Lahore, Sept 20 (KMS): The Punjab Minister for Agriculture, Malik Nauman Langrial has said Thursday that Kashmir is a matter of life and death for Pakistan. It is like a jugular vein for Pakistanis, so it should be clear that we would never show any slackness in making the struggle of Kashmiris to achieve their right of self- determination a success, he said.

The Minister was of the view that national parliamentarians’ moot would prove itself an effective voice to express solidarity with Kashmiris’ of Indian occupied valley while the Prime Minister Imran Khan would present the case of Kashmir in the United Nations general assembly as the Ambassador of people of Kashmir on September 27.
He reiterated that changing the constitutional status of occupied Kashmir is illegal step of the Modi govt and India has blatantly violated international laws. Steps taken by govt to raise the Kashmir issue on international fora has baffled the Indian government which is letting lose unprecedented brutalities on Kashmiris of the held valley.

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New York, Sept 20 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit upcoming visit to New York as leader of the Pakistan delegation to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly would be “very Kashmir centric” revolving around India’s decision last month to annex the disputed state and the ongoing human rights abuses there, his senior aide has said.
Speaking to Newsweek, a mass-circulation American magazine, Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, special assistant to the prime minister for overseas Pakistanis and human resource development, said PM Khan’s goal was to raise awareness about “the enocide and the ethnic cleansing going on” in Indian occupied Kashmir. He said Pakistan has had success in gaining support at the international level, with nations like China, Turkey, Malaysia and Iran speaking out on the issue.

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Islamabad, Sept 20 (KMS): Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Thursday said Kashmir issue was internationalised due to effective foreign diplomacy of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was raising the dispute at every available fora.
Talking to a private news channel, she said the international community was taking notice of gross human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan, she said was supporting Kashmir cause by morally, politically and diplomatically as the prime minister termed himself as an ambassador of Kashmir to fight the issue at every forum.

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Islamabad, Sept 20 (KMS): Minister for Communications Murad Saeed said the international community was endorsing Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir issue due to effective diplomacy and bold initiatives of the government.
Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly, he said “For the first time due to Pakistan’s effective strategy, the Indian government, Hindu ideology and Indian Prime Minister Modi have been exposed before the international community.”

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UN chief stresses on respect for human rights in IOK

Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people continue to suffer immensely as the Kashmir valley remained under strict military lockdown for the 46th consecutive day, today.

The heavy deployment of Indian troops has created an atmosphere of fear, forcing the people to remain indoors. The continued blockade of the valley has aggravated the situation to an alarming proportion. The residents confined to their homes are facing difficulties in meeting their daily needs. The shortage of essential commodities like milk, baby food and life-saving medicines is adding to the miseries of the people and the valley represents a humanitarian crisis. Normal life remains crippled as all markets, business establishments, shops and educational institutions are shut while transport is off the road in the valley. The occupation authorities continue to snap the means of communications including internet and mobile phone services and keep TV channels closed in Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu. »

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Islamabad, September 19 (KMS): The Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman visited the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter’s office in Islamabad, today.

Hafiz Hafeezur Rahman, during his meeting with the APHC-AJK leaders, assured them that the Government as well as people of Gilgit- Baltistan stood by their Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for right to self determination. He maintained that the hearts of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmiris throb in unison. »

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Agra (India), September 19 (KMS): Indian authorities have shifted thousands of detainees from occupied Kashmir to jails in India and that more than 80 of them are being held in Agra, officials told the BBC.

Before the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government announced its decision to scrap the special status of Kashmir, it put the region under lockdown – mobile phone networks, landlines and the internet were cut off; and local political leaders were placed under house arrest.

BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare visited one such prison in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

It was a hot Friday morning in Agra, a crowded and dusty city in Uttar Pradesh. The occasional breeze made the weather bearable – but not for the dozen men and women from the Kashmir valley, where the temperature is around 18C in September and in Agra, it touches 35C »

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Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India is even suppressing prayer leaders (pesh imams) as it has arrested several clerics and is monitoring mosques, sparking concerns of a religious crackdown.

Mohammed Ameen, a prayer leader at Jamia Masjid in Awantipora, Pulwama, was taken away by Indian police in August before Eid-ul-Azha. It was a dark Eid for her 11-year-old daughter, Saeed Mutaiba, as she returned home from a brief vacation at her grandfather’s house and knew about arrest of her father.

She, her mother and her 6-year-old brother have repeatedly visited the police station to appeal for his release but to no avail.

In June, the police arrested a cleric in Kupwara district. In March, two imams in Pulwama were arrested. The head of a religious body was denied a passport. Since August 5, policemen in plainclothes are also recording the Juma sermons, law enforcement officials concede. On Eid, Jamia Masjid and the Hazratbal Shrine – two of Kashmir’s most iconic Muslim religious places – were shut. »

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Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, as the military clampdown continues, the multi-crore apple trade has reached an all time low, hitting at the economic spine of the territory.

Ripe apples are rotting in the orchards due to continued lockdown which was imposed by Narendra Modi-led Indian government on August 5 when it repealed special status of occupied Kashmir.

The market in the North Kashmir’s Sopore town – usually packed with people, trucks and produce at this time of year – is empty.

In one of the world’s largest apple growing regions, weeks-long lockdown has cut transport links with buyers in rest of the world, fruit growers and traders, plunging the industry into havoc.

At dawn late last week the market in Sopore, a town known locally as “Little London” for its lush orchards, big houses and relative affluence, was deserted, its gates locked. »

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Islamabad, Sept 19 (KMS): Federal Minister for Human Right Dr Shireen Mazari has written a letter to UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs/Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock asking for establishment of an immediate ‘Humanitarian Corridor’ to supply humanitarian aid to Kashmiris under siege in the Indian occupied Kashmir now in second month by the Indian forces.
In the letter, the federal minister said that deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir requires urgent attention as siege imposed by the India continues into second month resulting in a grave crisis. The crippling curfew and communication blackout have left the Kashmiri population cut off from food, medicine and other basic necessities. The situation presents a serious threat to the lives of the Kashmiri people, particularly vulnerable groups such as elderly, women and children, she added.

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