shadow Labour Minister Naaz Shah, MP. »

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IOK bar supports anti-India protests

Srinagar, September 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life continues to suffer due to the military lockdown and suspension of mobile and internet connectivity on the 53rd consecutive day, today.

People are facing shortage of basic commodities including life-saving drugs with children and the elderly suffering from serious ailments bearing the brunt of the clampdown imposed by India since 5th of August. Shops and business establishments are also closed while public transport is off the road.

Although government offices and schools are open, yet they remain empty despite the efforts by the administration to make it look otherwise in a bid to hoodwink the international community. »

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OIC asks India to lift IOK siege, rescind annexation

London, September 26 (KMS): The British opposition Labour Party at its annual conference in Brighton passed a resolution seeking intervention by the international community in Jammu and Kashmir. The resolution asked for the UN led-referendum to resolve the decades old Kashmir dispute.

The resolution submitted by Blackburn, Dudley North, Keighley, Stockport and Wakefield constituency Labour parties condemns the recent actions of the Indian government in the territory. »

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Tens of thousands in IOK will come out to thank Erdogan if curfew lifted

Muzaffarabad, September 26 (KMS): Abdul Rashid Turabi, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and Chairman of All Parties Kashmir Council, Azad Jammu and Kashmir has thanked the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan for representing the true aspirations of people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir in his address to 74th session of United Nations General Assembly on September 24.

Abdul Rashid Turabi in a statement issued in Muzaffarabad said, facing the worst oppression at the hands of so-called Indian democracy, the people of occupied Kashmir were pleased to know that Turkey has voiced its concern and pledged support to their genuine, internationally-recognized struggle for right to self-determination. »

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Islamabad, September 26 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held a protest demonstration outside the UN Military Observer Group in Islamabad, today, against the Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir.

Hurriyat leaders, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi and Syed Abdullah Gilani led the protest demonstration.

The speakers on the occasion deplored that curfew had been imposed for the last 53 days in the occupied territory and the people are facing shortage of food and medicines.

They said that the Indian troops were committing genocide of Kashmiri people and reiterated the pledge to continue their just struggle for securing their right to self-determination at all costs.

The speakers also urged the United Nations and the international community to take notice of the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and help resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute according to the UN resolutions.

The demonstrators on the occasion raised high-pitched slogans in favour of freedom and against the Indian atrocities in the occupied territory.

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New York, Sept 26 (KMS): Times Square New York highlighted ‘Stand With Kashmir’ amid Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to US to raise voice for innocent Kashmiris in United Nation General Assembly.
Government of Pakistan tweeted a picture of the Times Square which was lit with ‘Stand with Kashmir’ and ‘Free Kashmir’. With the extraordinary efforts of PM Imran Khan, Kashmir issue has now become a Global concern, the tweet said.
“The voice of people of Indian occupied Kashmir is once again being heard in the highest diplomatic forums. “Stand With Kashmir” has been highlighted on Times Square New York, today,” the government’s official Twitter handle tweeted.

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Srinagar, September 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, 1,050 members of lawyers aassociations have gone on strike to support the protest demonstrations against Indian government’s abrogation of Article 370 and arrest of several Bar members.

Among the first arrested after the Indian government’s lockdown in the Kashmir Valley were senior functionaries of the High Court Bar Association, including president, Mian Abdul Qayoom, former president, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, president of bar association of Baramulla district court, advocate Abdul Salam Rather and president of Bar Islamabad district, Fayaz Sodagar under the black law Public Safety Act, which the Amnesty International termed repressive and draconian to stop the voice and peaceful activities of people.

All of them are being held in prisons in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, 1,000km away from Srinagar. »

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New York, September 26 (KMS): Kashmiri representative, Ishtiaq Hameed has said that the tyrannical and arrogant approach of the Indian government has turned occupied Kashmir into the biggest prison.

Ishtiaq Hameed addressing the meeting of OIC Contact Group on Kashmir on the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, said India is committing massive human rights violations in the Kashmir Valley and hiding its crimes by not giving any access to independent media or observers.

He said, “Our sisters are living under constant fear of being raped by the occupying forces, while our mothers are worried about their sons that have been picked up in the dead of night. The hospitals have run out of medicines while the curfew has created an acute shortage of food supply. There is mass use of pellet guns and other instruments of torture to force us into submission, however, no matter what they do, we will not submit to this imposed slavery.” »

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Srinagar, September 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior High Court lawyer and former Bar president, Nazir Ahmad Ronga has been booked under the black law PSA for speaking against India’s illegal and unilateral decision to revoke the territory’s special status.

Nazir Ahmad Ronga, who is also a close aide and legal adviser of Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was taken into custody by the Chrar-e-Sharief police station on August 9 and subsequently booked under the draconian Public Safety Act on the orders of District Magistrate, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary on August 17. »

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New York, Sept 26 (KMS): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his country’s resolve to defend the rights of Muslims living in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir including freedom of speech and movement.
Addressing an event titled “Combating Hate Speech” co-hosted by Pakistan and Turkey on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, Erdogan said Kashmir has turned into an open-air prison and its residents have become prisoners.
“Responsibility falls on all [foreign] state institutions,” said the Turkish president, and urged more active steps on regional and international levels over the issue. He called on international institutions, technology companies, education institutions, media, and non-governmental organisations to step forward and help resolve the dispute.
Erdogan also criticised India’s foreign minister and the country’s envoys in Turkey for expressing discomfort over Ankara’s approach to the Kashmir issue. »

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